ANCHORAGE – Junior guard Kian McNair scored a career-high 15 points as 6th-ranked Alaska Anchorage rolled to an 85-53 women’s basketball victory over Western Oregon at the Alaska Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The Seawolves (14-1, 7-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 13 points and five assists from senior guard Kaitlyn Hurley as they extended their program-record series win streak to 28 straight over the visitors from Monmouth.
The Wolves (6-7, 2-5) were led by 14 points and six rebounds from starting forward Savannah Huegly, but were hurt by 24 turnovers and a .438 to .339 shooting disadvantage.
“That was a fun game to coach, when our offense is clicking and everyone has a chance to get involved,” said UAA’s Ryan McCarthy, whose squad increased its GNAC regular-season win streak to 27 games. “Kian showed a nice shooting touch, and we got big contributions from all three of our true freshmen as well. We will try to refocus quickly as a very good Concordia team is coming in here on Saturday.”
In addition to 12 points from junior center Hannah Wandersee, freshman wing Sala Langi tied a pair of career bests with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds, and freshman guard Nicole Pinckney had a career-high nine points. Meanwhile, freshman post Tennae Voliva added four points on 2-of-3 shooting and four rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.
Junior guard Tara Thompson – coming off a school-record-tying 6-of-6 three-point display Saturday at MSU Billings – continued her hot shooting by nailing 2 of 3 from deep, and junior guard Sydni Stallworth had five points, four rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.
A transfer from Div. I Portland State, McNair did all of her damage in just 20 minutes, shooting 3 of 3 from deep and 6 of 6 at the foul stripe. The GNAC steals leader also had a pair of swipes.
After shooting a season-best .522 (11 of 21) on three-pointers in Montana, UAA achieved the .500 plateau again Thursday with 12-of-24 accuracy.
UAA returns to the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday noon AST to face Concordia-Portland. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com for tickets.