ANCHORAGE – Kian McNair scored a career-high 19 points and fellow senior guard Sydni Stallworth had 16 points and five assists Saturday to power 10th-ranked Alaska Anchorage to its 16th consecutive victory with a 97-52 women’s basketball blowout of Western Oregon at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (23-1, 15-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) got double-figure scoring from five players as they shot a season-best 55.6 percent from the field and produced their most points since Jan. 14, 2017.
The Wolves (7-15, 4-12) were led by 13 points and six rebounds from forward Ali Nelke, but the visitors from Monmouth were forced into 27 turnovers as their losing skids reached four overall and 31 straight against UAA.
“I was pleased with how well we asserted ourselves right out of the gate tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team led 27-8 after the opening quarter. “Syd and Tara (Thompson) got us started, and we continued to get good looks within the confines of our offense.”
Thompson made 4 of 7 three-pointers in the opening half to account for all 12 of her points and snap out of a recent shooting slump, helping stake the Seawolves to a 52-20 lead at the break. UAA’s first-quarter lead was one point shy of tying the program record for the largest after 10 minutes, while the halftime advantage was one point short of tying the program record for the largest against a conference opponent.
McNair shot 9 of 12 from the field and added three assists and no turnovers, while extending her streak of multi-steal games to 16 with a pair of swipes. Stallworth knocked down 4 of 5 three-pointers and 6 of 8 shots overall, and senior center Hannah Wandersee collected 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, plus three steals.
Junior point guard Yazmeen Goo scored double figures for the sixth time in the last eight games, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, along with a season-high seven assists. The Bay Area native also tied Safiyyah Yasin for game-high honors with four steals, while committing just one of UAA’s 10 turnovers.
With the victory, UAA pulls half a game ahead of idle Northwest Nazarene (22-1, 14-1) for the GNAC lead. The Nighthawks face fourth-place Central Washington on Monday in Nampa, Idaho, and will be the Seawolves’ next home opponent, Feb. 28 (5:15 p.m.) at the Alaska Airlines Center.
UAA concludes its regular-season road schedule next week with games Thursday at Seattle Pacific (6:30 p.m. AST) and Saturday at Saint Martin’s (4:15 p.m. AST). Both games can be seen live online at gnac.tv.
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