SEATTLE – Senior guard Sydni Stallworth had 12 points to lead a balanced scoring performance for the 9th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team Thursday, helping the Seawolves to a 68-53 victory over Seattle Pacific at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
UAA (24-1, 16-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 11 points, three assists and two steals from junior guard Yazmeen Goo to earn its 17th straight victory and clinch an opening-round bye in the GNAC Tournament.
The Falcons (7-17, 6-11) were led by 10 points apiece from guards Madi Hingston and Kaprice Boston, but the hosts were hurt by 25 turnovers.
“As pleased as I was with our overall play in the first half, I was equally as disappointed about our lack of focus in the second half,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team led 42-16 at the break. “We did just enough offensively to get the win, so we’ll have to be satisfied with that tonight and start concentrating on our upcoming opponents.”
After dominating the Falcons by a 78-37 score last month in Anchorage, the Seawolves used another dominant defensive performance to claim control early in the rematch.
UAA got three-pointers from Tara Thompson and Jahnna Hajdukovich to claim a 15-4 lead after the first 10 minutes, and the visitors shot 55 percent in the second quarter to pull away.
SPU began the second half with a 16-4 run, but sophomore forward Tennae Voliva and Stallworth scored consecutive baskets to help UAA regain control.
Stallworth shot 5 of 9 overall and Goo made 5 of 6 free throws as the point-guard combo finished with just one turnover in 44 minutes, while Thompson added eight points and Voliva had seven points and six rebounds.
Senior forward Hannah Wandersee grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as she moved atop the UAA program’s career wins list, earning her 117th victory in a Seawolf uniform.
Senior guard Kian McNair made it three Seawolves in double figures with 10 points, while extending her streak of multi-steal games to 17 with four swipes.
Still tied atop the GNAC standings with Northwest Nazarene with three games remaining, the Seawolves finish their regular-season road schedule Saturday with a 4:15 p.m. AST tip at Saint Martin’s in Lacey, Wash. That game can be seen live online at gnac.tv.
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