LACEY, Wash. – Sophomore forward Sala Langi scored a career-high 18 points and senior Kian McNair tallied 12 points, seven assists and seven steals Saturday as 9th-ranked Alaska Anchorage set a pair of program records in a 107-47 women’s basketball blowout of Saint Martin’s at Marcus Pavilion.
The Seawolves (25-1, 17-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting from senior center Hannah Wandersee as they shot a season-best 58 percent and extended their winning streak to 18 games.
Freshman forward Kimani Fernandez-Roy added a career-high 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, helping UAA to its largest margin of victory against a conference opponent and its 5th-largest margin against a fellow NCAA Div. II opponent.
The Saints (6-20, 4-14) were led by 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from forward Claire Dingus, but the rest of her teammates made just 9 of 39 shots.
“That was a much better effort from start to finish than we’ve had in a while,” said UAA’s Ryan McCarthy, who collected his 199th career coaching victory. “We were aggressive and did a good job of ignoring the scoreboard and playing with passion all night. Hopefully we can take some of this momentum into a couple enormously important home games next week.”
The Seawolves led 8-0 after four possessions and already had three of their 23 steals before the Saints could find the basket. Consecutive three-pointers by Sydni Stallworth and Tara Thompson made it 23-5 at the 3:12 mark, and Fernandez-Roy converted a putback milliseconds before the buzzer to give UAA its largest lead ever after one quarter, 30-9.
UAA kept its momentum rolling in the second quarter, forging a 30-point lead by the 3:53 mark and making it 50-19 on a layup by Safiyyah Yasin with two minutes remaining. Langi – who shot 6 of 12 from the field and 5 of 7 at the free-throw line – closed the first-half scoring on a late three-pointer as the Seawolves’ 55-22 lead equaled its largest in any conference game.
All 10 active Seawolves scored at least four points, including 11 apiece from sophomore forward Tennae Voliva and Stallworth. Thompson finished with 8 points, five assists, two steals and no turnovers, while junior guard Yazmeen Goo had six points, four assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, McNair shot 6 of 7 from the floor and pushed her streak of multi-steal games to 18. It was the sixth contest this season with at least six swipes for the GNAC steals leader, who increased her average to 3.7 per game.
The victory sets up a showdown in Anchorage next week between the Seawolves and 7th-ranked Northwest Nazarene, which entered Saturday with identical overall and league records as UAA. The Nighthawks, who handed UAA an 84-68 loss Dec. 1 in Idaho, will tip against the Seawolves at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Alaska Airlines Center. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com for tickets.
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