KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – Senior guard Sydni Stallworth and sophomore guard Nicole Pinckney combined for 32 points and sophomore forward Sala Langi posted another double-double Friday to lead the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to a 98-89 international exhibition victory over host Fo Guang University at the BLIA Cup.
The Seawolves also got 14 points and eight rebounds from senior Hannah Wandersee to erase a brief fourth-quarter deficit and finish pool play with a 3-1 record.
“That was an outstanding victory over an extremely skilled team tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “They kept coming at us but we showed poise and answered every time, even with Hannah in foul trouble. I was really encouraged by how our role players – especially Nicole, after a rough offensive game last night – delivered big shots at big moments. This is the kind of game that will make us so much better when the regular season finally gets here in November.”
UAA led 29-18 after the first quarter but saw its lead trimmed to 47-42 at halftime and 69-66 after three quarters. Fo Guang took a pair of one-point leads in the fourth quarter before Tara Thompson gave UAA an 82-80 edge on a three-pointer with 5:10 remaining, sparking a 12-2 surge over the next two minutes.
Fo Guang sliced its deficit to 93-89 at the 1:29 mark before Seawolf point guard Yazmeen Goo scored on a driving layup with 53 seconds on the clock. The All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference performer sealed it by stealing an inbounds pass and sailing in for a layup 20 seconds later.
Goo finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and a game-high six assists, while Langi had a double-double for the second straight game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Stallworth notched a team-high 17 points (7-15 FG) and dished three assists, and Pinckney hit two of her three-pointers during the key fourth-quarter surge, finishing with 15 points (5-7 3FG).
Sophomore forward Tennae Voliva gave UAA six double-figure scorers with 10 points – including buckets on three straight possessions in the second quarter – and six rebounds in just 17:33 of playing time.
Thompson finished with nine points (3-6 3FG) and four rebounds, and freshman forward Kimani Fernandez-Roy flashed her potential with three steals, a block and five rebounds off the bench.
The Seawolves will wait until the end of Friday’s pool play to learn their playoff-round opponents and tip times. Stay tuned to GoSeawolves.com or the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for updates.