NAMPA, Idaho – Senior center Hannah Wandersee recorded a double-double but the 4th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team could not contain 15th-ranked Northwest Nazarene on Saturday, falling 84-68 in a battle of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason favorites at the Johnson Sports Center.
The Seawolves (7-1, 1-1 GNAC) got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Wandersee, while senior guard Tara Thompson notched a season-high 16 points on a night when she moved up to No. 4 on the program’s all-time three-pointers list.
The Nighthawks (8-0, 2-0) remained perfect as they got at least nine points from all five starters, including 17 points and seven rebounds from Avery Albrecht.
“We got down by a lot, much too quickly, and we were never able to dig out of that hole tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “We never hung our heads though, and competed hard until the final buzzer. We will go home and get ready for finals before we regroup and get back to the court.”
UAA took a 5-4 lead when Sala Langi converted a rebound, but the Nighthawks took over with a huge run, going up 29-14 before Sydni Stallworth swished a three-pointer to end the first-quarter scoring. The Seawolves scraped within 39-35 on a jumper by freshman Jahnna Hajdukovich, however NNU regained momentum with a 5-0 surge in the final 48 seconds of the half.
Stallworth had 14 points, five rebounds and three steals in the rematch of last year’s NCAA West Regional first-round contest, won 65-63 by the Seawolves. Senior Kian McNair added 10 points and five assists as she fought through foul trouble all night.
Thompson shot 4 of 6 from long range to surpass Tanya Nizich (177 three-pointers, 2000-04) on UAA career treys list, now with 180.
The Seawolves have two weeks off for rest and final exams before they return to action with their non-conference finales, Dec. 18 against Holy Names and Dec. 19 against Hawaii-Hilo, both in Hilo. GNAC play resumes Jan. 3 when the Seawolves host Simon Fraser at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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