UAA women win game, clinch GNAC tournament berth

jpeters@adn.comFebruary 21, 2013 

— The UAA women are officially a playoff basketball team.

The Seawolves picked up their fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference win Thursday in a 76-58 trouncing of Saint Martin's at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The win guarantees that UAA (15-9 overall, 9-7 GNAC) will finish sixth or better in the conference and earn one of six berths in next month's GNAC tournament. UAA is four games ahead of the seventh-place Saints (12-13, 5-10 GNAC) with two regular-season games remaining.

"It means a lot," said senior point guard Sasha King, who led UAA with 16 points and nine assists. "We just want to focus on the process it takes to get there and do what we have to do to go as far as we can."

Ball movement was sharp from the start for the Seawolves, and once their open shooters started hitting, it was all but over for the Saints, who struggled to crack UAA's defense.

"One thing I really like about this team is they're unselfish," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. "We've got a lot of players that really look for each other and know certain options in our offense and where the open opportunity is gonna be, and I thought we did a good job tonight."

UAA's Alysa Horn posted her 11th straight double-digit scoring effort and second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Martin also notched 13 points, with Jessica Madison pitching in 10.

Saint Martin's Chelsea Haskey led all scorers with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting.

Saint Martin's has lost six of its last seven games and five straight in the series with the Seawolves, who are starting to play their best basketball.

There is still room for improvement, said McCarthy, who thinks UAA has a shot at making the Division II NCAA tournament. The Seawolves can get into the NCAA tournament by winning the GNAC tournament or earning a top-eight West Region ranking. UAA isn't currently ranked, but it could be by the time the final rankings are released.

"If certain teams lose to certain teams, who knows?" McCarthy said. "We might not have to win our conference tournament, but at the end of the day that's our goal and I think everyone in that locker room believes we can do that."

UAA will host ninth-place Western Oregon on Saturday and close the regular season next week with a visit to last-place UAF.

Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

SAINT MARTIN'S (58) -- Haskey (8-11 4-4 22); Skorpik 2-4 0-0 5; Richardson 1-6 3-4 6; Taylor 2-3 0-1 5; Wilson 0-1 0-0 0; Stabler 2-10 0-0 4; Lining 1-3 0-0 2; Gelhar 0-0 0-0 0; Ferguson 1-2 0-0 2; Kosko 2-4 0-0 4; Pedroni 1-1 0-1 2; Wiedeman 2-5 2-4 6; Totals 22-50 9-14 58.

UAA (76) Horn 5-14 3-6 13; King 7-12 0-0 16; Martin 5-7 1-1 13; Madison 5-9 0-0 10; Burns 3-7 2-2 9; Brewster 0-1 0-0 0; Hutchins 2-7 0-0 6; Buchanan 3-4 0-0 9; Wilson 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 30-62 6-9 76.

Saint Martin's 21 37 -- 58

UAA 42 34 -- 76

3-point field goals -- SMU 5-16 (Haskey 2-4; Skorpik 1-1; Richardson 1-3; Taylor 1-1; Stabler 0-5; Ferguson 0-1; Wiedeman 0-1; UAA 10-29 (Horn 0-4; King 2-6; Martin 2-3; Madison 0-2; Burns 1-3; Hutchins 2-6; Buchanan 3-4; Wilson 0-1. Rebounds -- SMU 29 (Haskey 6); UAA 34 (Horn 11). Total fouls -- SMU 8; UAA 11. Assists -- SMU 17 (Skorpik 5); UAA 19 (King 9). Turnovers -- SMU 23 (Taylor, Wiedeman, 4); UAA 15 (King, 8). Blocks -- SMU 5 (Taylor, Kosko, 2); UAA 2 (Horn, 2); Steals -- SMU 8 (Skorpik, Richardson, 2); UAA 10 (King, 4). Officials -- Landro, Leitch, Klein. A -- 361.

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