UAA women didn't shoot out the lights; more like shooting in the dark in 56-46 road loss

dwoody@adn.comFebruary 6, 2014 

The baskets might as well have been covered by lids for the UAA women's basketball team Thursday night.

And it didn't help the Seawolves that they faced the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's best defensive team in Saint Martin's.

Shooting just 29.2 percent from the field and going long stretches between points, UAA lost 56-46 in Lacey, Wash., and Saint Martin's completed its first season sweep of the Seawolves since the 2004-05 season.

UAA's 46 points were its fewest this season by far -- its previous low was 70 -- and its fewest in just more than three years. No Seawolves player managed double figures in points. UAA, which averages more than seven 3-pointers per game, went just 1 of 16 from distance.

"We won't beat anyone shooting 29 percent and going 1 for 16 from three,'' UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said by cell phone.

Poor shooting nights happen. Work ethic, by comparison, is easier to manufacture consistently, and McCarthy thinks that attribute is usually strong from his young team, but was lacking Thursday.

"I wasn't pleased with our effort,'' he said. "Usually with this team, that's not something I question.''

And that's why McCarthy intends to make the players watch the entire game video Friday in advance of Saturday GNAC road game at Western Oregon.

UAA (14-6, 7-5 GNAC), which led 21-18 at halftime, endured five stretches in the game at Marcus Pavilion in which it went scoreless. One of those droughts lasted nearly six minutes, and the Seawolves complicated their situation with 22 turnovers. Until Thursday, the fewest points UAA had scored in a game this season was 70.

Saint Martin's (13-7, 7-4 GNAC) trailed 31-25 early in the second half, but over the next 11-plus minutes outscored the Seawolves 23-8 to open up a 48-39 advantage. The Seawolves never cut the lead to less than seven points after that.

Kiki Robertson led UAA with nine points, and KeKe Wright and Kylie Burns each added eight. Burns' 11 rebounds marked the eighth time in her career she has furnished double-digit rebounds. One of UAA's few bright spots was Christina Davis' five assists, with only one turnover, in 18 minutes of playing time.

Chelsea Haskey of Saint Martin's led all scorers with 13 points, and added five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. Angela Gelhar added 12 points -- she hit all six of her free throws.

The Saints improved to 8-1 at home and 5-1 in GNAC home games.

"As poorly as we played, they're a good team, and most of those players have been in that system,'' McCarthy said.

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UAA -- Wright 3-6 2-2 8, Burns 3-12 1-2 8, A. Madison 3-11 1-4 7, Buchanan 3-8 0-0 6, Robertson 3-7 3-4 9, Castle 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 2-7 0-0 4, Hutchins 0-0 0-0 0, Devine 1-2 0-0 2, J. Madison 1-7 0-0 2, Craft 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 19-65 7-12 46.

SAINT MARTIN'S -- Haskey 5-11 3-3 13, Paulson 1-3 0-0 3, Skorpik 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor 2-8 3-5 7, Gelhar 3-10 6-6 12, Richardson 2-5 0-0 6, Stabler 2-5 3-4 7, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Rickard 0-1 0-0 0, Wiedeman 4-9 0-0 8. Totals: 19-57 15-18 56.

UAA 21 25 -- 46

Saint Martin's 18 38 -- 56

Three-point goals -- UAA 1-16 (Burns 1-5, J. Madison 0-4, Buchanan 0-3, Robertson 0-2, Davis 0-1, A. Madison 0-1), Saint Martin's 3-14 (Richardson 2-5, Paulson 1-2, Gelhard 0-2, Taylor 0-1, Stabler 0-1, Rickard 0-1). Total fouls -- UAA 18, Saint Martin's 13. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- UAA 48 (Burns 11, Saint Martin's 38 (Wiedeman 7). Assists -- UAA 8 (Davis 5), Saint Martin's 14 (Paulson 5). Turnovers -- UAA 22 (A. Madison 6), Saint Martin's 17 (Three with 3). Steals -- UAA 11 (Devine 3), Saint Martin's 13 (Haskey 3, Paulson 3). Blocks -- UAA 2 (Burns, Craft), Saint Martin's 8 (Wiedeman 4). Officials -- Trimble, Landro, Smith. A -- 238.

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