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UAA women handle ball with care while handling Nanooks, 82-56

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published January 26, 2016

In a game where everyone tallied at least four points and one rebound, perhaps the most notable thing about the UAA women's basketball team's big win Tuesday night in Fairbanks was what the Seawolves didn't do.

UAA set a school record for the fewest turnovers in a game, giving the ball away a scant five times in an 82-56 win over the rival UAF Nanooks.

The previous low was six, a number posted three times in program history, most recently in a November 2012 game against Regis College.

Everybody made contributions in the win, which improved the Seawolves to 23-1 overall and 10-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

UAA was so balanced and so deep that only two players made it into double figures — Jenna Buchanan with 11 points and Keiahnna Engel with 10.

"Kinda crazy," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said by phone. "I don't know if I've seen a box score of 82 total points and the leading scorer had 11."

Junior point guard Kiki Robertson had another all-around solid performance with six points, five steals, five assists and four rebounds. Senior Megan Mullings grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead UAA to a 52-43 edge on the boards, and junior Alysha Devine pitched in with six rebounds.

Providing a spark off the bench were freshman Tara Thompson with nine and senior Christina Davis with eight points and six assists.

"A lot of the ladies that were coming off the bench tonight played well," McCarthy said.

He was particularly pleased with the play from a pair of backup centers, Hannah Wandersee and Dominique Brooks.

Wandersee chalked up seven points, four rebounds and one block in 13 minutes of play, and Brooks was good for four points, four rebounds and one block in eight minutes.

"With those two in particular, it's a lot about confidence," McCarthy said. "When you're coming off the bench and playing behind an All-American (in Mullings) — when she comes out I'm trying to put her back in as fast as I can because she's a special player — it's tough to find your identity. I'm pleased those two came in and played hard."

Mullings was a force as usual — besides her rebounds, she turned in seven points and three blocks in 18 minutes.

UAF (9-12, 4-7) boasted the game's two biggest scorers — Jordan Wilson with 20 points and Kaillee Skjold with 14.

UAA travels south for a Saturday clash against Montana State-Billings in a game between the conference leaders.

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