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UAA routs Saint Martin's 73-31 in women's basketball

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: February 16, 2017
  • Published February 16, 2017

It was a team-effort night for the UAA women's basketball team Thursday — everybody got a rebound, all but one player got a point and all but one player got a steal.

But the real mark of the Seawolves' teamwork can be found in the assist column of the stat sheet from their 73-31 win over Saint Martin's.

UAA scored 27 field goals and recorded assists on 22 of them, with all 10 players handing out at least one assist.

"The ladies did a good job of sharing the ball," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said.

UAA's 20th straight victory came in front of an Alaska Airlines Center crowd of 1,077. It boosted the Seawolves to 24-1 overall and 17-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The cellar-dwelling Saints (5-20, 1-16) proved no match for the powerhouse Seawolves, last season's national runner-up.

The 31 points marked the second-fewest ever allowed by the Seawolves in a GNAC game.

Saint Martin's was limited to five points in the first quarter and four points in the third quarter. The Saints shot 26.2 percent from the floor — 11 of 42 — against a UAA team that shot 41.5 percent.

The Seawolves came up with 18 steals and consistently scored in transition in the second half, when they outscored Saint Martin's 42-16.

Autummn Williams and Kiki Robertson each grabbed four steals, Kimijah King had three, Yazmeen Goo had two and five others had one apiece.

"A lot of our steals in the second half, we talked about spacing in transition and I thought we did a good job executing in transition," McCarthy said. "That was really nice to see, to take a step forward in that area. Almost every single one of those steals turned into a basket."

Williams led UAA in scoring with 22 points, a performance that included 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.

King added 10 points, Robertson had nine and Shelby Cloninger and Tara Thompson added eight points apiece.

UAA outrebounded the Saints 37-29 behind Sierra Afoa's seven rebounds and six apiece from Alysha Devine and Hannah Wandersee.

Goo provided a game-high six assists against zero turnovers in 18 minutes of play. Robertson dished four assists, four others had two apiece and four had one apiece.

The Seawolves return to action Saturday for their final regular-season home game when they take on Seattle Pacific at 5 p.m.

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