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Split decision for UAA basketball: women breeze to victory, men lose in overtime

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 12
  • Published January 11

The UAA men's basketball team lost another close game while the women's team rolled to another conference victory Thursday.

The men lost to Central Washington 72-71 in overtime in Ellensburg, Washington, and the women cruised past Western Oregon 85-53 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The men have lost their last three games by a combined nine points and are 1-4 since losing leading scorer and rebounder Jacob Lampkin to a season-ending foot injury in early December.

"We battled and gave ourselves an excellent chance," UAA men's coach Rusty Osborne said in a press release from the school. "We played excellent defense but we gave them too many extra shots.

"We need to find a way to get over the hump and get some wins."

The Seawolves (7-8 overall, 3-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) used an 11-2 run in the final 61/2 minutes of regulation to erase a nine-point deficit and tie the game 65-65, forcing overtime.

The teams traded 3-pointers early in the five-minute extra period before Central Washington took control with three minutes to go by scoring twice in a 22-second span. After a layup by Khalil Shabazz put Central Washington (8-6, 3-4) in the lead for good,teammate Jawan Stepney stole the ball and dunked it for a 72-68 Wildcats lead.

UAA made it 72-71 on Drew Peterson's 3-pointer with 86 seconds left, but the Seawolves came up empty on their final two possessions. Their last possession ended when Stepney stole the ball with seven seconds left.

Jack Macdonald racked up a career-high 17 points, Peterson finished with 12 and Malik Clements added 11 for the Seawolves. UAA held a slight shooting edge but the Wildcats owned the boards 43-33, with 16 of their rebounds coming on the offensive end.

Stepney led Central Washington with 14 points, six assists and three steals.

In Anchoarge, the UAA women played their first home game since Dec. 2, and the friendly surroundings brought out their best. Ten out of 11 players scored and the Seawolves recorded assists on 21 of  28 field goals, with six players handing out multiple assists.

"That was a fun game to coach, when our offense is clicking and everyone has a chance to get involved," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release.

Kian McNair, a Division I transfer from Portland State, scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-6 field goal shooting and 6-of-6 foul shooting to lead UAA, which got eight or more points from seven players.

Kaitlyn Hurley had 13 points and a team-high five assists and Hannah Wandersee scored 12 points to help the sixth-ranked Seawolves run their GNAC record to 7-0 and their overall mark to 14-1.

All three of the team's true freshmen played well — Sala Langi matched two career-bests with nine points and seven rebounds, Nicole Pinckney poured in a career-high nine points and Tennae Voliva had four points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

Western Oregon (6-7,2-5) outrebounded UAA 39-32 but was hurt by 24 turnovers. UAA stole the ball 15 times, with Yazmeen Goo and Tara Thompson getting four steals apiece.

The women return to the Alaska Airlines Center for a noon game Saturday against Concordia-Portland. The men play Northwest Nazarene that night in Nampa, Idaho.

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