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Depth, balance carry 9th-ranked UAA women’s basketball team past Simon Fraser

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 28
  • Published January 28

The ninth-ranked Seawolves beat the team that ended their season last year, getting 33 combined points from Shelby Cloninger and Hannah Wandersee in an 82-68 women's basketball victory Saturday night over Simon Fraser at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Simon Fraser upset UAA in the second round of last season's West Region tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center, but the Clan couldn't get a second straight win in Anchorage.

The Seawolves (18-2, 11-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) shot 49.2 percent to remain atop the GNAC standings. Cloninger scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and Wandersee scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

"We moved the ball more effectively than we have in the past few games, and we took advantage of their turnovers and got some easy points in transition," UAA  coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release.

UAA led 37-30 at the half on the strength of Wandersee's 12 points but Simon Fraser made it a two-point game by scoring the first five points of the third quarter.

The Seawolves regained control with a 15-0 run and went on to lead by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.

UAA stole the ball 16 times and got contributions from multiple players, including a career-high seven points from freshman Tennae Voliva of Anchorage, who hit all three of her shots from the field and blocked two shots,.

UAA took advantage of its depth by utilizing 11 players, with none of them playing for more than 23 minutes. Yazmeen Goo provided five assists and four steals, Rodericka Ware contributed nine points and five steals in 17 minutes, Kaitlyn Hurley chipped in eight points and a career-high five rebounds and Sydni Stallworth had seven points and four assists.

Simon Fraser (9-11, 4-8) used just seven players but got big games from two of them — Sophie Swant supplied 19 points, four assists and three steals, and Tayla Jackson tallied 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Seawolves are back in action Tuesday at the Alaska Airlines Center for a game against the Nanooks of UAF.

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