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UAA women avenge only conference loss by pummeling Seattle Pacific

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 15
  • Published February 15

Take that, Seattle Pacific.

The UAA women's basketball team avenged its only conference loss of the season by burying the Falcons 73-47 Thursday night at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Kian McNair scored a career-high 16 points and Yazmeen Goo had another solid all-around game to help the Seawolves retaliate for a 66-48 road loss to Seattle Pacific last month.

"As you could imagine, our ladies were extremely hungry to play them after they beat us down there," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release from UAA. "You could tell from the start tonight that we had a focus and intensity that our coaching staff has been looking for out of this team. I'm really proud of this effort, all the way around."

The win moved the fourth-ranked Seawolves to 23-2 overall and 16-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Seattle Pacific fell to 18-6, 12-5.

UAA shot better than 50 percent through the first three quarters and 47.7 percent for the game while holding Seattle Pacific to 31.5 percent shooting. The Seawolves limited Seattle Pacific to two field goals and seven points in the second quarter to grab a 35-18 halftime lead.

McNair hit 6 of 10 shots from the field, including two of five from 3-point range, to improve on her previous career-best by one point. Yazmeen Goo turned in a productive 22 minutes by amassing 8 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals, and Hannah Wandersee connected on 6 of 12 shots for 12 points to go along with five rebounds, an assist and a steal.

UAA owned a 43-28 rebounding advantage and took advantage of the absence of SPU's point guard, the injured Rachel Shim, to harass the Falcons into 22 turnovers, 13 of which came on steals. Kaitlyn Hurley had four steals and eight points and Shelby Cloninger had two steals, five rebounds, four points, two assists and a block for the Seawolves.

No one reached double figures for Seattle Pacific.

UAA will host the March 1-3 GNAC tournament but Saturday marks its final regular-season game of the season. The Seawolves will celebrate Senior Night prior to their game against Saint Martin's.

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