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Seawolves celebrate Senior Night with lopsided victory

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 17
  • Published February 17

Senior Night turned into equal-opportunity night for the UAA women's basketball team, which got points from everyone in the lineup to sail past Saint Martin's 95-60 Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Hannah Wandersee, a junior center, racked up 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to help the fourth-ranked Seawolves improve to 24-2 overall and 17-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Seniors Rodericka Ware and Shelby Cloninger poured in 15 and 13 points, respectively, and the team's other senior, Kaitlyn Hurley, supplied four rebounds, two points and two assists.

Playing in front of a crowd of 1,088, UAA shot better than 50 percent through the first three quarters and finished with a 49.3 percentage. Wandersee was 9 of 12, Cloninger was 6 of 10 and Ware was 5 of 8, with all of her shots coming from 3-point range.

Kian McNair hit half of her eight attempts to finish with 11 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists. Yazmeen Goo also had five swipes to go along with seven assists and six points.

UAA raced to a 29-15 lead and kept Saint Martin's (7-19 overall, 3-15 GNAC) at bay with superior rebounding and tough defense. The Seawolves crashed the boards for a 40-26 advantage that included seven rebounds from Tennae Voliva and six from Sala Langi, and they came up with 17 steals.

Saint Martin's got big games from Mercedes Victor (20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Makenna Schultz (19 points, 4 assists) but couldn't overcome 25 turnovers or UAA's rebounding prowess.

The Seawolves play their remaining regular-season games on the road — Thursday at Northwest Nazarene and Saturday at Central Washington — but they'll be back in Anchorage for the March 1-3 GNAC tournament.

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