One minute of mayhem put the UAA women’s basketball team back in the win column Tuesday night.
In their first game since losing their undefeated status with a Dec. 1 setback to Northwest Nazarene, the Seawolves defeated Holy Names University 75-58 in a nonconference game in Hilo, Hawaii.
UAA cemented the win midway through the fourth quarter with a minute-long, 7-0 run fueled by its signature “mayhem defense.”
Until then, the Seawolves (8-1) had a hard time pulling away from Holy Names (1-11), an Oakland, California, team they beat earlier this season by 40 points.
Down by 12 at the half, Holy Names opened the second half with a 7-0 to cut UAA’s lead to five, 33-28. The Hawks stayed within single digits until the Seawolves made their one-minute run in the fourth quarter.
The outburst started at the 5:59 mark with a basket by Kian McNair (11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals). A steal by Sydni Stallworth (5 points, 6 assists, 4 steals) set up a basket by Safiyyah Yasin (11 points) that was followed by a steal by Tara Thompson (12 points, 3 steals), who swished a 3-pointer at the 4:59 mark.
In 60 seconds, a 56-49 lead swelled to 63-49.
The game marked the first appearance of Cameron Fernandez, a 6-foot sophomore transfer from Washington State who had to sit out the first half of the season before gaining eligibility. She came off the bench to contribute nine points and one block in 17 minutes.
UAA enjoyed good shooting from McNair (4 of 7) and Thompson (4 of 9, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range), but the rest of the team was 21 of 53.
The Seawolves compensated with 15 steals and a big 46-36 rebounding advantage that included a career-high 10 rebounds from Sali Langi. Hannah Wandersee added six to go with 10 points and four assists.
“Our shooting touch was not there tonight, but I was pleased with our intensity and our hustle,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school. “We did a nice job controlling the boards and we were able to regain momentum each time they made a run at us.”
The Seawolves are still playing without starting point guard Yazmeen Goo, who was in the lineup when UAA beat Holy Names 92-52 on Nov. 10 She injured her hand a week later and has been out ever since, although she is expected to return, perhaps before the end of January.
Without Goo, the Seawolves suffered an 84-68 bruising at Northwest Nazarene, their last game before a two-week break that ended this week. The loss plummeted them from No. 4 to No. 16 in the NCAA Division II national rankings.
The Seawolves play their final nonconference game of the season Wednesday against Hawaii-Hilo at 6:30 p.m. AST.