Western Washington couldn’t buy a bucket in the final eight minutes Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center, and the 14th-ranked Seawolves made them pay for it.
A pesky defense that produced 24 turnovers and an outstanding game by Hannah Wandersee boosted UAA to a 68-50 women’s basketball victory in front of a crowd of 1,184.
Wandersee, a senior center from Kodiak, poured in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots to help UAA move into a three-way tie for second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Junior guard Safiyyah Yasin added 16 points and a career-high five steals in 22 minutes of play for the Seawolves, who pushed their record to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Sydni Stallworth tallied 10 points and three steals, and Sala Langi pitched in seven rebounds and five assists.
The Vikings (8-4, 3-1) had twice as many turnovers as UAA, which was guilty of 12.
“We missed a lot of shots we usually make, but I was proud of our defensive effort, and I thought that our ladies did a really good job answering our challenge to rebound,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a press release from the school. “I thought we did a good job against their pressure. This year turnovers have plagued us at times, but I was proud our half-court execution tonight.”
Western Washington, which was 7-1 in its previous eight games, trailed nearly the entire game but was within five points, 53-48, with eight minutes remaining.
UAA pulled away with a 10-0 run fueled by five points from Yasin, who was coming off a career-high 20 points in a Thursday win over Simon Fraser.
The Seawolves will take a four-game winning streak into a Tuesday night home game against rival UAF.