The UAA women’s basketball team used a sizzling start to race past Western Oregon 73-41 Saturday night at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves made eight of their 12 field-goal attempts in the first quarter to jump to a 20-6 lead en route to their fourth straight win.
Although their shooters cooled off a little after the first quarter, the Seawolves shot a solid 48.1 percent for the game (26 of 54) while holding the Wolves to 30.6 percent shooting.
Safiyyah Yasin dropped in 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Yazmeen Goo was good for 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead UAA. Yasin added three steals and Goo handed out four assists.
UAA led 40-20 at the half and outscored Western Oregon 33-21 in the second half. The Seawolves held a slight rebounding advantage, 32-31, but had a big advantage in turnovers -- Western Oregon gave away the ball 19 times, and UAA lost it 10 times. Ten of Western Oregon’s turnovers were the result of UAA steals.
Kedranae Addison added eight points and Tennae Voliva had six points and seven rebounds for the Seawolves, who got contributions up and down the lineup, including assists from 10 players.
The win moves UAA to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference while extending the team’s home-court winning streak in regular-season GNAC games to 32 straight. Western Oregon fell to 2-6 overall, 0-2 GNAC.
The Seawolves play their final three non-conference games later this month in Hawaii before resuming GNAC play in January.