Points were at a premium but the UAA women’s basketball team did enough on defense to win Thursday night in Hawaii.
The 10th-ranked Seawolves beat Northwest Missouri State 56-45 behind solid rebounding at the Hoop N Surf Classic at The Shark Tank in Honolulu.
The teams combined for a scant 12 points in the second quarter, which ended with UAA clinging to a 21-19 halftime lead.
The teams traded the lead 11 times before the Seawolves took the lead for good, 23-22, on a layup by Tennae Voliva early in the third quarter.
Voliva, an East High graduate, had team highs of 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals to help her team survive 19 turnovers.
“That game was much tougher than the final score indicated,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school. “They played a slowdown style and were successful at keeping the score low, but our defense forced them into a lot of tough looks, and our offensive efficiency was enough to overcome more turnovers than I would like to see."
Voliva connected on 5 of 7 field goals and 3 of 4 free throws, and Yazmeen Goo and Safiyyah Yasin each chipped in 11 points.
Goo handed out six assists and poured in nine of her points in the second half as the Seawolves outscored the Bearcats 35-26 in the final 20 minutes. Sala Langi was among 11 players with rebounds, grabbing five as the Seawolves dominated the boards 34-19.
UAA hit 52.3 percent of its shots (23 of 44) and as usual got a big boost from its defense, swiping the ball 11 times and holding Northwest Missouri State to 31.1 percent shooting (14 of 45).
The Seawolves improved to 11-1 with their second straight victory at the two-day tournament. Northwest Missouri State fell to 5-5.
The Seawolves get the next two days off before wrapping up their trip with a Sunday game against Hawaii-Hilo.