Central Washington learned Saturday that you can stop some of the Seawolves some of the time, but it’s hard to stop all of them.
The 8th-ranked UAA women’s basketball team beat the Wildcats 67-59 in Ellensburg, Washington, getting its fifth straight win despite getting zero first-half points from leading scorer Safiyyah Yasin.
Central Washington held Yasin scoreless in the first two quarters, but by the end of the game Yasin, who entered the game averaging 13.1 points per game, was one of four players with nine or more points for the Seawolves.
Yazmeen Goo tied her career-high with 16 points, Tennae Voliva had 12 points, Yasin 11 and Jahnna Hajdukovich nine as the Seawolves ran their record to 23-2.
“Central came out with a nice defensive game plan against Safiyyah, but the rest of our scoring options — Nicole (Pinckney) and Jahnna, everyone really — stepped up and put us in a position to get this win,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school.
UAA moved to 13-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to build a two-game lead over Northwest Nazarene and Simon Fraser with six games remaining, including a Tuesday game at the Alaska Airlines Center against the Nanooks of UAF.
Central Washington (13-9 overall, 8-6 GNAC) grabbed an early 19-11 lead but couldn’t withstand UAA’s defensive pressure. The Wildcats gave away the ball 17 times, nine times on UAA steals, and never led in the second half.
Goo shot 5 of 8 from the field and hit all six of her free throws while adding four rebounds and three assists. Voliva was 5 of 9 with five rebounds and three steals, Yasin added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Hajdukovich hit all three of her 3-point attempts to help the Seawolves go 7 of 13 behind the arc.