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UAA women’s basketball team pushes record to 25-2 with win over Billings

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 13
  • Published February 13

The Seawolves racked up the 25th victory of their season Thursday in Billings, Montana.

Tennae Voliva provided a double-double and Safiyyah Yasin and Yazmeen Goo scored in double figures to propel the UAA women’s basketball team to an 83-69 win over Montana State-Billings.

It was the seventh straight win for UAA, which played Tuesday night in Anchorage and traveled to Billings on Wednesday.

“We traveled to 4 states for 4 games in 7 days for league play, on the second round of playing everyone,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school. “To say I'm proud of these ladies is an understatement. We had some tired legs and pushed through against a Billings team that played very well.”

The Seawolves (25-2 overall, 15-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) used strong finishes in the third and fourth quarters to prevail.

In the third quarter, the Yellowjackets (12-12, 7-8) got within two points with three minutes left, only to watch the Seawolves score the next 11 points.

In the fourth quarter, Billings cut UAA’s lead to eight points, 74-66, with two-and-a-half minutes left, only to watch the Seawolves seal the win at the free throw line.

UAA ended the game with a 9-3 run with all nine points coming on free throws. The Seawolves connected on 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch and 21 of 27 for the game.

Voliva, a junior center, was 3 of 4 from the foul line and 5 of 7 from the field; Yasin, a senior guard, was 6 of 8 from the line and 7 of 13 from the field; and Goo, a senior guard, hit all six of her shots from the field while going 3 of 5 from the line.

Two nights after sinking a school-record 16 3-pointers in a rout of UAF, the Seawolves struggled from long range, hitting 4 of 18 but still managed to outshoot the Yellowjackets 46.8% to 35.6% from the field. They outrebounded Billings 43-32 behind 10 rebounds from Voliva, eight from Yasin and six from Goo.

Billings had four players in double figures, including Taryn Shelley, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeanann Lemelin, who hit 5 of 8 3-pointers for 16 points.

The Seawolves have four games remaining in the regular season, two of them at home next week — Thursday against Simon Fraser and Saturday against Western Washington.