4th-ranked UAA remains undefeated with win at Central Washington

Two days after climbing two spots in the Division II national rankings, the undefeated UAA women’s basketball team opened its conference season with a victory Thursday in Ellensburg, Washington.

The fourth-ranked Seawolves limited Central Washington to six points in the fourth quarter to grab a 74-60 win in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Hannah Wandersee, the senior center from Kodiak, turned in a fine 31-minute effort that produced 17 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one assist.

Senior Kian McNair added 16 points, six assists and three rebounds, sophomore Sala Langi had 13 points, four rebounds and junior Safiyyah Yasin chipped in 10 points and three steals.

UAA (7-0 overall, 1-0 GNAC) held a slim 57-54 lead after three quarters but owned the final 10 minutes. It outscored Central Washington 17-6, holding the Wildcats (5-1, 0-1) to two field goals and two free throws.

Central Washington outshot UAA 53.2 percent to 41.2 percent but was a dismal 2 of 8 in the fourth quarter.

And the Wildcats weren’t able to rebound many of their misses. Wandersee and Tennae Voliva led the Seawolves to a 39-32 rebounding edge that limited Central Washington to seven offensive rebounds. UAA had 20.

“We did a great job defending the glass and not giving them many chances when they did miss,” UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said in a release from the school. “We came in here pretty banged up, but our upperclassmen did a terrific job of controlling the pace and staying within the flow of our offense.”

Voliva, a sophomore from East High, came off the bench to contribute six points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes. Tara Thompson, a senior from Dimond, added seven assists and five points.

UAA, which is chasing a fifth straight regular-season GNAC title, heads to Idaho for a Saturday game against 15th-ranked Northwest Nazarene.

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