Number 1 Seawolves take winning streak to 18

As the season continues, the Seawolves have
advanced to an 18 game winning streak by neither
offense nor defense alone, but by drawing upon all
their weapons-and team members.
UAA earned their nineteenth and twentieth wins
against the Western Oregon Wolves on Jan. 29 and
the Saint Martin Saints on Jan. 31, and managed to
play every Seawolf in both games.
“We’ve just been working so hard in practice so
it makes me want to come out and make my team
better every night,” Seawolf Kiki Taylor said.
In the Jan. 29 game against the Wolves, the
Seawolves stepped up their defense, reminding
everyone why they are ranked the top defensive
team in the nation, winning 83-56.
Western Oregon tried to keep up but when UAA
went on a 12-2 point run six minutes into the fi rst
half, Western Oregon never came within more than
a 13 point difference after that.
Seawolf senior Elisha Harris led an impressive
charge by putting in 15 point-including three of
three shots from beyond the arc- two assists and
two steals in just the 16 minutes that she played.
All but two of UAA’s members scored in the
Jan. 29 game, and each Seawolf showed off their
defense as well by letting the Wolves grab only 18
rebounds opposed to UAA’s 36. These numbers
tied the mark in the Great Northwest Athletic
Conference for rebounds allowed in a game.
Two nights later the Seawolves matched up against the Saints to
entertain a sold-out crowd, which they did by crushing one more foe, 73-
40. The victory however did not come without a fi ght from the Saints.
“We expect them to be very physical so we have to match their
aggression,” UAA head coach Tim Moser said. “I think they are one of
the best coached teams in our region.”
The Seawolves matched their aggression with a quick, fi erce defense
that earned them 12 steals-including a couple that sent various
Seawolves careening into the crowd or earning them elbows to the face.
The Saints also offered a consistent pressure on defense, yet Seawolf
junior guard Kiki Taylor eagerly accepted the challenge.
“This was the best 40 minutes that we have put together in a while and
it started with Kiki,” Moser said.
Taylor earned herself 11 points, nine defensive rebounds and nine
assists, just showing her consistently steady offense and defense.
Senior center Rebecca Kielpinski did her share as a seasoned Seawolf
leader, scoring 16 points total, along with 17 rebounds, three assists and
two blocks, and Harris offered another outstanding performance with 12
points in 16 minutes.
Sophomore Niki Aiden impressed game-goers as well with her quick
hands, snagging three steals and tying up the ball with her ferocious
defense. Senior Jackie Thiel also provided her usual consistent and
outstanding game, using the element of surprise to pick the ball from the
Saints’ guards a few times. Thiel earned two steals and caused the Saints
plenty of turnovers.
“Our guards are realizing they can do that because Becca and Hanna
are doing such a good job guarding the basket,” Moser said of the
Seawolves’ number of steals.
For the second game in a row, every Seawolf saw time on the court
and all but three scored.