The UAA women’s basketball team knocked off nationally ranked Seattle Pacific University. The Seawolves dominated the Falcons the entire game. They managed to fend off a late SPU comeback eclipsing them 77-65.
The Seawolves are undoubtedly off to an industrious start in GNAC conference play. UAA is experiencing their second win of the week after their intergalactic performance against Montana State Billings Thursday night. The ladies drilled in 90 points to MSU’s 59. UAA’s record improves to 2-0 in the GNAC and 7-1 overall.
UAA stunned the sixth-ranked Falcons early on. Freshman point-guard Kiki Robertson had a powerful night on defense. Overall she finished with 7 points, 4 steals and 9 rebounds, in which 6 were offensive. Junior center Emily Craft had the most rebounds of the night, concluding the game with 13 and 10 points.
Teammate Alli Madison was the overall best player for UAA recording 21 points, 8 rebounds, and one steal. More importantly, A. Madison was a sharp shooter going 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Other notable accomplishments include sophomore guard Jessica Madison with 12 points and 6 rebounds. UAA’s senior forward Kyle Burns chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and went 4 of 4 from the line.
SPU’s Katie Benson put in a valiant effort finishing the game with 26 points and 12 rebounds. She also was perfect from the free throw line going 6 of 6. The Falcons Suzanna Ohlsen (10 points and 4 rebounds) and Brianne Lasconia (11 points and 4 rebounds) were consistent point contributors, but it was never enough. Maddey Pflaumer, just like Ohlsen and Benson, was perfect from the free throw line.
Something notable about this season is head coach Ryan McCarty has integrated his entire bench into rotation. All but three UAA players scored. Sophomore Jenna Buchanan finished with 10 points off the bench. This is Seattle Pacific’s first loss of the season.
UAA will host the AT&T Classic December 20 and 21 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The Seawolf women will have about 13 days until their first match of 2014 as they travel down to Northwest Nazarene in Idaho after the tournament ends.