Seawolf women must look to keep focus, finish strong

Deep into the season, the Seawolves need to continue to make every point count.

Currently ranked 14th nationally and 4th in the West Region, the UAA Women’s Basketball Team travels to Montana Feb. 24 to attempt to extend their winning streak against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets. The ‘Wolves then come home to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Saturday to play their in-state rivals, the UAF Nanooks.

Currently riding a winning streak beginning back on Jan. 30 against Northwest Nazarene, UAA looks to be clicking at the right time. The team only has four more games left in their regular season, including the matchups already mentioned.

It will be key for the team to continue to see production throughout the lineup amidst senior guard Kiki Taylor’s continued absence to injury. New faces have been stepping up lately for the green and gold, a necessity to the team’s success according to head coach Tim Moser.

“Kaitlin McBride and Nikki Aden, they really are handling the point guard well” said Moser, who was quick to recognize their efforts of many of the Seawolf players.

Some may worry about whether UAA can bring home two more wins without pride seeping into their play. This is because these are two teams UAA soundly beat earlier in the season; But they will be coming to town with one purpose and that is to beat the Seawolves.

Putting feelings aside, UAA’s season statistics are sound. They have an 18-3 record overall, losing only to Western State, Western Washington, and Seattle Pacific. Since their first meeting with Western State and Western Washington, UAA has met both again and emerged victorious in the rematch.

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Montana State Billings, however, does not have as impressive an overall record as UAA, putting up 10 wins against their 12 losses. Also, they only average 63.6 points per game while allowing just less than 66 points per game.

Even less impressive in this aspect is UAF. The ‘Nooks have only produced two wins, both at home, in their 22 games this season.
They also have an even lower average score in points for and against. They come into the week scoring an average of 55 points but allowing almost 79 per game.

When comparing statistics of all three teams, it is evident that UAA should be the apparent victor over both teams, but that does not mean UAA can let off the proverbial pedal.

Hubris, deemed by the Ancient Greeks as pride or arrogance, is an easy mindset to fall in when one appears to be the winner.
Basically, UAA can’t afford to let stats or previous victories affect their mindset. This is a fact that Moser is well aware of.

“The team I’m coaching has proven we can beat anybody and lose to anybody,” Moser said.