Seawolf Women keep on rolling

UAA marked another two notches in their belt on Feb.
12 and 14, defeating the Western Washington Vikings,
70-67, and the Central Washington Wildcats, 76-48.
The Seawolves began the Feb. 12 game against the
fourth ranked Vikings with offensive focus and more
than enough of a lead throughout the fi rst half.
The Seawolves started the fi rst half on a 7-2 run
within the fi rst fi ve minutes, eventually reaching a
13-point lead with less than nine minutes left. Senior
Dasha Basova, who sank four of fi ve treys in the fi rst
half, led UAA’s noticeable lead and offense.
Not only were the points coming from beyond the
arc, the Seawolves made sure to fi nd the holes in the
Vikings defensive armor. UAA scored 14 points in the
paint, drawing eight fouls to score seven more points off
the line. Junior guard Kiki Taylor led the charge against
the Vikings in the paint and went two for two on the
line.
“I think Kiki Taylor was the difference in the game
tonight,” head coach Tim Moser said.
Despite their bull’s-eye offense and going into the
half 39-29, the Vikings would not go down without a
fi ght and nearly toppled the top team in the nation.
Western Washington came out of the half with guns
blazing, quickly closing the 10-point gap to within four,
and keeping it as close as possible.
UAA continued scoring as well but seemed to have
troubles stopping the Vikings, letting them get eight
short range jumpers and three of six three pointers.
“We tried to make them a jump shooting team and
they made us pay the price because they made them all,”
Moser said.
The price of those jumpers almost cost the Seawolves
the game, as the Vikings would tie the score at 59 with
less than six minutes of regulation left.
The tug-o-war that ensued had the 1,058 Seawolf
fans on the edge of their seats with UAA only staying
one or two points ahead until the Vikings would tie it for
the fi nal time at 63 with 3:30 on the clock.
To the Seawolves’ relief, junior guard Tamar Gruwelle
decided to sink a trey and three free throws in the last
three minutes, pulling UAA out of the clutches of Western
Washington, yet still only winning 70-67.
“We are frustrated with a loss, you know,” Vikings’
head coach Carmen Dolfo said. “I think they are very well
coached and I think they were very poised and handled
themselves at the end of the game, but we had to work for
our shots and they were on the free throw line.”
All in all the Seawolves win had everything to do with
their free throw percentage at 80 percent, making 24 points
as opposed to the Vikings 9 points off of free throws.
The Vikings had the talent of players like senior Claire
Pallansch, who worked hard to defend Rebecca Kielpinski
for a majority of the night and put 12 points on the
scoreboard. Willow Cabe helped Pallansch with 13 points;
Amanda Dunbar and Gabby Wade made eight points each.
“Defensively we need to get back to what we did really
well; we didn’t guard very well,” Moser said.
The focus on defense was apparent in the Feb. 14 game
against the Central Washington Wildcats, as UAA showed
their crowd an immediate intensity on defense.
The Seawolves burst onto the court with a quick and
calculated defense, pressing full court and dominating both
defensive and offensive boards.
As good defense tends to do, UAA’s intensity transferred
to their offense, quickly revealing the team’s character and
incredible sturdiness of all its players.
“I think every other team in our league have as good of
[starters] as we have,” Moser said. “But we just overwhelm
them when they go to the bench and our second string goes
in because our sixth through fourteen is a lot better than
anybody else.”
After going into the second half ahead, 36-25, the
Seawolves came back out to extend their lead even further,
eventually getting all the Seawolves into the game.
“When you’re on the bench it’s not that you’re ‘on the
bench,’ you’re just cheering your team on,” senior star
center Rebecca Kielpinski said.
The Seawolf women were led in scoring by Williams
with a stellar 17 points. Williams also had four rebounds
and two assists.
Taylor and Junior Nicci Miller both scored 10 points.
Miller showed her confi dence with six rebounds, two
assists, one steal and no turnovers.
Another player to re-emerge into the spotlight was Elisha
Harris. After only seeing three minutes in the Western
Washington game, Harris brought on a full scale attack
to Central Washington, matching her intense defense with
seven points, two rebounds and three assists.
“We were all trying to encourage each other tonight,”
Kielpinski said. “I think that really makes it fun for us to
be together and we’re together a lot if you think about it, so
why not enjoy these great girls you have around you and
this team we have.”