For a team who entered the week leading the country in margin of victory (+29.9 points), outing a team by only 8 points is an unusual feeling for Ryan McCarthy’s Seawolves.
A win is a win though, and UAA (28-1, 15-1 GNAC) remained perfect at home in a 69-61 victory over the Central Washington Wildcats (15-9, 8-8 GNAC) Saturday.
Forward Megan Mullings led all Seawolves with 18 points, 10 of which were earned at the foul line. Central Washington’s Jasmin Edwards matched Mullings point total – shooting 4-of-6 shooting from the three point line.
After dropping 52 points in two quarters on Thursday against a helpless a Northwest Nazerene (see below), the Seawolves played much more “human” on Saturday. UAA made 13 field goals through two quarters against the Wildcats, and clung to a 30-26 halftime lead.
The Wildcats remained within striking distance throughout the third frame, proving the first two quarters were no fluke. With under two minutes left in the quarter, Mandy Steward’s free throw tied the game at 41-41.
With forward Alysha Devine sidelined due to illness and the three-ball unfriendly for Jenna Buchanan (11% shooting), Mullings took the game over in the fourth quarter. That’s when the senior scored a dozen points to finally put the game out of reach for the Wildcats with over a minute remaining.