Seawolves outgunned in pair of losses in Washington
The UAA men’s basketball team couldn’t slow down the top two teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and came home with a pair of tough road losses. But the Seawolves might be a better team thanks to the trip. On the opening night of the road swing, the Seawolves fell to Seattle Pacific 91-76 Jan. 20 in Seattle. Then UAA headed north to Bellingham where Western Washington outgunned them 102-92 Jan. 22.
The Seawolves (8-9, 2-6 GNAC) may have lost two crucial GNAC road games but they gained leading scorer Marcus Robinson, who returned from 10-game absence due to a broken left hand, and center Bryan Freshwater continued to emerge as a presence for the Seawolves inside.
The 11th-ranked Falcons (14-3, 6-1) rode a great shooting night by the duo of forward Dustin Bremermen and guard Tony Binetti to overcome an off night by star center Jason Chivers. Chivers was held to eight points, six below his average, but Bremermen and Binetti doubled their averages with 26 points apiece in the 15-point win. Bremermen hit 6-of-8 three pointers as SPU hit 10-of-20 overall from the outside and shot 56 percent from the floor.
UAA couldn’t match the scorching shooting of the Falcons but the trio of Robinson, Freshwater and Mark Drake tried to keep the Seawolves in the game with James Hartman back at the hotel battling the stomach flu. In his first game back, Robinson dropped in 23 points in 25 minutes on the court to pick up where he left off in early December. Besides helping limit Chivers, Freshwater scored a career-best 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Drake dropped in 15 points from the outside to round out UAA’s double-digit performers.
In Bellingham, the Seawolves came out on the bad side of a shootout with Western Washington, the top scoring team in the GNAC. The Seawolves shot a solid 50 percent from the floor with five players in double figures but the Vikings (13-3, 5-2) were even better. WWU shot 57 percent from the field including 12-of-24 on threes and 20-of-23 at the line. Ryan Diggs led six Vikings in double figures with a game-high 27 points.
Robinson again led the UAA charge with 20 points and six assists. Freshwater came on strong again with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Hartman scored 17 after sitting out against SPU. Adam Fitt-Chappell added 14 points and nine boards. The Seawolves, who committed a season-low seven turnovers, got within 92-87 with 2:33 left but Diggs answered with a three-point play to close out the game.
The Seawolves return from the trip with Robinson back at full-strength and the duo of Drake and Freshwater riding hot streaks over the last couple of games.
Drake has shot phenomenally over the previous four games. The senior averaged 17.3 points a game on 16-of-31 shooting from behind the arc over the stretch. Freshwater has been a force inside since scoring just three points against Central Washington Jan. 13. The junior posted 15.6 points a game on 72 percent shooting along with five rebounds over the three games, up from 5.6 points and 3.8 boards in the first 14 games of his UAA career.
– Barry Piser
Seawolves take bite out of Wolves, stumble at Humboldt
The Seawolves women’s basketball team earned their first road win of the season with a well-rounded offensive attack. UAA took out Western Oregon 71-65 Jan. 20 before falling 61-46 to Humboldt State Jan. 22. The Seawolves (7-9, 2-4 GNAC) were 0-2 on the road prior to the win.
Against Western Oregon, the Seawolves pulled away in the second half after a 37-37 score at the half. UAA went on a 23-8 run to open the half capped by Megan Archuleta’s three. The shot put UAA up 60-45 with 12:43 left. The Seawolves scored only 11 points the rest of the way but it was enough to win their first GNAC road game.
Archuleta didn’t disappoint after starting in place of injured guard Cassie Bro. The freshman scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting including three treys. Senior Amber Nasby scored eight of her 12 points in the second half opening run. In then paint, Taylor Long scored 16 points and Tenecia Macon added 11 points and nine rebounds .
Point guard Christa Wilson directed traffic for UAA with a near triple double effort. Wilson had eight points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in 38 minutes as committed just 10 turnovers in the game.
The Wolves (4-11, 1-7) got 21 points from Leada Berkey and center Shannon Talbott added 13 points and 13 rebounds. The loss was Western Oregon’s eighth straight on the season.
The Seawolves couldn’t maintain their momentum against Humboldt. The Seawolves’ 46 points was a season-low that was punctuated by 30 percent shooting from the floor and just 9-of-17 from the free throw line. UAA had nearly as many turnovers (15) as field goals (17).
Long was the only Seawolf in double digits with 12 points and eight rebounds. Macon added nine points in 15 minutes but turned the ball over five times. Wilson again flirted with a triple double with eight points, eight boards and seven assists.
With the game tied, the Lumberjacks (5-12, 2-6) used a 13-0 run early in the second half to go up 47-34. Jenna Washington’s 18 points and 11 rebounds led Humboldt and Nicole Lynch chipped in with 14 points. The Lumberjacks hit 17-of-17 free throws as a team including all 12 in the second half to seal the win.
– Barry Piser