It wasn’t easy by any means, but the UAA Seawolves got another close win over a West Region opponent. The 63-55 victory came against the Grand Canyon Lopes in what was a back in forth battle throughout most of the contest.
UAA saw sophomore forward Alysa Horn break out for a double double and lead the way for the ‘Wolves tonight. Her 14 points and 11 boards were both team highs. She also connected on three of her five three point attempts.
“I say my role (this year) has changed significantly,” Horn said. “I have to focus on the defensive end and on doing things for my teammates.”
Junior forward Kaylie Robison gave her second double double effort in as many tries. She was a once again a force in the paint by putting 11 points and 11 rebounds up on the stat sheet. Senior guard Nikki Aden contributed 12 points in the win in another great individual effort.
For GCU (1-1), the hot play of senior guard Samantha Murphy cooled off in the second half. After the 2010 Pac West Conference Player of the Year went off for 17 points in the first frame, UAA put the clamps down and held her to only two points in the second half.
Lope’s freshman guard Maylinn Smith also had a solid game by putting up 16 points and seven boards for GCU.
The game was a back and forth one with the teams trading leads several times in the first half. However, the second half saw GCU in constant catch-up mode against the green and gold.
UAA (2-0) wouldn’t pull away until the waning seconds when junior forward Hanna Johnannson and Aden both knocked down both of their free throw attempts in their respective trips to the charity stripe.
“(GCU) is as talented as they come,” Moser said. “the win means we can beat anyone, but we have to make sure we don’t prove we can lose to anyone.”
“We beat two predicted conference winners already so we’re right where we need to be right now.”
Next up for the Seawolves is a game with Texas Women’s University. The Pioneers are 0-1 on the season after dropping their first game to GCU 76-69.