The 13th ranked UAA Seawolf ladies will hit the road in what is sure to be a crucial road series when they square off with the Seattle Pacific Falcons and Northwest Nazarene Crusaders this week in GNAC play.
Both games will be good road tests for a Seawolf team that looks primed to make yet another postseason push under head coach Tim Moser, who has led the ‘Wolves to back-to-back West Region championships.
UAA (13-2 overall, 3-1 GNAC) continued their dominance on their home court with a win against St. Martins 78-62 on Jan. 21 and Montana State-Billings 85-63 on Jan. 14.
Against the Saints, the ‘Wolves used balanced scoring and a ridiculous performance from three-point land to secure the win at home in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The team finished with a school-record-tying 14 three pointers made when all was said and done and left the Saints wondering what had just hit them.
The Seawolves saw strong performances from the usual suspects. Senior guard Tamar Gruwell had a team-high 17 points and drained five of the before-mentioned treys. Reserve junior guard Sarah Herrin had a strong game off the bench finishing with 15 points in the victory.
Senior Kiki Taylor contributed 13 points, nine boards, and six helpers to continue her normal routine of being towards the top in all categories for UAA.
The Falcons are just as hot coming into this matchup as the Seawolves. SPU (13-2 overall, 4-0 GNAC) have yet to lose a game at home this year. The Seawolves know all too well the difficulties in playing there as their last win in GNAC conference play was back in 2000.
However, many fans will remember the thrilling 54-43 win last year in the West Region championship game that came on the Falcon’s home court. A loss that is surely still unsettling for SPU supporters.
Look for Daesha Henderson to pace Seattle Pacific as she leads the team in points (12.9) and minutes (27.7) per game. Also, the play of Megan Hoisington can’t go unrecognized as she contributes 10.7 points and 8.6 rebounds a game on the season.
UAA will be looking for revenge when they invade Nampa, Idaho to play the Crusaders. Last year, the then top-ranked Seawolves fell 48-71 to NNU on the road after beating them early in the year back in Anchorage. The ‘Wolves did get the last laugh though when they eliminated Northwest in the first round of the West Regions by winning 64-54.
Leading the Crusaders (12-3 overall, 2-2 GNAC) is Kristin Hein who on the season has put up 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.
It is sure to be a tough road trip, but ultimately, one the Seawolves are more than capable of getting the victories to continue their push to the top of the GNAC standings.