The Lady Seawolves found themselves back atop the No. 1 spot in Division II women’s basketball this past Tuesday, and rightfully so. Their first game as the new highest ranked team came against the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Thursday night, who are coming off an overtime loss to Western Washington the week before.
Those who are fans of defense appreciated the first quarter, as a total of 6 points were scored in the first five minutes of the contest. The pace picked up in the second quarter and UAA got some much needed help from the sideline.
“The bench came in, they killed it, and got us going,” said junior forward Alysha Devine, who finished with 12 points and a pair of steals.
The Seawolves went on a 14-0 run in the second and stretched the lead to 43-27 by halftime with the help of a layup at the buzzer by senior Keiahnaa Engel.
The Seawolves looked much more like themselves at the start of the second half, forcing turnovers and getting out on the fast break. Seattle Pacific struggled shooting against the length of UAA, making only 26.7 percent of their shots for the game. The Seawolves opened the flood gates in the third quarter, and did not look back.
UAA played a safe, efficient fourth quarter and came away with a 82-47 victory. The Seawolves absolutely dominated the inside, outscoring SPU 56-10 in points in the paint. Senior Megan Mullings notched 20 points and grabbed nine boards for UAA, both game-highs. Seattle Pacific guard Courtney Hollander was the lone Falcon with double-digit points, totaling 12 and added seven rebounds. With nine points against SPU, senior Jessica Madison climbed into the top 10 on UAA Women’s Basketball career scoring list.
Seattle Pacific led for just 11 seconds the entire game, when the score was 2-0 early in the meeting. They were, however, without their leading scorer, Jordan McPhee, who was injured just days before the team made the trip up to Alaska.
The Lady Seawolves will remain No. 1 in the nation following the win, something they are very accustomed to.
“It is a target on our back, and the other team is playing for something they can tell their kids about,” said head coach Ryan McCarthy.
UAA will travel north to Fairbanks for an in-state rival game against the Nanooks on Tuesday. The Seawolves won their previous meeting 78-56 at home in December.