Seawolves spoil Falcons’ upset hopes at home

When Seawolf forward Megan Mullings checked out of last Thursday’s game against Seattle Pacific University for good, the Alaska Airlines Center gave what sounded like a preemptive ovation for the home team, still 130 seconds away from the final horn. It turns out they just wanted to show support for their star player, who scored a career-high 29 points as UAA knocked off No. 19 Seattle Pacific University, 83-70.

The UAA women’s basketball team continued to impress, even when they played a ranked opponent, such as the SPU Falcons. The Falcons came into the contest in second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings with a 12-4 conference record and perhaps the most polished backcourt.

Guards Kiki Robertson and Alli Madison led the Seawolves by finishing the game with a combined 16 assists. The Falcons were led by seniors Suzanna Olsen and Aubree Callen, who scored 15 and 14 points respectively.

UAA coach Ryan McCarthy was all smiles at the post-game press conference next to Robertson and Mullings.

“We’re very excited to come away with a win against SPU, who is a very good team. They are a well-coached, very disciplined team,” McCarthy said after the game.

Mullings, who averages 13 points per game, spoke after the game about her teams’ defensive pressure.

“It’s energy, positivity, and being there for each other,” she said.

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Seattle Pacific was the first team to get on the board when guard Betsy Kingma drove home a three-pointer. The Seawolves defense kept the Falcons from getting any easy baskets in the first half. SPU shot a dismal 28 percent from the field during the first half.

The rim was not particularly friendly to the Seawolves either, who were cold for most of the night from behind the arc. But the hometown girls had just about everything else going for them — steals, energy, inside play and confidence.

The Seawolves “mayhem” style of play eventually caught up with Seattle Pacific, who started to show signs of fatigue in the last eight minutes of play during the first half.

The Seawolves went on an 11-0 run in the middle of the first and pushed their lead to 14, and Falcon’s head coach Julie Heisey called a timeout with six minutes left in the half to give her team a breather.

However, SPU could not regain the sort of lead they enjoyed in the first few minutes of the match. At the end of the first half, it was the Seawolves on top of the Falcons 37-25. Mullings finished the half with 12 points. Senior Alli Madison also had a strong half, chipping in 9 points of her own.

In the second half, with the exception of a few minutes when SPU made the score interesting, UAA never relinquished control.
Robertson was on the floor for much of the second half, passing, sprinting, driving and keeping the Falcon’s defense off-balance and winded.

Seattle Pacific managed to stay in the game due to some timely three-pointers and giving more touches to forwards’ Maddey Pflaumery and Hannah Rodrigues. Pflaumery had 11 points in the second and Rodrigues had 5. Howevr, the Seawolves remained on top by the end of the game, 83-70.