UAA women's basketball plays record-breaking defense to defeat Seattle Pacific

Elaina Mack shoots for UAA. Skip Hickey photo.

The UAA women's basketball team defeated the Seattle Pacific Falcons at the Alaska Airlines Center on Dec. 3. By playing impressive defense throughout the game–including letting SPU score only three points in the second quarter–the Seawolves secured a 62-52 victory. 

The Seawolves weren't in control for the entire game, though. Ten minutes in, UAA trailed 20-13. 

They then locked down defensively and held SPU to 1-of-9 shooting and forced 10 turnovers in the second quarter to grab a 30-23 point lead entering halftime. 

The three points scored by SPU in the second quarter broke UAA's program record for fewest allowed in a second quarter. 

UAA took their largest lead, 45-33, when Rachel Ingram drove baseline for a layup with two minutes left in the third quarter. The Seawolves stayed ahead for the remainder of the game.

The Falcons crept up to 47-41 after drilling a three-pointer with nine minutes left in the game, but UAA responded with two free throws by Vishe' Rabb and back-to-back baskets from Anaiah Moore and Kate Robertson to secure their lead. The Seawolves won the game 62-54. 

"We got back to doing what we needed to do defensively tonight, and it paid big dividends," said UAA coach Ryan McCarthy to Nate Sagan with UAA Athletics. 

"Our shots weren't falling, but we also did a great job with 11 offensive boards, which led to some critical baskets. I'm proud of the way we responded after a tough loss and we're excited to keep building on this win." 

Rabb led the Seawolves with 14 points. Jazzpher Evans and Jahnna Hajdukovich each recorded 11 points apiece, and Moore finished the night with four points. 

The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center on Dec. 10 and 11 to play non-conference games against William Jewell. The Saturday game is at 7 p.m. and the Sunday game is at 5 p.m.