UAA basketball goes three for four in home series

The UAA women started the home series of basketball games, Feb. 10, at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex beating Saint Martins 64-48. A team in which defeated the Seawolves only last month in Lacey, Wash, 61-53.

“I think we were more aggressive offensively. We cut more into the high posts we had better body movement,” said Head Coach Tim Moser, whose team currently ranks fourth in the West Region standings.

Sophomore forward Alysa Horn lead the ‘Wolves in points by putting 21 points on the stat sheet.

Also contributing to the Seawolf victory was junior forward Hanna Johansson and senior guard Nikki Aden, each scoring ten points a piece on the night.

“I think it’s really good for us to get a win against a really good team,” Moser said. “I think Saint Martin’s is really well coached and I think they run that match up zone defense well which causes a lot of problems down there.”

Junior guard Marelle Moehrle led the Saints with ten points, followed by senior forward Dara Zack with nine. Zack also had three assists.

The UAA women remained in the lead throughout the game by kicking off the first half with a 17-4 run over the Saints. By halftime, the ‘Wolves were up 31-19.

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However, UAA was able to push the Saints into 19 turnover’s helping to keep a comfortable lead through out the game.

“Everyone thinks the zone is kind of our kryptonite so I am kind of glad when we get a win against it,” Moser said.

The men’s team were the second game of the doubleheader on Feb. 10 and were pitted against the Western Washington Vikings. The Vikings came out on top, beating the ‘Wolves 106-102, in a toe-to-toe game of basketball.

“We didn’t defend, we didn’t rebound, we didn’t make free throws,” said UAA Head Coach Rusty Osborne. “You’re not going to win a whole lot of games if you don’t do those three things.”

Senior guard Brandon Walker and junior forward Taylor Rhode lead the Seawolves in points with 27 a piece. Freshman guard Travis Thompson came off the bench and added 16 points and a pair of helpers in 26 minutes of play.

Rhode also lead the team in rebounds with eight rebounds.

The Vikings point guard John Allen shot seven for seven from the three point range, and was able to complete all six of his free throws. Allen ended with a game-high 33 points. Senior Zack Henifin put 26 points in the basket, shooting 10 of 17 from the field.

Allen put the Vikings in the lead for the first time in the second half with only 1:43 remaining (99-97), after completing four straight three-pointers.

“We knew it was going to be a fight and I think you got two very fine teams going at each other, and I think we are pretty fortunate,” said Western Washington Head Coach Brad Jackson.

With just seconds left in the game WWU had only a one point lead over UAA (103-102) but series of fouls against the Seawolves doomed their comeback bid late and saw the Vikings steal a win in Anchorage.

The ‘Wolves shot 67.9 percent (36-53) from the floor, and completed 11 out of 22 three-pointers.

This loss to WWU were the Seawolves first back to back losses on home court this season.

“Its hard to say what would have happened if we kept going for a few minutes,” Jackson said.

Later in the week, the UAA women and Western Oregon tipped off on Feb. 12. The Seawolves (21-5, 13-3 GNAC) came out on top 71-47 over WOU and ran their winning streak to six games.

Johansson was hands down the player of the game after she had a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with her 24 points. Within the first six minutes of the game, Johansson had nine points and seven rebounds, giving the ‘Wolves a solid 13-2 lead.

A lead in which they would never look back on and one that put the game out of WOU’s reach early.

Johansson shot eight of 11 from the field and eight of 10 from the foul stripe.

Horn helped the Seawolves out by putting up 12 points and six boards in the victory.

WOU was lead in points by guards Hannah Whitsett (13 points) and Sarah Zahler (11 points).

By halftime, the Seawolves were up 34-16 on the Wolves. They were able to put the game in cruise control after that and midway through the second half, UAA had a 59-24 lead over Western Oregon.

The win was the 15 straight win over WOU for the Seawolves.

“I’m really impressed with our kids getting a win,” Moser said.

The UAA women now will prepare to hit the road to play Western Washington, who are regionally ranked No. 2. The game is on Feb. 17 in Bellingham, WA and will be huge in terms of crowning a GNAC regular season champion.

The Seawolves will be seeking revenge after losing 81-61 at home to the Vikings back on Jan. 22. The loss pushed Western out ahead in the race for the league title and the upperhand in the race for home court advantage in the postseason.

After that, the women will travel to Simon Fraser to take on the Clan on Feb. 19 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The men’s team were able to redeem theirselves against Simon Fraser, Feb.12, with a convincing 99-81 victory.

“This year, when we have defended, we have had success,” Osborne said.

Junior guard Mario Gill scored a career high 23 points. While senior forward Casey Robinson contributed 19 points and six rebounds as well.

The victory saw all five of the Seawolf starters scored double-figures.

Leading SFU was Justin Brown with 30 points and four assists. Junior guard Ricky Berry had 22 points.

At halftime, the ‘Wolves were up 50-43, but sat back on there heals while Simon Fraser took a two point lead (54-52). However, Rhode and Casey Robinson helped put the Seawolves back in the driver seat with just 15 minutes left and put the ‘Wolves ahead for good.

Rhode, who continued hi 19 game double-digit point scoring streak during the week, scored 13 points against the Clan. Rhode had eight rebounds and a pair of blocks as well on the night.

Gill scored 17 second half points all within the last six minutes, as well as completed all 11 of his free throws, and had four assists, and three steals.

The game took a slow pace with 68 total free throws as well as a combined 56 personal fouls, three of which were technical fouls.

The UAA Seawolves (18-7, 10-4 GNAC) are tied in the GNAC standings at number two with Western Washington and will look to stay in the middle of the playoff hunt as they head south for a couple crucial road contests.

The ‘Wolves will play Feb. 17 against Saint Martins to kick off a three game road trip. Their other stops will include games against Western Oregon (Feb. 19) in Monmouth, OR and UAF (Feb. 22) in Fairbanks.

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