In what was by far the most exciting game featured in the whole 2010 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic, the UAA Women’s basketball team fell short 79-73 in a double overtime thriller against Texas Woman’s University.
The heartbreaking defeat came after the game had six lead changes, all coming after halftime.
“If you would’ve told me before coming down here we’d go 2-1 i’d take it,” said UAA Head Coach Tim Moser. “It’s early so we just need to get back to the drawing board and get better.”
UAA saw another great game out of junior forward Hanna Johansson who flirted with another double-double after finishing with 18 points and nine boards.
After Johansson, three Seawolves finished with eight points including senior guard Sarah Herrin, junior Sasha King, and junior Kaylie Robison. Senior guard Nikki Aden and sophomore forward Alysa Horn both had seven points in the loss.
King would go down with an apparent knee injury, one in which Moser could only give an idea of the extent of the injury.
“Hoping for the best but i’ve coached this before and it doesn’t look good, but hopefully she’ll bounce back,” Moser said.
TWU was led by junior guard Jessica Hanna, who had a 21 point, eight rebound effort to propel the Pioneers to the victory over #13 UAA. In all, four Pioneers got to double digits in the scoring column.
The Seawolves found themselves down four after the first half and have to play catch-up for the first time this season. UAA, who came out firing and hitting their first six three-point attempts in the second half, finally got their first lead seven minutes into the second half. The two teams traded baskets throughout the rest of regulation and would find themselves deadlocked at 61-61 to take the game into overtime.
It would take even more extra time after the teams finished the first overtime 69-69. UAA did receive a scare after TWU guard Brooke Shepherd heaved a desperation three-pointer that went in. However, the refs quickly ruled the shot was released after the buzzer went off and the basket was no good.
In the second overtime, it was all Pioneers who outscored the ‘Wolves 10-4, handing UAA their first loss on the early 2010 season.
The Seawolves move to 2-1 on the season and, despite the loss in their final game, gained a lot of experience and answered some questions in terms of finding their team identity.
“I think we got battle-tested here and we’ve proved we can play with anyone,” Moser said. “This is a really good experience but now it starts for real.”