UAA Women advance to NCAA second round

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Seawolves survive a late push from Hawaii Pacific University, and defeated the Sharks 76-69. UAA advances to the second round of the NCAA Div. II women’s basketball tournament.

Senior center Hannah Wandersee scored 22 points and sophomore forward Tennae Voliva tied her career-high with nine rebounds.

The Green and Gold will play Saturday at 4 p.m. AKDT in the regional semifinal against the winner of 2nd-seeded Northwest Nazarene and 7th-seeded Humboldt State.

“That was definitely not our best basketball game of the season, but we made some plays and hit some big free throws down the stretch, just enough to get away with the win,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy in a press release after the game.

At one point the UAA women led by 18 points in the first half before HPU came back in the second half, getting within three points with under a minute to play.

“There were definitely some first-game jitters out there,” said Wandersee, in a press release after the game. “Once we got past that, I think the experience of our veterans really paid off, and we were able to settle down and play our normal game.”

Wander see moved up to No. 8 on UAA’s career scoring list (1,339 pts) and set a program record with her 134th game in a Seawolf uniform Friday.

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