UAA drops West Region title game to Montana State Billings

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AZUSA, Calif. (KTUU) - The UAA women's basketball team dropped its Monday night NCAA tournament matchup game, falling by just one point in the chase for a regional title and ticket to the next round of the tournament.

The Seawolves faced Montana State Billings in Azusa, Calif., in a battle for the West Region title and shot at the national championship game next month.

Unable to hold on to a 10-point second-half lead, UAA suffered a heartbreaker in the end, falling to MSB 71-70.

UAA Head Coach Ryan McCarthy told the UAA press team that he's proud of his squad, and looks forward to taking another crack at the championship next year.

“I've got to give credit to Montana State Billings," said McCarthy, who, according to UAA, also led the Seawolves to a West Region title on the same court two years ago. "Every time we got a decent lead, they hit a big three or got to the free-throw line to stay within striking distance.

"It's unfortunate we left it in the officials' hands at the end," he continued. "To end it on free throws is kind of a tough pill to swallow, but it is what it is, and I'm really proud of our ladies for this run that they've made."

Junior center Hannah Wandersee posted 18 points to go with seven rebounds to lead the Wolves, while senior guard Rodericka Ware tallied 12 for the 5th-seeded and No. 13 Seawolves.