With the sport and their undefeated convention report on the road, the Seawolves turned to Tara Thompson on Saturday afternoon.
Thompson, a 5-foot-7 junior guard from Anchorage, was the definition of clutch whereas main the UAA ladies’s basketball workforce previous Concordia-Portland seventy six-sixty eight in a again-and-forth battle between prime-10 groups on the Alaska Airways Middle.
The Dimond Excessive graduate scored all of her eleven factors within the last fifty one/2 minutes, together with eight within the last 21/2 minutes, to assist the sixth-ranked Seawolves keep off an upset bid by eighth-ranked Concordia in entrance of a crowd of 922.
Thompson drained three three-pointers down the stretch. The primary gave UAA a one-level lead on the 5:31 mark. The second gave UAA the lead for good, sixty three-sixty one, with 2:25 to go. The third gave UAA its largest lead because the third quarter, sixty eight-sixty four, with 1:12 to go.
“Tara confirmed ice water in her veins once more as we speak,” Seawolves coach Ryan McCarthy stated. “She doesn’t let something hassle her, regardless of how robust issues get on the market.”
Thompson, who final week tied a faculty report for single-recreation, three-level accuracy with a 6-of-6 displaying in a street win over Montana State-Billings, on Saturday was three of 5 from the sector (three of four behind the arc) and a couple of of two from the foul line.
Each of her free throws got here within the remaining minute, when the Seawolves sank eight of 10 free throws to maintain Concordia at bay. Yazmeen Goo hit 5 of 6 foul photographs throughout that stretch.
The win stored UAA undefeated within the Nice Northwest Athletic Convention. The Seawolves are 15-1 general and eight-zero in convention play.
Concordia, which introduced a 5-recreation profitable streak into the sport, slipped to eleven-5, 5-three. Bailey Cartwright led the Cavaliers with 18 factors, thirteen rebounds and 4 assists.
“That was a very good check for us at present towards a group that got here in extremely popular and performs extraordinarily properly collectively,” McCarthy stated.
UAA performed with out main scorer Shelby Cloninger, who missed her second straight recreation with an damage however obtained contributions from quite a few gamers.
Hannah Wandersee, a 6-2 junior middle, poured in a group-excessive 17 factors and was a pressure on the offensive…