Fans celebrate in Anchorage as Seawolves storm into NCAA finals
The UAA women’s basketball team played the divide and conquer game to perfection. Four became two.
Now the Seawolves want to be the One.
In a game which looked more like a preseason scrimmage than a Final Four contest, second seeded UAA dismantled number seven Grand Valley State 67-47 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls to reach the National Championship game on Monday April 4th. The Seawolves will have their greatest challenge this season as top ranked Lubbock Christian awaits. The Chaparrals ran past Bentley 67-57 and improved to 33-0.
But UAA will enter as hot as any team in the nation. At 38-2, they stifled the Lakers en route to the rout. A 37-21 halftime lead ballooned into the 20’s in the second half. Head Coach Ryan McCarthy has spoken all season about his team’s tremendous depth and he unleashed it early. Twelve Seawolves had played by the second quarter, with nine scoring.
This was the first meeting between the two schools in any sport. UAA made a statement which will be tough to match the next time two more programs meet.
Note: The Seawolves will play for their first national championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. They will be part of a larger celebration of women’s basketball. All three levels: Division I, II and III will hold their title games in the heartland. UAA’s will be on Monday April 4th at 11 AM Alaska time.
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