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Second-half success not enough for Vikings in 74-55 loss to Seawolves

Emma Duff shoots from the line against UAA. // Photo by Max Gleiberman

By Sophia Knotts

With a final score of 74-55, the Vikings lost the Thursday, Jan. 31 women’s basketball game at home versus the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.

The Vikings started the game by winning the tip off and easily making the first basket. The Seawolves tied immediately. The two teams battled their way to an 8-8 tie before finishing the first quarter with the Vikings down by seven points.
The Seawolves had a strong offensive start, making eight of their 17 field goal attempts in the first quarter alone.

The Seawolves were relentless, as they continued their hot shooting and ended the first half with a score of 42-23.

The Vikings upped their game in the second half, barely outscoring the Seawolves with a 17-16 third quarter effort, however they still trailed 58-40 at the end of the quarter.

Despite their strong performance in the third quarter, the Vikings entered the final quarter down by 18 points. They nearly replicated their third quarter success in the fourth quarter, scoring only one point less than the Seawolves, vastly improving their performance from the first half in the process. In the end, the Seawolves’ first half advantage was too much for the Vikings to overcome. The Seawolves ended the game with the same 19 point lead they had at halftime, winning 74-55.

This loss puts the Vikings at 10-9 overall and 5-6 in conference play this season.

The Vikings will be on the home court again Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. for their next game versus the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks.

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