NAMPA, Idaho – Forward Autummn Williams scored a career-high 34 points and fellow senior Kiki Robertson made several big plays in the fourth quarter Thursday to propel the 2nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to a 78-70 comeback victory over Northwest Nazarene at the Johnson Sports Center.

The Seawolves (22-1, 15-0 GNAC) got 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals from Robertson as they remained unbeaten against fellow NCAA Div. II teams and stretched their overall winning streak to 18 games.

The Crusaders (8-13, 6-9) were led by 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting from McKenna Walker, along with 14 points, six assists and three steals from starting backcourt mate Ellie Logan.

Clinging by one game to the sixth and final Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament position entering the night, NNU erased an early 23-19 deficit and took control in the second quarter. Logan capped a 12-3 run with a breakaway layup to make it 39-31, and the Seawolves faced their first double-digit hole of the season against a DII opponent when the Lexi Tubbs’s baseline jumper made it 45-35 with 1:13 on the clock.

Williams answered with the final five points of the half, however, and the conference’s third-leading scorer helped UAA continue its surge after the break, draining a three-pointer for a 47-45 lead.

NNU took its last advantage at 56-55 on Coco Gall’s transition layup, before Williams made a huge play in the waning seconds of the third quarter. After swishing go-ahead free throws, the D-I transfer cleanly picked the pocket of Crusader guard Marina Valles deep in the backcourt and sailed in for an acrobatic layup.

The hosts kept it a one-possession game until the final five minutes, but UAA converted offensive rebounds on three straight trips to forge a 69-64 lead with 3:36 left. Robertson added six points – making 4 of 4 free throws – in the last 2:30, and Williams capped her night with an old-fashioned three-point play that doubled the lead to 76-70 with 27 seconds left.

Williams shot 14 of 23 from the field and 4 of 4 at the foul line to equal the ninth-best scoring total in the program’s 40 seasons, and UAA’s second-best in 16 seasons of GNAC play. She added three assists and five of UAA’s 21 steals, while Robertson grabbed a game-high seven rebounds had three swipes.

The Seawolves – who lead the nation in scoring defense at 51.4 points per game – outrebounded NNU 39-34 and forced 30 turnovers to overcome of their least stingy first half of the season.

Forwards Sierra Afoa and Hannah Wandersee added six points apiece for UAA, which will look to extend school-record streaks of 18 straight road wins and 15 consecutive conference road wins when it visits Central Washington on Saturday at 6 p.m. AST in Ellensburg, Wash. Live video and stats for that game and all GNAC contests can be found at gnac.tv.

NOTES: A victory at Central Washington on Saturday would equal the second-longest winning streak in program history, matching the 19 in a row by last year’s club; the record is 22 straight by the 2008-09 team that advanced to the NCAA Semifinals … the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, Williams reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth straight time and eighth time in the last nine games, topping her previous best of 29 points at Seattle Pacific on Jan. 19; she is averaging 29.7 ppg over the last three games … freshman guard Kimijah King returned to the lineup after missing last week’s games with a minor injury, collecting four rebounds and a key putback basket with 3:39 remaining.