HILO, Hawaii – Senior forward Autummn Williams scored 19 points and the 8th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team used a dominant defensive performance to roll to a 78-39 victory over Hawaii-Hilo on Saturday night at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

The Seawolves (10-1) also got 12 points from Tara Thompson and 10 points from fellow sophomore Hannah Wandersee, who each shot 5 of 6 from the field. All 11 UAA players scored at least two points as the two-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions earned their sixth straight win and completed non-conference play with a 7-0 record against fellow NCAA Div. II foes.

The Vulcans (1-6) were led by 11 points and seven rebounds from forward Sydney Mercer, but the Pacific West Conference squad shot just 26.7 percent and committed 25 turnovers against UAA’s pressure defense.

UAA led by double figures for more than 37 minutes, starting with a 13-0 run over the first six. The Seawolves led 24-4 after one quarter, establishing a new program mark for fewest points allowed in the first quarter and tying for their largest 1st-quarter margin since women’s college basketball adopted the quarter system last year.

Williams, a transfer from Div. I Little Rock, shot 6 of 13 from the floor and made all six of her free throws to reach double figures in every game thus far as a Seawolf. Meanwhile, Thompson buried both of her three-pointers, and junior guard Kaitlyn Hurley added eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and five rebounds.

Junior forward Dominique Thomas grabbed a team-high six rebounds as all 11 Seawolves had at least two boards. UAA’s 45-29 rebounding advantage was a season high, while its 14-of-17 free throw accuracy was the best this year on at least 13 attempts.

The Seawolves improved to 31-0 all-time against Hawaii’s four NCAA Div. II programs, including 7-0 against the Vulcans.

With an early half-game lead in the GNAC race, the Seawolves put their 3-0 mark on the line on New Year’s Eve with a 3 p.m. Alaska Standard Time tip against Montana State Billings in Billings, Mont.