ANCHORAGE – Senior guard Kahla Roudebush scored 15 points and led a second-half surge Tuesday night to put Cincinnati in the championship game of the women’s Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with a 67-54 victory over Western Carolina at Sullivan Arena.
The Bearcats (3-1) also got 15 points and seven rebounds from forward Michelle Jones as they advanced to meet host Alaska Anchorage in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. AST title tilt.
WCU (1-3) got a game-high 20 points from reserve guard Kaila’Shea Menendez on 8-of-10 shooting. But the rest of the Catamounts were held to 15-of-53 marksmanship and lost despite committing just four turnovers.
After WCU started the game with a 9-0 run, the Bearcats answered with an 11-0 spurt and went into the locker room with an eventual 26-24 advantage.
Things stayed tight early in the second half, with the Catamounts taking a 41-40 lead on Kristen Feemster’s layup with 11:24 to play.
That would be the Southern Conference team’s last lead, however, as Cincinnati got a three-pointer from Shareese Ulis to spark a 15-2 run.
Jones shot 7 of 9 from the field and tied teammate Val Schuster for game-high honors with seven rebounds, while Roudebush shot 6 of 12 (3-of-6 three-pointers) and dished three assists without a turnover to claim the Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game award.
Starting guard Carla Jacobs was the third Bearcat in double figures with 11 points.
Guard Emily Clark added 14 points for WCU, which will play Coastal Carolina in Wednesday’s 2:30 p.m. AST third-place contest.
The championship game will now pit three-time defending champion UAA against a team from the powerful Big East Conference for the second straight season. Last year, the Seawolves upset Syracuse, 58-57.