ANCHORAGE – Host Alaska Anchorage erased a big early deficit Saturday but Central Washington guard Leslie Stillar posted 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead her team to a 74-64 women’s basketball victory over UAA at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (8-7, 2-5 GNAC ) were led by 16 points from senior forward Alysa Horn and career-highs of 16 points and four assists from freshman guard Jessica Madison.
The Wildcats (8-7, 3-4) would outscore the Seawolves 29-14 down the stretch, however, as they snapped an 11-game losing streak in the series, posting their first win over UAA since 2007. Center Jasmine Parker had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats, while guard Hannah Shine had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
UAA trailed 39-22 before closing the first half with an 8-0 run, including two buckets by Madison. The Seawolves kept it close early in the second and used a 12-0 spurt to take a 50-45 lead with 12:40 remaining, getting five straight points from Horn to end the surge.
However, the Wildcats responded with a 12-point run of their own as they took the lead for good. UAA pulled within 63-61 on a long three-pointer from freshman Alyssa Hutchins with 3:47 on the clock, but the Seawolves couldn’t score again until 32 seconds remained.
In addition to Jessica Madison’s night, the Seawolves got career-highs from a pair of other players as sophomore guard Alli Madison dished eight assists and junior forward Kylie Burns grabbed 14 rebounds.
Freshman Jenna Buchanan had nine points for the Seawolves, who lost at home to the Wildcats for the first time since 2005.
UAA played for the second straight game without injured starting point guard Sasha King (ankle), who averages team-highs of 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Seawolves return to action Thursday, Jan. 24, when they start a four-game road trip at Western Oregon.