LACEY, Wash. – Sophomore Alli Madison scored a career-high 17 points and senior Alysa Horn had another big night as the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team hung on for a 48-45 victory over Saint Martin’s at Marcus Pavilion on Saturday.
The Seawolves (10-7, 4-5 GNAC) got 10 points and nine rebounds from Horn, a senior forward, to win their third straight road game and catch the Saints in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.
Forward Chelsea Haskey scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Saints (11-8, 4-5), but the rest of her teammates combined to shoot just 9 of 29 from the floor.
UAA took the lead for good when Jessica Madison snapped a 13-13 tie with consecutive three-pointers at the 9- and 8-minute marks of the first half. Alli Madison sank a trey to put the visitors ahead 32-19 at the break, and they held a 42-30 lead with 13 minutes to play.
The Saints would hold the Seawolves scoreless for the next nine minutes, however, drawing within 42-40 on free throws from Jori Skorpik at the 4:38 mark. Alli Madison finally broke the UAA draught with a pair of charities and Jenna Buchanan swished a midrange jumper to extend the lead back to 46-40, only to be answered by five straight points from the Saints.
After Jessica Madison missed a three-pointer with 1:06 left, Buchanan jumped in the passing lane and made a steal with 38 seconds left to protect the 46-45 lead. Jessica Madison, who finished with 11 points, followed with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds to go, accounting for the final scores of the game.
SMU called timeout with 8.8 seconds remaining, but Jordyn Richardson was stripped on a last-ditch three-point try, and the ball wound up in the hands of Horn, who dribbled out the clock.
Horn shot 4 of 7 overall and 2 of 4 from long range as she moved into a tie for fourth place on UAA’s all-time victories list. The 5th-year senior from Kodiak now has 79 victories in a Seawolf uniform, tying Diane Dobrich (1986-90) and Seawolf Hall-of-Famer Robin Graul (1985-89).
Junior forward Kylie Burns had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and snagged eight rebounds for UAA. Burns and Alli Madison both played the entire 40 minutes, while Jessica Madison logged 38 minutes and Horn 36. The Seawolves played for the fourth straight game without injured point guard Sasha King (15.7 ppg, 6.4 apg), who is nursing a sprained ankle.
UAA has now won 10 of its last 11 against SMU, extending its current win streak to four games.
More importantly, the Seawolves move into a three-way logjam for fifth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings along with SMU and Seattle Pacific. The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the GNAC Tournament, Mar. 6-9 in Lacey.
UAA is on the road again next week to start the second half of GNAC play with games at nationally top 10-ranked Simon Fraser and Western Washington.