ANCHORAGE – Freshman Jenna Buchanan scored 17 points and the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team got double-doubles from Alysa Horn and Kylie Burns to earn 61-55 victory over Montana State Billings on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (12-9, 6-7 GNAC) got 13 points and 14 rebounds from Horn, while Burns had 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.
The Yellowjackets (15-6, 9-4) were led by 14 points and 13 rebounds from forward Janiel Olson, but the visitors shot just 1 of 17 from three-point range and were outrebounded 48-34.
UAA, which saw its 11-game win streak over MSUB end in Billings last month, earned a split of the season series. The Seawolves also got 10 points and three assists from senior point guard Sasha King, while freshman guard Jessica Madison tallied eight points and four rebounds.
The Seawolves led 13-6 in the early going before the Yellowjackets took over the middle section of the first half, grabbing a 31-21 advantage at the 5-minute mark. UAA closed to within 33-27 at the half, however, and King knotted the score at 38-38 on a three-pointer with 12:24 remaining.
After Horn gave UAA a 42-38 edge on a short jumper, the Yellowjackets used an 11-3 surge to flip the advantage. But Buchanan swished a three-pointer to make it a 49-48 MSUB lead with 7:51 left, and the game stayed within one possession until the final minute.
Tied 53-53, both teams missed several opportunities to take the lead until Horn was fouled on a layup attempt at the 1-minute mark. The senior from Kodiak swished both free throws, then grabbed Bobbi Knudsen’s miss with 30 seconds left and drew another foul, again converting both free throws. Olson sliced it to 57-55 on a layup with 19 seconds remaining, but Burns and Buchanan went 4-of-4 at the charity stripe to seal the victory.
Buchanan matched her career scoring high on 6-of-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, along with three assists. The 5-8 guard from Galena also had 15 points in Thursday’s victory over Seattle Pacific after entering the weekend with a previous best of 11 points in a league game.
The result knocks the Yellowjackets out of third place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, while giving the Seawolves a 1.5-game lead for sixth place and the final berth at next month’s GNAC Tournament.
UAA returns to the road next week to face the team currently in seventh, Central Washington, at 6 p.m. AST on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Ellensburg, Wash.
NOTES: Horn, who was honored in a pregame ceremony for reaching the 1,000-point mark on Thursday, earned her 10th career double-double against MSUB … four of Horn’s five double-doubles this season have come in GNAC play … Burns’ double-double was her second this season and first since Nov. 17 … with her final rebound, Horn pulled into a tie for 10th place on UAA’s career rebounds list, equaling Stephanie Smith (1996-2000) with 577.