FAIRBANKS – Junior forward Kylie Burns scored 21 points Saturday to help the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to its seventh straight victory with a 76-61 decision over Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center.
The Seawolves (17-9, 11-7 GNAC) also got 17 points and eight rebounds from senior forward Alysa Horn as they claimed a share of third place in the final Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings. UAA will be the No. 4 seed and face No. 5 seed Northwest Nazarene in the GNAC quarterfinals on Wednesday, Mar. 6 (6:30 p.m. AST) in Lacey, Wash. It will be a matchup of regionally ranked teams as UAA is No. 9 and NNU No. 7 in the current West Region poll.
The Nanooks (5-21, 3-15) were led by 13 points and 10 rebounds from reserve guard Brianna Kirk as the hosts saw their three-game win streak end and suffered their 12th consecutive loss to UAA.
UAA controlled the action much of the night, taking a 37-30 halftime lead on a big performance from Jenna Buchanan. Buchanan, a guard from Galena, had 12 of her 15 points before the break, nailing a pair of three-pointers. She also finished with seven rebounds and tied her personal-best with five assists.
The Seawolves led 47-40 before the Nanooks went on an 8-0 surge to go ahead. But Horn answered with a three-pointer and Burns snapped a 50-50 tie moments later with a trey of her own, helping UAA retake control. The Seawolves made it a 66-54 advantage on another three and a long jumper by Horn, a Kodiak native playing her final game in Alaska.
UAA shot 40 percent (10 of 25) from long range, getting three treys apiece from Burns (3 of 4) and Horn (3 of 7). Freshman guard Jessica Madison added 13 points, while senior point guard Sasha King had seven points and four assists.
Burns, a 5-9 forward from Kansas City, Kan., shot 7 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 at the free-throw line – along with seven rebounds – to come one point shy of her career-high scoring output.
NOTES: Wednesday’s game and any subsequent games from the GNAC Tournament will be aired live in Anchorage on FM-93.7 KAFC, while all tourney games will be videostreamed as well … the Seawolves are the two-time defending GNAC Tournament champions … Horn became the 10th Seawolf woman to reach 1,100 points (now with 1,114) and now ranks in UAA’s top 10 in scoring (10th), rebounds (9th, 632), blocks (10th, 56), three-pointers made (7th, 112), games played (t-9th, 108) and victories (4th, 87) … Burns moved alone into 15th on UAA’s career 3FGs made list, now with 68.