ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Senior Kylie Burns scored 19 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds remaining Saturday to lift Alaska Anchorage to an 82-80 women’s basketball victory over Central Washington at Nicholson Pavilion.

The Seawolves (10-2, 3-1 GNAC) also got 19 points from junior wing Alli Madison and 16 points from Jessica Madison as they rallied from a late deficit.

The Wildcats (5-7, 0-4) nearly pulled the upset thanks to 27 points from forward Courtney Johnson and 15 assists from point guard Ally Schmitt, but the Seawolves escaped with their 12th win in the last 13 series meetings and seventh straight at Nicholson.

Led by their pressure defense, the Seawolves converted several steals into early baskets and appeared poised to run away, holding a 24-11 lead at the 11:43 mark of the first half. But the Wildcats got hot from three-point land and forged a 36-36 tie with 3:18 on the clock. Alli Madison then swiped one of her four steals and converted a layup, and Jessica Madison followed with a three-pointer to give the Seawolves a 41-36 halftime edge.

After the Wildcats erased an early 8-point deficit in the second half, the game settled into a close contest, featuring seven ties and eight lead changes.

Central went ahead 63-56 on a layup by Schmitt with 10:53 remaining before UAA stormed back to go up 78-73 on a three-pointer by Burns at the 3:21 mark.

A traditional three-point play by Central center Jasmine Parker knotted the score 78-78 with 1:22 to play, and UAA got the ball with a minute left following a defensive stop. With the shot clock running down, Burns coolly drained a 17-foot jumper from the top of the key for the eventual game-winner.

Alli Madison stole the ball from Johnson with 15 seconds left and UAA played keep-away until Christina Davis was fouled with 7 seconds showing. The junior from Las Vegas calmly drained both free throws to clinch it, rendering meaningless Schmitt’s layup with 0.3 on the clock.

The Seawolves outshot the Wildcats 50 percent (6 of 12) to 34.6 percent (9 of 26) from long range, including 3-of-4 marksmanship from Burns and 2-of-3 shooting from Jessica Madison.

UAA returns to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex next week for games against Western Oregon (Thur., Jan. 9) and first-place Saint Martin’s (Sat., Jan. 11). Tip-off both nights is 7 p.m. AST.