ANCHORAGE – Newcomers Autummn Williams and Shelby Cloninger scored 15 points apiece to pace a balanced scoring effort for No. 10 Alaska Anchorage, helping the Seawolves start the season with an 84-41 women’s basketball blowout of Cal State Los Angeles at the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday.

Williams, a senior transfer from Div. I Arkansas Little Rock, shot 6 of 11 and added five rebounds, six assists and two of UAA’s 19 steals in her debut. Cloninger, who comes north from North Idaho College, made 3 of 6 three-pointers and dished two assists, doing all of her damage in just 20 minutes.

The Golden Eagles, coming off a 10-17 season, were led by nine points on 3-of-4 long range shooting from guard Marina LaPuzza. The California Collegiate Athletic Association club was playing its first game under its new head coach, Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller.

With just five returning players from their 38-3, NCAA Div. II National Runner-Up squad, the Seawolves seemed to show no signs of rebuilding, jumping to a 9-0 lead in the first four minutes Friday. Cal State LA rallied within 18-15 late in the first quarter before the Seawolves turned on the gas again, answering with the next 14 points.

The lead ballooned to 39-22 at halftime and UAA ended any drama with a 28-12 third quarter.

Senior point guard Kiki Robertson scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and dished eight assists, becoming the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s career assists leader, now with 536. The two-time GNAC Tournament MVP also grabbed three steals and four rebounds, while committing just two turnovers.

The UAA bench outscored its counterparts 41-15 as shooting guard Kaitlyn Hurley – a transfer from Snow (Utah) College – tallied 13 points on 3-of-4 three-point accuracy, and forward Dominique Thomas – a transfer from Kilgore (Texas) College – had nine points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Alysha Devine scored nine points and made a career-high seven steals for UAA, which has led the nation in that category for three straight seasons.

The Seawolves have a quick turnaround for their next game, Saturday at 5 p.m. against fellow 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifier Academy of Art (0-1) at the Alaska Airlines Center.

NOTES: Already UAA’s career assists leader, Robertson surpassed former Montana State Billings star Bobbi Knudsen (532 assists, 2010-14) for the GNAC record … with her 87th win in a Seawolf uniform, Robertson also tied current assistant coach Alysa Horn (2009-13) for No. 7 on that program list … the Seawolves have now won 25 straight regular-season, non-conference games, dating back to a 92-78 loss to Div. I Georgetown in Nov. 2013.