ANCHORAGE – Powered by a fast start and hot shooting from reserve guard Kaitlyn Hurley, 9th-ranked Alaska Anchorage earned a 75-59 victory over Simon Fraser on Wednesday in both teams’ Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves (5-1, 1-0 GNAC) got 22 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting from Hurley, while senior forward Autummn Williams paced a game-opening 15-0 run and finished with 7-of-10 shooting, three assists and three steals.

The Clan (8-2, 0-1) were led by 14 points and five rebounds from starting forward Rachel Fradgley as the NCAA’s lone Canadian program suffered its first loss since the overall season opener on Nov. 4.

Coming into the game as the Div. II national leader in steals and turnovers forced per game, the Seawolves forced five SFU miscues and shot 6 of 8 from the field to start the game. UAA led 27-13 after the first quarter and stretched to a 47-30 halftime edge, shooting 18 of 31 (.581) overall and 7 of 10 from long range in the opening 20 minutes.

A hook shot by Hannah Wandersee gave UAA its largest advantage at 53-30 before SFU stormed back within 55-44 after three quarters. Meg Wilson converted an offensive rebound for the opening basket of the fourth quarter cut the Clan’s deficit to single digits at 55-46, but Hurley delivered the crushing blows with two three-pointers over the next two minutes.

Starting forward Alysha Devine added 10 points and five rebounds for the Seawolves, Wandersee scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, and senior point guard Kiki Robertson collected seven assists, six rebounds and five points. UAA’s game-opening run was also keyed by senior forward Sierra Afoa, who finished with four points, seven rebounds, three steals and a career-high three blocks despite battling foul trouble.

Sophomore guard Tara Thompson grabbed a career-high four steals and dished two assists without a turnover for the Seawolves, who return to the Alaska Airlines Center for another GNAC contest Saturday (2 p.m.) against preseason coaches’ poll favorite Western Washington. Call 907-786-1562 or visit for ticket information.

NOTES: Wednesday’s game was a matchup of the teams picked to finish a close second (SFU) and third (UAA) in the GNAC’s preseason coaches’ poll … SFU handed UAA its lone home loss of 2015-16 with a 67-66 upset on Feb. 27 … UAA now leads the all-time series 14-7 overall and 7-2 against SFU in Anchorage … Hurley’s 22 points are the most for a Seawolf this season as the Snow (Utah) College transfer started 6 of 7 from long range … Williams scored in double figures for the sixth time in as many games as a Seawolf; she has been UAA’s first- or second-leading scorer in every game thus far.