BILLINGS, Mont. – Veteran guards Kiki Robertson and Tara Thompson combined for 39 points and 8th-ranked Alaska Anchorage used another suffocating defensive effort to record a 87-44 women’s basketball victory over Montana State Billings at Alterowitz Gymnasium on Saturday.

The Seawolves (11-1, 4-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference got 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, seven assists, no turnovers and four steals from Robertson, who earned the GNAC Tournament MVP award on the same court in 2015.

The Yellowjackets (4-8, 1-3) were led by 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from Marissa Van Atta, but the hosts were hurt by 35 turnovers and outscored 39-9 from the three-point line.

UAA trailed 8-3 after five minutes before Shelby Cloninger’s layup began a 12-0 run. Cloninger added a three-pointer to start the second quarter as the Seawolves led by double figures the rest of the way. Leading 24-14, Hannah Wandersee’s layup started another string of 17 straight Seawolf points in the second quarter, and the lead expanded to 73-35 after three quarters.

Thompson shot 5 of 11 from long range and established her career high for the second time in the last five games, tallying 17 points. Meanwhile, Robertson – a senior playing in her 111th career game – had her highest scoring output since her career-high 23 at Chaminade in the fourth game of her freshman season.

“Kiki was impressive all-around tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy. “That is the kind of performance she is capable of on a nightly basis. She is starting to show the consistency we’ll need from our seniors if we are to going to have continued success.”

Senior forward Autummn Williams added 13 points, freshman guard Kimijah King had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Wandersee and Cloninger scored seven points each.

UAA’s defense was also sparked by freshman point guard Yazmeen Goo, who finished with six assists, four steals and a game-high seven rebounds.

The Seawolves finished 13 of 28 from three-point range – including a pair from King – to come two shy of the program single-game record and one short of their most ever in a GNAC game.

The Seawolves return to the road next week for games at Western Oregon on Jan. 5 and Concordia (Ore.) on Jan. 7. Both contests start at 6 p.m. AST and can be seen live on gnac.tv.