SAN ANTONIO – Senior All-American Hanna Johansson scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough for Alaska Anchorage as the 8th-ranked Seawolves suffered a 71-51 loss to 2nd-ranked Ashland (Ohio) in the NCAA Division II Elite 8 Women’s Basketball Championships quarterfinals at Bill Greehey Arena on Tuesday.

In a game that matched two of the top offensive teams in D-II, the Eagles (32-1) got a game-high 18 points from guard Jenna Stutzman, while national player-of-the-year finalist Kari Daugherty added to her national lead in double-doubles with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ashland will move on to face 5th-ranked Bentley in Wednesday’s semifinals.

“It’s disappointing right now, but my hat goes off to Coach (Sue) Ramsey and her team for playing a great game,” said UAA head coach Tim Moser. “Ashland is really efficient offensively and they really came to play.”

Meanwhile, the Seawolves (30-5) also got double figures from junior point guard Sasha King, who scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high four steals, however UAA could not find another offensive weapon as it scored a season-low point total and shot just 31.7 percent on the day.

“It wasn’t our night,” Moser added. “We did some things tonight that we haven’t done all year. I don’t know what to attribute that to, but I’ll take the blame as the head coach. I’m so proud of this group of seniors – Hanna is here for the second time in her career and that’s an amazing accomplishment.”

 UAA – which was making its third trip to the Elite Eight in five years – jumped to an early 6-2 lead before the Eagles roared back to take a 15-point lead with 4:33 left in the opening half. The Seawolves scrapped back within 32-23 at the break and started to cut into the deficit with tenacious defense in the second half.

King sliced it to a 43-40 game on a driving layup with 13:03 remaining and UAA had a chance to tie when Tijera Mathews stole the ball on the next possession, but King’s three-pointer was off the mark and Ashland sharpshooter Lindsay Tenyak nailed a trey on the opposite end.

Tenyak, who shot just 2 of 13 on three-pointers in Ashland’s three Midwest Regional Championships games, nailed 5 of 6 from distance against the Seawolves and finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Her timely three-pointer also started a game-clinching 17-2 run for the Eagles, who won their 32nd game in a row after a season-opening loss to Minnesota State.

Senior forward Kaylie Robison had seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds in her last game for UAA, while classmate Mathews had three points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.

UAA managed a 39-32 advantage in rebounding and outscored the Eagles 19-0 in second-chance points, but the Eagles’ hot shooting (9 of 16 on threes) proved too much in the end.

“I’d like to recognize Alaska Anchorage on a good game and a terrific season,” Ramsey said in the postgame press conference. “Of all the teams we’ve played this year, they are the most relentless team on the boards.”

UAA’s final record of 30-5 matches its 2007-08 NCAA Semifinalist squad as the second-best in program history, while UAA’s three Division II losses (29-3 vs D-II competition) were also the least suffered in 34 years of Seawolf women’s basketball.