ANCHORAGE (Nov. 23) – Guard Liza Fruendt scored 16 points and sparked a late surge for Missouri State on Wednesday as the Lady Bears rallied past host Alaska Anchorage, 65-58, to earn third place in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout women’s basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Missouri State (2-3) also got 10 points and four steals from guard Lexi Hughes, who hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 6:46 remaining.
The Div. II Seawolves were led by 15 points apiece from sophomore guard Tara Thompson and junior forward Shelby Cloninger, while point guard Kiki Robertson collected eight points, nine assists and three steals. UAA played the game as a discretionary exhibition, meaning the result will not count on its overall record.
UAA led throughout much of the first half and took a 31-30 edge into halftime. Missouri State controlled much of the second half until the Seawolves got back-to-back layups from freshman Yazmeen Goo to draw within 47-46 at the 8:09 mark of fourth quarter.
Thompson hit a short jumper to tie it 50-50 with 7:06 on the clock, but Hughes answered with her big trey 20 seconds later, beginning an 8-2 run that decided the game.
The Seawolves return to NCAA Div. II play next week when they host their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener against Simon Fraser, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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