MONMOUTH, Ore. – Senior Autummn Williams led a historic offensive performance with 24 points Thursday for 7th-ranked Alaska Anchorage in a 105-62 women’s basketball victory over Western Oregon at the New P.E. Building.
The Seawolves (12-1, 5-0 GNAC) also got a career-high 17 points from freshman guard Kimijah King and at least four points from all 11 active players as they moved into sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.
UAA’s 105 points and 62.9 percent shooting marked the program’s best performances in GNAC game since the league began in 2001-02, while the field-goal percentage was third-best by any team in a GNAC contest.
The Wolves (5-7, 1-4) got 14 points from forward Jasmine Miller and 11 points from guard Sydney Azorr but could not overcome the Seawolves’ hot shooting and pressure defense.
With the game tied 2-2, senior guard Tara Thompson drained two of her three three-pointers during a 10-0 run to begin the onslaught. UAA’s 32-13 lead after the first quarter set a new standard for most points in the opening 10 minutes, and its 59-27 halftime lead marked the most points scored by a Seawolf team in the first half of a GNAC game.
“At times we were good defensively and at other times average, but our offensive execution was second-to-none tonight,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose team came in No. 2 in NCAA Div. II with just 49.5 points allowed per game. “It was great to see what this team can accomplish offensively when everyone contributes.”
Williams led UAA in scoring for the 10th time in 13 games as the Div. I transfer shot 11 of 16 overall and 2 of 3 from long range, along with three assists and three steals. King drained 8 of 14 shots to score a career high for the second straight game and added three of UAA’s 19 steals, while junior forward Sierra Afoa reached double figures for the second time this season with 10 points.
The Seawolves committed only 10 turnovers as points guards Kiki Robertson and Yazmeen Goo combined for 12 points, 16 assists, five steals and one turnover. Junior forward Dominique Thomas added seven points and five rebounds, and spearheaded the interior defense with two blocks and three charges drawn.
UAA extended its longest win streak against any program with 26 straight now against WOU, including the last 14 meetings in Monmouth.
The Seawolves will take win streaks of eight games overall, 12 GNAC road games and 15 total road games into Saturday’s 1 p.m. AST contest at Concordia in Portland.
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