BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Senior Autummn Williams scored 31 points to lead a comeback in the first extra session and drained the go-ahead three-pointer in double overtime Thursday as 2nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage earned its third straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball title with a 75-72 victory over 16th-ranked Western Washington at Whatcom Pavilion.

The Seawolves (26-1, 19-0 GNAC) also got eight points, nine rebounds and four steals from senior point guard Kiki Robertson as they remained unbeaten against NCAA Div. II competition and tied the school record with their 22nd straight victory.

The Vikings (23-4, 17-2) were paced by 31 points from the nation’s leading scorer – senior guard Taylor Peacocke – but saw their 17-game winning streak snapped, falling for the first time since a Dec. 3 road loss to UAA.

“This was an incredible game between two great teams,” said UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy, whose Seawolves clinched the No. 1 seed for next week’s GNAC Tournament and set a new standard for most conference victories in the 16-year-old league. “Both teams showed a lot of poise throughout, but Autummn really came through in the overtimes and refused to let us lose.”

The Seawolves led 32-23 at halftime and 42-32 after three quarters, and appeared ready to cruise to the win when Williams opened the fourth with a three-pointer, but the hosts rallied behind an incredible three-point display by Peacocke, who came in averaging 23.0 ppg.

Trailing 49-41 with just over five minutes left in regulation, Peacocke exploded for 14 points – including 4 of 4 on threes – over the next three-plus minutes, giving the hosts their first lead since the opening moments at 54-53 with 1:45 left.

After both teams missed opportunities, UAA forward Sierra Afoa grabbed a rebound and was fouled with 12 seconds left. The Dimond High product split her two charities to tie it, and Western’s Tia Briggs missed a midrange jumper at the end of regulation.

Briggs put her team up 61-56 with a layup late in the first overtime, but Williams almost single-handedly led the Seawolves to an impressive comeback. The transfer from Div. I Little Rock hit two free throws and then intercepted a pass that led to another charity with 1:06 remaining, making it 61-59.

Peacocke hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to make it a two-possession game, but Seawolf sophomore guard Tara Thompson connected on a three-pointer with 12 seconds left – her lone field goal of the game. With nine seconds remaining, UAA fouled WWU’s Aleisha Hathaway, who missed the second of her two free throws. Williams grabbed the defensive rebound and raced upcourt, banking in the tying layup with 1.8 seconds showing, and WWU could not attempt a shot on its last chance.

The second extra session was just as tight, with WWU grabbing the lead three times before Hannah Wandersee snagged a rebound and made two free throws for a 70-70 tie with 1:31 left. Western threw the ball away on its next possession, and Williams delivered the game-winning trey on a rainbow with 48 seconds to go.

After Western cut it to 73-72 on a short jumper by Briggs, Robertson sank two free throws with 11 seconds left. The Vikings got the ball to Peacocke for a final attempt, but her three-pointer was well guarded and UAA’s Shelby Cloninger grabbed the rebound as time expired, setting off a Seawolf celebration.

In addition to tying program record from 2008-09 with 22 straight wins, the Seawolves extended a trio of other records with their 20th straight road win, 17th straight league road win, and 26th straight win over fellow Div. II opponents.

It was also a historic night for Robertson, whose three assists gave her 674 for her career and moved the GNAC and UAA record holder into 25th place on the all-time NCAA Div. II list.

Meanwhile, Williams – who played 45 of 50 minutes – topped the 30-point barrier for the third time in the last five games as she jumped from eight to fourth place on UAA’s single-season scoring list, now with 574 points.

Afoa added seven points and eight rebounds, while Cloninger and Wandersee accounted for six points and four rebounds apiece.

The Seawolves finish the regular season Saturday at regionally 4th-ranked Simon Fraser (24-5, 15-4), which has clinched the No. 3 seed for the GNAC Tournament. That contest tips at 4:15 p.m. AST in British Columbia and can be seen live on gnac.tv.