Courtesy of Alaska Anchorage Athletics
BILLINGS, Mont. — Hanna Johansson scored 19 points and the 11th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team used a record-setting free-throw performance Saturday to secure a 78-59 win against Montana State Billings at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Seawolves (11-2, 2-0 GNAC) also got 13 points and five rebounds from sophomore forward Alysa Horn as they won their sixth straight on the strength of 96.3 percent (26 of 27) free-throw shooting. The performance topped UAA’s previous school record of .947 (18 of 19) against Seattle Pacific in 1995 and Central Washington last season.
The Yellowjackets (5-6, 1-2 GNAC) were led by 13 points from guard Beata Bak, and Mandy Jacobs added 9 points and five assists.
UAA started the game with a 9-0 run and managed a 39-26 lead at halftime. The Yellowjackets could get no closer than 11 points early in the second half.
Senior point guard Kaitlin McBride hit all six of her free throws for UAA, while Johansson went 5 of 5, Kaylie Robison 4 of 4 and Tanee’ Denson-Griffin, Kylie Burns and Horn all 2 of 2. The only Seawolf to miss a charity was senior Nikki Aden (5 of 6), who ranks No. 5 on UAA’s career free-throw percentage list (.792).
Johansson, a 6-2 center, also nailed 7-of-9 from the field and added four steals. The junior from Sweden continued her terrific play in Billings after scoring a career-high 25 in a 66-65 victory over the Yellowjackets last February. Aden and Robison each posted 10 points and five rebounds, while junior forward Tijera Mathews added six points (2-4 3FG), two assists, four steals and no turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. McBride paced the Seawolves with four assists.
UAA’s victory was its sixth consecutive overall and seventh straight in the all-time series against MSUB. The Yellowjackets have not beaten the Seawolves since joining the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2007-08.