Saints stun No. 11 Seawolves
LACEY, Wash. – Junior center Hanna Johansson had 14 points and eight rebounds Saturday but it wasn’t enough as the 11th-ranked Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team suffered a 61-53 upset at the hands of Saint Martin’s at Marcus Pavilion.
The Saints (9-6, 4-3 GNAC) got 18 points from Dara Zack and 11 points from Roni Jo Mielke to erase a 13-point first-half deficit and end their six-game losing streak against UAA.
Senior point guard Kaitlin McBride had 12 points and three assists for the Seawolves (14-4, 5-2), but the visitors shot just 31 percent overall and 25 percent (7 of 28) from three-point range. Johansson, who made 4 of 6 field goals, was the only Seawolf to shoot above 50 percent.
Meanwhile, the Saints earned a 43-35 rebounding advantage over the Seawolves, who came into the week ranked 14th nationally with a plus-8.9 rebound margin.
UAA seemed in control early, stretching to a 22-9 lead on a layup by Johansson at the 5:38 mark of the first half. But the Saints would answer with a 13-6 run, drawing within 28-22 on a short hook shot by Emily Lashua at the first-half buzzer.
SMU continued its momentum by scoring eight of the first 10 points after the break, tying it 30-30.
After Francesca De Angelis gave UAA a 41-37 lead on a three-pointer at the 10:20 mark, the Saints answered with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to take the advantage for good.
Tijera Mathews drew the Seawolves within 50-47 on a free throw with 1:23 to play before Zack delivered the dagger, drilling a three-pointer from the corner with 60 seconds left.
Sophomore forward Alysa Horn finished with nine points and five rebounds for UAA, while Nikki Aden matched her career-high with eight rebounds for the second straight game.
The Seawolves’ loss was its first to a Great Northwest Athletic Conference team other than Seattle Pacific, Western Washington or Northwest Nazarene since the 2007-08 season.