After missing the her first of two free throws with 1:25 remaining, leaving the score tied at 48-48, the Seawolves’ senior guard Kiki Taylor, she drained the second to give UAA a single point advantage over Cincinnati.
Bearcats head coach Jamelle Elliott called a timeout and designed a play to give her star player, senior guard Kahla Roudebush, a chance to shoot the game winning shot. With six seconds remaining in the game, Roudebush launched a three pointer but was unable to find the net as Taylor got an important defensive rebound once again to end the game.
Once Taylor grabbed that last defensive rebound, pandemonium broke out in the whole stadium. The Seawolves were named the Great Alaska Shootout Champions for the fourth year in a row.
“This one’s really special to us since we had so many people questioning our team and doubting us this year. We played fast, showed some heart and I’m proud of them,” said UAA head coach Tim Moser.
The Seawolves made it to the championship game by defeating Coastal Carolina with a score of 89-47. “We are playing with no traditional post, we did a good job, we just want to put all our hope and energy into what we can control,” Moser said after his teams victory over the Chanticleers.
“We go into every game knowing that if we do what coach asks us to do we will win,“ stated UAA senior forward Nicci Miller. To nobodies surprise Miller was named the Tournament MVP. “I’m an emotional player, when my adrenaline and excitement get going it scares the other team.”
That statement proved to be correct during the Coastal Carolina game as Miller scored 14 points in just 12 minutes of play in the first half.
The Cincinnati University Bearcats found themselves in the championship game by defeating Western Carolina the first night with a score of 67-54.
The Bearcats seemed to be out of sync most of the tournament, finishing it off by only shooting 17 percent during the second half of the championship game.
“My team shot just 17 percent in the second half, how many teams do you know that can shoot that low and still have a shot to win the game? ‘Cause my team did, we just didn’t convert at the end when we really needed it,” said Elliott after her teams loss to the Seawolves in the championship game.
“We had the player we wanted shoot the last shot, we just couldn’t make it. We knew it was going to be a physical game, the refs let them play, and all those girls fought it out,” said Elliott, “this was a great test, UAA plays a physical game like the Big East teams that we face, it was a good preview of what’s to come and was good experience for my team.”
The third place game featured Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina. The Chanticleers went on to win the game defeating the Catamounts 72-64.
Although her did was not on the winning end of the game, Western Carolina’s Kaila’Shea Menendez made an impressive game-high 21 points and went 10 for 10 from the foul line.
Sydnei Moss from Coastal Carolina led the Chanticleers with a team high of 17 points.
Coastal Carolina head coach Alan LeForce was not pleased with his team after the loss to UAA the first night of the tournament.
“We got whipped, that was embarrassing, if I knew we would have been like this we wouldn’t have came here, this is a great tournament and we shouldn‘t have played like this,” said LeForce after his 89-47 loss to the Seawolves.
The next night was a different story for LeForce though.
“After last nights fiasco, this showed the character of our team to bounce back and play well, we hit some crucial free-throws,” Leforce said after the Chanticleer third place victory.
“We just wanted to win, it was a crucial win for us,” said LeForce.