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Last-second foul leads to women’s loss

ANCHORAGE (Jan. 19) – Free throws drove the defeat of UAA’s women’s basketball team 62-61 (8-6, 1-5) against Saint Martin’s (6-8, 3-3) Thursday. Seawolf fouls gave Saint Martin’s the game with 0.8 seconds remaining in the last half when 5′ 6″ senior, Beth Layton, scored one point from the free throw line bringing the final score to 62-61. Layton finished with 29 points, scoring the final eight points of the game.

The game marked another night of dealing with a swarm of arms for Seawolf freshman Rebecca Kielpinski, who had a double-double with 23 points _” nine of which came from free throws. Kelsey Larsen from Mukilteo, Wash. was the only other Seawolf to score in the double digits with 10 points.

After the game, UAA Coach Jody Hensen talked about her young team, which out shot Saint Martin’s 48.8 to 35.3 percent.

“We’re a very young team and we don’t have a lot of depth. I don’t mean depth in terms of quality coming from the bench. I mean depth in terms of numbers,” Hensen said. “All season long the minutes have been extremely high for our folks, and we’re in a situation where we have to deal with that.”

Elsewhere on Jan. 19 Fairbanks women’s basketball team lost to Seattle (8-6, 3-3) who had a Great Northwest Athletic Conference season high of 19 rebounds.

Seawolves slaughter Western Oregon on the home court

ANCHORAGE (Jan. 21) _” The men of Western Oregon’s basketball team couldn’t stand still during the national anthem prior to their 88-50 defeat by the Seawolves.

Little more than two minutes into the game the Seawolves (13-7, 4-4) led by 7-0. Senior James Hartman scored 19 points before the sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

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At the end of the first half Kemmy Burgess, a senior from San Diego, Calif., nailed a three pointer from 30 feet back. Luke Cooper contributed to half of the Seawolves 18 helpers.

Travis Kuhns, a Western Oregon freshman, scored 16 points, but his team trailed by as much as 40 points in the second half, despite the 12 added rebounds from J.T. Mitchell.

The Seawolves will head to UAF Jan. 28, and will play their next home game against Northwest Nazarene Feb. 9.

Seattle University stifles Seawolf women

ANCHORAGE (Jan. 21) _” Seattle University controlled the UAA women’s basketball team when it took a 17-point victory in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Saturday.

Seattle’s women (9-6, 4-3) could be heard screaming “yes sir” to the guidance given by Coach Dan Kirley at the start of the game. The discipline paid off in their 60-43 victory.

The loss marks the fifth in a row for the Seawolves. Rebecca Kielpinski scored 22 points, but Seattle forced 31 Seawolf turnovers, and combined that with a 44 percent shot accuracy.

Ashley Brown, Seattle’s 5′ 4″ junior, helped lead her team to a 30-23 first half advantage by scoring 10 points.

Seattle held a 12-point lead with 14 minutes left in the game and stayed ahead of the Seawolves by at least 10 points for the remainder of the game.

Seawolf men finally defeat Humboldt State

ANCHORAGE (Jan. 19) – The Seawolf men’s basketball team (12-7, 3-4) defeated Humboldt State 85-67 (9-5, 3-3) for the first time in the five-year history of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the last game the Lumberjacks will play at UAA.

“I really thought our defense did it tonight,” Coach Rusty Osborne said. “We had pretty good intensity and pretty good mental concentration.”

With a 38-24 lead set early in the game, the Seawolves maintained control, peaking their advantage with a 24-point lead and six minutes remaining in the second half.

UAA sophmore Joe Davis finished with a game high 20 points. Adam Fitt-Chappell, a 6′ 5″ senior from Eagle River, scored with every attempt (5-5 FG, 3-3 3FG, 6-6 FT), raking in 19 points. Luke Cooper, UAA sophomore, gave 13 assists.

Lumberjacks junior Kevin Johnson scored 16 points and nine rebounds.

The Lumberjacks women’s basketball team fared just as poorly against Seattle Pacific losing, 76-56 the same night.