Sports Briefs

Seawolves edge Division I Cougars in OT

Blazing three-point shooting and a big double-double from center Rebecca Kielpinski pushed the visiting Seawolves to a 70-64 overtime victory over Washington State in a women’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 5.

The Seawolves – ranked 14th in NCAA Division II – got 18 points and 11 rebounds from Kielpinski, 18 points from senior Maria Nilsson, and huge games from guards Kalhie Quinones and Jennifer Salazar to knock off the Cougars.

The contest was tight throughout, with neither team holding a double-digit lead. UAA took a 45-36 advantage with 13:23 left in the second half on a three-pointer by Salazar, but the Cougars began their comeback at that point, pulling within a point thanks to an 11-3 run.

After the Cougars forged their biggest lead of the night, 60-55, with less than 2 minutes remaining, Salazar answered with another three point-shot and the Seawolves forced a turnover. Kielpinski then converted a put-back basket and drew a foul with 39 seconds left. UAA led 61-60 after the junior’s free throw and got the ball back when Colleen Betteridge missed a layup.

UAA’s Danielle Dekel missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity, however, and the home team tied it when guard Katie Appleton made the first of two free throws with 11 seconds showing. After a timeout, the Cougar’s defense forced Nilsson into her only three-point miss of the night on an off-balance, deflected shot at the buzzer.

The Seawolves would go on to answer with a three from Nilsson and consecutive layups by Kielpinski, closing the extra session with a 9-0 run.

“Our girls played tough,” said Seawolf head coach Tim Moser. “We showed some heart and poise and found out some things about our team.”

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Quinones also keyed the victory with her steady ball handling and rebounding ability. The Utah State transfer snagged 11 rebounds and dished nine assists with only two turnovers – on a night when the Seawolves committed 28 turnovers as a team.

Washington State committed only 14 turnovers but was badly outshot by the Seawolves, 44 percent to 34 percent.

UAA backs blood drive with free tickets

The UAA Athletic Department will team with the Blood Bank of Alaska to help in that organization’s fall blood drive, Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

In exchange for a donation, UAA will offer two free general-admission tickets for either session of that day’s basketball action, including the 3rd-place and championship games.

The blood bank’s LIFEmobile will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sullivan Arena parking lot. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the Blood Bank of Alaska’s donor center at 222-5630 or e-mailing [email protected]

Eight UAA runners earn recognition

Eight UAA runners were among the 76 student-athletes named Thursday to the 2007 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country All-Academic Team.

Six women and three men earned academic recognition for the Seawolves, led by Heather McIntyre, who was one of five GNAC athletes to earn perfect 4.00 GPAs. The sophomore from Kenai is double-majoring in elementary education and mathematics.

Earning the accolade for the third time in her career was senior Kaley Strachan (3.75, biological sciences), who was one of eight to earn the honor for three consecutive seasons.

Two-time honorees for UAA were junior Mick Boyle (3.58, psychology), junior Cornelious Sigei (3.53, accounting) and senior Mary Krusen (3.47, nursing).

UAA’s first-time academic honorees were junior David Kiplagat (3.23, management), senior Anjuli Haydu (3.49, hospitality and restaurant management) and senior Autumn Streuli (3.36, nursing).

To be eligible for the academic team, a runner must hold an overall grade-point average of 3.20 and be in at least their second full year of competition.