As far as first impressions go, the UAA women's basketball team and a freshman from Hawaii made fairly favorable ones Friday.
The Seawolves, playing their only exhibition game of the season, gave Division I Kansas State all it could handle before succumbing 73-65 at Bramlage Caliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
UAA led by 16 points in the first half and was tied with the Wildcats with four minutes remaining. Kansas State finished with an 11-3 run to turn back the Seawolves and avoid a homecourt loss to an Division II team.
Kiki Robertson, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard from Honolulu, piled up 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds in her college debut. Her 10-foot jumper made it 62-62, the last time the Seawolves either led or shared the lead.
Another true freshman also had an impact for UAA -- Alysha Devine of Wasilla delivered eight points, three rebounds and two steals.
Senior Kylie Burns and sophomore Jessica Madison also shined for the Seawolves. Burns, a forward from Kansas City, Kan., making a return to her home state, totaled 11 points and seven rebounds, and Madison, last season's Freshman of the Year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, had a team-high 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting.
Kansas State, meanwhile, had lots of size and lots of Katya Leick. Leick, a 5-foot-9 senior coming off ACL surgery, racked up 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting to go with 12 rebounds for a team that boasts 11 players on the roster 5-10 or taller. The Wildcats outrebounded UAA 52-35.
The Seawolves also got nice showings from junior guard Alli Madison (7 points, 9 rebounds) and true freshman forward Alysha Devine (8 pts, 3-5 FG, 3 rebounds, 2 steals).
UAA opens the season on Nov. 9 when its hosts Western New Mexico.