Burns leads UAA women past Cameron and into title game

jpeters@adn.comDecember 20, 2013 

Friday's nonconference college basketball game between the UAA women and Cameron University felt closer than it was.

UAA was never truly threatened in an 86-70 win in the first round of the AT&T Hoops Classic at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, but both teams hustled and scrapped from start to finish, even getting plenty of vocal support from their respective benches.

"I think, a lot of the game, (Cameron) had momentum, even though they were down by double figures almost the whole game," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. "When you give up easy shots, like we did, it hurts the momentum."

UAA (8-1) was playing for the first time since upsetting sixth-ranked Seattle Pacific nearly two weeks ago, and McCarthy said the team was a little rusty.

"It was probably the worst we've looked all season," he said.

Even so, the Seawolves, who have won three straight games, will advance to the two-day tournament's championship game against undefeated Saint Leo University on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saint Leo (10-0) earned its spot with a 69-42 win over Brevard College in Friday's early game.

UAA maintained its usual fast pace, which helped create 28 Cameron turnovers. Kylie Burns led the charge for the Seawolves with 22 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. She missed her career-high point total by one and pulled in eight of UAA's 24 offensive rebounds.

"I just want to continue our streak," Burns said. "That's kind of what the mind-set is; let's prove who is the better team."

Cameron (7-2), of Lawton, Okla., had only one loss coming in and played with an abundance of fiery energy despite never holding a lead.

The Aggies, paced by 13 points apiece from Sasha Carter and Jazzmine Robinson, trailed by 14 with just more than six minutes to play in the first half, but rallied to within three points with 2:23 before the break.

Jenna Buchanan (16 points) killed Cameron's momentum with a 3-pointer that put the Seawolves up 40-34 and UAA's lead swelled to 48-37 at halftime.

Cameron was within eight points early in the second half, but trailed by double digits for the last 15 minutes. UAA, which got 13 points from Emily Craft and 12 from Alli Madison, led by as much as 21.

Madison also recorded a career-high seven steals, often using them to spark fast-break opportunities. Kiki Robertson and Christina Davis each dished six assists and Craft added three blocks.

It was Burns who really stood out for the Seawolves, repeatedly coming up with big rebounds and tough points in the paint. The senior was a powerful presence on both ends of the floor.

"She really bailed us out," McCarthy said.

The Seawolves will have to play better Saturday, McCarthy said, if they want to win the tournament, which he thinks is a neat way to get in a couple of nonconference games before the holiday break. The three visiting teams have embraced the trip to Alaska, he said. Some of the players even gave dog mushing a try.

"I think it's a real special thing for all the teams," McCarthy said. "I really like it, and I hope we are able to continue this."

CAMERON (70) -- Reinke 1-3 0-0 2; Caddy 4-8 2-4 10; Harris 1-1 5-6 7; Robinson 4-10 4-4 13; Stamp 2-6 0-0 6; Montgomery 0-1 1-2 1; Kindred 0-3 0-0 0; Herl 4-6 0-0 12; Vallier 2-5 0-0 4; Carter 1-1 0-0 2; Brown 5-7 3-5 13. Totals -- 24-51 15-21 70.

UAA (86) -- A. Madison 5-15 2-2 12; Wright 3-8 3-4 9; Burns 8-15 5-6 22; Robertson 2-5 0-0 4; J. Madison 1-9 0-0 2; Davis 0-3 0-0 0; Hutchins 2-3 0-0 6; Buchanan 7-10 1-2 16; Devine 1-5 0-0 2; Craft 6-11 1-2 13. Totals -- 35-84 12-16 86.

Cameron 37 33 -- 70
UAA48 38 -- 86

3-point goals -- Cameron 7-16; (Reinke 0-1; Cadedy 0-1; Robinson 1-2; Stamp 2-6; Herl 4-6). UAA 4-22 (Madison 0-3; Burns 1-4; Robertson 0-1; J. Madison 0-4; Davis 0-3; Hutchins 2-3; Buchanan 1-2; Devine 0-2). Rebounds -- Cameron 34 (Vallier 7); UAA 43 (Burns 12). Total Fouls -- Cameron (16); UAA 19. Fouled out -- none. Assists -- Cameron 17 (Harris 11); UAA 22 (Robertson, Davis 6). Turnovers -- Cameron 28 (Harris 6); UAA 17 (Davis 7). Blocks -- Cameron 5 (Vallier 4); UAA 4 (Craft 3). Steals -- Cameron 7 (Vallier 3); UAA 15 (A. Madison 7). Officials -- McNew, Floyd, Conelly. A -- 344.

Saint Leo 69, Brevard 42

Saint Leo University guards Chelsea Williams and Teresa Manigrasso scored 15 points apiece Friday to keep the Lions undefeated with a 69-42 win over Brevard College in Friday's other first-round game.

Saint Leo, a Division II school located near Tampa, Fla., also got 10 points and nine rebounds from Chelsea Connelly to move to 10-0.

Brevard (2-6) got nine points off the bench from guard Madison Lenox but the North Carolina team was doomed by 20 percent shooting.

BREVARD (42) -- Martin 0-0 0-0 0; Wolfe 4-9 0-0 8; Williams 1-8 6-6 8; Bannister 0-3 0-0 0; Turner 1-10 0-1 2; Crisp 2-7 4-4 8; McJunkin 1-6 0-0 3; Ward 0-0 0-0 0; Watts 0-3 2-2 2; Lenox 3-11 3-4 9; Clark 1-1 0-0 2; Hiatt 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 13-64 15-17 42.

SAINT LEO (69) -- Jackson 4-10 2-4 10; Green 3-6 1-4 7; Guzman 1-3 0-0 2; Manigrasso 6-16 3-4 5; Connelly 4-7 0-2 10; Lewis 1-7 0-0 3; Winans 0-1 0-0 0; Ortiz 0-0 0-0 0; Williams 5-7 5-6 15; Higgins 1-2 0-0 2; Gross 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 27-64 11-20 69.

Brevard12 30 -- 42
Saint Leo27 42 -- 69

3-point goals -- Brevard 1-27 (Williams 0-6; Turner 0-8; Crisp 0-3; McJunkin 1-5; Watts 0-1; Lenox 0-3; Hiatt 0-1); Saint Leo 4-16 (Jackson 0-1; Manigrasso 0-4; Connelly 2-3; Lewis 1-4; Winans 0-1; Gross 1-3). Rebounds -- Brevard 37 (Crisp 6); Saint Leo 55 (Jackson 10). Total fouls -- Brevard 16; Saint Leo 14. Fouled out -- none. Assists -- Brevard 8 (three with 2); Saint Leo 22 (Guzman 9). Turnovers -- Brevard 16 (Lenox 4); Saint Leo 17 (Higgins 6). Blocks -- Brevard 1 (Crisp); Saint Leo 1 (Williams). Steals -- Brevard 9 (Martin 2); Saint Leo 11 (four with 2). Officials -- Butler; Leitch; Lujan.


Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

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