UAA women fall to No. 17 Crusaders

sports@adn.comJanuary 2, 2014 

After an undefeated December, the UAA women's basketball team got off to a rocky start in the new year.

A slow start and a big disparity at the foul line doomed the Seawolves in an 86-80 loss Thursday to 17th-ranked Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in Nampa, Idaho.

The loss was UAA's first this season to a fellow Division II team. Its only other loss came to Division I Georgetown in November's Great Alaska Shootout championship game.

UAA made an impressive comeback after trailing early but couldn't overcome foul trouble and Northwest Nazarene's near-perfect free throw shooting and superior rebounding.

Northwest Nazarene (9-2 overall, 2-1 GNAC) hit 38 of 46 free throws, including eight of nine in the final two minutes. UAA was 15 of 21.

The Seawolves (9-2, 2-1) were whistled for 35 fouls to Northwest Nazarene's 20. Three players fouled out -- KeKe Wright, Christina Davis and Jenna Buchanan -- and three more finished with four fouls apiece.

The Crusaders owned the first half, taking leads of 11-0 after 21/2 minutes, 16-5 after seven minutes and 34-17 after 15. The Seawolves made it a 10-point game, 40-30, with a couple of 3-pointers late in the first half and started the second half strong.

UAA forged a 52-52 tie on Alli Madison's free throws at 12:03 and grabbed a 55-54 lead on Buchanan's 3-pointer at 10:02.

The game was tied three more times before Northwest pulled away at the foul line. Their lead trimmed to 76-74 after a Buchanan trey at 2:21, the Crusaders scored eight of their final 10 points, including the final five, on free throws.

Northwest Nazarene got a huge double-double from Megan Hingston (25 points, 15 rebounds), who helped her team to a 50-37 advatnage on the boards. And both she and Taylor Simmons (24 points) were deadly from the foul line -- Simmons was a perfect 13 of 13 and Hingston hit 15 of 17.

Kylie Burns led UAA with 20 points and nine rebounds. Jessica Madison added 15 points and Buchanan 14.

Buchanan came off the bench to hit four of eight 3-pointers, including one that cut Northwest's lead to 76-74 in the waning minutes. UAA missed five shots and turned over the ball twice the rest of the way.

The women will try to get back on the winning track Saturday when they play Central Washington in Ellensburg, Wash.

GNAC honors McCarthy

UAA women's basketball coach Ryan McCarthy was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference coach of the month for December.

The Seawolves went 4-0 in December, starting with early upsets of GNAC foes Montana State-Billings and then-No. 6 Seattle Pacific. They finished the run with nonconference wins over Cameron and Saint Leo, wins that earned the Seawolves a first-place trophy in their own AT&T Hoops Classic.

All four victories were by double-digits, the largest margin coming in a 90-59 rout of Billings, which was voted the top team in the GNAC in the preseason coaches poll.

UAA (80) -- A. Madison 2-11 4-6 8, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Robertson 3-6 1-2 8, J. Madison 5-13 3-4 15, Burns 6-12 5-7 20, Davis 1-3 1-1 3, Hutchins 1-1 0-0 3, Buchanan 5-12 0-0 14, Devine 0-4 0-0 0, Craft 4-7 1-1 9. Totals 27-70 15-21 80.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (86) -- Schumann 4-8 0-0 12, Simmons 5-10 13-13 24, Schierman 0-0 0-0 0, Hingston 5-12 15-17 25, Warwick 0-2 5-6 5, Babbitt 0-2 0-0 0, White 2-5 1-2 6, Luke 4-13 2-4 10, Swanson 0-3 2-4 2, Ferrenburg 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-57 38-46 50.

UAA 30 50 -- 80

NNU 40 46 -- 86

3-point goals -- UAA 11-31 (A. Madison 0-2, Robertson 1-3, J. Madison 2-8, Burns 3-7, Davis 0-1, Hutchins 1-1, Buchanan 4-8, Devine 0-1). Rebounds -- UAA 37 (Burns 9), NNU 50 (Hingston 15). Total fouls -- UAA 35, NNU 20. Fouled out -- Davis, Buchanan, Wright. Technical fouls -- none. Assists -- UAA 15 (Robertson 4, Buchanan 4), NNU 9 (Simmons 4). Turnovers -- UAA 27 (A. Madison 6, J. Madison 6), NNU 28 (Simmons 10). Steals -- UAA 13 (Robertson 5), NNU 8 (Schumann 5). Blocks -- UAA 3 (Craft 3), NNU 1. Officials -- Mitchell, Banning, Schmidt.

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