UAA women upset Billings

Eight free throws in the final 61 seconds carried the UAA women’s basketball team to an upset victory Saturday night that inches the Seawolves toward a berth in the conference tournament.

The Seawolves hit all of their foul shots down the stretch to beat Montana State-Billings 61-55 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. 

The loss knocked Billings (15-6 overall, 9-4 GNAC) out of third place in the conference standings and solidified UAA’s sixth-place status. The Seawolves (12-9 overall, 6-7 GNAC) are 1.5 games ahead of their nearest pursuer, which is important because only the top six team advance to the GNAC tournament.

Freshman Jenna Buchanan scored a game-high 17 points and Alysa Horn and Kylie Burns each posted double-doubles to help the Seawolves take a big rebounding advantage.

UAA ended the game with a 12-4 run, with Horn scoring six points and Buchanan scoring four.

Both teams missed a slew of shots from the field — 40 for UAA, 39 for Billings — making rebounding pivotal. The Seawolves won the battle of the boards 48-34, getting 14 from Horn, 11 from Burns and seven from Buchanan.

Buchanan tied the game with 4 minutes, 38 remaining when she rebounded her own 3-point miss and scored a layup to knot things up 51-51.

Horn hit a jumper at 4:02 to give UAA a brief lead that lasted until the Yellowjackets’ Annie DePuydt hit a pair of free throws to tie it again at 3:36.

Then came 21/2 minutes of scoreless basketball, during which each team missed three shots and no team got an offensive rebound.

UAAfinally caught a break when Horn drew a foul from Monica Grimsrud with 1:01 left. She banged in both free throws to break the tie and give UAA the lead for good, 55-53.

Horn sank two more foul shots with 30 seconds left, but Janiel Olson answered for Billings with a layup that made it 57-55 with 19 seconds remaining.

The Yellowjackets quickly called a timeout, but as soon as play resumed, Olson fouled Kylie Burns, who cooly swished her two free throws to pad the UAA lead. Buchanan drew a foul with eight seconds and hit both of her shots to complete the scoring.

Buchanan drained three 3-pointers and Sasha King hit two as the Seawolves connected on 6 of 21 shots behind the arc. Billings was an ice-cold 1 of 17 from 3-point range.

Horn, a senior from Kodiak, finished with 13 points for her 10th career double-double, Burns had 11 points, three assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes, and King chipped in 10 points.

Olson posted a double-double for Billings with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Bobbi Knudsen added 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

 

MONTANA STATE (55) — Knudsen 7-20 0-0 14; Olson 5-14 4-6 14; Goggins 3-6 4-5 10; Grimsrud 3-9 0-0 6; DePuydt 2-6 2-2 6; Tolman 1-4 0-0 3; Peoples 1-2 0-0 2; Kumm 0-0 0-0 0; Hanser 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-61 10-13 55.

UAA (61) — Buchanan 6-15 2-2 17; Horn 3-11 7-10 13; Burns 3-10 4-4 11; King 3-10 2-2 10; J. Madison 3-10 2-2 8; Hutchins  0-1 2-2 2; Martin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 19-22 61.

MSU-Billings   33   22  —   55

UAA 27   34  —   61

3-point goals —  Billings 1-17 (Tolman  1-3; Olson 0-3; Goggins 0-1; Grimsrud 0-5; Knudsen 0-5), UAA 6-21 (Buchanan 3-7; King 2-5; Burns 1-3; Hutchins  0-1; J. Madison 0-3; Horn 0-2). Fouled out — Grimsrud. Rebounds — Billings 34 (Olson 13), UAA 48 (Horn 14). Assists — Billings 16 (Knudsen 5), UAA 13 (Buchanan 3; Burns 3; King 3; Horn 3). Turnovers — Billings 8 (three players with 2 each), UAA 10 (King 7). Steals — Billings 7 (Knudsen 2), UAA 4. Blocked shots — Billings 2 (Knudsen 2), UAA 1. Total fouls — Billings 18, UAA 13. A — 642.



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