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Beth Bragg

Challenged by a highly motivated opponent and the late arrival of mayhem, the UAA women's basketball team had to battle from behind to muster its 15th straight victory Saturday afternoon.

The Seawolves, the top-ranked team in Division II basketball, ran their record to 27-1 with a scrappy 74-64 win over Montana State-Billings from front of a matinee crowd of 1,910 at the Alaska Airlines Center.

"It wasn't pretty but we got it done," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. "Huge credit to MSU -- they were playing with their season on the line. The credit goes to them for some of our struggles, but our pace and pressure wore on them."...

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According to the scoreboard, the difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 19 team in Division II women's basketball was 13 points Thursday night.

At times though, the difference was night and day.

The top-ranked UAA women used moments of sheer domination to win their 14th straight game, an 83-70 triumph over 19th-ranked Seattle Pacific in front of an Alaska Airlines Center crowd of 1,692.

Junior forward Megan Mullings poured in a career-high 29 points and sophomore guard Kiki Robertson racked up nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists to push UAA's record to 26-1 overall and 16-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference...

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A U.S. women's relay team featuring two Alaska Pacific University skiers finished fourth Thursday at the Nordic Ski World Championships, one spot out of the medals.

APU's Sadie Bjornsen and Rosie Brennan skied the two classic-technique legs for the Americans, who placed fourth in the 4x5-kilometer mixed-technique race in Falun, Sweden. The finish matched the best world-championship relay performance by a women's team in U.S. history.

Bjornsen, a 2014 Olympian from Anchorage, fell during her scramble leg and dropped into eighth place, but she recovered well enough to move into sixth place before tagging off to Brennan, who pulled the United States into fifth place...

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After surviving two close calls on the road last week, the top-ranked UAA women's basketball team returns to friendlier surroundings for its final two games of the regular season.

Not that that means it'll be an easy week for the Seawolves. On Thursday, they host the only other nationally ranked team in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference when No. 19 Seattle Pacific comes to the Alaska Airlines Center.

On Saturday, they face a Montana State-Billings team that comes to Alaska with a slim chance to earn a spot in next week's GNAC tournament, which could make the Yellowjackets a dangerous opponent.

UAA is 25-1 overall and 15-1 in the GNAC, and it's hungry for two more wins...

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The latest award collected by UAA senior Travis Thompson recognizes how the home-grown basketball star embodies the term "student athlete."

Thompson, who voluntarily took a redshirt year midway through his career to ensure he would complete an academically demanding degree, on Wednesday was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team. He earned third-team honors for his on-court and classroom performances.

As his final season winds down -- he'll play his final home games Thursday and Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center -- Thompson is on track not only to leave his mark on the school record book but to graduate this spring with a civil engineering degree...

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Skiing on its home trails, the UAA ski team shined on a sunny Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, 2015, at Kincaid Park, landing one man and two women in the top five of the Seawolf Invitational’s classic-technique races....

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The UAA ski team kicked off a week of home-snow competition Monday with a pair of top-10 finishes on the Hillside cross-country trails, which despite early morning rain held up to provide a showcase for a two-time NCAA champion skier...

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After producing a wet and wild finish to what may have been the most bizarre state cross-country ski championships in Alaska history, Hunter Wonders of South High and Gus Schumacher of Service High went their separate ways.

"I'm gonna need some different pants," Schumacher said. "They're really wet." And off he skied in search of dry clothes.

Wonders, meanwhile, rebuffed suggestions to do the same. Dry clothes wouldn't do much good, he said, given that he was soaked through to the skin.

"The hard thing about all the hugging is everyone's raincoats are so wet, it soaked (my race suit)," he said...

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Holly Brooks caught a train near the end of the 42nd American Birkebeiner and rode it all the way to victory Saturday in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Brooks claimed her second win in North America's biggest cross-country ski race and reclaimed the lead in the FIS Marathon Cup by hitching a ride with the elite men as they passed the women's frontrunners with about 10 kilometers to go in the 51-kilometer freestyle race.

The women started 20 minutes ahead of the men and took on trail-breaking chores on a course covered with new snow. When the top men caught up to the top women -- a pack of four -- Brooks took advantage...

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With not much snow to work with at Kincaid Park, each day has been a guessing game for racers and organizers at the state high school cross-country ski championships: Is there enough snow to accommodate the usual mass start for the freestyle race? Is there enough coverage to set a classic course and a freestyle course for the traditional mixed-technique relay?

Friday dawned with another question looming: Could West Valley's Max Donaldson erase a 20-second deficit and join the elite group of skiers who have won three or more Skimeister titles?

Turns out he could...

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