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Avoid the temptation to call UAA's first-round Shootout victory over Yale an upset.

Yes, UAA is a Division II team and Yale is a Division I team. But in their 72-63 GCI Great Alaska Shootout win Tuesday in front of a lively Alaska Airlines Center crowd, the Seawolves dominated with superior speed and athleticism.

Megan Mullings racked up 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, Keke Wright contributed 12 points and nine rebound and point guard Kiki Robertson dazzled with eight points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the undefeated Seawolves to their fifth straight victory.

Read more: UAA women beat Yale, will play for Shootout title

Avoid the temptation to call UAA's first-round Shootout victory over Yale an upset.

Yes, UAA is a Division II team and Yale is a Division I team. But in their 72-63 GCI Great Alaska Shootout win Tuesday in front of a lively Alaska Airlines Center crowd, the Seawolves dominated with superior speed and athleticism.

Megan Mullings racked up 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, KeKe Wright contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and point guard Kiki Robertson dazzled with eight points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the undefeated Seawolves to their fifth straight victory.

The win puts UAA in Wednesday's 5 p.m. championship game against Long Beach State. It will be the eighth title game time in nine years for the Seawolves, who will try to earn their seventh Shootout title since 1980 and their fifth since 2006. At this point, it's an upset if the Seawolves aren't in the championship game.

So was it an upset?

"Technically, on paper," UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said. "But our team believes they can win every game, and that's what makes them so special."...

Beth Bragg

Behind its tough-as-nails point guard, a sharp, scrappy Long Beach State team played its way into the championship game of the women’s Great Alaska Shootout Tuesday night with a 68-50 win over Boise State at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The 49ers got a game-high 13 points from Anna Kim, a 5-foot-5 fireplug who was the game’s official points leader and unofficial leader in times on the floor.

“I make hustle plays,” Kim said after leading her team into Wednesday’s 5 p.m. championship game against the winner of Tuesday night’s Yale-UAA contest.

Read more: Long Beach bucks Broncos in women's Shootout opener
Matt Tunseth

Karin Hendrickson, a six-time Iditarod musher, was hospitalized late Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle while training with her dogs along the Parks Highway in the Willow area, according to her mother, Gwen Rodman.

Alaska State Troopers received a report of a musher injured by a vehicle around 7:30 p.m., according to Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman.

Patty Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, said the crash occurred around Mile 91 of the Parks Highway.

A helicopter was unable to land at the scene due to weather conditions, according to Clint Vardeman, the borough’s deputy emergency services director.

Rodman did not have an update on her daughter’s condition late Tuesday, though said she was admitted to the emergency room at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

"It's been quite a shocking evening," Rodman said from her home in Mount Baldy, Calif.

She first learned of the wreck after logging onto Facebook. She said she had multiple messages from her daughter's friends inquiring about her condition and offering help...

Tegan Hanlon

Behind its tough-as-nails point guard, a sharp, scrappy Long Beach State team played its way into the championship game of the women’s Great Alaska Shootout on Tuesday night with a 68-50 win over Boise State at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The 49ers got a game-high 13 points from Anna Kim, a 5-foot-5 fireplug who was the game’s official points leader and unofficial leader in times on the floor.

“I make hustle plays,” Kim said after leading her team into Wednesday’s 5 p.m. championship game against the winner of Tuesday night’s Yale-UAA contest.

Long Beach State’s defense – which has forced at least 24 turnovers in its first four games – was the difference. The 49ers forced 24 turnovers and held the Broncos to 34.6 percent shooting from the floor while knocking down 48 percent of their shots.

“I thought their defensive pressure and tenacity really affected us,” said Boise State coach Gordy Presnell.

Kim led a balanced 49ers offense that got 12 points from Raven Benton, eight points from Chantel Dooley and Hallie Meneses. Devin Hudson chipped in five points and nabbed a game-high seven boards for the 49ers (3-1)...

Matt Tunseth

Dimond remained atop the Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey standings with Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over South at Ben Boeke Arena.

Tyler Dunn scored one goal and assisted on the other two, and the Lynx (4-0-0 CIC) never trailed.

David Knightes also scored for Dimond, which received 13 saves from Darin Hammingh.

Tyler Breitenstein and Bryson Schmitz scored for South (3-2-0 CIC).

The teams were credited with just a combined 28 shots on goal.

Service 3, Chugiak 1

Tyler Millar and Edgar Gonzalez scored 33 seconds apart in the second period and Ronan Klancher turned back 23 shots Tuesday night to spark Service to a 3-1 Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey victory at Ben Boeke Arena.

Sam Hanson scored for Chugiak in the second period to cut Service’s lead to 2-1, but Luke Carlson’s goal with less than four minutes to go in the game furnished the Cougars a cushion.

D.J. Paxson kept Chugiak close with 35 saves...

Alaska Dispatch News

Dear Wayne and Wanda,

My husband works on the Slope (two on, two off) and one of his coworkers on the night shift is a pretty blond woman. I know he's a good person and committed, but the thought of them spending every night working in close quarters up there is driving me crazy. How do I get over this jealousy?

-- Sloper's wife

Wanda says:

Jealousies over spouses' close-knit relationships with coworkers are totally understandable. These days, we often spend more time with our colleagues than our chosen partners. Sharing work, successes and stresses can result in pretty cozy friendships -- ones that often have our spouses feeling like the odd ones out.

The Slope dynamic kicks it up a notch for sure. Not only are your husband and Blondie sharing long hours, they're also likely sharing meals, breaks and living quarters...

Wayne and Wanda

BETHEL -- Two proposals to shake up the Alaska Native power structure in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region will get a close look next year, including one that could create the first new regional tribal government in decades, dozens of village representatives decided this week at a gathering in Anchorage.

The effort is controversial in the region and refuels an old fight. It is being guided by Calista Corp., the regional Alaska Native corporation for the Y-K Delta. But Calista leaders say any new direction will come from the people.

On Monday, what’s being called the Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Committee met at the Egan Center in Anchorage to consider a new course. Of the region’s 56 tribes, 45 participated as did 40 village corporations, according to Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, Calista associate general counsel.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim effort comes just as Gov.-elect Bill Walker, who already is giving new attention to tribal issues, is about to be sworn in.

The meeting at the Egan Center was closed to news reporters and the public. Leaders afterward described what happened...

Lisa Demer

At least one person died and several people were injured Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle wreck on the Sterling Highway north of Homer, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers received a report of the crash around 5:40 p.m. Responders closed the highway at Mile 146, in the area of Happy Valley on the Kenai Peninsula. The highway remained blocked at 7:15 p.m., according to an email from Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman.

Few details about the crash were available Tuesday night. Troopers had not identified the person killed in the crash. Peters did not immediately respond to request for comment.

In her email, Peters asked motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Tegan Hanlon

The Anchorage Assembly is poised to approve the municipality’s 2015 budget at a special four-hour meeting Wednesday.

Mayor Dan Sullivan released his administration’s proposed budget in early October. The most recent version, released late Tuesday afternoon, incorporates a series of his own amendments as well as several proposed by Assembly members. Those include $200,000 to prevent cuts in People Mover service and $72,000 to increase broadband services for the Anchorage Public Library.

The Sullivan administration is also proposing a 3 percent increase in executive compensation.

Assembly members will debate additional amendments during Wednesday’s special meeting. The pre-Thanksgiving timing had been planned to account for a possible vacancy in the mayor’s office on Dec. 1 had Sullivan won election as the state's lieutenant governor, according to Assembly Chair Patrick Flynn.

Since the last public hearing on Nov. 18, Wednesday was the soonest city code allowed the Assembly to take action on the budget, Flynn said. The code requires a budget to be in place at least 21 days before the end of the municipality's fiscal year on Dec. 31...

Devin Kelly

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