Blue Raiders prevail in nail biter, 75-72, over the Seawolves

November 26th, 2015

This game was about one man:  Suki Wiggs.  Wings scored 35 points, half of the Seawolves’ score.  At the half, he had 20 of the team’s 31. 10 of that 31 game from free throws.  Despite the dominant performance of Wiggs, UAA was unable to top Middle Tennessee.  The Blue Raiders defense was so pervasive that the Seawolves were battling the shot clock the entire night.  UAA shot 77% from the free throw line, missing 5-22.  A margin that may have given them the edge.  Their largest lead was the first score of the game, a 3-pointer from Wiggs.  They mounted a comeback in the second half with 2 minutes to go, but they were not able to hold on.

Middle Tennessee’s team was plagued by fouls and turnovers, yet their more accurate shooting clinched them the win.  Their top scorer was Buford with 18, followed closely by Potts with 16.  Had UAA played a Middle Tennessee team that wasn’t so careless and sloppy, this game wouldn’t have been so close.  Three players had four fouls, and another three committed three each.

Middle Tennessee will advance to the semi-finals to play the winner of the UNC Asheville vs Drexel game.  UAA slides into the consolation bracket and will face the runner up.

Loyola tops San Diego in a hard fought game, 67-57

November 26th, 2015

Loyola played a poised and confident game last night.  Devon Turk led the team with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and he didn’t commit a single foul for the 34 minutes he played.  He also was 5-9 from the arc.

As for San Diego, they were down for most of the game, but battled back in the second period briefly leading Loyola by 2.  Their hopes were squashed however when Loyola shot 60% FG and 100% from the free throw line.  In the end, Loyola was able to pull away, ending with their largest lead of the game, 10 points.

Toledo triumphs over San Jose State, 89-74

November 25th, 2015

Toledo was dominant tonight against the San Jose State Spartans.  Boothe of Toledo managed a triple double in points, assists, and rebounds.  Williams was Toledo’s top scorer .  The Rockets were able to get a ten point lead and maintain it through the rest of the game. Otherwise the teams looked pretty well matched until the end, where Toledo pulled away with their largest lead of 15 points.

As for San Jose State, Rogers and Welage both put up 16 points.  The team as a whole was a bit more balanced than Toledo, but they just couldn’t handle the Toledo’s powerhouse players.

San Jose State will play next in the consolation semifinal at noon on Friday against the runner up of the Loyola Chicago vs. San Diego Game.  Toledo advances to the semifinal and will play the winner.

WKU beats UAA in the women’s Great Alaska Shootout championship, 62-58

November 25th, 2015

WKU dealt UAA a heartbreaking loss this evening.  The game came down to the wire.  The seawolves looked like they were in rough shape at the start of the game, and while they were able to keep up with WKU for the most part, they couldn’t seem to shake it.  Overall, the Seawolves’ field goal percentage was higher, but they granted WKU 12 points more than they took in free-throws.  In a game that’s won by four points, that can be devastating.

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WKU’s Kendall Noble took home the tournament’s MVP award after putting up 21 points and 14 rebounds.  The player of the game went to Brown, whose free throw at the end secured the win for WKU, edging it just out of reach for the Seawolves.

George Mason takes home third place, defeating Pepperdine 71-63

November 25th, 2015

The game was close throughout, but ultimately the GMU Patriots were able to pull away from the waves.   Kara Wright of GMU had a great game, scoring 20 points.  She had help from three other teammates that scored in double digits.  The Patriots overall played a much more balanced game than the Waves.

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Erica Ogwumike of Pepperdine scored 20.  Wallace and Green also scored in double digits, but the three of them were the only really contributors to their team’s score.  Pepperdine walks away with last place in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.

UAA triumphs over Pepperdine, 94-61

November 25th, 2015

Both teams played with intense energy, but the Seawolves heart won out.  UAA’s bench was deep, 9 out of 11 players that saw game time put points on the board.  At one point, UAA led Pepperdine by 40 points.  Buchanan and Mullings lead the scoreboard with 22 and 21 points respectively.  Buchanan was 6-10 from the arc.  Kiki Robertson had 7 points and just as many assists.

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As for the Waves, turnovers and jump balls coupled with multiple scoring droughts plagued the team.  But it seemed like it wasn’t from lack of control, but rather the intense pressure that UAA put on them.  Pepperdine also had 9 out of 11 players put points on the board, but their team wasn’t as balanced as UAA.  Erica Ogwumike scored 22 points for the Waves.    Their next highest scorer, Green, put up 10 points.

Both Pepperdine and UAA put up similar percentages, but Pepperdine was no match for UAA’s defense.  Pepperdine will play George Mason today at 2:30pm for the loser’s bracket championship.  UAA takes on Western Kentucky University for the Great Alaska Shootout women’s championship game.