The UAA women's basketball team claimed its second consecutive Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title Wednesday night with a 52-50 victory over Santa Clara at Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves, who trailed 31-19 at halftime, stormed back in the second half, running off the final 11 points of the game in capturing the four-team Shootout championship.
UAA's victory was its fifth straight over a Division I team.
It almost didn't happen, though, as Chandice Cronk, of Wasilla, staked Santa Clara to a nine-point lead with a layup with 6:23 remaining in the game.
The Broncos, however, wouldn't score again.
The Seawolves' Rebecca Kielpinski, who won her second straight Shootout MVP award, tied the score at 50 with a free throw and later won it with a layup with five seconds left.
Kielpinski finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Cronk recorded 20 points and five boards.
Cleveland State, which fell by eight to UAA in overtime on Tuesday, finished third by beating Bradley, 82-61, on Wednesday.
No. 22 Butler 79, Michigan 65
Peter Campbell scored 18 points, A.J. Graves added 17 and Mike Green chipped in 12 in leading the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a relatively easy victory over the Wolverines on Wednesday in the opening round of the men's Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Butler (4-0) led by eight at halftime and never looked back. The University of Alaska Anchorage men will take on Bobby Knight and Texas Tech at 5 p.m. today.
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