by Kevin Wells
Channel 2 Sports
12:30 AM AKST, November 22, 2012
The UAA women, playing in their sixth Great Alaska Shootout title game in seven years, dropped a hard fought 67-57 decision to Utah State in Wednesday's tournament championship. Kylie Burns led the Seawolves with 14 points while Jessica Madison sank 4 of 6 from three-point range as UAA once again came out with a perimeter-oriented attack.
The Seawolves connected on 10 of 36 three's in the game, and out-rebounded the Aggies, 37-36. But the Seawolves had no answer for Devyn Christensen. The preseason WAC Player of the Year pumped in 32 points on 6 of 14 shooting from beyond the arc. Wasilla High School graduate Jenna Johnson added six points and four rebounds for Utah State.
In the consolation game, North Dakota State outscored Prairie View A&M 34-17 in the second half to claim third place, 61-56.
The men's tournament got underway on Wednesday as well with UAA dropping a 74-60 decision to Belmont, a school that won 27 games last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
Mike MacKelvie scored 14 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for UAA, while Liam Gibcus added 11 points. The Bruins, out of Nashville, Tennessee, got a game-high 15 points from Trevor Noack.
Earlier in the evening, Northeastern downed UC Riverside, 61-52 behind 14 points from Quincy Ford. The Huskies will play Belmont in Friday's semifinals, while the Seawolves will take on UC Riverside at 1:00 Friday in a consolation game.
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