2009 Shootout

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Senior forward Nicci Miller scored a career-high 24 points Tuesday night to lead the Alaska Anchorage women's basketball team into its fourth consecutive Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout championship game with an 89-47 blowout of Coastal Carolina at Sullivan Arena.

The Seawolves (3-0), ranked No. 8 in NCAA Div. II, also got 14 points and four steals from senior guard Tamar Gruwell as they easily notched their largest margin of victory against a Division I opponent.

Miller got the scoring started off a nice inside feed from Nikki Aden (10 pts, 4 assists, 0 turnovers) as UAA jumped to an early 12-1 lead. Fellow starting senior guard Kiki Taylor helped run the visitors from Conway, S.C., ragged with 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 3FG), three assists and three steals, while junior forward Kelsie Gourdin added eight points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench.

UAA enjoyed its largest lead at 89-41 with 1:29 left in the game.

The Seawolves shot over 50 percent for the third straight game (33-61, .541), while holding their opponents under the 30 percent mark (15-52, .288) for the third straight time as well.

With their seventh straight Shootout win, the three-time defending champion Seawolves stretched their overall home-court winning streak to 24 games, including three at Sullivan.

The WBB Shootout Championship Game is at 5 p.m. today at the Sullivan Arena.

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