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ELLENSBURG — Fourth-ranked Alaska Anchorage gave red-hot Central Washington a rude welcome to GNAC play Thursday night at Nicholson Pavilion.

The Wildcats (1-0 GNAC, 5-1 overall) suffered their first loss of the season, 74-60, despite 20 points from Alexis Pana on 8-of-10 shooting. Central shot 53 percent from the field but committed 20 turnovers. Kaelie Flores added 12 points and eight rebounds for CWU, who will continue its six-game homestand Saturday against Alaska Fairbanks.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE— Thompson 2-5 0-0 5, Kian McNair 6-9 4-4 16, Sala Langi 6-9 1-3 13, Hannah Wandersee 8-20 1-2 17, Stallworth 2-8 1-2 7, Hajdukovich 0-2 0-0 0, Safiyyah Yasin 3-10 3-4 10, Fernandez-Roy 0-1 0-0 0, Voliva 1-4 4-5 6. Totals 28-68 14-20 74.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON— Mensing 3-7, Alexis Pana 8-10 3-4 20, Kaelie Flores 6-14 0-0 12, Shaw 3-8 1-2 9, Malcolm 1-3 0-4 2, Phiakhamngon 1-1 0-0 3, Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Bowman 3-4 2-3 8. Totals 25-47 6-14 60.

Halftime—UAA 43, CWU 33. 3-point goals—UAA 4-12 (Stallworth 2-3, Yasin 1-3, Thompson 1-3, McNair 0-1, Langi 0-1, Hajdukovich 0-1), CWU 4-13 (Shaw 2-7, Phiakhamngon 1-1, Pana 1-2). Rebounds—UAA 39 (Wandersee 8, Voliva 7), CWU 32 (Flores 8, Shaw 7, Malcolm 6). Total fouls—UAA 18, CWU 20. Fouled out—Langi. Assists—UAA 17 (Thompson 7, McNair 6), CWU 13 (Mensing 5). Turnovers—UAA 11, CWU 20. Blocked shots—UAA 2, CWU 4. Steals—UAA 12, CWU 6.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

CWU drops GNAC opener

LACEY — Central Washington couldn’t keep up with St. Martin’s in a 77-67 loss to open GNAC play Thursday at Marcus Pavilion.

Marcus Austin came off the bench to pace three Wildcats in double figures with 14 points and they shot 49 percent from the field. But the Saints used a pair of 6-0 runs to open up a double-digit lead in the first half and CWU (0-1 GNAC, 4-3 overall) never recovered.

Central travels to Seattle Pacific on Saturday.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Jeryn Lucas 5-10 0-1 11, Gamaun Boykin 3-10 5-6 11, Price 2-5 1-2 6, Cola 2-5 0-0 4, Montoya 4-7 0-2 9, Hudson 0-1 0-0 0, Pope 0-1 0-0 0, Carr 1-1 2-2 4, Poquette 4-6 0-1 8, Marcus Austin 6-8 0-0 14, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0-0. Totals 27-55 8-14 67.

ST. MARTIN’S — Luke Chavez 7-15 2-2 20, Chandler Redix 4-7 6-6 15, Kitchen 0-3 0-0 0, Baerlocher 0-2 0-0 0, EJ Boyce 6-12 2-4 18, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Mathews 1-2 0-0 2, Standley 5-10 3-5 14, Henderson 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 27-57 13-17 77.

Halftime—SMU 35, CWU 27. 3-point goals—CWU 5-18 (Austin 2-3, Carr 1-1, Price 1-4, Montoya 1-4, Lucas 1-5, Hudson 0-1, Pope 0-1), SMU 10-25 (Chavez 4-8, Boyce 4-8, Redix 1-2, Standley 1-4, Kitchen 0-1, Baerlocher 0-2). Rebounds—CWU 27 (Montoya 5), SMU 33 (Henderson 10). Total fouls—CWU 19, SMU 20. Fouled out—None. Assists—CWU 10 (Boykin), SMU 11 (Boyce 3, Standley 3). Turnovers—CWU 21, SMU 20. Blocked shots—CWU 3, SMU 2. Steals—CWU 11, SMU 13.

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Green River tops YVC

ONTARIO, Ore. — Yakima Valley couldn’t keep up with Green River’s depth and size in a 96-84 loss at Treasure Valley Community College on Thursday.

The Yaks took a 40-39 lead before Green River closed out the first half on a 6-0 run to build an advantage it wouldn’t relinquish in the first round of the Treasure Valley Holiday Invitational. Yakama Tribal graduate Isiah Strom hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the score close and YVC had to burn the redshirt of freshman Latjor Bayath with multiple players sidelined by eligibility issues.

They’ll return to action Friday at 6 p.m. against Utah State Eastern before concluding their trip to Ontario with a game against Everett on Saturday at noon. No statistics were available from Thursday’s game.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Three ’Cats honored

Makala Swart, Kyla Morgan and Gabrielle Aihara have earned All-American honorable mention honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

“It’s pretty special to see three of our players on this list,” Central coach Mario Andaya said in a release from the school. “... Our team is full of talented individuals who have and can impact a match any given night, and the coaches on the committee felt these three stood out the most. That’s a tremendous honor.”

Swart, a Naches Valley High graduate, had 381 kills, an average of 3.74 per set, with a hitting percentage of 24.3 percent.

Morgan, the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 5.84 digs per set, while Aihara averaged 11.82 assists per set.

MEETINGS

Davis coaches at QBs

Davis basketball coaches Eli Juarez and Jim Kindle and athletic director Bob Stanley will be guests of the Yakima Monday Morning Quarterback Club at its weekly luncheon next week. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. Monday at Jack-Sons, 48th and Tieton. Lunch service will be available, and the public is invited.