A slow start is okay when you finish fast -- and the University of Alaska Anchorage's women did just that Tuesday. 

The Seawolves, now ranked second in the latest national poll, overcame a sluggish first quarter to top the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 69-59 in the opening round of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center.

UAA trailed 31-30 at the half, but used a 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Hawks who appeared to tire keeping up with UAA's hectic pace.

"We have great bench energy and we just feed of that." said UAA senior Shelby Clonington, who led all scorers with 19 points.

The Seawolves are once again in position to win the Shootout. This one would be special given that it's the last tournament to be played here.

UAA will face Division I Tulsa Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Golden Hurricane dropped Binghamton in the early game 60-55.

Editor's note: GCI is the parent company of KTVA.