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Mariesha Harris (11) and Kylie Burns defend against Colorado Mines forward Allie Grazulis during the Orediggers' 80-74 upset of the Seawolves on Friday.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Mines upsets #22 UAA women, 80-74

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 11/09/2012
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ANCHORAGE – Senior Alysa Horn scored 18 points but 22nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage could not stop a hot-shooting Colorado School of Mines club Friday as the visitors earned an 80-74 women’s basketball upset, snapping the Seawolves’ 22-game Wells Fargo Sports Complex win streak.

In the season-opener for both clubs, Mines guard Angie Charchalis poured in 31 points and dished six assists to help her team shoot 49 percent overall and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from three-point range.

Neither team led by more than nine points the entire night, with eight ties and six lead changes. Horn put UAA ahead 74-73 on a lob feed from fellow senior Sasha King with 2:35 to play, but the Seawolves would not score again as the Orediggers accounted for the final seven points.

King finished with 12 points, nine assists and five steals, while backcourt mate Mariesha Harris made her Seawolf debut with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, four steals and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

Freshman guard Jenna Buchanan was also solid offensively in her first game, tallying 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-3 3FGs), five rebounds and two steals.

For the Orediggers, from Golden, Colo., preseason all-league pick Charchalis shot 10 of 20 from the floor, including 5 of 9 three-pointers. Meanwhile, forward Allie Grazulis came through with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds to help the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference club to the win.

UAA – the defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NCAA Div. II West Region champion –is back in action Nov. 16-17 when it hosts another RMAC team, Regis, in two games at the WFSC.

NOTES: The loss was UAA’s first on its primary home court since a January 2011 defeat to Western Washington … senior guard Jordan Martin had career-highs of seven points and four rebounds in Friday’s loss … the game was the UAA coaching debut of Ryan McCarthy, who becomes the ninth head coach to roam the sidelines for the Seawolf women’s program.


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