ANCHORAGE – Point guard Sasha King had another big game and forward Kylie Burns recorded her first career double-double Saturday to lead 22nd-ranked Alaska Anchorage to a 70-67 women’s basketball victory over Regis at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (2-1) built a 22-point lead early in the second half and held on down the stretch to stop a furious rally by the Rangers (0-2), who fell to the Seawolves for the second straight night.
Just as in Friday’s 85-76 UAA win, the visitors from Denver outshot the Seawolves, 54 percent to 38 percent, but were foiled by a wide turnover differential.
Led by a career-high four steals from Burns, the Seawolves had 12 swipes and forced 24 turnovers, while committing only six of their own. King, a 5-6 senior, finished with a team-high 17 points and dished seven assists with no turnovers in 36 minutes.
After seeing their 45-23 lead shaved to 67-64 with under two minutes to play, the Burns made the clinching play when she grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup with 1:14 on the clock. Regis guard Meghan Hollenga banked in a 30-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.
Burns, a junior from Kansas City, Kan., finished with 11 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds for her first double-double in three years as a Seawolf.
Regis, from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, was led by a game-high 19 points and eight assists from guard Brandi Collins.
UAA put four players in double figures, with junior guard Mariesha Harris accounting for 14 points and senior forward Alysa Horn scoring 13 points, along with five rebounds and three steals.
The Seawolves have only two days off before starting the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Sullivan Arena. UAA will take on Div. I North Dakota State in the first round at 8 p.m.