Women race past 'Nooks in 2nd half
ANCHORAGE – Led by big games from all three of its
seniors, the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team opened the Great
Northwest Athletic Conference slate with an 86-58 win over Alaska Fairbanks at
the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Seawolves (4-2, 1-0 GNAC) got game-highs of 21 points, nine assists and six steals from senior point guard Sasha King as they won for the 11th straight time against their in-state rivals.
The Nanooks (0-7, 0-1) were led by 18 points from guard April Fultz as they remained winless on the season.
UAA started slow and trailed 11-4 before taking control with an 11-0 run midway through the first half. Jordan Martin, a 5th-year senior from East Anchorage High School, came off the bench to shoot 4-of-4 in the opening stanza and finished with a career-high 13 points.
After seeing the lead shaved to 44-38 with 13 minutes left, Martin hit a layup on a quick feed from Kylie Burns to start a 13-3 Seawolf spurt over the next four minutes. Senior Alysa Horn scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and posted a career-high 14 rebounds as UAA continued to pull away.
Junior guard Mariesha Harris battled foul trouble but still wound up with 13 points in just 19 minutes, while junior wing Kylie Burns finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Jessica Madison also helped in the second-half surge with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
The Seawolves have two weeks off before retaking their home court in the AT&T Hoops Classic, Dec. 17-19. UAA will face BYU-Hawaii to start the round-robin event.
NOTES: UAA’s 11th straight win marks the longest in the series, which dates to 1977-78 … UAA now leads 57-30 all-time against UAF, including 37-6 in Anchorage … it was UAA’s eighth straight win over UAF at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … Horn’s previous career-high was 12 rebounds against Dominican (Calif.) on Nov. 18, 2011 … Martin’s previous scoring high was seven in the season-opener against Colorado Mines on Nov. 10 … King has now dished at least seven assists in all six games this year ... junior transfer Alex Brewster (South Anchorage HS) scored her first career points Saturday, hitting two free throws for UAA's final tallies.