ANCHORAGE – Seniors Sasha King and Alysa Horn combined for 52 points Monday as host Alaska Anchorage rolled to a 100-68 women’s basketball victory over Brigham Young-Hawaii in the AT&T Hoops Classic at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (5-2) also got 13 points from freshman guard Jessica Madison as they shot a season-high 49 percent from the field in the matchup between NCAA Div. II West Region foes.
The Seasiders (1-4) were led by 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from forward Shayla Washington.
UAA, which remained unbeaten in seven all-time AT&T Hoops Classic games, opened with the first six points and slowly pulled away for a 49-32 halftime lead. A three-pointer by King made it 52-32 with 18:12 to play, and the Seawolves led by at least 20 the rest of the way.
King, a 5-6 point guard, scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 3 of 5 from long range. The Norman, Okla., native also matched her career-high for the third time with 11 assists, along with five rebounds and five steals. She entered the game No. 2 in NCAA Div. II with 7.7 assists per game.
Meanwhile, Horn scored 17 of her 25 points in the opening stanza to reach the quarter-century mark for the third time in her 4-year career. The Kodiak product was 3 of 5 on three-pointers and matched another personal best with four steals.
In all, five Seawolves tallied career-high scoring totals, with King and Horn joined by Jessica Madison (13), sophomore Alli Madison (7) and true freshman Alyssa Hutchins (6). Hutchins, a guard from Wasilla, cracked the scoring column for the first time in her career, while Alli Madison was making her return from an injury that cost her the last five games.
BYU-Hawaii will play Cal State Los Angeles (5-3) in Game 3 of the Classic at 5 p.m. Tuesday, while the Seawolves will face Eastern New Mexico (0-9) in Tuesday’s nightcap at 7 p.m.
NOTES: UAA is now 4-0 all-time against BYUH, including 3-0 in Anchorage … the Seawolves reached the century mark for the first time since Dec. 13, 2011, in a 100-45 win at Chaminade … UAA had not scored 100 at home since back-to-back games against Chaminade in December 2010 … King’s previous career-high was 22 points in a win last January at Western Oregon … senior guard Jordan Martin got her first career start, scoring 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbing a career-high six rebounds … UAA topped 90 percent (14 of 15, .933) at the charity stripe for the second time this year, along with a school-record 12-of-12 performance against Regis on Nov. 16 … UAA’s 12 three-pointers tied for the 8th-most in program history and were two shy of tying the single-game record … Horn moved into 19th place on UAA’s career scoring list, now with 829 points.