ANCHORAGE – Tournament MVP Alysa Horn had 21 points and 16 rebounds Wednesday, helping host Alaska Anchorage ride a strong second-half performance to a 66-56 win over Cal State Los Angeles for the AT&T Hoops Classic title at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (7-2) won their fourth in a row, getting 47 points and 27 rebounds from their trio of seniors, including career-highs of 16 points – on 6-of-7 shooting – and eight rebounds by guard Jordan Martin.
The Golden Eagles (7-4) got 13 points from guard Kelli Lewis, but star guard Tessondra Williams was held to half her average with 10 points.
UAA trailed at halftime for the first time this season, 30-29, before getting off to a hot start in the second half. Martin, a 5th-year senior from East Anchorage High School, nailed a three-pointer to start a 10-2 run that put the Seawolves ahead for good, and the lead extended to 45-34 with 10:38 remaining. After the visitors cut it to 45-41 with 7:44 left, Martin answered again with back-to-back treys, and UAA led by at least seven the rest of the way.
The game was a rematch of last season’s NCAA West Region First Round game between the teams, won 65-56 by the Seawolves.
Despite missing its first 14 three-pointers Wednesday, the Seawolves closed strong from long range, making 6 of their last 14 attempts, including 3-of-4 marksmanship by Martin.
Horn, meanwhile, grabbed 11 of her career-high 16 boards on the defensive end and added three blocked shots. The forward from Kodiak also shot 7 of 7 from the free-throw line as she earned the Most Outstanding Player gold pan.
Point guard Sasha King – an all-tourney selection along with Martin – finished with 10 points, eight assists and a pair of steals, while freshman guard Jessica Madison added nine points off the bench and starting guard Mariesha Harris had five steals.
Horn and Martin both played the full 40 minutes and King went 38 as the Seawolves used just seven players. Junior starting forward Kylie Burns missed the entire Classic with a leg injury suffered in practice Sunday.
The Seawolves are off for two weeks before resuming Great Northwest Athletic Conference play Jan. 3 when they host 20th-ranked and preseason league favorite Western Washington at the WFSC.
NOTES: UAA is now 9-0 all-time in the AT&T Hoops Classic, with all of its wins coming by double figures … Horn moved from 17th to 15th place on UAA’s career scoring list, now with 866 points, passing Dana Bottoms (856 pts, 1996-2001) and Tanya Nizich (863, 2000-04) … Horn’s previous career high of 14 rebounds came just 16 days ago against Alaska Fairbanks … it was Horn’s seventh career double-double, tying her for 18th-most all-time at UAA … King has now dished at least five assists in all nine games this season … King moved from 19th place all the way to 10th on the career assists list during the Classic, now with 239 helpers in just 46 games … UAA now leads 9-4 all-time vs. CSULA, including four straight wins.
2012 AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team Alyssa Hanson, Cal State LA
Jasmine Johnson, Eastern New Mexico Sasha King, Alaska Anchorage Jordan Martin, Alaska Anchorage
Tessondra Williams, Cal State LA Most Outstanding Player: Alysa Horn, Alaska Anchorage