ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage got a pair of career-high scoring efforts Thursday but it wasn’t enough against 20th-ranked Western Washington as the Vikings claimed a 70-60 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
UAA (7-3, 1-1 GNAC) was led by senior forward Alysa Horn’s 26 points as the Seawolves lost their first conference home game in nearly two years.
WWU (9-2, 3-0) got nine or more points from five players, including 16 points, six rebounds and four assists from center Britt Harris, helping the Vikings snap a five-game losing streak to the Seawolves.
The game was a rematch of the past two GNAC Tournament title games, both won by UAA. The visitors took control of this one from the beginning, however, jumping to a 12-3 lead in the first five minutes. UAA sliced it to 18-17 on a Horn three-pointer midway through the half, but the Seawolves trailed 36-29 at the break and could never take the lead.
UAA used an 8-0 run early in the second half to pull within 45-39 before the league’s preseason favorites answered with 11 straight points of their own.
Horn shot 9 of 18 from the field, 3 of 5 on threes and 5 of 5 at the free-throw line to go with a team-high eight rebounds, while sophomore forward Alli Madison tallied 11 of her career-high 14 points in the first half.
Redshirt freshman guard Jessica Madison finished with 11 points and a career-high six rebounds, committing no turnovers in 37 minutes.
UAA starting point guard Sasha King – who came averaging 16.4 points and No. 2 nationally with 8.2 assists per game – was limited to two points and one assists after suffering an injury in practice earlier this week.
The Seawolves return to the WFSC Saturday to face nationally 9th-ranked Simon Fraser (10-1, 3-0) in a 7 p.m. tip.
NOTES: UAA’s last GNAC home loss came against WWU on Jan. 20, 2011 … UAA had won 14 straight regular-season league home games, 16 counting a pair of games in the 2011 GNAC Tournament … the loss also snapped UAA’s current four-game winning streak … Horn scored in the game’s final seconds to break her previous career-high of 25, set three times, most recently Dec. 17 against BYU-Hawaii … Horn is now tied with Kamie Jo Massey (2002-04) for No. 14 on UAA’s all-time scoring list with 892 points, and she surpassed Amber Nasby (476 reb., 2001-05) for No. 15 on the rebounding list with 482 … Horn also became the ninth Seawolf to hit 100 three-pointers, now with 101.