ANCHORAGE – Senior Alysa Horn posted a double-double but host Alaska Anchorage could not stop Northwest Nazarene’s dynamic scoring duo of Megan Hingston and Chelsie Luke as the Crusaders earned 76-49 women’s basketball victory at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Thursday.
The Seawolves (8-6, 2-4 GNAC) got 13 points and 12 rebounds from Horn, while sophomore guard Alli Madison chipped in 11 points.
The Crusaders (12-2, 4-2) won their seventh straight game and snapped an eight-game losing streak against UAA as Hingston – the league’s leading scorer – had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Luke tallied 18 points and eight boards.
NNU, which had not won in Anchorage since 2005, led from the outset this time. UAA pulled within 21-15 midway through the first half on a jumper by freshman Jenna Buchanan, but the visitors from Nampa, Idaho, went on a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take control. The Crusaders led 40-18 at halftime and by at least 19 points the rest of the way.
UAA, playing without leading scorer and playmaker Sasha King (15.7 ppg, 6.4 apg) because of a sprained ankle, was outshot .485 to .268, although the Seawolves hung tough on the boards with a 43-39 disadvantage.
Junior forward Kylie Burns had eight points and six rebounds for UAA, while true freshman guard Alyssa Hutchins posted career-highs of eight points, four assists and three rebounds.
UAA returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Central Washington (7-7, 2-4) in another Great Northwest Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. at the WFSC.
NOTES: Horn earned her third double-double this season and eighth of her career … Madison has scored in double figures in four of the last five games … Burns played a career-high 40 minutes, becoming the third Seawolf to go the distance this year.