ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Powered by the senior duo of Alysa Horn and Sasha King, the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team won its third straight game with a 68-55 decision over Central Washington at Nicholson Pavilion on Thursday night.
The Seawolves (13-9, 7-7 GNAC) got 25 points and nine rebounds from Horn as they extended to a 2.5-game lead over the Wildcats (9-12, 4-9) for the sixth and final spot in next month’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.
King had her second career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists to help UAA shoot a season-best 50.9 percent from the field. UAA was just 3 of 15 from beyond the arc but shot a blazing 25 of 40 (.625) from two-point range.
Central Washington, which snapped an 11-game losing skid against UAA on Jan. 19 in Anchorage, was led by 18 points from freshman center Jasmine Parker, while reserves Daisy Burke and Courtney Johnson scored 11 points apiece.
UAA scored the last four points of the first half to take a 28-26 lead into the locker room and never trailed in the second half. The Seawolves went up 39-32 on Horn’s lone three-pointer at the 14:10 mark, but the hosts battled back within 46-45 on Parker’s turnaround jumper with 9 minutes to go.
The Seawolves answered with the next 10 points, ending their run when Jessica Madison turned back-to-back steals into a layup and two free throws. After seeing their lead cut to 58-53, Horn scored again on a feed from King with 3 minutes to play, and Central would get no closer.
Madison finished with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 2 of 3 on three-pointers. Junior forward Kylie Burns added 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists as UAA got all of its points from its starting lineup.
Horn, a 6-foot forward from Kodiak, cracked the 25-point barrier for the fifth time in her career, making a UAA season-high 12 field goals on 19 attempts.
Meanwhile, King became just the third Seawolf ever to dish double-digit assists on at least four occasions, joining Diane Dobrich (6 times, 1986-90) and Seawolf Hall-of-Famer Allegra Stoetzel (5 times, 1992-96).
The Seawolves, now 4-3 on the road in the GNAC, will travel east to face 22nd-ranked Northwest Nazarene (18-3, 10-3 GNAC) on Saturday at 5 p.m. AST in Nampa, Idaho. The Crusaders – the former employer of new UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy – pulled into a tie for second place Thursday after beating Alaska Fairbanks and having 8th-ranked Simon Fraser (17-4, 10-3) lose at Seattle Pacific.
NOTES: The Seawolves won their sixth straight in Ellensburg and denied the Wildcats their first season sweep of the series since 2004-05 … UAA outscored CWU 40-24 in the paint … King and Horn both played the entire 40 minutes – Horn’s sixth ‘complete game’ this year and the first of King’s career … King had seven assists in the first half as she leapfrogged from eighth to fourth place on UAA’s career assists list, now with 274 … the Norman, Okla., native is also on pace to set UAA’s career assists average record, currently at 5.0 apg ... Horn moved alone into 10th place on UAA’s career rebounds list with 586; she sits just 13 behind Debbie Clare (1983-85) for 9th … Horn increased her career points total to 1,044, pulling within 16 of Stephanie Smith (1,060 pts, 1996-2000) for 11th place among Seawolves.