NAMPA, Idaho – Alaska Anchorage senior Sasha King broke multiple school and three-point records Saturday, finishing with 34 points and leading the Seawolves to a 94-82 women’s basketball upset of 22nd-ranked Northwest Nazarene at the Johnson Sports Center.
The Seawolves (14-9, 8-7 GNAC) also got 20 points and 11 rebounds from senior forward Alysa Horn as they won for the fourth straight time and pulled into a tie for fifth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.
The Crusaders (18-4, 10-4), who entered the night tied for second in the league, were led by 22 points and eight rebounds from junior guard Megan Hingston. NNU came in with a 4-game winning streak and 13 victories in its last 14 outings.
King – who was absent because of injury in UAA’s 79-49 loss to NNU in Anchorage last month – had a historic night as she made 9 of 10 three-pointers, including her first eight attempts. The point guard from Norman, Okla., broke her old personal mark of 27 points and recorded the most points for a Seawolf since Nov. 2004. Her nine three-pointers broke the Seawolves’ program record and tied the GNAC mark, while setting school and league records for percentage as well.
UAA got the win despite falling behind 12-3 at the outset and playing the final 10 minutes of the game with major foul trouble. The Seawolves responded to their slow start with a 16-3 run and took a 37-33 lead at halftime as King went 6 of 6 from long range in the opening stanza.
The Seawolves never surrendered the lead in the second half despite the Crusaders twice pulling within one. Leading 44-43, King swished her eighth straight trey and then fed Jordan Martin for a layup as UAA regained the momentum and eventually stretched to a 12-point advantage. With the Seawolves’ fouls piling up, NNU made one final charge, slicing it to 76-73 at the 4:54 mark.
King answered on the ensuing possession, however, drawing a foul on a three-point attempt and sinking all three charities. That began a 10-1 run over the next two minutes as UAA’s salted away its first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Kylie Burns was the third Seawolf in double figures with 14 points, freshman Jenna Buchanan added eight points and three rebounds, and Martin had seven points and four boards. Freshman Jessica Madison scored five points before fouling out, while Horn, King and Martin all finished with four fouls.
The Seawolves now sit tied for fifth in the GNAC standings with Seattle Pacific (14-9, 8-7), which lost at home earlier in the evening to 9th-ranked Western Washington.
The Seawolves can now clinch a GNAC Tournament berth – the top six qualify – with a victory over Saint Martin’s (12-12, 5-9) in their next game, Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Tip-off is 5:15 p.m. AST for that contest as well as Saturday’s home finale against Western Oregon.
NOTES: King’s 34 points tied for the 8th-most in program history and were the most since Stephanie Beason had 37 against Eastern Washington, Nov. 24, 2004 … it was the second-most points for a Seawolf in a GNAC game, trailing only Kamie Jo Massey’s 38 in a home win over NNU, Feb. 7, 2004 … King now shares the GNAC record with Seattle Pacific’s Kelsey Burns, who made nine treys against Alaska Fairbanks on Feb. 21, 2009 … King broke the previous UAA record of eight, set three times (Jackie Thiel vs Kuyper College, 1/3/09; Maria Nilsson vs Saint Martin’s, 2/3/07; and Jayci Stone, 1/27/07 at UAF) … UAA’s 14 team three-pointers tied the school record for the fifth time, including earlier this season in a victory over Division I North Dakota State … Horn scored at least 20 points for the second straight game and the sixth time this season … it was Horn’s sixth double-double this year and 11th of her 4-year career … Horn also moved into 11th place on UAA’s career scoring list, now with 1,064 points.