ANCHORAGE – Senior Alysa Horn had 20 points and 16 rebounds in her final home game Saturday to power the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team to its sixth straight victory, 61-41 over Western Oregon at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (16-9, 10-7 GNAC) also got 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists from junior forward Kylie Burns as they moved into fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Wolves (8-18, 3-12) were led by reserve forward Mariah Durian’s 11 points, while Chantel Divilbliss had eight points and seven rebounds.
UAA jumped to a 14-6 lead in the early going and never trailed, despite not being able to pull away in the first half. Leading 25-19 at the break, the Seawolves outscored the visitors 11-2 in the first six minutes of the second half to take control.
The victory was UAA 19th straight over WOU, extending the program’s longest-ever streak.
Horn posted her third straight double-double and eighth this season. The Kodiak product shot 8 of 10 from the free-throw line to reach the 20-point mark for the seventh time this year, along with three blocks, three steals and two assists. It was her third straight double-double and eighth this season.
Horn also moved up to No. 10 on UAA’s career scoring and blocks lists, now with 1,097 points and 54 swats.
Freshman guard Jessica Madison was the third Seawolf in double figures with 11 points, along with three assists.
Saturday was also the final home game for senior point guard Sasha King, who racked up five points, five steals and three assists, and senior guard Jordan Martin, who had five points and five rebounds.
UAA also got a lift off the bench from freshman Jenna Buchanan with seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Along with Saturday’s 76-71 Seattle Pacific home victory over Montana State Billings, the Seawolves now sit a half-game ahead of both those teams in the GNAC race. UAA finishes the regular season with a Mar. 2 game at Alaska Fairbanks, while MSUB and SPU face road contests at Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington.
All six qualifiers have already been determined for the Mar. 6-9 GNAC Tournament in Lacey, Wash., with Western Washington, Simon Fraser, NNU, UAA, MSUB and SPU comprising this field.