After slow start, UAA women torch Nanooks

jpeters@adn.comDecember 1, 2012 

— Jordan Martin scored a career-high 13 points off the bench Saturday to help spark an initially sluggish UAA women's basketball team to an 86-58 win over in-state rival UAF at the Wells Fargo Complex.

The Seawolves were firing on all cylinders by the time their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener came to a close, but they were firing mostly blanks in the early going. They didn't generate any points until more than three minutes had elapsed, and their sloppy play included missed layups and ugly turnovers.

"We went out there and we were a little disoriented and a little unorganized," said Martin, a fifth-year senior and East High graduate. "When I went out there it was just to refocus ourself and get committed to what our game plan was."

The Seawolves (4-2, 1-0) hadn't played a game since finishing second in the Great Alaska Shootout 10 days earlier, and UAA coach Ryan McCarthy said there was definitely some rust that needed to be shaken. And he knew he could turn to Martin to help right the ship.

"One thing about Jordan, I always know what I'm going to get," McCarthy said. "I always know that I'm going to get 100 percent effort and she's gonna knock down the shots that are given to her. I know she is going to make good decisions and tonight she did a very good job."

UAA took its first lead at 13-11 on a layup by Mariesha Harris (13 points) with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

About six minutes before the break, Martin scored back-to-back buckets to put UAA up 21-16. She came through with a couple of more big scores in the half's final two minutes, hitting a layup and a 3-pointer to push the lead to 32-24.

Sasha King, who led the Seawolves with a game-high 21 points, nailed a jump shot just before halftime to make it 34-26, and Martin said the strong finish gave the team a shot of confidence.

"We were like, 'all right, we got this and this is our game,' " she said.

UAA's Alysa Horn pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go with 16 points, and King contributed nine assists and six steals.

"I got some great passes from Sasha King, one of the greatest point guards in the GNAC right now," Martin said.

UAF (0-7, 0-1) got 18 points from April Fultz and a nine-point, seven-rebound effort from Destini Lewis.

Once they got going, the Seawolves took care of the ball, committing 11 turnovers to UAF's 24. They won the battle on the boards 42-35 and, after being outshot in the first half, outshot UAF 53.1 percent to 35.3 percent in the second half.

The second half took on a more physical tone, with hard fouls and hard collisions near the rim becoming the norm. Though she didn't think the play had much to do with the rivalry between the schools, Martin said there is no question what games against UAF mean to the Seawolves.

"This is my ninth time playing UAF and I think each time (the rivalry) grows a little bit," she said. "Thus far, I haven't lost to UAF and I hope to keep that streak alive."

Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or call him at 257-4335.

UAF (58) -- Fultz 7-13 2-5 18; Lewis 3-12 1-2 9; Altenburg 2-6 3-4 7; Bulaya 3-6 0-0 6; Lovato 2-6 0-0 5; O'Neal 2-3 0-1 4; Thornton 2-6 0-0 4 Kirk 1-2 0-0 2; Bartleson 1-1 0-0 2; Boxley 0-1 1-2 1; Newman,Janessa 0-1 0-0 0; Atoruk,Marissa 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-57 7-14 58.

UAA (86) -- King 6-14 8-10 21; Horn 5-11 4-4 16; Martin 6-8 0-0 13; Harris 5-10 3-4 13; Madison 4-7 0-0 9; Burns 3-10 2-4 8; Buchanan 1-5 2-2 4; Brewster 0-0 2-2 2; Hutchins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-65 21-26 86.

UAF 26 32 -- 58

UAA 34 52 -- 86

3-point goals -- UAF 5-17 (Lewis 2-5; Fultz 2-4; Lovato 1-4; Newman 0-1; Bulaya 0-1; Altenburg 0-2), UAA 5-20 (Horn 2-4; King 1-7; Martin 1-2; Madison 1-3; Buchanan 0-1; Burns 0-3). Total fouls -- UAF 23, UAA 17. Fouled out -- Altenburg, Fultz. Rebounds -- UAF 35 (Lewis 7), UAA 42 (Horn 14). Assists -- UAF 12 (Bulaya 4), UAA 19 (King 9). Turnovers -- UAF 23 (Lewis 9), UAA 11 (King 4, Harris 4). Steals -- UAF 5 (Lewis 2), UAA 13 (King 6). Blocked shots -- UAF 4 (Altenburg 4), UAA 2. A -- 492.

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