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King sparks UAA upset of Crusaders

A record-breaking performance from Sasha King carried the UAA women's basketball to victory over a top-25 team Saturday, making first-year coach Ryan McCarthy look good in his first trip back to the place he once coached.

King drained a school-record nine 3-pointers to spark UAA's 94-82 upset of Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in Nampa, Idaho.

The win was UAA's fourth straight and allowed the Seawolves (14-9 overall, 8-7 GNAC) to forge a tie for fifth place in the conference standings.

King, who pumped in 34 points, set UAA and GNAC records with her performance. The nine treys set a school record and tied a conference record for the most 3-pointers in a game, and her 9-of-10 shooting from long-range set school and conference marks for the best 3-point shooting percentage in a single game.

King's 34 points were the most scored in a single game for the Seawolves since Stephanie Beason racked up 37 in 2004.

Northwest Nazarene (18-4, 10-4) led by as many as nine points in the first half, but King buried all six of her 3-point attempts to rally the Seawolves and guide them to a 37-33 lead at the break.

The trip marked the first time McCarthy sat on the opponents' bench at Northwest Nazarene. He played for the Crusaders and after graduation became an assistant coach for the women's team.

King, a 5-foot-6 senior point guard, made it a memorable homecoming for him. She was 10 of 12 from the field, 5 of 7 from the line, grabbed five rebounds and four steals and handed out a pair of assists in 36 minutes of play. She even blocked a shot. Her only downfall: three turnovers.

The nine 3-pointers broke a school record shared by three players -- Jackie Thiel in 2009, Maria Nilsson in 2007 and Jayci Stone in 2007 -- and tied the GNAC record set by Seattle Pacific's Kelsey Burns in 2009.

King's lights-out shooting overshadowed a solid performance from Alysa Horn that would have made headlines any other night. Horn, a senior post, poured in 20 points and hauled down 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career.

Kylie Burns added 14 points for the Seawolves, who shot 51.9 percent, thanks in large part to King.

Megan Hingston's 22 points and eight rebounds led the Crusaders.

The Seawolves play their final home games of the season this week. They host Saint Martin's on Thursday and Western Oregon on Saturday.

 

UAA (94) -- Buchanan 3-5 2-2 8, King 10-12 5-7 34, Horn 5-12 9-12 20, J. Madison 1-6 2-2 5, Burns 4-9 5-8 14, Brewster 0-0 0-0 0, Hutchins 2-2 0-0 6, Martin 3-8 1-1 7, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 24-32 94.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (82) -- Adams 5-13 3-4 17, Schierman 1-3 1-2 3, Hingston 8-15 6-6 22, Luke 5-13 4-4 16, Ferrenburg 1-1 2-2 4, Schumann 1-1 0-0 2, Simmons 3-5 1-2 7, White 1-3 0-1 2, Skokankova 4-11 1-2 9, Swanson 0-1 0-0 0, Warwicjk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-66 18-23 82.

UAA 37 57 -- 94

Northwest Nazarene 33 49 -- 82

3-point goals -- UAA 14-28 (King 9-10, Buchanan 0-2, Horn 1-3, J. Madison 1-6, Burns 1-2, Hutchins 2-2, Martin 0-3), NNU 6-18 (Adams 4-9, Schierman 0-2, Luke 2-6, White 0-1). Rebounds -- UAA 33 (Horn 11), NNU 37 (Hingston 8). Total fouls -- UAA 20, NNU 25. Fouled out -- Madison. Assists -- UAA 9 (3 players with 2 each), NNU 11 (Adams 4). Turnovers -- UAA 15 (Horn 4, Burns 4), NNU 15 (Simmons 4). Steals -- UAA 7 (King 4), NNU 6 (Simmons 3). Blocks -- UAA 3, NNU 2.

 

 

 


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