Saturday, December 18, 2010

#11 UAA crushes Chaminade, 105-30

ANCHORAGE (Dec. 17) – Francesca De Angelis came off the bench for 22 points and Alysa Horn tallied a double-double Friday as 11th-ranked Alaska Anchorage romped to a 105-30 women’s basketball victory over Chaminade at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Nikki Aden tied her career-high with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and the Seawolves (9-2) won their fourth straight in decisive fashion, posting their largest margin of victory over a fellow Division II opponent. The previous record had been set in a 98-31 win over Chaminade in Nov. 2007.

The Silverswords (0-6) were led by six points from reserve guard Jamie Higa, but the visitors from Honolulu managed to shoot only 25.7 percent (9 of 35) and committed 50 turnovers.

UAA made 33 steals – also a record against a D-II foe – as Aden grabbed six and De Angelis five. Horn added three swipes to go with her 11 points and 10 rebounds, marking the sophomore’s team-best third double-double of the year.

Junior center Hanna Johansson chipped in 13 points (6-8 FG), eight rebounds and four assists, while senior guard Sarah Herrin was the fifth Seawolf in double figures with a season-high 10 points.

De Angelis, a junior transfer from Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC, blitzed her previous career-high of seven points with 12 in the first half Friday. The 5-8 guard shot 9 of 15 from the floor and grabbed four rebounds.

The Silverswords, of the Pacific West Conference, scored the game’s first basket before the Seawolves answered with 15 straight points and led 53-8 at halftime. That score marked UAA’s largest halftime lead against a D-II opponent and was the fourth-fewest points allowed in a half by a Seawolf club.

The Seawolves and Silverswords will meet again Saturday at 3 p.m. in UAA’s non-conference finale at the WFSC.

SEAWOLF NOTES:
*UAA’s rebound margin of +34 was the No. 2 performance in school history and a record against a D-II opponent

*UAA 33 steals were No. 3 in school history and a record vs. a D-II opponent

*It was the 33rd time in school history that UAA has reached the century mark and ties for the 9th-highest point total.

*The margin of victory was tied for 5th-best in school history and is a record vs. D-II opponents

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