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College Hoops: Alissa Pili passes Jeannie Hebert for No. 4 in career scoring; Elaina Mack heats up for UAA; Dylan Westlake stands tall in OT; Jamari Lawrence set for big 2nd half

Alissa Pili

Anchorage’s Alissa Pili didn’t get the result she wanted Sunday as Utah fell 71-70 to Arizona in the Pac-12, but she did manage to make history for Alaska.

The All-American forward out of Dimond High passed former Miami star Jeannie Hebert of North Pole for No. 4 on the state’s all-time women’s college scoring list.

Pili poured in 18 points Sunday to increase her career total of 1,776 and her straightaway 3-pointer early in the third quarter was the shot that officially saw her leapfrog Hebert (1,766) in the record book.

Hebert played in Coral Gables from 1988 to 1992 and is considered by many to be the greatest women’s point guard from Alaska.

When it comes to power forwards, Pili has added her name alongside the all-time greats of Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Jessica Moore (UConn) and Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska). They each were college stars who went on to become the state’s most successful WNBA players.

Pili, a 6-foot-2 senior, is a projected first-round draft pick.

More Pili history:

  • She had two blocked shots Sunday to give her 82 for her career, tying CSU-Pueblo’s Nikki Sharlow of Palmer for 10th among Alaskans. Sharlow played from 1992 to 1995.
  • With five rebounds, Pili pushed her career total to 640, passing former UAA standout Alysa Horn of Kodiak for 15th on Alaska’s all-time list. Horn grabbed 639 boards from 2009 to 2013. Pili needs 10 more rebounds to catch former Arizona State star Molly Tuter of Soldotna who played for the Sun Devils from 1993 to 1997 and later became the first Alaskan to make it to the WNBA.
  • Pili needs 257 points to match Griffin (2,033) for No. 3 in all-time scoring. With 15 regular-season games left, she would need to average 17.1 points to get there before the Pac-12 Championships. Pili ranks second in the conference at 22.5 points per game.

King Cove’s Elaina Mack lets one fly. Photo by Stephanie Burgoon/Alaska Sports Report

At UAA, King Cove’s Elaina Mack had her finest performance in a GNAC game for the Seawolves in Saturday’s 89-68 win over Simon Fraser at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Mack, a starting guard, netted 16 points, knocked down four 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes.

The former Alaska Class 1A Player of the Year came into the game averaging 3.6 points in 15 career GNAC games. She looked to be on pace for a similar performance Saturday after scoring just two points in the first half.

But she caught fire in the second half, pumping in 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and drilling all four of her 3s. This was the fourth time Mack has made at least four 3s in a game this season.

The 5-foot-8 sharpshooter has made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games.

The Seawolves have won six straight games and sit just one game out of second place in the GNAC going into this weekend’s road game at UAF.

Dylan Westlake

At Blue Mountain Community College, Dylan Westlake of Anchorage bagged 17 points and seven assists in a 112-106 overtime win over Walla Walla in the NWAC.

Westlake led all scorers with five points in the five-minute extra session. His layup with 56 seconds left gave Blue Mountain a 109-106 edge.

The former all-state guard out of Service High played the entire 45 minutes.

The 6-foot sophomore is averaging a career-high 9.1 points per game, doubling his 4.3 average as a freshman.

Earlier this year Westlake set career highs in points (21) and assists (10), and now he has delivered a signature performance after taking over in OT to lead his team to victory.

Jamari Lawrence

At Southwestern Christian, Jamari Lawrence of Anchorage has been a scoring machine. His fabulous first half of the season was slowed only by the holiday break.

The former all-state guard out of West High leads his NJCAA team in scoring at 20.8 points in six games with a high of 30.

In a 97-83 win over Kilgore, Lawrence pumped in 10-of-19 field goals including 4 of 8 3-pointers and added 6-of-7 free throws on his way to his season-high total.

Two weeks later he drilled 6-of-16 3-pointers and scored 26 points in an 83-81 loss to Paris.

He will hit the court Tuesday for the first time in 30 days.

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