In the first game since ESPN’s women’s college basketball rankings had her at No. 9, Alissa Pili of Anchorage showed exactly what all the fuss was about.
The University of Utah senior All-American recorded the fastest double-double of her career in another short night as the fifth-ranked Utes trucked South Carolina State 108-48 in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Pili produced 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes, breaking her previous record for fastest double-double by two minutes. In 2019, as a freshman at USC, she had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes against Rio Grande Valley.
This was her 13th double-double in 96 career games, and second in the last four games dating back to last season.
The 6-foot-2 forward is averaging 22 points after two games, shooting 83% from the floor, 75% from deep and 79% from the line.
Pili (Dimond) increased her career scoring total to 1,482 points to rank 10th on Alaska’s all-time college scoring list.
She moved past former Seattle Pacific and Wenatchee Valley star Ashlynn Burgess (1,474) of Eagle River to reach the top 10 and is two points shy of passing former Evergreen and Peninsula College star Gabi Fenumiai (1,483) of Juneau for ninth.
— Utah Women’s Basketball (@UTAHWBB) November 10, 2023
Utah faces Baylor on Tuesday in a battle between nationally ranked teams before coming to the Great Alaska Shootout. The two-day tournament begins Saturday and will see Pili face off against her hometown Seawolves at the Alaska Airlines Center.
At the University of Washington, Sayvia Sellers of Anchorage bounced back from a relatively a quiet debut with an 18-point, 7-assist, 4-steal breakout performance in her second game.
The Huskies chewed up North Carolina Central 113-39 in Seattle for their most points since 2017 and second most in school history.
Sellers (ACS) lead the team in assists and steals and shared team high honors in scoring, thanks to 6-of-9 shooting, including a 3-of-5 clip on 3-pointers. She also showcased exceptional court vision and cashed in on a 60-foot dime.
— Washington Women’s Basketball (@UW_WBB) November 10, 2023
At Wofford College, Wasilla’s Indiya Clarke posted her first double-double and set two career highs in the process after the sophomore guard had 16 points and 10 rebounds in an 85-47 win over Erskine in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Clarke (Colony) came off the bench to sink 6-of-7 shots, including 3-of-4 from downtown. She also grabbed three offensive boards, handed off three assists and made a steal.
This was the fourth time in 29 career games that she reached double digits. Her previous highs were 13 points and six rebounds.
At Portland State University, Anchorage’s Mia ‘Uhila made her first start in 26 games and stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in 34 minutes.
Portland State beat UC Davis 71-62 in The City of Roses, with the Alaskan coming up big in the fourth quarter. ‘Uhila (Bartlett) had a steal and fastbreak assist to put the Vikings up 59-50. Later, her layup made it 63-53.
‘Uhila is into double figures now with 11 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
— Portland State Women’s Basketball (@psuviksWBB) November 10, 2023
At Regis University, Galena’s Pearle Green is back on the court after sitting out last season with an injury. New season, new school. The UAF transfer scored six points in a 74-60 season-opening win over St. Edwards in Golden, Colorado.
Green came off the bench to play 19 minutes, adding two rebounds, one assist and one steal. She also went 2-for-6 from deep, extending her 3-point streak to 19 games dating back to her freshman season with the Nanooks.
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