Spartans Drop First Contest To Host Alaska Anchorage In Shootout

November 23, 2010

Anchorage, AK----The University of Alaska Anchorage led the entire forty minutes in a hard-fought game, as San Jose State fell prey to the Seawolves, 48-35, in front of 4,682 fans on Day One of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Seawolves (5-1), ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA Division II poll, scored their ninth straight victory over a Division I team in their flagship tournament.

The Spartans (0-5) outshot the Seawolves 25%-24.1% in the half, but committed ten turnovers and trailed 22-17 going into the intermission. AJ Newton shined in the first half, scoring ten, nine of which were from the arc.

San Jose State battled back to pull within one point with two good layups from Myesha Broaden to make it 22-21 at the 18:44 mark in the second, but the Seawolves opened the gap with five straight points and never looked back.

San Jose State committed 20 turnovers, twice as many as Alaska Anchorage.

"The turnovers hurt us and we weren't aggressive getting to the basket," said head coach Pam DeCosta. "We were having trouble putting the ball in the bucket, but we kept it close. I'm proud of our kids, they kept fighting."

San Jose State was led by Newton's 12 points, the only player with double-figures. Dominique Hamilton added nine points going 3-of-3 from the field, while netting 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Britney Bradley grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.

Alysa Horn and Hanna Johansson each scored ten points for the Seawolves. Tijera Mathews took in five steals, while Horn led the team with six rebounds.

The game broke the Shootout record for fewest combined points, erasing a 50-41 San Diego State victory over Houston in 1981 from the record books.

San Jose State (0-5) will play in the consolation game against Washington, who lost Tuesday night to Kent State 59-58 to complete Day One of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Third Place game will be held on Wednesday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m. PT.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE 48, SAN JOSE STATE 35

SAN JOSE STATE (0-5)
AJ Newton 4-11 1-2 12; Dominique Hamilton 3-3 3-4 9; Britney Bradley 2-15
0-0 4; Myesha Broaden 2-5 0-0 4; Brittany Johnson 2-8 0-0 4; Leonie Solia
1-2 0-0 2; Monique Coble 0-1 0-0 0; Liz Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Sara Plavljanin
0-1 0-0 0; Marisa Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-46 4-6 35.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE (5-1)
Johansson,Hanna 4-7 2-5 10; Horn,Alysa 4-8 1-1 10; Mathews,Tijera 2-5 2-2 8;
Aden,Nikki 2-10 2-2 6; Robison,Kaylie 2-7 0-1 4; McBride,Kaitlin 1-5 2-2 4;
Denson-Griffin,Tanee 1-7 0-0 3; Burns,Kylie 1-5 0-0 3; De Angelis,Francesca
0-2 0-0 0; Herrin,Sarah 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 17-61 9-13 48.

San Jose State................ 17 18 - 35
Alaska Anchorage.............. 22 26 - 48

3-point goals--San Jose State 3-15 (AJ Newton 3-9; Britney Bradley 0-2;
Brittany Johnson 0-3; Leonie Solia 0-1), Alaska Anchorage 5-24
(Mathews,Tijera 2-3; Burns,Kylie 1-5; Denson-Griffin,Tanee 1-4; Horn,Alysa
1-3; De Angelis,Francesca 0-2; Herrin,Sarah 0-4; Aden,Nikki 0-3). Fouled
out--San Jose State-Brittany Johnson, Alaska Anchorage-None. Rebounds--San
Jose State 35 (Britney Bradley 8), Alaska Anchorage 37 (Horn,Alysa 6).
Assists--San Jose State 11 (Brittany Johnson 3; AJ Newton 3), Alaska
Anchorage 10 (Johansson,Hanna 2; Denson-Griffin,Tanee 2; McBride,Kaitlin 2).
Total fouls--San Jose State 16, Alaska Anchorage 11. Technical fouls--San
Jose State-None, Alaska Anchorage-None. A-4682
Women's Game 1 - Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout
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