Alaska-Anchorage tops Grand Canyon
Johansson scores game-high 22 points to lead Seawolves
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Senior center Hanna Johansson led four Alaska-Anchorage players in double figures with a game-high 22 points to lead the Seawolves to a convincing 77-58 win against Grand Canyon in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
With the win UAA, now 29-4, will advance to Monday's Round of 16 game.
"We were fortunate to defeat a very good basketball team tonight," UAA head coach Tim Mose said. "I was really proud of our kids in the second half - we were the aggressors and we played to win, not to avoid losing. We did a good job of keeping them off the glass and made them earn everything."
The Seawolves broke open a tight affair in the second half, outscoring the Antelopes 20-0 over a seven-minute period to go from trailing 42-37 at 15:05 to a 57-42 lead at 8:52.
Alysa Horn had 13 points and six rebounds, Sasha King 11 points and Kaylie Robison 11 points for UAA. Grand Canyon, which came into the game ranked No. 13 nationally and allowing a nation-leading 50.3 points per game, finishes with a 24-4 record.
Johansson, who also corralled six rebounds, became the all-time winningest student-athlete in UAA history by being part of her 111th career victory -- surpassing former teammate Nikki Aden's 110, set last year.
The Seawolves shot a sizzling 55 percent from the field and outrebounded the Antelopes 34-25.