Seawolves struggle against Crusaders

The Seawolves were handed a 76-49 loss at the hands of the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders Thursday night.

It was a poor shooting night for the Seawolves to say the least. The Seawolves, playing without their leading scorer and floor general Sasha King due to injury, shot under 30 percent from the field in the first half.

The importance of King was certainly on display. The team didn’t give up in her absence, but it was clear that they missed her 15.7-point and 6.4-assist averages.

The Crusaders held the Seawolves under 20 points up to halftime with their stifling defense. And there wasn’t much of a turn-around for the Seawolves in the second half. The Crusaders’ lead didn’t fall under 19 points for the rest of the game.

Guard’s Megan Hingston and Chelsie Luke scored at will for the Crusaders, combining for over half of their team’s total score. Hingston dropped 25 points along with nine rebounds; Luke added 18 points and eight boards for the night.

The Seawolves were led by senior forward Alysa Horn, who earned her third double-double of the season and the eighth of her career with 13 points and 12 boards. Sophomore guard Alli Madison poured in 11 points.

Freshman guard Alyssa Hutchins received many looks to score in the game and finished with a career-high eight points, four assists, and three rebounds. Junior guard Kylie Burns posted eight points and six boards.

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The Seawolves will spend the next two weekends on a four game in-conference road-trip. They’ll be back at the Wells Fargo Center Feb. 7 when they face Seattle Pacific University at 7 p.m.