Western Washington senior sharpshooter Daniel Hornbuckle of Fairbanks on Friday picked up right where he left off last season.
The shooting guard matched his career high with six 3-pointers on his way to scoring 22 points in a 101-95 victory over Cal Poly Humboldt at the GNAC/CCAA Challenge in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Hornbuckle (West Valley) last year led the GNAC with 77 3s and he’s off to a pretty good start this season, extending to 14 his 3-point games streak. He’s made at least one 3 in 44 of his last 46 games dating back to his sophomore season with Portland of the NWAC.
He had five 3s in a game five times last season at Western Washington. This was the first time since 2020 that the 6-foot-2 bomber buried six 3s in a game. On that night he went 6-of-11. On this night he was 6-of-9.
Hornbuckle played 36 minutes and made 7-of-15 shots overall in addition to collecting five rebounds, three assists and two steals. His 22 points were just shy of his Western Washington high of 24 set last season. His college career high is 34.
In Utah, Alissa Pili of Anchorage has been spectacular in her much-anticipated debut with the Utes. She had 27 points in her first game and flirted with a double-double as an encore.
Against Idaho, the 6-foot forward came off the bench to make 12-of-14 shots for a career-high .857 field-goal percentage, shattering her previous record of .750 (9/12) set in 2020 when she was at USC.
“Alissa was fantastic,” Utah head coach Lynne Roberts said during a press conference. “When she gets going like that, there’s not much you can do as the opposing team.”
The 27 points marked her fourth-highest scoring total in 65 career games, including a 29-point game against Utah in 2020.
“It’s nice to be on this side of the fence this time,” Roberts said.
Last night, Pili (Dimond) earned her first start and produced eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes against Utah Valley.
In California, Anchorage’s Tobin Karlberg saw his 39-game 3-point streak come to an end in his first game with his new team at Point Loma in a 73-62 win over Stanislaus State.
The UAA transfer started at guard but played only 13 minutes and attempted just two shots, and went 0-for-1 from downtown. He was subbed out at the 15:17 mark of the second half and never returned, robbing him a chance at Alaska history.
Longest 3-pt Streak as by NCAA Players from Alaska
59 – Brad Oleson, UAF 2003-2005 (North Pole)
41 – Travis Thompson, UAA 2014-2015 (Dimond)
39 – Tobin Karlberg, UAA 2021-2022 (Grace)
33 – Trajan Langdon, Duke 1998-1999 (East)
32 – Jim Hajdukovich, UAA 1996-1997 (Monroe)
31 – Kyle Fossman, UAA 2012-2013 (Haines)
31 – Trevor Osborne, Whitman 2018-2019 (Grace)
30 – Trajan Langdon, Duke 1997-1998 (East)
In Arizona, Skye Miller of Anchorage has found consistency by reaching double figures in three straight games for the first time as a college player.
Something is different about Miller, and it’s more than her changing jersey numbers from 24 to 5.
The Eastern Arizona sophomore has posted games of 18, 11 and 11 points to open the season in the Arizona Community College Athletic Association.
The 5-foot-11 forward just missed her second career double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds against Park. Her career scoring high is 19, set last season.
Miller (East) last season reached double figures in just four of 27 games, but this year she’s 3-for-3.
NEWS & NOTES
- Hawaii senior Kamaka Hepa (Barrow) started and played 26 minutes in a 72-54 win over Mississippi Valley. His shots weren’t falling but he managed to still be productive with five points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and blocked shot.
- Montana State sophomore Patrick McMahon (Colony) logged a career-high 23 minutes off the bench in a 60-54 loss to Grand Canyon. He went 2-for-5 from the field for four points to gowith two rebounds and a steal.
- Hawaii sophomore Olivia Davies (Wasilla) logged 17 points off the bench and amassed four points, four rebounds and one assists in a 61-60 loss to Oregon State. Davies has faced off against a Pac-12 school and Baylor at last year’s NCAA Tournament in her last two appearances.
- Portland State sophomore Mia ‘Uhila (Bartlett) scored 10 points in a 67-40 win over Warner Pacific. She was tops off the bench in minutes (22). She also sank 5-of-8 free throws and matched her career high with four steals.
- UAF teammates DeMarcus Hall-Scriven (ACS) and Isaac Garcia (Monroe) each had six points, two rebounds and a steal in a 74-64 loss to Hawaii Pacific in the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge in Honolulu.
- Whitworth junior Sullivan Menard (Colony) made the most of his limited playing time, scoring six points in four minutes after knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in his first game with the NCAA Division III team.
- Adams State sophomore Angelline Nageak (Dimond) started and ran the offense in a 97-72 victory over Midwestern State. She played 27 minutes and finished with eight points and six assists, her third-highest totalin 41 career games with the NCAA Division II team. Her career high is eight set last season against Colorado Christian.
- Teammate Nyeniea John (West) played 10 minutes and collected two points and three rebounds.
- Pima Community College sophomore Traivar Jackson (West) is averaging 13 points in 14 minutes after two blowout wins in Arizona. The returning NJCAA Second Team All-American is shooting .706 from the field.
- Teammate Zach Williamson (South) is a freshman at Pima and had a dynamic debut with 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a 147-63 win against Skyline Prep.
- Keene State sophomore Elizabeth Gonyea (Eagle River) scored nine points, went 6-of-8 from the foul line and grabbed five rebounds in a 55-41 loss to Southern Maine. Gonyea, who grew up in Alaska before her family moved to New Hampshire, also plays field hockey for Keene State.