Anchorage basketball player Alissa wrapped up a great week by making a game-tying 3-pointer and then driving through the lane for the winning layup in the final seconds as Utah outlasted UCLA 71-69 in a battle of nationally ranked Pac-12 teams.

The Dimond graduate scored 23 points and had nine rebounds as the Utes improved 18-2 overall.

Two days earlier, Pili scored 21 points to lead No. 9 Utah to an 83-73 victory over Southern California, her former team.

The junior forward is turning in an outstanding season for the Utes, averaging 20.3 points with a.619 field goal percentage, while grabbing nearly six rebounds a game. Her success and the team’s success have made her a strong candidate for NCAA All American honors.

The Alaska Athlete of the Week is selected by a panel each Monday.

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Also receiving votes: Vanessa Aniteye, Perry Green, Pete Kaiser, Paul Melchert, Isaiah Moses

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