The last time Anchorage’s Sayvia Sellers and Wasilla’s Olivia Davies met on a basketball court was 2020. They were in high school.
They faced off over the weekend for the first time at the college level at the Rainbow Wahine in Honolulu, where Sellers secured bragging rights as the Washington freshman guard scored 10 points in 20 minutes in a 58-41 victory.
Davies, a junior for Hawaii, pumped in seven points in 13 minutes for her second-highest scoring effort in six games this season.
Davies – a four-time Class 4A all-state player at Wasilla High – is shooting 6-of-16 from 3-point range after knocking down two of four attempts Sunday against Washington.
She pulled Hawaii within 22-20 in the first half after rattling one in.
— Hawai‘i Women’s Basketball (@HawaiiWBB) November 27, 2023
Sellers, a freshman guard, reached double figures for the third time in seven games. This was the first time she didn’t have an assist, but she didn’t have a turnover either to maintain her 2-to-1 ratio.
The former two-time Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year out of Mountain City Christian (formerly ACS) is shooting 8-for-23 from range and drained two of three attempts against Hawaii.
Her older brother Jahbez Sellers is a sophomore at Spokane and last week he and former East High teammate Damarion Delaney faced off against a familiar foe in Centralia’s Orion Dybdahl of Juneau.
Delaney pumped in 16 points and Sellers bagged a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to power a 78-72 win. Dybdahl recorded 10 points and seven rebounds.
Delaney leads all Alaska men’s college players with a 19.8 points per game, just ahead of Anchorage’s Brayden Maldonado, who is averaging 19.7 points at Metro State. Dybdahl is third at 16 points per game.
When it comes to the top Alaska women’s college scorer, Anchorage’s Alissa Pili reigns with a 22.1-point average.
The All-American senior forward for Utah ranks second nationally with a .740 field goal percentage on 57-of-77 shooting.
UCLA’s Lauren Betts is No 1 at .780 but she has taken 27 fewer shots than Pili.
At Western Colorado, Rachel Cockman of Cantwell is averaging a double-double with 19.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Cockman, a 6-foot-2 forward, is the only Alaska player – man or woman – putting up double figure rebounds.
The top playmakers are Zach Williamson of Pima in Arizona and Sierra Tate of Panhandle State in Oklahoma. Williamson is a former all-state player from South who is averaging a state-best 5.3 assists per game while Tate is good for 3.5 assists, just better than UAF’s Destiny Reimers (3.1).