Alaskans deliver on Senior Night [Basketball]

March 3, 2013
Anna Simmers

With her parents watching from the stands, Anna Simmers of Anchorage orchestrated a 13-point comeback in the final 12 minutes to help Army win the game, and ultimately, the Patriot League title.

Simmers bagged 16 of her 21 points in the second half to key a 62-52 win over Lehigh on Senior Night in West Point, N.Y.

The victory, coupled with Navy’s loss, gave Army the regular-season title.

Simmers, of ACS fame, had incentive to play well with her parents flying all the way from Alaska to be present for her last home game.

“Our parents never forced us or pressured us sports wise,” she told me. “They just wanted us to have fun. I remember games where I would tell my dad I had eight turnovers and he’d say, ‘Wow, eight! Good job!’ Pat me on the head and smile.

“And when I’d have a 25-point game all he’d say was, ’Good job! You ran very hard in that game!’ They make it easy to remember it’s just a game and it’s about having a good time.”

Jenna Johnson

In Logan, Utah, Wasilla’s Jenna Johnson had a big game to help Utah State beat Texas-Arlington 81-57 to end WAC play undefeated at home for the first time in school history.

Johnson had her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. She added six steals, giving her 209 for her career.

Utah State is still in the hunt for a WAC title, trailing Seattle U. by a single game with one league game left in the regular season.

Damen Bell-Holter

In Beaumont, Texas, Oral Roberts center Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg spoiled Lamar’s Senior Night celebration.

The 6-foot-9 player collected his eighth consecutive double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 68-50 victory.

Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, also had a blocked shot for the seventh straight game. He has 118 blocks for his career, ranking No. 6 in school history.