What a week for Pili; hits game winner & named Pac-12 top frosh

January 20, 2020
Alissa Pili basketball

Alissa Pili

After securing a monster double-double and scoring the winning basket to help USC women’s basketball upset undefeated rival UCLA, Alissa Pili of Anchorage was named Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Week.

Pili piled up 19 points to go with a career-high 17 rebounds and converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 29 seconds left to push the Trojans to a 70-68 victory over the No. 7 Bruins in double overtime.

She collected six points and four rebounds in the second OT, anchoring USC’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2017.

Pili, of Dimond High fame, split a double team in the post and powered her way to the rim for the hoop and the harm.

This was Pili’s sixth double-double in 17 games this season, her second in two meetings against UCLA.

Something about the bright lights of the longtime Los Angeles rivalry brings out the best in the 6-foot playmaker.

Her 17 rebounds were the second-highest total among Alaskans at the NCAA D1 level.

Most Rebounds Game
18 Jessica Moore (Palmer) Connecticut 2003
18 Azella Perryman (Anchorage) Stanford 2003
18 Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks) Oregon 2019
17 Kelsey Griffin (Eagle River) Nebraska 2010
17 Alissa Pili (Anchorage) USC 2020

Last month, Pili pumped in 28 points against UCLA for the seventh-highest scoring game among Alaskans at D1.

Most Points Game
42 Talisa Rhea (Juneau) Oregon State 2009
36 Kelsey Griffin (Eagle River) Nebraska 2010
34 Brit Jacobson (Eagle River) Kansas State 1994
34 Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks) Oregon 2019
33 Chandice Cronk (Wasilla) Santa Clara 2007
29 Andrea Lloyd (Juneau) Texas 1984
28 Alissa Pili (Anchorage) USC 2020
27 Jeannie Hebert (Fairbanks) Miami 1990