Sahuaro’s Alyssa Brown becomes Southern Arizona’s No. 2 career scorer

Sahuaro senior forward Alyssa Brown scored 38 points in the Cougars’ 57-54 win at Flowing Wells on Monday night, increasing her career scoring total to 2,491 points, which puts her No. 2 in Southern Arizona history.

Brown, a 6-foot-1 forward, also had 14 rebounds against Flowing Wells.

She passed former Tucson High standout Alexis Cortez, who had 2,479 points from 2012-16, to move into the second spot locally behind Catalina Foothills and Arizona great Julie Brase.

Brase, Lute Olson’s granddaughter, holds the state record with 2,913 points from 1994-98.

Brown, who played in her 100th career game Monday, is also nine points shy of becoming only the sixth player to reach 2,500 in Arizona girls basketball history.

Alyssa Brown is on the brink of scoring 2,500 points in her career (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

If the UNLV signee scores more than 14 points against CDO on Tuesday night at home, she will move into the top five of the state’s career scoring list.

Ashley Wirtzberger, formerly of Yuma Catholic and Gila Bend, is at No. 5 with 2,505 points scored from 2006-10.

Sahuaro (12-0) is the No. 2-ranked team in the 4A behind Seton Catholic Prep (14-0). Those teams played in the 4A state championship game last year with Seton Catholic prevailing.

The Cougars have four regular-season games remaining before the playoffs start next week. They host CDO on Tuesday and travel to play the Dorados on Wednesday, play at Salpointe Catholic on Thursday and host Pueblo on Friday.

Arizona Girls Basketball Career Scoring Leaders

1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-20212,680
3Kayla PedersenRed Mountain2003-20072,611
4Christina WirthSeton Catholic2001-20052,550
5Kayla MackenzieKellis2006-20102,515
6Ashley WirtzbergerYuma Catholic/Gila Bend2006-20102,505
7Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
8Nicole PowellMountain Pointe1996-20002,478
9Shaylee GonzalesMesquite2014-20182,385
10Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382

Southern Arizona Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders

1Julie BraseCatalina Foothills1994-19982,913
2Alyssa BrownSahuaro2017-Present2,592
3Alexis CortezTucson2012-20162,479
4Olivia SnyderGreen Fields2009-20132,382
5Sydni StallworthPalo Verde2011-20152,182
6Shawn CoderWillcox1986-19902,162
7Paula PyersSanta Rita1980-19842,082
8Taneisha GossettFlowing Wells1990-19942,043


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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