Alyssa Brown moves to No. 3 in Arizona girls hoops career scoring

Sahuaro star forward Alyssa Brown scored 31 points — her eighth straight game with at least 30 points — in the Cougars’ 76-16 win at CDO on Wednesday night as she continues to move up the Arizona career scoring list.

Brown is now at 2,556 in her career, moving past WNBA player Christina Wirth (formerly of Seton Catholic) to become the No. 3 scorer in the state’s history. Wirth had 2,550 points from 2001-05.

Brown is now 55 points shy of matching former Red Mountain standout Kayla Pederson‘s 2,611 points from 2003-07 for No. 2 on the career scoring list. Pederson went on to the WNBA after playing at Vanderbilt.

Alyssa Brown is now one of the top three scorers in the state’s history (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Former Catalina Foothills and Arizona star Julie Brase, Lute Olson’s granddaughter, holds the state record of 2,913 points from 1994-98.

Sahuaro (14-0 overall, 5-0 4A Kino) is the new No. 1-ranked team in 4A, passing Seton Catholic (15-1), which lost to Hamilton on Tuesday night.

The Cougars play at No. 3 Salpointe (13-1) on Thursday. Sahuaro handed the Lancers their lone loss last week in a 65-55 outcome.

Brown, a 6-foot-1 forward headed to UNLV, is averaging 33.0 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Her scoring average ranks No. 6 nationally according to MaxPreps. Keyarah Berry of Rockmart (Ga.) is No. 5 at 33.8 points a game.

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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