THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 11 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Western Oregon (6-6, 2-4 GNAC) at #6 Alaska Anchorage (13-1, 6-0 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 13 — Noon AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Concordia-Portland (10-4, 4-2 GNAC [1/11 @UAF]) at #6 Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games, live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and GCI Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: GNAC.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
TICKETS: $10 at the door, online at alaskaairlinescenter.com, or by calling 907-786-1562 ... discounts apply for UAA staff/faculty, alumni, senior (60+), youth (3-18) and military ... groups of 10 or more can purchase in bulk for $6 per ticket ... UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... more information at GoSeawolves.com.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (7.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.4 spg, .441 FG, .725 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, .466 FG, .467 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.8 spg, .382 FG)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 spg, .493 FG, .377 3FG, .865 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 bpg, .516 FG, .771 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Western Oregon followed a 5-0 start with a 6-game losing skid, which the Wolves snapped in Saturday’s 54-50 home win over Western Washington ... located in Monmouth, Ore., WOU is led by 5-10 Sr. G Sydney Azorr (10.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 spg, .381 3FG, .897 FT) and 5-11 Sr. F Savannah Heugly (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 spg, .439 FG, .707 FT) ... off to its best start since joining NCAA Div. II and the GNAC, Concordia-Portland rides a 4-game winning streak into Thursday’s game in Fairbanks ... the Cavaliers are led by the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, 5-9 Sr. G Danielle Hartzog (16.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, .729 FT), and 6-1 Jr. F Bailey Cartwright (12.6 ppg, GNAC-best 10.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .476 FG, .746 FT).
ALL-TIME vs WOU: UAA leads 31-8 overall, 16-5 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 91-50 (2/4/17 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 27
Notes: The current 26-game win streak is the longest against any opponent in program history ... UAA has won 13 of the last 14 games by double digits … the Seawolves have won 13 straight in Anchorage ... WOU’s last win came 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003 in Anchorage … UAA leads 27-5 in GNAC matchups (since 2001-02) … teams have played each season since 1998-99, although they went 19 years after the first-ever meetings in 1979-80.
ALL-TIME vs CU: UAA leads 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 91-60 (2/2/17 at UAA)
Notes: The Seawolves have won all four meetings by at least 11 points and held the Cavs to 60 or fewer points each time.
SEAWOLVES WEAR OUT ’JACKETS IN BILLINGS: The Seawolves used their depth to outscore host Montana State Billings 40-18 over the last 14 minutes in an 81-60 victory on Jan. 6 ... Sr. F Shelby Cloninger scored 19 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3FG, 4-4 FT) and Jr. G Tara Thompson had 18 points on school-record-tying 6-of-6 3FG shooting to power UAA’s eighth straight win over the Yellowjackets, while Sr. G Rodericka Ware delivered 13 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 3FG) and 6 assists off the bench ... UAA shot .551 percent from the field, while its .522 3FG% (11 of 21) was the program’s best since shooting .529 against UCSD in the 2016 NCAA Div. II West Regional title game.
WINNING WAYS: The Seawolves are looking to extend GNAC regular-season win streaks of 30 overall (including GNAC Tourney), 26 overall (not including GNAC Tourney) and 12 straight at home ... UAA has also won 22 consecutive GNAC road contests ... UAA is a combined 67-3 – including 32-1 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... at 110-8 (.932), the Seawolves have the most victories and the best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15 ... the Seawolves are seeking the program’s 12th consecutive winning season and 11th NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years ... UAA has gone a combined 160-14 (.919) in the last 11 seasons on its home courts ... the loss to Sonoma State snapped a 41-game winning streak against Div. II non-conference opponents in the regular season, marking the first such setback since Ryan McCarthy’s Seawolf coaching debut, Nov. 9, 2012, against Colorado Mines.
NIFTY NUMBERS: The Seawolves hold nine top-35 national stats ranks, including three top-10 marks ... UAA is 3rd in assists per game with 20.5, 7th in steals per game (13.9), 9th in turnover margin (+7.1), 13th in turnovers forced per game (23.3), 18th in assist/turnover ratio (1.26), 20th in scoring margin (+18.4) and 26th in scoring offense (79.1 ppg) ... the Seawolves are attempting to lead the nation in steals for the fifth consecutive season ... in the GNAC stats, UAA leads the league in sven categories -- scoring margin, rebounds allowed (33.5), assists, steals, TO margin, A/T ratio (1.3) and offensive rebound percentage (.405) ... the Seawolves also rank 2nd in the league in scoring offense, scoring defense, FG% (.441) and offensive rebounding (15.3 orpg).
WANDERSEE AWAKENING: A reserve in 66 of 71 career games before this year, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee has entered the starting 5 and delivered in a big way, ranking 7th in the GNAC in scoring (13.8 ppg), leading the league in blocks (1.6 bpg), and ranking 3rd in FG% (.516) and 11th in FT% (.771) ... UAA’s co-leader in reboundiung with 6.5 rpg (12th in GNAC), she collected GNAC co-Player of the Week for her efforts against Hawaii Pacific and Cal State LA, earned the Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player award the following week, and made the GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team – in November alone ... the Kodiak product had her first career double-double against a Div. II opponent with her then-career-high 24 points and career-high-tying 11 rebounds against Hawaii Pacific, and she has twice already equaled her career-best 4 assists ... her career-high 27-point effort against Northwest Nazarene marked her third career 20-plus game ... Wandersee’s UAA career ranks already stand at 3rd in FT% (.818), 6th in FG% (.518), 8th in blocks (63), 9th in blocks per game (0.74), and 11th in victories (80).
SURE-SHOT SHELBY: Sr. F Shelby Cloninger has proven GNAC coaches correct so far as a GNAC Preseason All-Conference pick, standing as UAA’s 2nd-leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and co-leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) ... with 11 double-figure scoring efforts in the first 14 games – including successive career highs of 19 points against Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, 22 at UAF and 26 at Simon Fraser – she holds GNAC ranks of 6th in scoring, 12th in rebounding, 4th in FT% (.865), 7th in FG% (.493), 14th in 3FG% (.377) and 15th in 3FGs per game (1.4) ... the Kamiah, Idaho, native also has eight games with at least 7 rebounds this year, including 10 against Western State, nine at Simon Fraser and a career-high 12 at Western Washington ... in late November, Cloninger claimed GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player and GNAC Player of the Week honors after leading the Seawolves to the final tournament title ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, Cloninger averaged 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.2 spg in 17.6 minutes per contest in her first season at UAA in 2016-17.
TARA TERRIFIC: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Jr. G Tara Thompson has lived up to her GNAC Preseason All-Conference status, currently checking in as UAA’s 4th-leading scorer with 8.3 ppg ... the 2nd-leading scorer (8.9 ppg) on last year’s 30-win team and a bench contributor on UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, she has also posted 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg and a nearly 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio ... Thompson leads UAA and ranks 13th nationally with her .467 3FG%, boosted by an 8-of-12 effort in the win at Notre Dame de Namur and a school-record-tying 6-of-6 display at MSU Billings ... the former Dimond High star led the GNAC in 3FG% last season and currently holds league ranks of 2nd in 3FG% and 3rd in 3FGs per game (2.3) ... with a .412 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA and 7th in GNAC history, while her 142 total 3FGs rank 6th on the all-time Seawolf list.
GOO STUFF: Following one of the most productive rookie campaigns for a point guard in program history, So. PG Yazmeen Goo has blossomed into a scoring threat as well, scoring double figures in four of the last 10 games – including successive career-highs of 11 points against Western State, 13 points against Northwest Nazarene and 14 at Western Washington ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at both the Seawolf Hoops Classic and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, while her 50 free throws made are 8th-most in the GNAC ... in the overall GNAC stats, Goo ranks 3rd in assists (3.8 apg) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1), 4th in steals per game (2.4) and 16th in FT% (.725) ... Goo and UAA have also gotten a boost with the return of Sr. SG Kaitlyn Hurley, who missed the second half of last season ... a dangerous scorer from anywhere on the court, Hurley has started five of 14 contests, posting 5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg, along with seven blocked shots ... the Utah native and Snow College transfer scored a season-high 16 points in the win over Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, and she had a clutch performance in the win at Western Washington with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG), no turnovers and no fouls in 19 minutes.
TRANSFER TRAIN’S A-CHUGGIN’: UAA’s four active transfers have all made immediate impacts, with Sr. G Rodericka Ware (Academy of Art) and Jr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) standing out as all-tourney picks at the Seawolf Hoops Classic ... Ware began her career at Central Arizona College before earning First Team All-Pacific West Conference honors last year with Art U, posting 17.4 ppg, 4.0 apg and a league-leading 2.8 3FGs made per game ... the Lakewood, Wash., native has scored double figures in seven of 13 games as a Seawolf and dished at least four assists in nine contests, including 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals against Holy Names, and 13 points and 6 assists against MSU Billings ... UAA’s third-leading scorer (10.9 ppg), Ware currently holds GNAC ranks of 3rd in steals (2.4 spg), 7th in assists (3.2 apg), 4th in A/T ratio (2.0), 7th in 3FGs per game (2.0) and 11th in 3FG% (.382) ... meanwhile, McNair led Portland State with 11.3 ppg as a freshman and recorded 18 double-digit scoring efforts in 57 career games with the Vikings ... the Vallejo, Calif., product found her scoring touch with season highs of 14 points (6-12 FG) against Holy Names and 9 points against Western State and at UAF ... McNair has shown the ability to stuff the stat sheet, with other season highs of 6 rebounds vs. NNU and 6 assists against both NNU and Eastern Shore ... McNair also leads the GNAC and ranks 30th nationally with 2.8 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore, and she is 10th in the league with 2.9 assists per game ... junior-college transfer Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) has also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking as UAA’s 6th-leading scorer (6.1 ppg) ... Stallworth is one of five Seawolves averaging more than 2.0 apg – dishing a season-high 6 assists against Holy Names – and she keyed UAA’s 4th-quarter run in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout title-game win over Tulsa with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
FEELIN’ FRESH: The future looks bright as UAA’s three true freshmen are already making early contributions, including Pacifica, Calif., product Sala Langi, who ranks third on the team with 3.9 rpg ... former Chugiak High all-state guard Nicole Pinckney tallied 12 points in the Seawolf Hoops Classic and was a key player in UAA’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout title run, while former East High star Tennae Voliva has posted season highs of 5 points and 3 rebounds thus far, along with a clutch four points in the win at MSU Billings last week.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his sixth season at UAA and seventh overall as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to new heights, capturing three straight GNAC regular-season and tournament titles and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings in every season since 2014-15 ... McCarthy earned his second GNAC Coach of the Year honor in the last three seasons in 2016-17 and ‘three-peated’ as the WBCA’s NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native took UAA to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year (including three straight top-2 regional seeds), posting its second straight 30-win season (30-2) and recording the first 20-0 league record in GNAC history ... the previous season, McCarthy’s crew set an NCAA Div. II record with 38 victories, advancing all the way to the 2016 National Title Game in Indianapolis ... his 2014-15 club claimed what was then the best winning percentage in program history with a 29-2 (.935) mark, sweeping both GNAC titles as well ... McCarthy has led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and has increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total every year (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) … playing its up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, McCarthy’s 2016-17 crew has also led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons ... McCarthy sports a head-coaching record of 146-27 (.844) at UAA and 160-40 (.800) overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 6th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Alysha Devine, and 4th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2017-18 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Md. Eastern Shore
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 20-26
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Nov. 6-12
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team