THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Saturday, Nov. 10 — Noon AST — The Swamp — San Francisco, Calif.
#6 Alaska Anchorage (0-0) vs Holy Names (0-0)
Sunday, Nov. 11 — 2 pm AST — The Swamp — San Francisco, Calif.
#6 Alaska Anchorage at San Francisco State (0-0 [11/10 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO: Find links to both games at sfstategators.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball
LIVE STATS: Both games at sfstategators.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.9 spg, .478 FG, .712 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, .380 3FG, .402 FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.7 spg, .671 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (14.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 bpg, .524 FG, .793 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 17.6 mpg)
BRIEF 2017-18 SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team remained among the elite programs in the nation in 2017-18, earning a 27-5 record, a share of its fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament West Regional finals ... ranked among the top 10 in both national polls almost the entire season, UAA finished No. 11 in the WBCA and No. 14 in the D2SIDA top-25 polls, while the Seawolves produced top-10 national stats ranks in steals and assists per game ... led by unanimous First Team All-GNAC center Hannah Wandersee, UAA produced an 18-2 league mark, and the Seawolves made history by winning the final GCI Great Alaska Shootout in November, powered by tourney outstanding player Sr. F Shelby Cloninger.
ALL-TIME VS. ...
HOLY NAMES: UAA leads 2-0 overall (0-0 on neutral courts)
Last: UAA 92-49 (11/17/17 at UAA) / Notes: Both meetings have come in Anchorage ... UAA won the first meeting 92-35, Nov. 14, 2014.
S.F. STATE: UAA leads 3-1 overall; tied 1-1 at SFSU
Streak: UAA 3 / Last: UAA 94-61 (1/5/91 at SFSU) / Notes: First meeting was a 80-63 SFSU victory, Nov. 26, 1983 in San Francisco.
SCOUTING REPORT: Holy Names is trying to improve on 2017-18 records of 4-24 overall and 3-17 in the Pacific West Conference ... the Hawks, from Oakland, Calif., feature a pair of seniors who averaged better than 7.0 ppg in Ariana Hernandez and Taylor Krouse ... San Francisco State is coming off a 5-20 overall record and a 3-19 California Collegiate Athletic Association mark in 2017-18 ... the Gators do return their leading scorer in 6-1 Sr. F Jhaina Stephens (15.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.6 spg, .507 FG).
SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves made their 17th overall NCAA Tournament trip (’86, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’00, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ‘12, ’14, ’15, ‘16, ‘17, ’18) last season and now stand 24-17 all-time in NCAA games … UAA is 18-7 in West Region play since 2007, suffering four of those losses to No. 1 seeds (and eventual regional champions) on their home courts (Cal Poly Pomona, ’11 & ’14; Seattle Pacific, ’10; UCSD, ’07) … the Seawolves have won four regional titles (2008, 2009, 2012, 2016) ... UAA made its first appearance in the NCAA Div. II national title game in 2016 after bowing out in the national semifinals in 2008 and 2009 ... UAA improved to 11-6 in NCAA openers and earned its third straight first-round win with its 65-63 victory over Northwest Nazarene ... the Seawolves improved 6-8 all-time in the Round of 32 with the 81-73 win over Humboldt State and fell to 4-2 in the Sweet 16 (regional finals) with the 71-70 loss to MSU Billings.
WEST REGION RECAP: The Seawolves went down to the final 30 seconds in all three of their 2018 NCAA West Regional Championships games in Azusa, Calif., earning wins over 4th-seeded Northwest Nazarene (65-63) and 8th-seeded Humboldt State (81-73), before falling to GNAC rival MSU Billings (71-70) in the regional finals ... on Friday, Hannah Wandersee had 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-7 FT) and 9 rebounds, and Yazmeen Goo scored 13 points (4-7 FG), including the game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds left ... on Saturday, Wandersee led four Seawolves in double figures with 15 points and UAA shot season bests of .583 FG (28-48) and .857 FT (18-21) to outlast the CCAA Tournament-champion Lumberjacks ... in the Monday night title tilt, Wandersee had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, but the Yellowjackets pulled off the upset despite trailing virtually the entire game ... Goo and Wandersee were both name4d to the West Regional All-Tournament Team.
WINNING WAYS: UAA joined Seattle Pacific last year as the only programs to win at least a share of four straight GNAC regular-season titles ... the Seawolves have won five of the eight GNAC Tournament titles since the event started in 2011 ... the Seawolves have won at least 25 games for a program-record four straight seasons ... at 124-12 (.912), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (129-12, .915) ... UAA is a combined 79-6 – including 36-3 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons... the Seawolves are aiming for the program’s 13th consecutive winning season and their 12th NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years ... UAA has won 20 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting perfect 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 168-16 (.913) in the last 11 seasons on its home courts ... the Seawolves have won 41 of their last 42 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents.
MORE NIFTY NUMBERS: The 2017-18 Seawolves posted seven top-30 national stats ranks, including five top-20 marks – 5th in assists per game (18.6), 6th in steals per game (13.5), 11th in turnover margin (+6.1), 16th in turnovers forced per game (21.6), 18th in assist/turnover ratio (1.20), 24th in scoring offense (76.4) and 28th in scoring margin (+12.7) ... last year ended a streak of four years that UAA led NCAA Div. II in steals per game ... in the GNAC stats, UAA led in five categories and ranked No. 2 in five others.
WANDERSEE WONDERFUL: Coming off unanimous First Team All-GNAC honors, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee has been voted the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches ... Wandersee led the GNAC in 2017-18 with 1.5 blocks per game, along with league ranks of 4th in scoring (14.8 ppg), 2nd in FG% (.524), 8th in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 11th in FT% (.793) ... 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 all-tournament teams at the Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships ... the Kodiak product has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts and owns UAA career top-10 marks in FT% (5th, .812), (FG%, 6th, .521), blocks (6th, 88), blocks per game (7th, 0.85) and victories (9th, 94).
FEELIN’ GOO: Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo earned an Honorable Mention All-GNAC nod last year and joined Hannah Wandersee as a unanimous selection to the 2018-19 Preseason All-GNAC Team ... along with national top-70 stats in steals, assists and A/T ratio, Goo blossomed into a scoring threat last season, tallying double figures in 12 of the last 26 games ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic, the Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA West Regional Championships, and she led the Seawolves and ranked 4th in the GNAC with 111 free throws made ... Goo led the GNAC in steals per game (2.9 spg, 19th nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 28th nationally), and ranked 5th in assists per game (4.3) ... on UAA’s career lists, she begins her third season at 6th in assists per game (4.2), 10th in assists (252), 12th in steals per game (2.3) and 21st in steals (139).
TNT IS DANGEROUS: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Sr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has been one of the most effective contributors to UAA’s run of success, ranking 10th in program history with 92 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranked 7th in the GNAC in 3FG% (.380) and 12th in 3FGs per game (1.6) last year, 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 ... with a .394 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 7th in UAA history and top 20 in GNAC history, while her 163 total 3FGs are 6th on the all-time Seawolf list and just one shy of the No. 5 spot.
TRANSFERS NOW VETERANS: After learning the system as transfers last year, Sr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) and Sr. G Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) are poised to make major impacts in their final seasons ... a starter in 27 of 32 games, McNair was 2nd in the GNAC and ranked 23rd nationally with 2.7 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, and she was 17th in the league with 2.4 assists per game ... Stallworth also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking among nine Seawolves who averaged at least 5.0 ppg ... with 2.2 apg, the Tucson, Ariz., native was also one of five Seawolves to average more than 2.0 apg.
SOPHS NOT SOFT: So. F Sala Langi ranked third on the team and was second among GNAC freshmen with 4.1 rebounds per game last season ... Langi came on especially strong in the last three weeks, tallying successive career highs of 10 points at Northwest Nazarene, 13 points at Central Washington and 14 points against Seattle Pacific in the GNAC Tournament ... with 10 points (4-4 FG) against Humboldt State in the NCAA 2nd Round, the Pacifica, Calif., product tallied double figures four times in the last six games, after reaching that plateau just once in the first 26 contests ... the Seawolves also figure to get a big inside presence from So. F/C Tennae Voliva, who came off the bench in 31 games as a rookie with 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and .491 FG shooting ... the former East Anchroage HS star had clutch efforts in both wins over MSU Billings, and she delivered her most important performance in the NCAA win over Humboldt State, with 6 points (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and 4 rebounds, plus a key block and steal in the second half ... the Seawolves were due to return a third sophomore in shooting guard Nicole Pinckney (2.0 ppg, 1.0 apg), but the former Chugiak HS star will redshirt instead after suffering a preseason knee injury.
REDSHIRTS READY: The Seawolves add more depth to their backcourt with the return of junior redshirts Safiyyah Yasin and Victoria Langi ... Yasin played two seasons at Diablo Valley (Calif.) College, where she averaged 17.1 ppg, 4.7 apg and 1.8 spg as a sophomore in 2016-17 ... meanwhile, Langi also hails from the Bay Area, where led Skyline College with 15.9 ppg and shot 35 percent from long range in 2016-17.
FOUR NEW FACES: The Seawolves’ incoming recruiting class features a pair of Div. I transfers and a pair of true freshmen ... when she regains her health, So. F Cameron Fernandez will the first player from a Pacific-12 Conference program to suit up for the Seawolves, having averaged 4.7 ppg in a reserve role for Washington State as a true freshman ... the other D-I transfer is Jr. C Jeneva Toilolo, who spent three years at New Mexico State, playing in 59 games and taking a redshirt season ... Fr. G Jahnna Hajdukovich is coming off an impressive prep career that saw her help Dimond HS to a 25-0 record and the ASAA 4A state title last year, while Fr. F Kimani Fernandez-Roy was a three-sport prep athlete at Kamehameha HS in Maui, and had an impressive debut during UAA’s Taiwan trip in July.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his seventh season at UAA, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to unprecedented heights, capturing four straight GNAC regular-season tournament titles, five straight NCAA Tournament berths, and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings every season since 2014-15 ... McCarthy earned his second consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor in third in the last four seasons, while his three-year reign as WBCA NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year came to an end in 2017-18 ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native led UAA to its third straight top-2 regional seed and its second straight 30-win season (30-2), while 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 led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total in each of his first five campaigns (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 160-31 (.838) at UAA and 174-44 (.798) in seven seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy was assisted by 6th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, who was voted by her peers as the WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Alysha Devine, and 4th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2017-18 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
(returning players & coaches only)
WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
Honorable Mention All-GNAC
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
GNAC Coach of the Year
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Nov. 6-12
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
First Team All-GNAC (unanimous)
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
D2CCA All-West Region Second Team
WBCA Honorable Mention All-America Team
Bill MacKay UAA Athlete of the Year nominee