THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
UAA hosts D-II Coast to Coast Classic
Nov. 23 & 24 — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
(all times Alaska Standard Time)
2:30 pm: Hawaii Pacific (1-2) vs Simon Fraser (2-1)
5 pm: Florida Tech (2-2) vs #6 Alaska Anchorage (4-0)
2:30 pm: Florida Tech vs Simon Fraser
5 pm: Hawaii Pacific vs #6 Alaska Anchorage
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: All four games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa (audio commentary for UAA games only)
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Sr. (11.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.8 spg, .536 FG, .750 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, .448 FG, .476 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 spg, .481 FG, .625 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, .529 FG, 10-10 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (6.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, .333 FG, .833 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Florida Tech started with victories over Claflin and Lemoyne-Owen before losing at home in Melbourne last week to New York Tech and Flagler ... predicted to finish eighth of 11 teams in the Sunshine State Conference preseason poll, the Panthers are led by 5-10 Sr. G Gracie Doane (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, .343 3FG) and 6-0 Jr. G Amanda Allen (9.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, .467 FG, .474 3FG) ... defending Pacific West Conference Tournament champ Hawaii Pacific opened with losses at Cal State San Marcos and against UC San Diego, before scoring a home win over St. Thomas Aquinas last week ... picked for second in this year’s PWC preseason poll, the Sharks are led by 5-11 So. F Alysha Marcucci (14.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 spg, 2.3 bpg) and 5-6 Sr. G Samantha Lambrigtsen (14.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .536 FG).
ALL-TIME VS. ...
Florida Tech: First meeting
Hawaii Pacific: UAA leads 8-0 overall, 2-0 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 82-74 (11/10/17 at Ellensburg, WA) / Notes: UAA is 4-0 against HPU since the Hawaii schools reinstituted women’s basketball in 2007-08 ... last meeting in Anchorage was a 63-56 UAA win in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament ... first meeting was a 77-50 UAA win, Jan. 29, 1984 in Honolulu.
SEAWOLVES SWEEP CCAA FOES: The Seawolves earned a pair of important NCAA Div. II West Region victories last week, beating Cal State East Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hills in the Seawolf Hoops Classic at the Alaska Airlines Center ... in the first game, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo delivered 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 FT), 3 assists and 6 steals to power a 66-50 win over East Bay, but the Preseason All-GNAC pick left the game late with an injury to her right hand ... Sr. G Tara Thompson added 14 points (4-5 3FG), Sr. C Hannah Wandersee had 11 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), and Sr. G Kian McNair racked up 8 points, 5 assists and 6 steals against the team picked third in the CCAA preseason poll ... on Saturday, Sr. G Sydni Stallworth had a career day as she entered the starting lineup in place of Goo, delivering personal bests of 23 points (7-12 FG, 8-10 FT), 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in the 69-53 win over the Toros ... Wandersee joined Stallworth on the all-tournament team with 16 points (7-11 FG), 7 rebounds and 2 assists, Fr. F Kimani Fernandez-Roy ripped down a team season-high 10 rebounds, and McNair had 14 points (6-10 FG) and 4 assists as she was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player.
WINNING WAYS: At 128-12 (.914), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (132-12, .917) ... UAA is a combined 79-6 – including 36-3 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 170-16 (.914) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts ... the Seawolves have won 45 of their last 46 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents ... 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 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.
NIFTY NUMBERS: With at least three games in the books for all of the league’s 11 teams, UAA leads the early GNAC stats in scoring defense (52.2 ppg), scoring margin (+26.0), steals per game (15.5) and assists per game (18.3), while ranking second in scoring offense (78.2), FG% (.449) and rebounding defense (31.3) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-25 ranks in steals per game (5th), scoring margin (12th), assists per game (23rd) and scoring defense (24th), along with 29th in turnovers forced per game (23.5).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: 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) ... last year she earned all-tourney honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic, Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships, and this year she has started the by making the all-tourney teams at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic ... the Kodiak product has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts and owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (19th, 932 points), FT% (t-3rd, .821), (FG%, 6th, .522), blocks (6th, 90), blocks per game (7th, 0.84), field goals made (19th, 372), free throws made (20th, 174), games played (18th, 107) and victories (t-7th, 97).
GOO A NO-GO: A unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo was off to a terrific start before suffering a hand injury against Cal State East Bay, which is expected to sideline her for multiple games ... an Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick last year, Goo has tallied double figures in 13 of her the last 27 games ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic, the Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA West Regional Championships last year, and she opened 2018-19 with MVP honors at the Gator Invitational ... last year, 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 already stands 6th in assists per game (4.1), 10th in assists (258), 12th in steals per game (2.4) and 12th in steals (151), needing just seven more swipes to reach the top 10.
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 95 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 7th in the GNAC in 3FG% (.476) and 4th in 3FGs per game (2.5), boosted by a 4-of-5 effort against East Bay ... with a .398 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 20 in GNAC history, while her 173 total 3FGs are 5th on the all-time Seawolf list and just four shy of the No. 4 spot.
KIAN & SYD STEPPIN’ UP: 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 now making major impacts in their final season ... a starter in 29 of 34 career games, McNair ranks 3nd in the GNAC and 51st nationally with 3.0 steals per game, swiping six in the win over East Bay ... last week she earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic with two-game numbers of 22 points (9-16 FG), 9 assists and 7 steals ... Stallworth provided a big lift off the bench as a junior, and she responded in her first game as UAA’s starting point guard recently with career-highs of 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals to pace the win over Dominguez Hills ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is all over the top 20 in the GNAC stats currently, sitting 5th in assists per game (4.3), 17th in scoring (11.8 ppg), 8th in A/T ratio (4.3), 5th in steals per game (2.8), 8th in FG% (.536), 11th in 3FG% (.455) and 20th in FT% (.750), while her A/T ratio also ranks 18th nationally.
SOPHS NOT SOFT: UAA’s sophomore forward duo of Sala Langi and Tennae Voliva both showed off their skills in increased rolls at the season-opening Gator Invitational ... now a starter, Langi totaled 22 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3FG, 7-8 FT) and 8 assists without a turnover in just 37 minutes against Holy Names and SFSU ... third on the team and second among GNAC freshmen with 4.1 rebounds per game last season, the Pacifica, Calif., product has tallied double figures six times in the last 10 games, after reaching that plateau just once in her first 26 contests ... meanwhile, Voliva came off the bench in 31 games as a rookie with 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and .491 FG shooting ... the former East Anchorage HS star has already improved or equaled her career highs this year, scoring 8 points (4-6 FG) in the win over Holy Names and grabbing 7 rebounds against SFSU ... 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 ... in her first game in Green & Gold, Yasin led the Seawolves with 16 points in the victory over Holy Names, and she currently ranks 6th on the team with 8.8 ppg ... 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 ... last year, McCarthy earned his second consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor and 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 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 crews led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17) ... McCarthy sports a head-coaching record of 164-31 (.841) at UAA and 178-44 (.802) in eight-plus seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 7th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, who was voted by her peers as the 2017-18 WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Sierra Afoa, and 5th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
Gator Invitational MVP
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
Gator Invitational All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team