THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Nov. 29 — 6 pm AST — Nicholson Pavilion — Ellensburg, Wash.
#4 Alaska Anchorage (6-0, 0-0 GNAC) at Central Washington (5-0, 0-0 GNAC)
Sat., Dec. 1 — 5 pm AST — Johnson Sports Center — Nampa, Idaho
#4 Alaska Anchorage at #15 Northwest Nazarene (6-0, 0-0 GNAC [11/29 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
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. (10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.2 spg, .375 3FG, .769 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, .455 FG, .429 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (9.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 spg, .442 FG, .667 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, .561 FG, 14-14 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, .370 FG, .857 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: UAA begins the GNAC season with perhaps its toughest road trip, facing the league’s two other remaining unbeatens and the squads ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in this week’s D2SIDA West Region poll ... regionally 4th-ranked Central Washington has beaten its first five opponents by an average of 20.2 points, including home wins last week over Cal State San Bernardino (80-48) and Holy Names (82-70) ... the Wildcats are led by Taylor Shaw (16.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .519 3FG) and Alexis Pana (10.4 ppg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg, .571 FG, .500 3FG, .882 FT) ... nationally 15th- and regionally 2nd-ranked Northwest Nazarene is putting up a similar winning margin of 22.2 ppg, boosted by wins in LA last week against Azusa Pacific (77-63) and Biola (97-64) ... coming off an NCAA Tournament bid last season, the Nighthawks feature 10 players who average at least 5.0 ppg, led by Avery Albrecht (11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg, .389 3FG, .938 FT) and Ellie Logan (11.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, .710 FT).
ALL-TIME vs CWU: UAA leads 29-15 overall, 12-8 in Ellensburg
Last: UAA 84-72 (2/24/18 at CWU)
Streak: UAA 11
Notes: UAA has won 22 of the last 23 meetings, including 11 straight victories in Ellensburg ... CWU’s lone win this decade came 74-64, Jan. 19, 2013 in Anchorage ... UAA leads 24-10 in GNAC meetings and 11-1 under head coach Ryan McCarthy … teams have played at least once per season since 1998-99 … teams played three times from 1979-81 and did not meet again until 1997.
ALL-TIME vs NNU: UAA leads 25-15 overall; tied 9-9 in Nampa
Last: UAA 65-63 (3/9/18 at Azusa, CA)
Streak: UAA 1
Notes: UAA has won three of the last four and seven of the last nine games in Nampa ... the Seawolves suffered their worst loss of 2017-18 at NNU, falling 104-78 on Feb. 22 ... UAA leads 21-13 in GNAC regular-season meetings and 9-5 under head coach Ryan McCarthy … teams have met four times in postseason (twice in NCAA Tourney, twice in GNAC Tourney), all since 2009 … series started in 2000-01 when both teams were in the Pacific West Conference.
COAST CALLS: The Seawolves earned a pair of hard-fought victories in their own D-II Coast to Coast Classic last week at the Alaska Airlines Center, going down to the final minutes in victories over Florida Tech (66-56) and Hawaii Pacific (69-58) ... in Friday’s game, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee had 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-4 FT), 9 rebounds and a career-high-tying 5 blocks to help UAA rally from a 6-point deficit ... Sr. PG Sydni Stallworth had 13 points, 4 assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes, and Sr. G Tara Thompson added 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and just one turnover in 30 minutes against the Panthers ... on Saturday, the Seawolves built an early 30-16 lead and hung on behind 14 points apiece from Wandersee and Sr. G Kian McNair ... the Seawolves shot a season-best .870 (20-23) from the free-throw line against the Sharks, getting big bench contributions from Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin (12 pts, 8-9 FT) and Fr. F Kimani Fernandez-Roy (6 pts, 3-3 FG, 6 rebs) ... Wandersee was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the all-tourney team by McNair and Thompson.
WINNING WAYS: At 130-12 (.915), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (134-12, .918) ... 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 172-16 (.915) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts ... the Seawolves have won 47 of their last 48 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 four games in the books for all of the league’s 11 teams, UAA leads the early GNAC stats in scoring defense (53.2 ppg), steals per game (13.5) and rebounding defense (31.3), while ranking second in scoring margin (+20.8) and FG% (.438), assists per game (18.3) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-25 ranks in steals per game (13th), assists per game (19th), assist-turnover ratio (20th, 1.22) and scoring defense (21st), along with 27th in scoring margin and 35th in FT% (.763).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee is off to a solid start, capturing all-tournament honors at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP honors at the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and GNAC Player of the Week this week ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder thus far, she leads the GNAC with 14-of-14 FT shooting, along with ranks of 4th in blocks (1.3 bpg), 7th in FG% (.561), 14th in scoring (13.5 ppg) and 15th in rebounding (6.5) ... the Kodiak product has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts and owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (19th, 964 points), FT% (3rd, .824), (FG%, 6th, .524), blocks (6th, 96), blocks per game (7th, 0.88), field goals made (17th, 386), free throws made (20th, 178), games played (t-12th, 109) and victories (7th, 99).
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.
BEWARE OF T.N.T.: 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 tied for 8th in program history with 97 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 12th in the GNAC in 3FG% (.429) and 11th in 3FGs per game (2.0), 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 175 total 3FGs are 5th on the all-time Seawolf list and just two 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 making major impacts in their final season ... a starter in 31 of 36 career games, McNair leads the GNAC and ranks 16th nationally with 3.0 steals per game, swiping six in the win over East Bay ... two weeks ago 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, and last week she was named all-tourney at the DII Hoops Classic, matching her season high with 14 points in the win over Hawaii Pacific ... meanwhile, Stallworth has provided a big lift both off the bench and as starting point guard in place of Goo, posting career-highs of 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals to pace the win over Dominguez Hills ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is in the top 20 in the GNAC stats at 5th in assists per game (4.3), 7th in A/T ratio (3.7), 7th in steals per game (2.2) and 16th in 3FG% (.375), and she holds D-II top-100 ranks in A/T ratio (16th) and assists per game (78th).
’WOLF BITES: So. F Sala Langi has stepped into a starter’s role this season, delivering 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game ... boosted by a 5-assist effort at S.F. State and a career-high 6 assists in the win over Florida Tech, Langi holds early GNAC ranks of 15th in assists per game and 17th in A/T ratio (2.3), along with 11th in FT% (.857) ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is also filling a larger role in her second season, accounting for at least 4 points in four of six games and at least 3 rebounds in five contests ... the Seawolves have added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 12 points and 4 rebounds to help fend off Hawaii Pacific last week ... Yasin ranks 13th in the GNAC in FT% at .833 ... Fr. F Kimani Fernandez-Roy and Fr. G Jahnna Hajdukovich have both joined the regular rotation as true freshmen ... a Maui native, Fernandez-Roy has been UAA’s second-leading rebounder with 4.8 rpg, boosted by a team season-high 10 boards against CSUDH and 6 boards against Hawaii Pacific ... a local product from Dimond High, Hajdukovich delivered a key 5-point effort against HPU and has shot 4 of 8 from the field thus far, while committing just 2 turnovers in 46 minutes.
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 166-31 (.843) at UAA and 180-44 (.803) 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
D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
D-II Coast to Coast 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
D-II Coast to Coast Classic Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 19-25