THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 31 — 6 pm AST — Carver Gymnasium — Bellingham, WA
#11 Alaska Anchorage (17-1, 9-1 GNAC) at Western Washington (10-8, 5-5 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 2 — 6 pm AST — SFU West Gymnasium — Burnaby, BC
#11 Alaska Anchorage at Simon Fraser (11-6, 7-3 GNAC [1/31 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa ... live video will also be available at each team’s respective YouTube channel.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, Jr. (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 3.6 spg, .600 FG, .730 FT)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (8.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 3.6 spg, .429 FG, .656 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, .438 FG, .416 3FG)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 bpg, .475 FG, .878 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, .438 FG, .733 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Western Washington has dropped five of its last seven after being swept at home last week against No. 3 Northwest Nazarene (86-73) and fellow playoff contender Central Washington (76-61) ... the Vikings are led by Kelsey Rogers (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg, .546 FG, .821 FT) and Anna Schwecke (11.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg, .530 FG, .738 FT) ... Simon Fraser has won five straight games as it prepares to host UAF on Thursday, cruising into a 3rd-place tie with Central Washington after wins home wins over CWU (79-69) and NNU (76-73) last week ... the Clan are led by Sophie Swant (14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg, .810 FT) and Tayler Drynan (10.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, .829 FT).
ALL-TIME vs WWU: UAA leads 25-23 overall
In Bellingham: WWU leads 12-9
Last: UAA 68-50 (1/5/19 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 7
Notes: UAA has won 11 of the last 12 ... the current win streak is UAA’s longest vs. WWU ... the Seawolves won two straight in Bellingham ... WWU’s last win came by a 71-62 score on Dec. 5, 2015, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham ... teams have played 21 times since Jan. 2011, including four meetings in the GNAC Tournament finals (all UAA wins) and an NCAA 1st Round game in 2012 ... UAA leads 19-16 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) and 11-4 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... WWU won the first seven meetings in series history, which began Feb. 13, 1997.
ALL-TIME vs SFU: UAA leads 18-8
In Burnaby: Tied 5-5
Last: UAA 70-55 (1/3/19 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 3
Notes: UAA has won 10 of the last 12, although both of SFU’s wins have come in stunning form, including an 90-80 NCAA Second Round upset in 2017 against then-No. 2 in Anchorage ... the Clan also pulled a 67-66 upset in Anchorage against then-No. 1 UAA to close the 2015-16 regular season ... UAA leads 12-5 in regular-season meetings since SFU joined the GNAC in the 2010-11 season and 11-5 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... first meeting was a 65-61 UAA win in Moscow, Idaho, Nov. 28, 1981.
WASHINGTONIANS WALLOPED: The Seawolves ran their winning streak to 10 games with a pair of blowout wins last week, beating Saint Martin’s 88-58 and earning their most lopsided victory of the year against Seattle Pacific, 78-37, at the Alaska Airlines Center ... on Thursday, Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin and So. F Sala Langi led five Seawolves in double figures with 15 points apiece and Sr. G Kian McNair made 8 steals to earn a 9th straight win over SMU ... Fr. F Kimani Fernandez-Roy scored a career-high 12 points (5-9 FG) and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Sr. G Tara Thompson dished 6 assists as UAA forced 15 Saints turnovers in each half and snagged a season-high 25 steals ... on Saturday, UAA got 18 points (8-12 FG) from Sr. C Hannah Wandersee and shot a season-high .508 from the floor to earn their second-largest victory over the Falcons in 66 all-time meetings ... Langi collected 12 points and 4 assists and Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo had 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals as the Seawolves held SPU without a field goal for nearly a 20-minute stretch and forced the Falcons to shoot just .227 (10 of 44) from the field.
WINNING WAYS: At 141-13 (.916), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (146-13, .918) ... UAA is a combined 88-7 – including 39-4 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last five seasons ... the Seawovles have won 26 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting perfect 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 178-16 (.918) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts, including 69-6 (.920) at the Alaska Airlines Center (since 2014-15) ... the Seawolves have won 49 of their last 50 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 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: UAA leads the GNAC stats in scoring defense (56.5 ppg), steals per game (15.1), assists per game (19.1), assist-turnover ratio (1.3), turnover margin (+8.6), 3FG% defense (.290) and rebounds allowed per game (32.2), while ranking second in scoring margin (+18.7) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-40 ranks in steals per game (2nd), turnovers forced per game (6th, 23.6), turnover margin (8th), assists per game (6th), A/T ratio (11th), scoring margin (11th), scoring defense (21st), FG% (33rd, .441) and scoring offense (37th, 75.2).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee recently became one of just 10 Seawolf players with at least 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds, and one of three with 1,000 pts/500 rebs and 100 blocks ... Wandersee began the year by 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 for Nov. 19-25, and she added another GNAC POW award Jan. 7-13 ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder, she is 8th in scoring (14.0 ppg), 19th in rebounding (5.5 rpg), 6th in blocks (1.2 bpg), 4th in FT% (.878) and 18th in FG% (.475) in the GNAC stats ... with season highs of 20 and 21 points at Western Oregon and Concordia-Portland recently, the Kodiak product now has nine career 20-plus scoring efforts ... Wandersee owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (11th, 1,135), rebounds (14th, 535), blocks (5th, 110), blocks per game (7th, 0.9), FG made (10th, .457), FG% (8th, .510), FT% (3rd, .823), FT made (16th, 200), games played (t-7th, 121) and victories (t-3rd, 110), and she needs just six more victories to tie former teammate Kiki Robertson (116 wins, 2013-17) for that program record.
GOO STUFF: A unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo made her return to the lineup on Jan. 10 after missing 10 games with a hand injury ... playing without a protective cast for the first time last week, she delivered eight total steals in UAA’s sweep of the Washington schools and scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting against SPU ... an Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick last year, Goo has tallied double figures in 14 of her the last 32 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 ... on UAA’s career lists, Goo already ranks in the top 10 in assists (6th, 275), assists per game (6th, 4.0), steals (8th, 168) and steals per game (10th, 2.5) ... with her current pace of 3.6 steals per game, she would be leading the GNAC this season and ranked in the top 10 nationally with enough games played to qualify.
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 5th in program history with 108 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 10th in the GNAC and 34th nationally in 3FG% (.416), along with other league ranks of 5th in 3FGs per game (2.3, 80th nationally) and 1st in assist-turnover ratio (2.9) ... with a .398 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 15 in GNAC history, while her 205 total 3FGs are 3rd on the all-time Seawolf list and just 11 shy of former teammate Jessica Madison (216, 2012-16) for the No. 2 spot.
SENIORS 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 41 of 48 career games, McNair leads the GNAC and is 3rd nationally with 3.6 steals per game, boosted by a record-tying 9-steal game against Simon Fraser and 8 steals last week against Saint Martin’s ... along with multiple steals in 10 straight and 16 of 18 games this season, she also ranks 12th in assists per game (3.3) and 13th in assist-turnover ratio (1.6) in the GNAC ... McNair started the year with Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic (22 points, 9 assists and 7 steals against CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills), and she was named all-tourney at the DII Hoops Classic ... meanwhile, Stallworth has provided a big lift both off the bench and in the starting lineup, scoring in double figures seven times – including a UAA season-high 23 points against CSU Dominguez Hills – and dishing four-plus assists on nine occasions ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is in the top 15 in the GNAC stats at 10th in assists per game (3.7), 4th in A/T ratio (2.1), 7th in steals per game (2.1), 8th in 3FG% (.429) and 14th in FT% (.765).
’WOLF BITES: So. F Sala Langi has stepped into a full-time starter’s role this season and emerged as one of the GNAC’s most versatile players, delivering 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game ... with multiple assists in 12 games, 7-plus rebounds in five games and double-digit scoring in seven games, Langi has shown equal proficiency as a scorer, passer and rebounder ... one of five Bay Area natives on the roster, she posted a career-high 10 rebounds in the second win over Holy Names, and she delivered a career-high 17-point effort, while dishing four assists without a turnover against MSUB ... the Seawolves have added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... prior to her breakout performances against SFU and WWU in early January, Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 16 points to help fend off Hawaii Pacific ... along with double-figure scoring efforts in eight of the last 12 games, has Yasin ranks 3rd in the GNAC and 60th nationally with 2.4 steals per game, making 25 swipes over the last seven contests ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is filling a larger role in her second season, accounting for at least five points in seven games and at least three rebounds in 15 contests ... the former East Anchorage HS star equaled her career-high 7 rebounds for the fourth time against UAF and scored double figures for the first time with 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-6 FT) in the win over MSUB ... Voliva leads UAA in FG% at .492 and is coming off a career-high 3 steals last week against Saint Martin’s ... UAA got a boost in mid-December and early January with the addition of So. F Cameron Fernandez to the lineup on Dec. 18, following a preseason injury, but Fernandez has missed the last four games with another injury issue ... the first Seawolf transfer ever from a Pac-12 Conference program, the former Washington State Cougar debuted in Green & Gold with 9 points against Holy Names and a team-high 13 points against Hawaii Hilo, doing all of her damage in just 32 combined minutes.
MASTER OF MAYHEM: Now in his seventh season at UAA and eighth season as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy has ascended to the top of two impressive lists this year, as the NCAA Div. II active leader in career winning percentage (.809) and the all-time winningest coach in UAA women’s basketball history ... on Jan. 27, McCarthy passed Linda Bruns (176-142, 1979-91) with his 177th victory to become the Seawolves’ career wins leader ... since coming north in 2012, 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 from 2014-15 through 2017-18 ... 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 head-coaching records of 177-32 (.847) in seven-plus seasons at UAA and 191-45 (.809) 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
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 7-13