THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Tue., Feb. 5 — 7 pm AST — Patty Center — Fairbanks, AK
#10 Alaska Anchorage (19-1, 11-1 GNAC) at Alaska Fairbanks (3-15, 0-12 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 9 — 5 pm AST — Alterowitz Gymnasium — Billings, MT
#10 Alaska Anchorage at Montana State Billings (9-9, 5-7 GNAC [2/7 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—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, Jr. (9.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 3.7 spg, .588 FG, .717 FT)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 3.5 spg, .437 FG, .647 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, .430 FG, .407 3FG)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg, .484 FG, .882 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (7.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, .425 FG, .736 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Still seeking its first GNAC win since 2016-17, Alaska Fairbanks has lost 15 in a row after starting the year with three straight wins ... the Nanooks are led by Marian Wamsley (13.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .511 FG) and Kylie Wallace (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .764 FT) ... defending GNAC Tournament and West Region champion Montana State Billings has won has won two of its last three as it prepares to host UAF on Thursday night ... currently in a multi-team fight for the sixth and final berth in this year’s conference tournament, the Yellowjackets are led by Hannah Collins (GNAC-high 16.1 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, .369 3FG, .871 FT) and Taylor Cunningham (11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, .431 3FG, .758 FT).
ALL-TIME vs UAF: UAA leads 69-30 overall
In Fairbanks: UAA leads 25-23
Last: UAA 81-70 (1/8/19 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 23
Notes: UAA’s current win streak is the longest in the series and the Seawolves’ 2nd-longest against any program, trailing only the current 30-game streak vs. Western Oregon … the Seawolves have won 11 straight in Fairbanks … UAF’s last win was an 85-83 overtime decision, Jan. 27, 2007 in Fairbanks ... UAA has won 22 of the last 23 meetings by double digits, including 88-56 in Fairbanks last season ... UAA leads 28-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) and 13-0 under Ryan McCarthy … teams have played at least twice per season since 1979-80.
ALL-TIME vs MSUB: UAA leads 35-27 overall
In Billings: MSUB leads 15-14
Last: UAA 87-42 (1/10/19 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 1
Notes: UAA has won 22 of 25 overall meetings since MSUB joined the GNAC in 2007-08 ... Saturday will mark the teams’ 10th meeting in four seasons, including MSUB’s upset of UAA the 2018 NCAA West Regional title game last year in Azusa, Calif. ... UAA has won four straight in Billings ... UAA leads 21-2 in GNAC regular-season meetings and 12-3 under Ryan McCarthy ... MSUB is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (behind UAF and Seattle Pacific), despite the teams splitting into different leagues from 2002-07 … teams played twice yearly from 1984-85 to 2000-01 as members of the Pacifi c West and Continental Divide conferences.
SEAWOLVES SWEEP VIKINGS, CLAN: The Seawolves ran their winning streak to 12 games with a pair of road wins last week, beating Western Washington 74-55 and Simon Fraser 68-63 ... in the first contest, all five Seawolves starters scored in double figures, including 15 points from Sr. C Hannah Wandersee, as UAA pulled away for a 42-23 halftime lead and cruised to the season sweep of the Vikings ... Sr. G Kian McNair had 10 points (4-5 FG) and Jr. G Yazmeen Goo collected 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-6 FT) and 6 steals to lead a 48 percent shooting effort, while So. F Sala Langi collected 10 points (6-8 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers ... on Saturday, the Seawolves played their closest game of the season as Wandersee scored 10 of her UAA season-high 28 points (11-18 FG, 6-6 FT) in the final 5 minutes to rally from a 54-48 deficit ... all 10 Seawolves had at least one field goal, and Sr. G Sydni Stallworth scored all seven of her points in the final 2:35 to help snap the Clan’s 6-game winning streak.
WINNING WAYS: UAA is on the verge of its fifth straight 20-win season and the 15th in 42 years of program history ... at 143-13 (.917), the Seawolves have the best winning percentage and the second-most victories and in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (147-14, .913) in victories ... UAA is a combined 90-7 – including 41-4 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 (56.8 ppg), steals per game (15.0), assists per game (18.5), assist-turnover ratio (1.3), turnover margin (+8.9), 3FG% defense (.286) and rebounds allowed per game (32.2), while ranking second in scoring margin (+18.0) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-40 ranks in steals per game (3rd), turnovers forced per game (5th, 24.0), turnover margin (6th), assists per game (9th), A/T ratio (15th), scoring margin (12th), scoring defense (25th), FG% (31st, .440) and scoring offense (39th, 74.8).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee has continued to rack up honors throughout the regular season, including all-tournament at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP of the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and three GNAC Player of the Week awards (Nov. 19-25, Jan. 7-13, Jan. 28-Feb. 3) ... 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 ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder, she is 5th in scoring (14.8 ppg), 18th in rebounding (5.5 rpg), 6th in blocks (1.1 bpg), 4th in FT% (.882) and 14th in FG% (.484) in the GNAC stats ... with recent scoring totals of 20 at Western Oregon, 21 at Concordia-Portland and 28 at Simon Fraser, the Kodiak product now has 10 career 20-plus efforts ... Wandersee owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (10th, 1,178), rebounds (13th, 544), blocks (5th, 110), blocks per game (7th, 0.9), FG made (8th, 474), FG% (8th, .511), FT% (3rd, .826), FT made (14th, 209), games played (7th, 123) and victories (t-2nd, 112); she needs just four more victories to tie former teammate Kiki Robertson (2013-17) atop the wins list, and she is on pace to at least tie Hanna Johansson’s (2008-12) record of 133 games played.
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 four games, she has delivered 16 total steals and averaged 10.0 ppg on 56 percent shooting ... a 2017-18 Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick, Goo has multiple steals in nine of her 10 outings this year, putting her on pace to lead the league and rank top 5 nationally with enough games played ... 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, 277), assists per game (9th, 4.0), steals (8th, 176) and steals per game (10th, 2.5).
BEWARE OF T.N.T.: Whether it’s her sweet 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, now tied for 4th in program history with 110 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 8th in the GNAC and 36th nationally in 3FG% (.407), along with other league ranks of 5th in 3FGs per game (2.3, 87th nationally) and 1st in assist-turnover ratio (2.7) ... with a .397 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 15 in GNAC history, while her 209 total 3FGs are 3rd on the all-time Seawolf list and just seven 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 43 of 50 career games, McNair leads the GNAC and is 5th nationally with 3.5 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 12 straight and 18 of 20 games this season, she also ranks 12th in assists per game (3.3) and 18th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5) in the GNAC ... McNair started the year with Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic, 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 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 (3.5), 6th in A/T ratio (1.9), 6th in steals per game (2.2), 4th in 3FG% (.442) and 16th in FT% (.764).
’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 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game ... with multiple assists in 14 games, 7-plus rebounds in five games and double-digit scoring in eight 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 14 games, has Yasin ranks 5th in the GNAC and 69th nationally with 2.3 steals per game, making 28 swipes over the last nine contests ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is filling a larger role in her second season, accounting for at least five points in eight games and at least three rebounds in 17 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 .524 (33 of 63) ... 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 six 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 179-32 (.848) in seven-plus seasons at UAA and 193-45 (.811) 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
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3
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