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East High product Jordan Martin is one of three seniors on this year's roster.
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#22 UAA hosts Orediggers in opener

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 11/06/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL…

Friday, Nov. 9 — 7 pm — Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Colorado School of Mines (0-0)
at No. 22 Alaska Anchorage (0-0)


RADIO: Live on FM-93.7 KAFC

ON TV: All UAA home games are broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on KCFT (GCI Cable Ch. 19). Friday’s game will air at 11 p.m. that evening and again at 2 p.m. Saturday.

ONLINE: All Alaska Anchorage home games feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner.

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2011-12 stats)
G—Sasha King, 5-6, Sr. (7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.3 spg, .411 3FG, West Reg. All-Tourney)
G—Jessica Madison, 5-8, Fr. (2011-12 redshirt; 1,896 points in high school)
G—Kylie Burns, 5-9, Jr. (4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.9 spg, .307 3FG, .722 FT)
G—Alli Madison, 5-8, So. (1.2 ppg, 0.4 rpg, .750 FT)
F—Alysa Horn, 6-0, Sr. (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, .1.0 spg, .339 3FG, Hon. Men. All-GNAC)

SCOUTING THE OREDIGGERS: Colorado School of Mines is coming off a 12-17 campaign that included an 11-11 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and the Orediggers were picked last week to finish 9th in the RMAC preseason coaches’ poll … the Golden, Colo., program is led by preseason All-RMAC pick Angie Charchalis, a senior guard who averaged a team-high 15.9 points last year … CSM will travel to Fairbanks on Saturday.

ALL-TIME vs COLORADO MINES: UAA leads 3-0
Last Meeting: UAA 80-67 (11/19/94)  /  Notes: Seawolves have won all three meetings by at least 13 points … teams played an ‘outreach’ game at Kenai on Nov. 18, 1994 with UAA winning 94-68 … UAA won first meeting 102-76 at CSM on Jan. 3, 1990.

A QUICK LOOK AT 2012-13: The Seawolves get five letterwinners back from last season, with Sr. PG Sasha King (7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.3 spg, .411 3FG) as the lone returning starter … Sr. F Alysa Horn, an honorable mention all-league pick last year, also returns with team-high averages 9.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg … Jr. G Kylie Burns (4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg), So. G Alli Madison (1.2 ppg) and Sr. G Jordan Martin (1.0 ppg) also bring playing experience, while redshirt Fr. G Jessica Madison will make her debut after practicing last year … six newcomers join the fray, with JC transfer Mariesha Harris and true freshman Jenna Buchanan likely to make big impacts.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: UAA starts No. 22 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 poll, extending at its streak to 82 consecutive weeks in the rankings. The longest top-25 streak in Division II, the Seawolves had been previously no lower than No. 19 in every poll since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign … UAA is one of four West Region teams in the initial rankings, along with No. 8 UC San Diego, No. 13 Grand Canyon and No. 14 Western Washington. Here is an abbreviated look at the rankings (full poll online at wbca.org):

ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 — Oct. 30, 2012
(UAA & opponents in bold; West Region teams in italics)
Rk Team (1st pl. votes)      Rec.  Pts  Last
 1 Ashland (Ohio) (23)      33-2   673  2
 2 Bentley (Mass.)          31-4   629  3
 3 Pittsburg (Kan.) State   27-6   517  6
 4 Rollins (Fla.)           28-6   578  5
 5 South Carolina-Aiken     27-4   374  12
 8 UC San Diego             30-3   424  10
13 Grand Canyon (Ariz.)     24-4   181  18
14 Western Washington       22-8   293  NR
22 Alaska Anchorage         30-5   132  7
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: 31) Simon Fraser 50; 42) Chico State 18; 49) Dixie State 8; 57) Cal State Monterey Bay 1.


DEVILISH EXHIBITION: Fr. G Jenna Buchanan scored a team-high 12 points Sunday as UAA made its 2012-13 debut with a 72-42 exhibition loss to Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. … the Seawolves also got 11 points and 3 assists from Sr. PG Sasha King in the loss … the Div. I Sun Devils, who are chasing their 14th straight postseason appearance this year, were led by 20 points and 6 rebounds from point guard Promise Amukamara … Sr. F Alysa Horn finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds despite foul trouble, while Jr. G/F Kylie Burns had 4 points, 2 steals and a team-high 7 rebounds … Buchanan, a guard from Galena, shot 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 at the free-throw line to lead the way offensively for the visitors.

BRIEF 2011-12 RECAP: The Seawolves continued their incredible 6-year run with a 30-5 record, the GNAC regular-season and tournament titles, and the program’s third NCAA Elite Eight appearance in five seasons. UAA finished No. 7 in the final NCAA Div. II Top 25 poll after knocking off 4th-ranked UC San Diego on the road to win the West Regional Championships. The only Div. II program to win 30 games in three of the past five years, UAA went unbeaten (15-0) at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and led the nation in margin of victory (+21.9). Led by All-American Hanna Johansson, the Seawolves also became the first basketball program — women’s or men’s — to sweep the major GNAC honors, with Johansson (Player of the Year), Haley Holmstead (Newcomer of the Year), Gritt Ryder (Freshman of the Year) and Tim Moser (Coach of the Year).

SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: UAA advanced to the ‘Elite 8’ round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history — all in the last five seasons (2008, ’09, ’12) … the Seawolves made their 12th overall NCAA Tournament trip (’86, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’00, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ‘12) last year, taking over the longest streak of appearances in the West Region with six … after falling 71-51 to No. 2 and eventual runner-up Ashland in the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals, UAA now stands 16-12 all-time in NCAA games … UAA’s best-ever results were 4-1 marks in the Final 4 runs of 2008 and 2009.

ELITE EIGHT RECAP: Senior All-American Hanna Johansson scored 17 points but it wasn’t enough as the 8th-ranked Seawolves suffered a 71-51 loss to 2nd-ranked Ashland (Ohio) in the NCAA Division II Elite 8 Women’s Basketball Championships quarterfinals at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio on Mar. 20 … in a game that matched two of the top offensive teams in D-II, the Eagles (32-1) got a game-high 18 points from guard Jenna Stutzman, while national player-of-the-year Kari Daugherty added to her national lead in double-doubles with 14 points and 13 rebounds … the Seawolves also got double figures from Sasha King, who scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 4 steals, however UAA could not find another offensive weapon as it scored a season-low point total and shot just 31.7 percent on the day.

BEST IN THE WEST (AGAIN): For the third time in five seasons, the Seawolves beat a nationally top 5-ranked team on its own home court in the 2012 NCAA Div. II West Regional Tournament finals, this time with a 68-63 decision over No. 4 UC San Diego on Mar. 12 in La Jolla, Calif. … Tournament MVP Hanna Johansson scored 18 of her 20 points (7-13 FG, 6-7 FT) after halftime and finished with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to help UAA fend off multiple UCSD runs … the Seawolves also got 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3FG, game-clinching 2-2 FTs) from Sasha King and 10 points (5-7 FG), 6 rebounds and 2 assists from Kaylie Robison, who each made the All-Tournament Team … UAA advanced through the first two rounds with wins over Cal State Los Angeles (65-56) and 13th-ranked Grand Canyon (77-58).

2012 GNAC TOURNEY RECAP: The Seawolves retained their Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament title with a pair of victories Mar. 2-3 at the 2nd annual event in Lacey, Wash. … in the first game, the top-seeded Seawolves jumped to an early 20-point lead and held on late against 5th-seeded Simon Fraser, 74-70 … Tournament MVP Haley Holmstead scored a game-high 22 points (6-12 FG, 10-10 FG) as UAA avenged one of its two Division II losses for the second time against the Clan … Hanna Johansson had 10 points, 2 assists and 2 steals and Alysa Horn chipped in 9 points (4-8 FG) and 7 rebounds … the title game featured a rematch of the 2011 contest, with UAA prevailing against Western Washington for the second straight time, 67-52 … it was UAA’s fifth straight win over the Vikings since WWU swept the 2010-11 regular-season series from UAA.

BIG-TIME NUMBERS: UAA is the only team in women’s D-II hoops to reach 30 wins three times in the last five years, posting marks of 31-4 in 2008-09 and 30-5 in 2007-08 … the Seawolves have reached 23 victories in six straight seasons, including five straight with 24 or more, and four straight with 27 or more; last year was the 11th 20-win season in program history … UAA won its fifth regular-season conference title in 26 years of conference play; the Seawolves won three outright titles in the now-defunct Continental Divide Conference (1985-86, ’87-88, ’88-89) before sharing the GNAC crown with Seattle Pacific in 2008-09 … UAA is now 2-for-2 in GNAC Tournament title pursuits, winning the inaugural tourney title on Western Washington’s home court in March 2011 … with the announcement of the GNAC player-, coach-, freshman- and newcomer-of-the-year awards on Feb. 27, the Seawolves became the first women’s or men’s basketball team to sweep the honors in the 11-year history of the league (see more below in player notes) … UAA’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex win streak begin at  22 when the season  commences Friday, having not lost since Jan. 22, 2011 against WWU … at 15-0, last year  marked UAA’s fourth unbeaten season at the WFSC (1983-84, 2006-07, 2008-09).

MORE TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves led the NCAA Tournament in rebounding margin at +11.7, including bettering their West Region foes by 13.3 rpg … UAA led the GNAC in 12 of 21 team statistical categories, including scoring offense (76.9), scoring defense (55.0), rebound margin (+11.2), assists per game (17.8) and steals per game (11.3) … UAA was 26-0 when leading at halftime, 23-0 when shooting at least 45 percent, and 23-1 when scoring 70 or more points … in the regular season, the Seawolves outscored their eight Div. II non-conference opponents by an average of 42.0 ppg … the losses to D-I foes Miami and Central Michigan in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout were UAA’s first back-to-back defeats since Feb. 19 & 21, 2009 at Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene … UAA still has not lost two straight on its primary home court at the WFSC since Jan. 19 & 21, 2006 against Saint Martin’s and Seattle University … after losing to SPU and beating MSUB in February, UAA is 10-0 following a D-II loss in the past three seasons — a current span of 98 games.

NATIONAL STATS:
The 2011-12 Seawolves finished in the top 35 of the NCAA Div. II statistics in 11 categories — including ten top-20 rankings and seven top-10 marks … the Seawolves led the nation in scoring margin (+21.9), along with ranks of 2nd in rebound margin (+11.2), 4th in assists per game (17.8), 4th in FG% (.458), 5th in FG% defense (.331), 8th in scoring offense (76.9 ppg), 9th in winning pct. (.857), 12th in scoring defense (55.0), 17th in assist-turnover ratio (1.06) and 30th in turnover margin (+4.14) … individually, Sr. PG Sasha King is the only returner who was ranked — 24th in asst.-TO ratio (1.78), 40th in assists (4.6 apg) and 95th in steals (2.3 spg).

HORN O’ PLENTY: Sr. F Alysa Horn was tabbed a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection in voting by the league’s coaches last month … the Seawolves’ leading returning scorer and rebounder was an All-GNAC Honorable Mention pick last year despite coming off the bench in every contest … a 2nd-team selection as a sophomore, Horn continued to put up solid numbers in her ‘6th-Woman’ role, ranking 3rd on the team in both rebounding (5.0 rpg, 18th GNAC) and scoring (9.0 ppg) … in GNAC games only, she shot at an impressive .889 clip (24 of 27) from the FT line … heading into her senior season, Horn ranks 8th on UAA’s career list for FT% at .756, along with 9th in 3FGs made (84), 11th in 3FGs per game (1.0), 14th in 3FG% (.339) and 22nd in scoring (718 pts).

KING ME: Sr. PG Sasha King is a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection as well, having logged 20 starts in her first full season … King held GNAC top-3 ranks in four categories — assist-turnover ratio (2nd, 1.8), assists (2nd, 4.6 apg), 3FG% (2nd, .411) and steals (3rd, 2.3 spg) — and she was 13th in 3FGs per game (1.4) … with 5.8 assists per contest in GNAC-only play, King led the league by a wide margin over CWU’s Alex Dunn (4.4 apg), and she was also tops in asst.-TO ratio (2.4) … on UAA’s single-season lists, King finished 3rd in total assists (157) and 9th in apg (4.6).

BURNS’ TURN: Jr. G Kylie Burns ranked 3rd on the team with 29 3FGs made and a .330 3FG% last season … the Kansan was one of six Seawolves to tie the program record with 35 games played in a season … Burns is the team’s 3rd-leading returning scorer at 4.6 ppg, and she was the recipient of the Ms. Hustle award at last year’s team banquet.

McCARTHY MAKES DEBUT: The ninth head coach to roam the sidelines for UAA women’s basketball, Ryan McCarthy makes his Seawolf debut this weekend … formerly an assistant at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene, McCarthy comes with a 14-13 overall record as a head coach, having served in an interim capacity at NNU two seasons ago … McCarthy is assisted by first-year staff members RyAnne Ridge and Shaina Afoa.

REDSHIRTS ANNOUNCED: Coach Ryan McCarthy has announced that So. C Ilze Teilane and Fr. G Melissa Castle will redshirt in 2012-13 … Teilane, from Riga, Latvia, is a transfer from NE Oklahoma A&M College, while Castle was a prep star at Craig High School in Southeast Alaska.

SEAWOLVES PICKED 5TH: Defending champion UAA was picked to finish 5th in the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball title chase, according to the league’s 12th annual coaches’ poll, released Oct. 25 … Western Washington, which finished runner-up to UAA a year ago, was picked to win the league with seven of 10 first-place votes, narrowly outpointing Simon Fraser.

2012-13 GNAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk  Team (1st-pl. votes)  ‘11-12 Rec. (Pl.) Pts
 1. Western Washington (7)  22-8 (14-4,, 2nd)   96
 2. Simon Fraser (3)        17-11 (11-7, 3rd-T) 93
 3. Seattle Pacific         17-10 (11-7, 3rd-T) 76
 4. Montana State Billings  18-12 (10-8, 6th)   63
 5. Alaska Anchorage        30-5 (16-2, 1st)    57
 6. Northwest Nazarene      18-10 (11-7, 3rd-T) 56
 7. Central Washington      9-17 (5-13, 8th)    47
 8. Western Oregon          7-21 (6-12, 7th)    30
 9. Saint Martin’s          9-19 (4-14, 9th)    18
10. Alaska Fairbanks        6-22 (2-16, 10th)   14
(Points awarded on 11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.)


2011-12 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
(Returning players only)
Kylie Burns
GNAC All-Academic Team, Feb. 22
Ms. Hustle Award (team award), Apr. 11
Alysa Horn
AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team, Dec. 10
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 2-8
GNAC All-Academic Team, Feb. 22
All-GNAC Honorable Mention, Feb. 28
Jordan Martin
Most Inspirational Player (team award), Apr. 11
Sasha King
NCAA Div. II West Regional All-Tournament Team, Mar. 12

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