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Junior Mariesha Harris had 12 points and 6 rebounds in her UAA debut against Colorado Mines last week.
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Seawolves host Regis for weekend pair

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 11/13/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL…

Fri., Nov. 16 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Regis (0-0) at #22 Alaska Anchorage (0-1)
&
Sat., Nov. 17 — 5 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Regis at Alaska Anchorage

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 11 a.m. Saturday, while Saturday’s contest will air at 9 p.m. that night and again at 11 a.m. Monday.

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 (2012-13 stats)

G—Sasha King, 5-6, Sr. (12.0 ppg, 9.0 apg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 spg)
G—Mariesha Harris, 5-9, Jr. (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 4.0 spg, 0 turnovers)
G—Kylie Burns, 5-9, Jr. (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2-2 3FG)
G—Jenna Buchanan, 5-8, Fr. (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 2-3 3FG)
F—Alysa Horn, 6-0, Sr. (18.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 40.0 mpg, 6-10 FG)

SCOUTING THE RANGERS: Regis, from Denver, Colo., will be making its regular-season debut after going 1-2 in exhibition games, including Div. I losses to Northern Colorado and Wyoming … the Rangers are coming off an 11-17 season, including a 9-13 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference … Regis is picked to finish 8th of 14 teams in this year’s RMAC preseason coaches’ poll, led by preseason all-league So. F Tae’lor Purdy (16.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg).

ALL-TIME vs REGIS: UAA leads 10-3 (4-2 in Anchorage)
  Last Meeting: Regis, 68-61 (1/4/95)
  Streak: Regis 2
  Notes: Teams met 12 times from 1984-90 as members of the old Continental Divide Conference … UAA’s last win was an 82-81 decision on Jan. 6, 1990 … the last meeting in Anchorage was an 84-77 Regis win on Feb. 5, 1990 … first meeting was a 79-73 Regis win on Feb. 18, 1985 in Anchorage.

OREDIGGERS SPOIL OPENER: The 22nd-ranked Seawolves got 18 points and 6 rebounds from Sr. F Alysa Horn but had trouble with a hot-shooting Colorado Mines club as the Orediggers pulled an 80-74 upset in the Nov. 9 regular-season opener, snapping UAA’s 22-game Wells Fargo Sports Complex win streak … Jr. G Mariesha Harris had a solid debut with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and no turnovers, and Sr. G Sasha King scored 12 points, along with 9 assists and 5 steals … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan was the fourth Seawolf in double figures with 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-3 3FG), 5 rebounds and pair of steals in her first collegiate game, while Sr. G Jordan Martin accounted for career-highs of 7 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG), 4 rebounds and 20 minutes.

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.

MORE TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves’ loss to Colorado Mines snapped their 22-game home winning streak, dating to a Jan. 20, 2011 loss to Western Washington … UAA 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 … the Mines loss also snapped a 33-game win streak when leading at halftime, dating to the same WWU game in 2011.

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 … one game into her senior season, Horn ranks 9th on UAA’s career lists for FT% (.745) and 3FGs made (84), along with 11th in 3FGs per game (1.0), 14th in 3FG% (.337) and 21st in scoring (736 pts) … the Kodiak product needs just 34 points to move into the top 20 in scoring.

KING ME: Sr. PG Sasha King is a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection as well, having logged 20 starts in her first full season … in 2011-12, 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) … the Oklahoman already ranks 24th on UAA’s career assists list with 174 and needs just 27 more to move into the top 20.

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 made his Seawolf debut last weekend … formerly an assistant at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene, McCarthy now has a 14-14 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.)


2012-13 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Alysa Horn
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25
Sasha King
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25

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