Women host early GNAC affair vs UAF
Sat., Dec. 1 — 5:15 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Alaska Fairbanks (0-6, 0-0 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (3-2, 0-0 GNAC)
MEDIA DETAILS …
RADIO: Live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC
TV: Catch the delayed telecast at 9 p.m. on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19)
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UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Sasha King, 5-6, Sr. (15.2 ppg, 7.4 apg, 1.0 rpg, 3.0 spg, .765 FT)
G—Mariesha Harris, 5-9, Jr. (10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 spg, .933 FT)
G—Jenna Buchanan, 5-8, Fr. (9.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg, .393 3FG)
F—Kylie Burns, 5-9, Jr. (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 spg, .444 FG, .333 3FG)
F—Alysa Horn, 6-0, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 36.8 mpg)
SCOUTING THE NANOOKS: Alaska Fairbanks has dropped five of its six games by double figures, with its closest contest being an 85-79 home loss to Upper Iowa last week … the Nanooks are led by 5-6 Jr. G April Fultz (12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 spg) and 6-0 Sr. G Taylor Altenburg (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .767 FT).
THE SERIES vs UAF: UAA leads 56-30 (36-6 in Anchorage)
Last Meeting: UAA 94-49 (2/25/12 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 10 / Notes: UAA has won 12 of the last 13 meetings, with the only loss coming 85-83 in OT, Jan. 27, 2007 in Fairbanks … UAA has won the last eight meetings by an average of 36.5 points … UAA has won the last seven meetings in Anchorage … UAF’s last win at UAA came by an 83-50 count on Jan. 15, 2005 … UAA has equaled the longest win streak in the series, having also taken 10 straight from UAF from 1992-97 … UAA leads 15-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … teams have met at least twice per season since 1977-78.
SHOOTOUT RECAP: UAA placed runner-up in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout for the second time in the last three tournaments, beating North Dakota State, 73-47, before losing to Utah State, 67-57 in the championship game, Nov. 20-21 at Sullivan Arena … in the first game, the Seawolves got 25 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3FG, 5-6 FT), 9 rebounds and 3 assists from Sr. F Alysa Horn as they sank a Shootout-record and school-record-tying 14 three-pointers against the Bison … Sr. PG Sasha King had 21 points (5-12 3FG, 6-6 FT), 7 assists and 3 steals in the victory, while Jr. G Kylie Burns tallied 10 points and 5 rebounds … in the title game, Burns had 14 points and 8 rebounds, but the Seawolves could not contain tourney MVP Devyn Christensen as the Aggies’ guard tallied 32 points, 4 assists and 4 steals … Fr. G Jessica Madison came off the bench for a career-high 12 points (4-6 3FG), but she was the only Seawolf to shoot better than 50 percent … Horn led the way with a game-high 10 rebounds for her seventh career double-figure effort … Burns and Horn were both selected to the All-Tournament Team.
TEAM NOTES: Just five games in, the Seawolves have already tied or broken three program single-game records; UAA has equaled the marks for fewest turnovers (6 vs Regis, Nov. 17) and 3FGs made (14 vs NDSU), while setting a new standard with 12-of-12 FT shooting vs. Regis on Nov. 16 … UAA is forcing nearly nine more turnovers and making four more steals per game than its opponents … UAA has won the turnover battle in all five games so far … the 26-point margin against North Dakota State was UAA’s third-largest over a D-I opponent, trailing only a 89-47 win over Coastal Carolina in 2009 and a 72-44 pounding of Cal State Northridge in 2008 ... the Seawolves’ loss to Colorado Mines snapped their 22-game home winning streak, dating to a Jan. 20, 2011 loss to Western Washington … after beating Regis on Nov. 16, UAA still has not lost two straight on its primary home court at the WFSC since Jan. 19 & 21, 2006 (St. Martin’s, Seattle) … 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 is showing why she was a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection in voting by the league’s coaches last month, following all-league honorable mention last year and 2nd-team honors as a sophomore … after five games, Horn is second on UAA in scoring (14.0 ppg) and leads in rebounding (7.6 rpg), logging a team-high 36.8 minutes per game … with 30 points and 19 rebounds in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout last week, the Kodiak product moved into UAA’s top 20 in both categories (20th, 788 pts; 19th, 433 reb.) … on the other career lists, Horn ranks 9th in FT% (.744) and 3FGs made (90), 11th in 3FGs per game (1.0) and 14th in 3FG% (.336) … Horn was an All-Tournament Team pick at the Shootout after equaling her career-high with 25 points in the win over North Dakota State.
KING ME: Sr. PG Sasha King was a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection as well, having logged 20 starts in her first full season … through five games the Oklahoman is on pace to set UAA’s assists record with 7.4 per contest, while committing just 14 turnovers in 176 minutes … the team’s leading scorer (15.2 ppg) has tallied double figures in four of five games and dished at least 5 assists in every contest this year … King already ranks 20th on UAA’s career list for assists (202) and 15th in 3FGs made (60).
BURNS’ TURN: Moving into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Jr. G/F Kylie Burns ranks among the team’s top three in scoring (11.0 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg) and steals (2.0 spg), more than doubling her sophomore numbers in all three categories … the Kansas Citian is also second on the team with a .444 FG% and third with a .333 3FG% … Burns’ 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds against Regis on Nov. 17 was her first career double-double, while her 3 steals matched her personal-best for the fourth time … in the Shootout, Burns scored double figures in both games and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
MORE PLAYER NOTES: Jr. G Mariesha Harris has made a major impact as UAA’s 4th-leading scorer (10.8 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg) so far … the Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC transfer is also No. 2 on the squad in steals (2.6 spg) and assists (2.8 apg), while sinking 14 of 15 at the charity stripe … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan has made a quick transition to the college game, averaging 9.0 ppg and ranking third on the team in both rebounding (5.6 rpg) and assists (2.8 apg) … the 2012 3A Player of the Year from Galena has shown deadly long-range shooting, nailing 11 of 28 (.393) to start her career … 5th-year Sr. G Jordan Martin is making a big impact off the bench with 3.6 points on .500 FG% in 12.8 minutes per game … with 18 points and 64 minutes played, the East Anchorage High product has already nearly reach her totals (23 pts, 82 min.) from last year … redshirt Fr. G Jessica Madison has been solid in her ‘6th-woman’ role thus far with 7.4 points per game on a team-high .524 FG% … the Washington native is also the team’s most accurate 3FG shooter so far at .474 (9 of 19).
McCARTHY MAKES DEBUT: The ninth head coach to roam the sidelines for UAA women’s basketball, Ryan McCarthy is making Seawolf debut this season … formerly an assistant at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene, McCarthy now has a 17-15 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.
INJURY REPORT: So. G/F Alli Madison has missed the last four games with a lingering leg injury … here status for the UAF game is questionable.
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.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: After starting the season No. 22, UAA fell out of the first regular-season ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 poll, snapping the nation’s longest streak at 82 straight weeks in the rankings … the Seawolves had been no lower than No. 22 in every poll since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, including 81 straight weeks in the top 20 … back on the verge of the rankings in 27th position this week, UAA is trying to rejoin fellow West Region squads Western Washington (8th), Simon Fraser (16th) and Grand Canyon (18th). Here is an abbreviated look at the rankings (full poll online at wbca.org):
ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 — Nov. 27, 2012
(UAA & opponents in bold; West Region teams in italics)
Rk Team (1st pl. votes) Rec. Pts Last
1 Ashland (Ohio) (30) 6-0 774 1
2 Bentley (Mass.) 3-0 738 2
3 Pittsburg (Kan.) State 4-0 697 3
4 South Carolina-Aiken 4-0 636 5
5 Clayton (Ga.) State 2-0 581 7
8 Western Washington 4-0 502 9
16 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 6-1 285 17
18 Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 5-2 195 18
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: 27) ALASKA ANCHORAGE 59; 31) Chico State 34; 32) UC San Diego 32; 46) Cal State Monterey Bay 12; 48) Northwest Nazarene 8.
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.
12-13 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.)
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.
SUCCESS VS. D-I: UAA has 34 regular-season victories over Division I programs, including an unprecedented run of nine straight (Air Force, UC Riverside, Cleveland State, Santa Clara, Cal St.-Northridge, Syracuse, Coast Carolina, Cincinnati, San Jose State) from 2007-11 … UAA’s 49-48 win over Cincinnati (Nov. 25, 2009) was its fifth against a team from a BCS ‘power’ conference (Wake Forest, 1990; Georgia Tech, 1994; Clemson, 2003; Syracuse, 2008) … UAA’s first title came in 1990 when it was an 8-team tournament, then known as the Northern Lights Invitational.