ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball head coach Ryan McCarthy announced Tuesday that his program already has a pair of key additions for the 2013-14 season with the signing of two high school standouts – Alaska’s Alysha Devine and Hawaii’s Kiki Robertson – to National Letters of Intent with the Seawolves.
Devine, a 6-foot forward, was a 1st-team All-Northern Lights Conference and 3rd-team all-state selection as a junior last year at Wasilla High School. The Warriors’ team captain helped her team to its second straight Class 4A State title in March, making the all-tournament team for the second year in a row.
“We are very fortunate to keep a Div. I prospect like Alysha at home here in Alaska,” said McCarthy, whose team is currently 4-2 in his first season at the Seawolf helm. “She has had a tremendous amount of success in high school and has a number of state championships in multiple sports. Alysha is an exceptional athlete whose combination of size and skill will help our program in multiple ways. What impresses me most about Alysha is her commitment and integrity. I believe that she is going to have a very special 4 years here at UAA.”
Robertson, a 5-5 guard, was named a ‘Fab 15’ all-state performer by her hometown Honolulu Advertiser as a junior last season. Playing for Mid-Pacific Institute, she was the leading scorer in Hawaii’s top prep conference – the Interscholastic League of Honolulu – with 19.9 points per game in 2011-12. A first-team ILH honoree as well, she shot 51 percent from the field and 75 percent at the free-throw line.
“Kiki is one of the top prospects in Hawaii and had a number of choices to continue her career, so we are thrilled she chose UAA,” McCarthy said. “She is a very gifted scorer and has great speed, which is critical at the point guard position. Kiki comes from a great basketball family and will be an outstanding addition to our program and the UAA community.”
The Seawolves return to action next week when they host the 4th annual AT&T Hoops Classic at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Dec. 17-19. UAA opens play Monday at 7 p.m. against BYU-Hawaii.