Thur, Jan. 3 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK #20 Western Washington (8-2, 2-0 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (7-2, 1-0 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 5 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK #9 Simon Fraser (9-1, 2-0 GNAC [1/3 @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
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SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Western Washington, the favorite in the GNAC preseason coaches’ poll, started with six straight wins before dropping narrow losses at Chico State and vs. Sonoma State on Dec. 7-8 … the Vikings bounced back with a pair of close wins against nationally ranked foes from Washburn and Grand Canyon in Las Vegas, Dec. 18-19, however … WWU is led by a trio of double-digit scores, including 6-2 Sr. C Britt Harris (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 bpg, .554 FG, .792 FT) and 5-9 Sr. G Trishi Williams (11.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.4 spg, .561 FG) … Simon Fraser has reeled off six straight wins since suffering its only loss, 62-45, to Colorado-Mesa on Nov. 16 … the Clan, who own key West Region wins over UC San Diego and Grand Canyon, are led by the GNAC’s leading rebounder, 6-2 Sr. C Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (16.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 bpg, 2.1 spg, .663 FG) and 6-1 So. G/F Erin Chambers (15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, .431 3FG).
THE SERIES vs WWU: WWU leads 19-14 overall (9-6 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: UAA 67-52 (3/3/12 at Lacey, WA) / Streak: UAA 5 / Notes: UAA has won 12 of the last 15 meetings after WWU won 16 of the first 18 … UAA has beaten WWU in the first two GNAC Tournament title games, among the teams’ seven meetings in the past two seasons … UAA’s 22- and 20-point margins in the regular season last year were its biggest ever against WWU … UAA beat WWU 72-50 on its last trip north, Jan. 14, 2012 … WWU leads 12-10 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … teams have met at least once per season since 1998-99 … series began in 1996-97 as non-league opponents.
THE SERIES vs SFU: UAA leads 7-3 (4-0 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: UAA 74-70 (3/2/12 at Lacey, WA) / Streak: UAA 2 / Notes: UAA took 2 of 3 from SFU last year, taking the rubber match in the GNAC Tournament semifinals at Saint Martin’s … UAA won 77-57 in Anchorage last year after SFU handed the Seawolves one of their four regular-season losses, 77-67, in Canada … UAA leads 3-1 in GNAC regular-season meetings since SFU joined the league in 2010-11 … series started in 1981-82 with a 65-61 neutral-court win by UAA in Moscow, Idaho.
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA WWU SFU
Overall Record 7-2 8-2 9-1
Conference Record 1-0 2-0 2-0
UAA Home/Opp. Road 7-2 0-1 1-0
Points per Game 77.0 71.2 74.3
Points Allowed/Game 62.1 58.4 52.7
Rebounding Diff. +0.9 +5.4 +4.1
Assists per Game 19.0 16.6 18.4
Turnovers per Game 13.3 16.0 14.7
Steals per Game 12.6 8.1 8.6
Blocks per Game 2.4 4.6 5.0
FG% .419 .441 .465
3-pt FG% .337 .347 .341
FT% .785 .684 .716
AT&T HOOPS CLASSIC CHAMPS: The Seawolves swept to the title of their own AT&T Hoops Classic, Dec. 17-19, with wins over BYU-Hawaii (100-68), Eastern New Mexico (82-40) and Cal State-LA (66-56) … in the first game, Sr. PG Sasha King and Sr. F Alysa Horn combined for 52 points in as UAA reached the century mark for the first time in just over one year … the Seawolves also got 13 points from Fr. G Jessica Madison as they shot a season-high 49 percent from the field in the matchup between NCAA Div. II West Region foes … King scored a career-high 27 points (10-15 FG, 3-5 3FG) and also matched her career-high for the third time with 11 assists, along with 5 rebounds and 5 steals … Horn scored 17 of her 25 points (3-5 3FG) in the opening stanza to reach the quarter-century mark for the third time in her 4-year career … against ENMU, Horn scored 16 points and Fr. G Jenna Buchanan sparked a huge 2nd-half surge to help UAA outscore the Zias 48-14 over that final 20 minutes ... the Seawolves also got 14 points, 9 assists and 4 steals from King, while Buchanan scored 14 of her 15 points (6-8 FG) and grabbed all 5 of her steals after the break … Horn added 5 blocks — the most for a Seawolf since Rebecca Kielpinski had 6 in the 2009 NCAA Tournament ... in the finale, Horn had 21 points and 16 rebounds as UAA rode another strong 2nd-half performance to a key West Region victory over the Golden Eagles ... the Seawolves won their 4th in a row, getting 47 points and 27 rebounds from their trio of seniors, including career-highs of 16 points (6-7 FG) and 8 rebounds by Sr. G Jordan Martin ... UAA trailed at halftime for the first time this season, 30-29, before getting off to a hot start in the 2nd half ... the game was a rematch of last season’s NCAA 1st Round game, won 65-56 by the Seawolves ... Horn grabbed 11 of her career-high 16 boards on the defensive end and added 3 blocked shots as she earned the Most Outstanding Player gold pan … King – an all-tourney selection along with Martin – finished with 10 points, 8 assists and a pair of steals, while Jessica Madison added nine points off the bench and Jr. G Mariesha Harris had 5 steals … Horn and Martin both played the full 40 minutes and King went 38 as the Seawolves used just seven players … UAA is now 9-0 all-time in the AT&T Hoops Classic, with all of its wins coming by double figures.
TEAM NOTES: As of the last NCAA Div. II national stats rankings on Dec. 16, the Seawolves in the top 50 in eight categories, including top-15 marks in assist-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.32), 3FGs per game (4th, 9.2), turnover margin (+9.5), fewest turnovers per game (10th, 13.7), assists per game (12th, 18.0) and FT% (13th, .776) … in the GNAC stats — all current — UAA paces the league in scoring (77.0), FT% (.785), 3FGs per game (9.1), assists (19.0 apg), steals (12.6 spg), turnover margin (+10.4) and asst-TO ratio (1.4) … 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 making 5.8 more steals per game than its opponents and has won the turnover battle in all nine 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 … UAA has won 6 straight and 28 of the last 29 games at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … 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, following all-league honorable mention last year and 2nd-team honors as a sophomore … after nine games, Horn is tied for 3rd in the GNAC in scoring (16.4 ppg) and ranks 2nd in rebounding (8.8 rpg), 2nd in minutes (34.6 mpg), 5th in blocks (1.1 bpg), 7th in 3FG% (.389), 10th in steals (2.1 spg) and 11th in FT% (.783) … with 21 points and 16 rebounds against Cal State-LA, Horn notched her 7th career double-double and broke her previous rebounding high of 14, set Dec. 1 against UAF … her Most Outstanding Player performance in the AT&T Hoops Classic also earned her GNAC Player of the Week honors for the 4th time in her career … the Kodiak product has now moved into UAA’s career top 20 in 12 categories, including points (15th, 866), rebounds (16th, 474), FG made (16th, 315), 3FGs made (9th, 98), 3FG% (12th, .345), FT% (8th, .762), blocks (t-17th, 35) and victories (6th, 77); she needs two more rebounds and four more blocks to move into the top 15 on those lists, and two more victories will tie her for 4th place on that list … Horn was also an All-Tournament Team pick at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in November 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 … through nine games the Oklahoman leads the GNAC and ranks 2nd nationally in assists per game at 8.2, easily on pace to break the school single-season record in that category … King also leads the GNAC with 3.6 steals per game, along with other league ranks of 3rd in scoring (16.4 ppg), 2nd in asst-TO ratio (2.5), 8th in FT% (.800), 3rd in 3FGs per game (2.2) and 3rd in minutes (34.4 mpg) … as of Dec. 16, she held other D-II national ranks of 15th in assist-turnover ratio and 23rd in steals … the team’s leading scorer (16.2 ppg) has scored double figures in eight of nine games and dished at least 5 assists in every contest this year … King jumped from 19th to 10th place on UAA’s all-time assists list during the AT&T Hoops Classic, now with 239, needing just 8 more to catch former teammate Hanna Johansson (2008-12) … on UAA’s other career lists, she is 1st in assists per game (5.2) … 7th in steals per game (2.5) and 3FGs per game (1.5), 9th in 3FG% (.354) and 14th in 3FGs made (67).
BURNS’ TURN: Moving into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Jr. G/F Kylie Burns ranks among the team leaders in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and steals (1.7 spg), more than doubling her sophomore numbers in all three categories … Burns’ 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds against Regis on Nov. 17 was her first career double-double, and she notched another double-digit rebounding game with 10 against UAF … in the Shootout, the Kansas City native scored double figures in both games and was selected to the All-Tournament Team … Burns missed the AT&T Hoops Classic with a leg injury suffered in practice Dec. 16.
MORE PLAYER NOTES: Jr. G Mariesha Harris has made a major impact as UAA’s 4th-leading scorer (9.4 ppg) and rebounder (4.2 rpg) so far … the Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC transfer is also No. 2 on the squad in steals (2.2 spg) and assists (3.2 apg), while sinking 25 of 29 (.862) at the charity stripe … in the GNAC stats, Harris is 6th in assists and FT% and 7th in spg … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan has made a quick transition to the college game, averaging 8.1 ppg and ranking 3rd on the team in both rebounding (5.1 rpg) and assists (2.2 apg) … the 2012 3A Player of the Year from Galena holds GNAC ranks of 10th steals (2.1 spg), 17th in 3FGs per game (1.3) and 19th in rebounding … 5th-year Sr. G Jordan Martin has had a major breakthrough in her final campaign, averaging 7.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg, boosted by a current double-digit scoring streak of 4 games … with 68 points and 192 minutes played, the East Anchorage High product has already surpassed her career totals (35 pts, 178 min.) coming into 2012-13 … Martin leads the GNAC in 3FG% and is 2nd in FG% with identical .643 marks … redshirt Fr. G Jessica Madison has been solid in her ‘6th-woman’ role thus far with 8.4 points per game on .545 FG% … the Washington native also ranks 9th in the GNAC in 3FG% at .371 … previously injured So. G/F Alli Madison returned to the lineup in the AT&T Hoops Classic for the first time since the season-opener, notching career-highs on back-to-back nights against BYU-Hawaii (7 pts) and Eastern New Mexico (8 pts) … after going scoreless in her first six games, true Fr. G Alyssa Hutchins cracked the scoring column with 6 points against BYUH and 5 points — including a halftime buzzer-beating three-pointer — against ENMU.
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 an 21-15 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: Jr. G/F Kylie Burns missed the last three games with a leg injury … her status for this week is questionable.
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.
2012-13 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS Jenna Buchanan
AT&T Hoops Classic Player of the Game vs. Eastern New Mexico, Dec. 18 Kylie Burns
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 21 Alysa Horn
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25
Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game vs North Dakota State, Nov. 20
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 21
AT&T Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player, Dec. 19 Sasha King
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25
GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week, Nov. 12-18
AT&T Hoops Classic Player of the Game vs. BYU-Hawaii, Dec. 17
AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team, Dec. 19 Jordan Martin
AT&T Hoops Classic Player of the Game vs. Cal State LA, Dec. 19
AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team, Dec. 19