Thursday, Jan. 17 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Northwest Nazarene (11-2, 3-2 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (8-5, 2-3 GNAC)
Saturday, Jan. 19 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Central Washington (6-7, 1-4 GNAC [1/17 @UAF])
at Alaska Anchorage
MEDIA DETAILS … RADIO: Thursday on FM-93.7 KAFC & FM-88.1 KRUA … Saturday on FM-88.1 KRUA only TV: Catch the delayed telecast of each game later that evening at 11 pm that evening on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19)
ONLINE: Both games will feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner … follow Seawolf Athletics as well on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Northwest Nazarene has won six straight since suffering its only losses in the GNAC openers at Seattle Pacific (76-69, Nov. 29) and at MSU Billings (69-68, Dec. 1) … the Crusaders, from Nampa, Idaho, feature the prolific combo of 5-9 Jr. G Megan Hingston (GNAC-best 18.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, .492 FG, .743 FT) and 5-9 Jr. G Chelsie Luke (15.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg, .348 3FG, .967 FT) … Central Washington has split its last six games since suffering a 4-game losing streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 1 … coming off their first GNAC win on Saturday vs. Western Oregon (60-49), the Wildcats are led by 5-9 Jr. G Jessica VanDyke (11.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, .401 FG, .343 3FG) and 5-8 Jr. G Ally Schmitt (9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.3 spg, .868 FT).
THE SERIES vs NNU: UAA leads 16-10 (11-2 at UAA) Last Meeting: UAA 79-39 (1/26/12 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 8 / Notes: UAA has won 12 of the last 13 meetings and eight straight in Anchorage … NNU’s last win at UAA came by a 61-58 score on Jan. 27, 2005 … the home team has dominated the series, with UAA going 11-2 in Anchorage and 4-8 in Nampa … UAA leads 13-9 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … teams have met twice in postseason, with UAA winning a 2009 NCAA 1st Rd. game in Seattle and a 2011 GNAC Tourney 1st Rd. contest in Anchorage … series started in 2000-01 when both teams were in the Pacific West Conference.
THE SERIES vs CWU: UAA leads 18-14 (11-6 at UAA) Last Meeting: UAA 89-48 (1/28/12 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 11 / Notes: UAA’s current streak is its longest ever against CWU and tied for the 3rd-longest against any opponent … CWU’s last win came 58-52, Jan. 18, 2007 in Ellensburg … CWU has lost seven straight in Anchorage since a 64-56 win, Mar. 3, 2005 … UAA has won each of the last nine meetings by at least 15 points … UAA leads 13-9 in GNAC meetings … teams have played at least once per season since 1998-99 … teams played three times from 1979-81 and did not meet again until 1997.
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA NNU CWU*
Overall Record 8-5 11-2 6-7
Conference Record 2-3 3-2 1-4
UAA Home/Opp. Road 7-4 3-2 0-3
Points per Game 72.7 74.9 65.5
Points Allowed/Game 65.7 61.9 60.2
Rebounding Diff. -3.2 +7.7 +3.9
Assists per Game 16.5 13.2 14.0
Turnovers per Game 13.9 17.2 16.8
Steals per Game 11.2 9.6 7.8
Blocks per Game 2.4 2.2 4.2
FG% .405 .431 .387
3-pt FG% .348 .326 .341
FT% .785 .769 .636
*at UAF on Thursday
RARE ROAD RESULTS: A pair of long-standing trends came to an end last week when UAA dropped a 78-64 decision at Montana State Billings and won 77-72 at Seattle Pacific in its first road games of the season … at MSUB on Thursday, UAA saw its 10-game winning streak over the Yellowjackets end despite 19 points (6-11 FG, 5-8 3FG), 3 assists and 3 steals from Sr. PG Sasha King … Fr. G Jessica Madison had career-highs of 14 points and 3 steals, while So. G/F Alli Madison had 11 points, 3 assists and a career-best 5 rebounds in the loss — UAA’s first to MSUB in since the ‘Jackets joined the league in 2007-08 … the Seawolves suffered their third straight loss despite season-best .522 3FG shooting (12 of 23) … on Saturday, UAA earned its first regular-season victory at SPU since Feb. 5, 2000, as King scored 23 points (6-12 FG, 5-9 3FG, 6-6 FT) and Sr. F Alysa Horn had 9 points and 9 rebounds … the Seawolves also got career-high scoring nights from Northwest Washington natives Alli Madison (15 pts, 6-11 FG, 2-4 3FG) and Jessica Madison (14 pts, 5-9 FG) as they won a regular-season conference game at Brougham Pavilion for just the second time in 22 tries since 1990 … Jr. G/F Kylie Burns chipped in with 9 points and 7 rebounds … it was also SPU’s first home loss in seven games this year.
TEAM NOTES: In Monday’s latest NCAA Div. II national stats rankings, the Seawolves are 5th in FT% at .785 and 3FGs per game at 9.0 … UAA is in the top 50 in six additional categories, including 6th in assist-turnover ratio (1.2), 9th in turnover margin (6.9), 12th in turnovers per game (13.9), 26th in assists per game (16.5), and 42nd in both scoring offense (72.7) and 3FG% (.348) … in the GNAC stats, UAA paces the league in 3FGs per game and ranks 2nd in FT%, steals per game (11.2), turnover margin and asst.-TO ratio … 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 four more steals per game than its opponents and has won the turnover battle in 10 of 13 games so far … the 26-point margin against North Dakota State was UAA’s 3rd-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 … the losses to SFU and WWU on Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 snapped a streak of nearly four years without back-to-back losses on its primary home court at the WFSC (Jan. 19 & 21, 2006, St. Martin’s/Seattle) … the Mines loss also snapped a 33-game win streak when leading at halftime, dating to Jan. 20, 2011.
HORN SOUNDS OFF: 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 … midway through the campaign, Horn is 9th in the GNAC in scoring (14.5 ppg) and ranks 2nd in rebounding (8.5 rpg), 2nd in minutes (34.4 mpg), 6th in blocks (1.1 bpg), 8th in 3FG% (.378) and 13th in FT% (.758) … with 26 points against WWU on Jan. 3, Horn broke a career scoring high set three times previously at 25 points, and with 21 points and 16 rebounds against Cal State-LA, she notched her 7th career double-double and broke her previous rebounding high of 14 … 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 13 categories, including points (14th, 907), rebounds (t-13th, 506), FG made (16th, 327), 3FGs made (9th, 101), 3FG% (13th, .345), FT% (8th, .756), blocks (15th, 39) and victories (6th, 78); she needs just one more victory to reach the top 4 on that list … Horn was also an All-Tournament Team pick at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in November after equaling her then-career high with 25 points in the win over North Dakota State.
KING-SIZE TALENT: Sr. PG Sasha King was a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection as well … despite being slowed by an ankle injury recently, the Oklahoman still leads the GNAC with 3.1 steals per game, along with other league ranks of 5th in scoring (15.7 ppg), 2nd in assists (6.4 apg), 3rd in asst.-TO ratio (1.8), 7th in FT%, 3rd in 3FGs per game (2.5), 4th in minutes (32.2 mpg) and 12th in blocks (0.7 bpg) … in the D-II national ranks, she is 4th in assists, 33rd in assist-TO ratio and 27th in steals … King has scored double figures in 11 of 13 games and dished at least 5 assists on nine occasions … King moved into 9th place on UAA’s all-time assists list last week, now with 248, and needs just two more to catch Kelly Reilly (1985-87) for 8th … on UAA’s other career lists, she is 1st in assists per game (5.0), 8th in steals per game (2.4), 6th in 3FGs per game (1.4), 8th in 3FG% (.371) and 12th in 3FGs made (79).
MORE PLAYER NOTES: Moving into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Jr. G/F Kylie Burns ranks among the team leaders in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg), doubling her sophomore numbers in both 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 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, the Kansas City native scored double figures in both games and was selected to the All-Tournament Team … Fr. G Jessica Madison has become one of UAA’s most reliable offensive threats after redshirting last season … the Port Angeles, Wash., product is averaging 9.6 points (11.3 ppg in the last seven contests) and holds GNAC ranks of 4th in FG% (.500) and 10th in 3FG% (.368) … So. G/F Alli Madison has scored at least 7 points in six of seven games since returning from injury on Dec. 17 … the Seattle native — no relation to Jessica — is averaging 12.3 ppg in GNAC play, boosted by a career-high 15 points in Saturday’s win at SPU … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan has made a quick transition to the college game, averaging 6.6 ppg and ranking 3rd on the team in both rebounding (4.3 rpg), assists (1.7 apg) and steals (1.5, No. 18 GNAC) … 5th-year Sr. G Jordan Martin has had a major breakthrough in her final campaign, averaging 5.9 ppg and 2.8 rpg, boosted by four straight double-digit scoring games from Dec. 1-19 … with 77 points and 274 minutes played, the East Anchorage High product has already surpassed her career totals (35 pts, 178 min.) coming into 2012-13 … Martin leads UAA with her .574 FG% and .588 3FG%.
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 22-18 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.
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.)
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
GNAC Red Lion co-Player of the Week, Dec. 16-22 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