Thur., Jan. 31 — 6:30 pm AST — SFU West Gym — Burnaby, BC Alaska Anchorage (10-7, 4-5 GNAC) at #13 Simon Fraser (14-3, 7-2 GNAC)
& Sat., Feb. 2 — 4:15 pm AST — Carver Gymnasium — Bellingham, WA Alaska Anchorage at #5 Western Washington (15-2, 9-0 GNAC [1/31 vs UAF])
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SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Simon Fraser has gone 3-2 since putting together an 8-game winning streak, suffering its only GNAC losses by three total points — at WWU (59-57) and at NNU (60-59) … beating their opponents by more than 18 points per game, the Clan are led by the league’s leading rebounder and FG% shooter in 6-2 Sr. C Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (15.9 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 spg, .665 FG), along with 6-1 So. G/F Erin Chambers (14.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, .463 FG, .408 3FG, .885 FT) … Western Washington has run off nine straight wins and earned a 2-game lead at the GNAC midway point as it prepares to host UAF on Thursday … the Vikings are 9-0 at home, led by 6-2 Sr. C Britt Harris (14.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 bpg, .595 FG, .754 FT) and 5-9 Sr. G Trishi Williams (11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.7 spg, .517 FG) … the Bellingham squad’s only losses came by a combined six points (75-74 at Chico State and 68-63 vs Sonoma State), Dec. 18-19.
THE SERIES vs SFU: UAA leads 7-4 (SFU leads 3-1 in Burnaby) Last Meeting: SFU 75-51 (1/5/13 at UAA) / Streak: SFU 1 / Notes: SFU is looking for its first-ever season sweep against UAA … UAA won 2 of 3 from SFU last year, taking the rubber match in the GNAC Tournament semifinals at Saint Martin’s … last year in Burnaby, UAA suffered one of its four regular-season losses, 77-67, on Jan. 12, 2012 … UAA leads 3-2 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.
THE SERIES vs WWU: WWU leads 20-14 overall (9-6 in Bellingham) Last Meeting: WWU 70-60 (1/3/13 at UAA) / Streak: WWU 1 / Notes: WWU snapped a 5-game losing streak in the series with its Jan. 3 win in Anchorage … UAA has won 12 of the last 16 meetings after WWU won 16 of the first 18 … UAA beaten WWU in the first two GNAC Tournament title games and played the Vikings in the first round of the 2011 NCAAs, making this the teams’ ninth meeting in the past three seasons … WWU leads 13-10 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.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: The Seawolves earned their first-ever GNAC Team of the Week honor after posting road wins over Western Oregon (63-54) and Saint Martin’s (48-45) on Jan. 24 and Jan. 26 … on Thursday, Sr. F Alysa Horn had 17 points and So. G Alli Madison delivered her first career double-double against the Wolves … the Seawolves got 15 points and 10 rebounds – both career-highs – from Madison, while Horn nearly earned a double-double, adding 9 rebounds … Jr. F Kylie Burns scored all 13 of her points after halftime, along with 7 rebounds, and Fr. G Jenna Buchanan had 11 points and 6 boards … UAA’s victory extended its program-record win streak to 18 straight over WOU, including 10 in a row on the road. The Wolves have not beaten the Seawolves since Jan. 16, 2003 … on Saturday in Lacey, Wash., Madison scored a career-high 17 points (6-14 FG, 2-3 3FG, 3-4 FT) and Horn had another big night with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3FG) and 9 rebounds to extend UAA’s road winning streak to three games … Kylie Burns had 8 points (3-6 FG) and snagged 8 rebounds as she and Madison both played the entire 40 minutes … UAA has now won 10 of its last 11 against SMU, extending its current win streak to four games.
MADISON RECOGNIZED: So. G Alli Madison was named the league’s Red Lion Player of the Week after her fine performance at WOU and SMU … filling in for the injured Sasha King at point guard, the Seattle (Kennedy HS) product set career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes … in Thursday’s 63-54 victory at WOU, she matched her career-high with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and dished 3 assists with just 2 turnovers in 36 minutes … she also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against the Wolves for her first career double-double … on Saturday, she improved with 17 points, including 2 of 3 three-pointers, while adding 5 assists, 5 rebounds and a career-high 4 steals in 40 minutes … after averaging just 4.6 minutes in 17 games as a freshman, Madison now ranks as the GNAC’s 2nd-leading 3FG% shooter at .444 (12-27) and is 13th in the league in assists (2.7 apg).
TEAM NOTES: UAA is in the top 50 in six categories in the latest NCAA Div. II national stats rankings, including 10th in 3FGs per game (8.3), 23rd in assist-turnover ratio (1.04), 29th in FT% (.745) and 25th in turnover margin (5.2) … in the GNAC stats, UAA ranks 2nd in 3FGs per game and turnover margin, plus 3rd in assists (15.8 apg), steals (10.1 spg) and FT% … the Seawolves have tied or broken three program single-game records, equaling 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 … 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 … Horn is 9th in the GNAC in scoring (14.4 ppg) and ranks 4th in rebounding (8.6 rpg), 2nd in minutes (35.1 mpg), 5th in blocks (1.2 bpg), 9th in 3FG% (.379) and 15th in FT% (.726) … the Kodiak product is close to becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, currently in 14th place at 963 … Horn is also in UAA’s career top 20 in 14 other categories, including rebounds (12th, 541), FG made (15th, 347), 3FGs made (8th, 106), 3FG% (11th, .346), FT% (9th, .747), blocks (t-13th, 44) and victories (4th, 80) … she is just the sixth Seawolf to accumulate 900 points, 500 rebounds and 40 blocks in her career … 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 … her Most Outstanding Player performance in the AT&T Hoops Classic (Dec. 17-19) earned her GNAC Player of the Week honors for the 4th time in her career.
RETURN OF THE KING? After missing the last four games with a sprained ankle, Sr. PG Sasha King could make her return to the lineup Thursday in Canada … the unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection still leads the GNAC with 3.1 steals per game, along with other ranks of 2nd in assists (6.4 apg), 5th in scoring (15.7 ppg), 2nd in asst.-TO ratio (1.8), 7th in FT% (.851), 3rd in 3FGs per game (2.5), 5th in minutes (32.2 mpg) and 13th in blocks (0.7 bpg) … in the D-II national ranks, she is 2nd in assists, 27th in assist-TO ratio, 24th in steals and 41st in FT% … King has scored double figures in 11 of her 13 games and dished at least 5 assists on nine occasions … King has moved into 9th place on UAA’s all-time assists list, 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 (7.1 rpg, 6th in GNAC), doubling her sophomore numbers in both categories … Burns has averaged 8.4 rebounds over the last three games — boosted by a career-high 14 against Central Washington — and has tallied at least 8 points in seven straight contests … 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, scoring double figures in six of the last eight contests, including a career-high 16 points against CWU … the Port Angeles, Wash., product is averaging 9.4 points overall and 10.2 ppg in GNAC contests … in the GNAC stats, Madison is 8th in FG% (.454), 13th in 3FGs per game (1.5) and 18th in 3FG% (.338) … So. G Alli Madison has scored at least 7 points in 10 of 11 games since returning from injury on Dec. 17 … the Seattle native — no relation to Jessica — is averaging 12.5 ppg in GNAC play, boosted by a 15.7 ppg average in the three most recent road contests … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan has made a quick transition to the college game, averaging 6.7 ppg and ranking 3rd on the team in rebounding (3.9 rpg) and tied for 2nd in steals (1.5, 17th in GNAC).
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 24-20 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 Alli Madison
GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week, Jan. 21-27 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