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SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Seattle Pacific snapped a 4-game skid with a pair of home wins last week, beating Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon … the Falcons, who are 2-5 on the road thus far, are led by 6-2 Jr. F Katie Benson (14.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, .423 FG, .765 FT) and 5-7 So. G Suzanna Ohlsen (13.2 ppg, 3.7 apg, .471 3FG, .893 FT) … Montana State Billings swept its recent 3-game homestand, but the Yellowjackets are just 3-5 away from Alterowitz Gym as they head into Thursday’s contest in Fairbanks … MSUB is led by 5-8 Jr. PG Bobbi Knudsen (17.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, GNAC-best 6.3 apg, 2.1 spg) and 6-1 So. F Kayleen Goggins (12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .415 FG).
THE SERIES vs SPU: SPU leads 34-18 At UAA: UAA leads 14-13 / Last Meeting: UAA 77-72 (1/12/13 at SPU) / Streak: UAA 1 / Notes: Teams have met 15 times since Jan. 2008, including three times in the NCAA Division II West Regionals and once in the GNAC Tournament … UAA has won four of the last five meetings, including three straight in Anchorage … SPU’s last win in Anchorage game 67-60 on Mar. 6, 2010 … SPU leads 18-5 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … SPU is UAA’s 2nd-most common opponent, the teams having played at least once per season since 1990-91 … series started in 1979-80.
THE SERIES vs MSUB: MSUB leads 25-23 At UAA: UAA leads 13-11 / Last Meeting: MSUB 78-64 (1/10/13 at MSUB) / Streak: MSUB 1 / Notes: MSUB
snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series with last month’s win in
Billings … UAA has won the last five in Anchorage … MSUB is UAA’s
3rd-most common opponent (behind UAF and SPU), despite the teams
splitting into different leagues from 2002-07 … UAA is 10-1 against MSUB
since the Yellowjackets joined the GNAC in 2007-08 … teams played twice
yearly from 1984-85 to 2000-01 as members of the Pacific West and
Continental Divide conferences.
LAST TIME VS MSUB, SPU: A pair of long-standing trends came to an end last month 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 Jan. 10, UAA saw its 10-game winning streak over the ’Jackets 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 then-career-highs of 14 points and 3 steals, while So. G/F Alli Madison had 11 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds … the Seawolves suffered their third straight loss despite season-best .522 3FG shooting (12 of 23) … on Jan. 12, 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.
BORDER WARS RECAP: The Seawolves dropped a pair of games to nationally ranked opponents on the road last week, falling 60-52 at No. 13 Simon Fraser and 83-72 at No. 5 Western Washington … in the first game, UAA pushed the Clan until the final 2 minutes before SFU scored the final eight points … Sr. F Alysa Horn posted her fourth double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while adding 4 steals in 40 minutes … Jr. F Kylie Burns had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Sr. PG Sasha King made her return from a 4-game absence with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals … on Saturday, Fr. G Jessica Madison paced four ’Wolves in double figures with career-highs of 18 points (4-8 3FG, 4-4 FT) and 9 rebounds, but the Seawolves could not catch the Vikings … Horn added 17 points and 7 boards, King had 16 points (7-13 FG) and Fr. G Jenna Buchanan poured in 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 3FG) and 4 assists off the bench.
TEAM NOTES: UAA is in the top 50 in six categories in the latest NCAA Div. II national stats rankings, including 11th in 3FGs per game (8.1), 20th in FT% (.751) and 32nd in assist-turnover ratio (0.99) … in the GNAC stats, UAA ranks 2nd in 3FGs per game and FT%, plus 3rd in assists (15.8 apg) and turnover margin (+3.6) … the Seawolves have tied or broken three team 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 GRAND: Sr. F Alysa Horn is on the verge of becoming the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 point in her career, needing just 10 more points to reach the plateau … the unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection is 10th in the GNAC in scoring (14.3 ppg) and ranks 4th in rebounding (8.6 rpg), 1st in minutes (35.5 mpg), 5th in blocks (1.1 bpg), 8th in 3FG% (.371) and 13th in FT% (.730) … she is also in UAA’s career top 20 in 14 other categories, including rebounds (12th, 559), FG made (15th, 358), 3FGs made (t-7th, 107), 3FG% (12th, .345), FT% (10th, .746), blocks (t-12th, 45) and victories (4th, 80) … the Kodiak native 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 four games with a sprained ankle, Sr. PG Sasha King made her return to the lineup last week, totaling 30 points (12-25 FG, 4-11 3FG), 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals against nationally ranked SFU and WWU … the unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection still leads the GNAC with 2.9 steals per game, along with other ranks of 2nd in assists (5.9 apg), 5th in scoring (15.6 ppg), 3rd in asst.-TO ratio (1.6), 6th in FT% (.857), 2nd in 3FGs per game (2.4), 7th in minutes (31.7 mpg) and 15th in blocks (0.6 bpg) … in the D-II national ranks, she is 5th in assists, 27th in assist-TO ratio, 32nd in steals and 36th in FT% … King has scored double figures in 13 of her 15 games and dished at least 5 assists on nine occasions … the Oklahoma native is currently No. 2 on UAA’s single-season FT% list at .857, having made 15 straight free throws and 21 of her last 22 from the stripe; the school record is .862 by Nikki Aden (2009-10) … in less than two full seasons, King has already moved into 8th place on UAA’s career assists list, now with 254, and she is on pace to break the program career record of 4.6 apg by Kelly Reilly (1985-87), currently at 4.9 … on UAA’s other career lists, she is 8th in steals per game (2.4), 6th in 3FGs per game (1.6), 8th in 3FG% (.371) and 10th in 3FGs made (83).
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 (7.3 rpg), doubling her sophomore numbers in both categories … in the GNAC stats, she is 6th in rebounding in 4th in minutes per game (32.2), averaging 38.5 mpg over the last six contests (including three 40-minute stints) … Burns has grabbed at least 7 rebounds in five straight games (9.0 rpg) — boosted by a career-high 14 against Central Washington — and has tallied at least 8 points in eight of the last nine contests … she recently moved onto her first UAA career top-20 list, currently tied for 17th with 58 3FGs made … 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 seven of the last 10 contests, including a career-high 18 points at WWU … the Port Angeles, Wash., product is averaging 9.7 points overall and 10.6 ppg in GNAC contests … in the GNAC stats, Madison is 10th in FG% (.440), 11th in 3FGs per game (1.6) and 13th in 3FG% (.348) … with five three-pointers last week, she increased her total to 31, moving from 6th to 1st place on the UAA freshman chart and breaking Limor Pelleg’s mark of 30 3FGs made from 2005-06 … on the other freshman lists, the redshirt rookie is 4th in 3FG% and 8th in scoring average … So. G Alli Madison has scored at least 7 points in 11 of 13 games since returning from injury on Dec. 17 … the Seattle native — no relation to Jessica — is averaging 11.4 ppg in GNAC play, boosted by a 15.7 ppg average in UAA’s three GNAC road wins … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan scored double figures for the fifth time with 10 points on career-best 4-of-5 shooting (2-3 3FG) at Western Washington … the Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Galena has had to make a quick transition to the college game, averaging 6.5 ppg and ranking 3rd on the team in rebounding (3.6 rpg) and steals (1.4 spg).
MARTIN BACK: Head coach Ryan McCarthy has announced that Sr. G Jordan Martin has resolved the academic issue that cost her the last six games and will return to the lineup this week … Martin played in the first 13 games, averaging 21.1 minutes and posting the team’s best percentages overall (.574 FG) and from three-point range (.588 3FG, 10-17).
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