Thur., Feb. 21 — 5:15 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Saint Martin’s (12-12, 5-9 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (14-9, 8-7 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 23 — 5:15 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Western Oregon (8-16, 3-11 GNAC [2/21 @UAF])
at Alaska Anchorage
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THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: The first 150 fans at Thursday’s basketball doubleheader will receive a Seawolves scarf, while the first 300 on Saturday will go home with a
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Saint Martin’s snapped a 5-game losing skid with Saturday’s 58-53 home win over Western Oregon … the Saints, from Lacey, Wash., must win Thursday and then get help in order to catch UAA or Seattle Pacific for the final spot in the GNAC Tournament … SMU is led by 6-1 Jr. F Chelsey Haskey (14.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, .463 FG, .704 FT) and 5-10 So. F Brooke Paulson (8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, .328 3FG, .7-8 FT) … Western Oregon has dropped four of its last five to become eliminated from GNAC Tourney contention … the Wolves are led by 6-0 Fr. G/F Mariah Durian (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .953 FT [61-64]) and 5-8 Sr. G Lorrie Clifford (11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg, .348 3FG, .744 FT).
THE SERIES vs SMU: UAA leads 20-12 (11-5 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: UAA 48-45 (1/26/13 at SMU) / Streak: UAA 4 / Notes: UAA has won 10 of the last 11, with SMU’s win coming in Lacey in Jan. 2011 … UAA has won six straight in Anchorage, including 83-48 last year … UAA leads 13-10 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … series started Dec. 4, 1992, with a 74-67 Saints win in Tacoma.
THE SERIES vs WOU: UAA leads 22-8 (11-5 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: UAA 63-54 (1/24/13 at WOU) / Streak: UAA 18 / Notes: UAA’s current streak against WOU is the longest against any opponent in program history … UAA has won eight straight in Anchorage, dating to WOU’s last win in the series, 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003 … UAA leads 18-5 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … series started in 1979-80 (69-64 UAA win) but did not resume until 1998-99.
LAST TIME vs SMU/WOU: 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 double-double against the Wolves … the Seawolves got 15 points and 10 rebounds 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 … on Saturday in Lacey, 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 … Burns had 8 points (3-6 FG) and snagged 8 rebounds as she and Madison both played the entire 40 minutes … UAA played both games without the services of then-injured Sr. PG Sasha King.
GNAC TOURNEY PROSPECTS: With a victory over Saint Martin’s, the Seawolves would clinch their third straight GNAC Tournament berth by securing no worse than 6th in the final standings … this year’s 3rd annual tourney is set for Mar. 6-9 in Lacey, Wash., with the winner earning the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament … UAA won the first two GNAC Tourneys, doing it as the No. 2 seed in 2011 and the No. 1 seed in 2012.
UAA TAMES ’CATS, CONQUERS CRUSADERS: The Seawolves equaled their season-high with four straight wins by earning road victories over Central Washington (68-55) on Thursday and 22nd-ranked Northwest Nazarene (94-82) on Saturday … at CWU, Sr. F Alysa Horn scored 25 points (12-19 FG) and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Sr. PG Sasha King posted her second double-double with 10 points and 10 assists as UAA shot a season-best .509 FG% … Jr. F Kylie Burns had 16 points (8-14 FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Fr. Jessica Madison added 15 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3FG) and 3 steals … two days later in Idaho, King unleashed a record-breaking 9-of-10 3FG performance, along with 5 rebounds and 4 steals, while Horn had her sixth double-double this year with 20 points (5-12 FG, 9-12 FT) and 11 boards … Burns added 14 points and Fr. G Alyssa Hutchins was 2-of-2 on 3FGs as UAA tied the school-record for the second time this season with 14 treys … King made her first 8 treys and was 10-of-12 overall to help the Seawolves to season-high FG% (.519) for the second game in a row … Horn’s 12 field goals at CWU and 9 free throws at NNU were both UAA season-highs as well.
SASHA SINKS ’EM: With her 9-of-10 three-point shooting display at Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 16, Sr. PG Sasha King established or tied six school records (4 individual, 2 team) and a pair of GNAC marks … the Oklahoman broke UAA individual records for 3FGs made, consecutive 3FGs made (8) and highest 3FG% on minimum 7 attempts (.900), while tying the mark for 3FG% in a half (1.000, 6-6) … UAA’s 14 team treys also tied the program record and established a new record for a road game … on the GNAC lists, she tied the mark of Seattle Pacific’s Kelsey Burns (9 3FGs vs UAF, 2/21/09) and crushed the record for 3FG% with just one miss — eight GNAC players held the previous mark at 6-of-7 … on UAA’s single-season 3FGs list, King jumped from 23rd to 13th place, now with 50 on the year … King’s performance ranks as the best in NCAA Div. II this year among players with 9-plus attempts.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have clinched their seventh straight winning season and the 22nd in the 36-year history of the program … UAA is in the top 50 in seven categories in the latest NCAA Div. II national stats rankings, including 9th in FT% (.761), 11th in 3FGs per game (8.2) and 23rd in turnovers per game (14.9) … in the GNAC stats, UAA leads in 3FGs per game, ranks 2nd in FT%, and is 3rd in turnover margin (+3.7) and 3FG% (.342) … the Seawolves have tied or broken five team single-game records, including marks for fewest turnovers (6 vs Regis, Nov. 17), most 3FGs made (14 vs NDSU & at NNU) and best FT% (12-12 vs Regis, 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 … UAA’s regular-season sweep of Seattle Pacific was its first in the GNAC era (since 2001-02); UAA last swept SPU in 1999-00, when both teams were in the Pac West Conference.
HORN’S-A-SCORIN’: Sr. F Alysa Horn stretched her double-digit scoring streak to 10 games and rose to No. 11 on UAA’s career scoring list (1,064) with 45 total points in last week’s contests; she needs 16 more points to move into 10th place … already No. 10 on the career rebounds list (597), the Kodiak product needs just three more boards to become one of seven players in program history with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds; with one more block, she will also join Robin Graul (1985-89), Rebecca Kielpinski (2005-09), Cheryl Bishop (1982-87) and Hanna Johansson (2008-12) in UAA’s exclusive 1,000-point/500-rebound/50-block club … Horn ranks in UAA’s career top 20 in 15 additional categories, including blocks (12th, 49), FG made (13th, 383), 3FGs made (7th, 109), 3FG% (13th, .341), FT% (10th, .750), victories (4th, 84) and double-doubles (13th, 11) … in the GNAC stats, the unanimous Preseason All-Conference selection is 8th in scoring (15.0 ppg), 4th in rebounding (8.8 rpg), t-3rd in double-doubles (6), 1st in minutes (35.9 mpg), 7th in blocks (1.0 bpg), 11th in 3FG% (.347) and 13th in FT% (.744) … she has topped 20 points on six occasions this year, while grabbing 9-plus rebounds a dozen times … Horn was an All-Tournament Team pick at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in November, and 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.
MORE KING-SIZE NUMBERS: Sr. PG Sasha King is one of just three players in NCAA Div. II to be averaging at least 15 points and 5 assists per game, ranking 4th nationally with 5.9 apg … the unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection leads the GNAC in assists, steals per game (2.9) and 3FGs per game (2.6), along with other ranks of 3rd in scoring (16.5 ppg), 2nd in asst.-TO ratio (1.6), 6th in both FT% (.803) and 3FG% (.373), and 5th in minutes (33.0 mpg) … in the D-II national stats, she ranks among the top 100 in eight different categories, including assists (4th), 3FGs per game (25th), steals (31st), 3FG% (44th) and asst.-TO ratio (50th) … King has scored double figures in 17 of her 19 games — including nine straight — and dished 5 or more assists on 11 occasions … the Oklahoma native is currently No. 3 on UAA’s single-season list for assists per game and 3FGs per game … in less than two full seasons, King has already moved into 4th place on UAA’s career assists list, now with 278, with her 5.0 apg career average is on pace to break the school record of Kelly Reilly (4.6 apg, 1985-87) … on UAA’s other career lists, she is 8th in steals per game (2.4), 6th in 3FGs per game (1.7), 7th in 3FG% (.373) and 10th in 3FGs made (97).
MORE PLAYER NOTES: Jr. G/F Kylie Burns has averaged 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds during UAA’s recent 6-2 stretch, while playing 37.5 minutes per contest … the Kansas City, Kan., native has moved up to 19th in the GNAC scoring race at 10.6 ppg, boosted by 63 points in the last four games … Burns also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (6th, 7.4 rpg) and minutes (4th, 33.2 mpg) … Burns has grabbed at 8-plus rebounds on 10 occasions this year and scored double figures 11 times … in November, Burns made the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, and she was the GNAC’s Red Lion Player of the Week after the Feb. 7-9 home wins over SPU and MSUB … Fr. G Jessica Madison has become one of UAA’s most reliable offensive threats, scoring double figures in eight of the last 14 contests, including a career-high 18 points at WWU … the Port Angeles, Wash., product is averaging 9.5 points overall and 10.1 ppg in GNAC contests … in the GNAC stats, Madison is 12th in FG% (.431) and 16th in both 3FGs per game (1.5) and 3FG% (.327) … she has already set the program’s freshman record with 34 3FGs made, and she recently cracked the top 10 on the rookie scoring list, currently 10th with 218 points; Madison is No. 9 on the UAA freshman list for scoring average … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan tallied her highest-scoring league efforts in back-to-back games two weeks ago, with 15 points against Seattle Pacific and 17 against MSU Billings … in the last three games, the 2012 Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Galena has scored double figures seven times as a rookie, and she ranks 3rd on the team in rebounding at 3.7 rpg … Sr. G Jordan Martin scored seven or more points for the seventh time this year when she hit the mark at NNU on Saturday … the East Anchorage HS product is the team’s leading percentage shooter overall (.530, 35 of 66) and from 3FG range (.478 3FG, 11-23).
ALLI OUT: The Seawolves found out last week that So. G Alli Madison will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury … the Seattle (Kennedy HS) product had played in 14 games this year, averaging 7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.7 apg … Madison — no relation to Jessica — was also the GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week after UAA’s road wins over Western Oregon and Saint Martin’s, Jan. 24-26.
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 28-22 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.)