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Sophomore Jessica Madison scored a game-high 15 points in Monday's road win at Western Oregon.
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Seawolves host Nanooks in Saturday matinee

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 02/11/2014
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ...

Saturday, Feb. 15 — 2 pm — Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Alaska Fairbanks (9-12, 3-10 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (15-6, 8-5 GNAC)

TV: Catch a delayed telecast of the game at 11 p.m. Saturday on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19).

RADIO: Live on FM-93.7 KAFC

ONLINE: Free live video and live stats.

SOCIAL MEDIA: For game updates and more, follow @UAAWBB on Twitter. Seawolf Athletics’ main twitter handle is @UAASeawolves, while Facebook fans can like ‘Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ and ‘University of Alaska Anchorage Women’s Basketball’.

THIS WEEK’S PROMOTIONS: Fans attending Friday’s UAA-Bowling Green hockey game can receive a coupon good for free entry to Saturday’s UAA-UAF game.

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2013-14 stats)
G—Kiki Robertson, 5-7, Fr. (11.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 spg, .452 FG, .760 FT)
G—Jessica Madison, 5-8, So. (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, .786 FT)
G—Alli Madison, 5-8, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg, .742 FT)
F—Kylie Burns, 5-9, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg, .397 3FG, .779 FT)
F—KeKe Wright, 6-0, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 spg, 0.7 bpg, .500 FG)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Alaska Fairbanks has dropped seven of its last eight games, with all of those losses coming by 11 points or less … the Nanooks, who own GNAC wins over Central Washington (twice) and Saint Martin’s, are led by Fr. F Jordan Wilson (16.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 spg, .557 FG, .805 FT) and Jr. PG Benissa Bulaya (8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg).

THE SERIES vs UAF: UAA leads 59-30 overall, 37-6 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: UAA 96-87 (1/18/14 at UAF) /  Streak: UAA 13 / Notes: UAA’s current win streak is the longest in the series and the Seawolves’ 2nd-longest against any program, trailing only the current 21-game streak vs. Western Oregon … the Seawolves have won eight straight at home, with UAF’s last win coming 77-71 on Jan. 7, 2006 … UAF’s last win in the series was an 85-83 overtime decision, Jan. 27, 2007 in Fairbanks … the Seawolves won 86-58 last year in Anchorage … UAA’s 96-87 victory last month in Fairbanks snapped a string of 12 straight double-digit wins in the series … UAA leads 18-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … teams have played at least twice per season since 1979-80.

TEAM COMPARISONS     UAA    UAF
UAA Home/Opp. Road   9-2    4-6
Points per Game      82.1    72.2
Points Allowed/Gm    69.0    71.5
Rebounding Diff.     +2.4    +2.2    
Assists per Game     17.1    14.0
Turnovers per Game   17.5    21.1
Steals per Game      15.4    10.3
Blocks per Game      2.6    2.6
FG%                  .400    .419
3-pt FG%             .326    .290
FT%                  .721    .691

SEAWOLVES PICK UP ROAD SPLIT: The Seawolves earned a split of their latest GNAC road series, losing 56-46 at fellow playoff contender Saint Martin’s on Feb. 6, and beating Western Oregon 73-47 on Feb. 10 after a 2-day weather delay … on Thursday, the Seawolves fell victim to a stifling Saints defense as Fr. PG Kiki Robertson scored a team-high 9 points … Sr. F Kylie Burns chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds, and Jr. F KeKe Wright had 8 points and 7 boards, but the Seawolves committed 22 turnovers and shot just 29.2 percent from the field … after seeing their Saturday date postponed because of a snowstorm in the Willamette Valley, UAA rebounded Monday with a dominating win over WOU, improving the program-record win streak to 21 straight over the Wolves … So. G Jessica Madison scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Jr. G/F Alli Madison had 12 points and 8 boards … Burns was in double figures again with 11 rebounds as UAA posted its widest margin this year on the glass at 54-33 … the 47 points allowed also marked a season-best for the Seawolves.

TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks in the top 10 nationally in three categories — 3rd in steals per game (15.4), 3rd in turnover margin (+7.85) and 8th in scoring offense (82.6) — along with 18th in assists per game (17.3), 23rd in scoring margin (+12.5) and 43rd in 3FGs per game (6.9) … UAA tops the GNAC in scoring offense, scoring margin, rebounds per game (43.9), offensive rebounds per game (17.5), assists, steals and turnover margin … the Seawolves have clinched the program’s eighth consecutive winning season … UAA’s nine turnovers against NNU on Feb. 1 tied for the 8th-fewest on the UAA single-game list … the Seawolves set four program records and one GNAC record on their trip to Hawaii, starting with the marks for most first-half points in a road game (56) and steals in a road game (25) in the second game against BYUH … at Chaminade, UAA’s 66 rebounds represented the most in a Seawolf road game and against a Div. II opponent, as well as breaking the GNAC record of 65 that had stood for seven years (Saint Martins vs UH-Hilo, 11/30/06) … in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, the 37-23 halftime deficit against UC Riverside was the 2nd-largest ever erased by a Seawolf club, trailing only the 15-point comeback against Seattle Pacific in the 2011 GNAC Tournament semifinals.

PLAYER NOTES: UAA’s only 4th-year player, Sr. F Kylie Burns is providing a steady presence for a young squad, averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, boosted by a career-high 23 points in the loss to Georgetown and double-digit rebounds on five occasions … the Kansas City, Kan., native and Preseason All-GNAC selection holds UAA career top-25 ranks in scoring (22nd, 733 pts), rebounds (18th, 456), 3FGs made (11th, 100), 3FG% (18th, .329), FT% (9th, .754), games played (5th, 113) and total minutes (17th, 2,261) … with 85 wins in a Seawolf uniform, Burns is just two shy of former teammate Alysa Horn (87 wins, 2009-13) for 4th all-time … in the GNAC stats, Burns is 10th in rebounding, 15th in scoring, 13th in steals (1.7 spg), 7th in 3FG% (.372), 12th in 3FGs per game (1.5) and 15th in FT% (.779) … Jr. G/F Alli Madison has emerged as UAA’s leading scorer, ranking 9th in the GNAC with 14.8 ppg … after being limited to just 31 total games her first two seasons due to injuries, the Seattle (Kennedy HS) product has scored double figures in 18 of 21 games this year, getting to the free throw line more than five times per game … a Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team selection, Madison also holds GNAC ranks of 5th in steals (2.0), 10th in assists (2.8)  and 12th in assist-turnover ratio (1.2) … Fr. PG Kiki Robertson is a top candidate for GNAC Freshman of the Year honors, ranking No. 2 in NCAA Div. II with 3.85 steals per game, plus No. 16 with 5.2 assists per contest … the Honolulu (Mid-Pacific Inst.) product leads the GNAC in steals, along with other league ranks of 2nd in assists and A-T ratio (1.6), 16th in FT% (.760), 17th in FG% (.452) and 19th in scoring (11.3 ppg) … she ranks in the top 10 on several UAA freshman lists, including 3rd in both assists (103) and steals (76) and 6th in scoring average, while on pace to break the current overall single-season steals mark of 95, shared by Seawolf Hall-of-Famers Robin Graul and Allegra Stoetzel  …  Robertson was an all-tourney pick at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and earned the GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week honor after totaling 33 points, 11 assists, 12 rebounds and 12 steals against UCR and Georgetown … So. G Jessica Madison has notched double figures in 13 games, including 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the win over UC Riverside and 15 points in GNAC victories over Central Washington and Western Oregon … the reigning GNAC Freshman of the Year is 21st in the league in scoring (10.6 ppg), along with top-20 marks in A-T ratio (5th, 1.6), 3FGs per game (14th, 1.4) and 3FG% (17th, .300) … in less than two years, Madison has moved up to 16th on UAA’s career 3FGs list with 66 treys, along with 8th in 3FGs per game (1.4) … So. G Jenna Buchanan has scored double figures in seven of 18 games since missing the first three contests with a broken finger, including 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting in UAA’s most recent home series — a sweep of CWU and NNU … Buchanan leads the GNAC in 3FG% at .448 (26 of 58), along with ranks of 13th in both 3FGs per game (1.4) and FG% (.458) … UAA’s post duo of Jr. C Emily Craft and Jr. F/C KeKe Wright — both JC transfers — has combined for 15.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game … Wright is 15th in the league in rebounding (6.0), 5th in FG%  (.500), 15th in steals (1.6) and 16th in blocks (0.7), while Craft is 9th in blocks (1.1) and 19th in FG% (.444) … Wright’s former JC teammate at Gillette (Wyo.) College, Jr. PG Christina Davis has served as a dangerous weapon off the bench, ranking 3rd in the league with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio, 9th with 3.0 assists per game and 11th with 1.7 steals per contest … adjusting for playing time, Davis (4.2) and So. G Alyssa Hutchins (4.2) join Robertson (6.1) in averaging over four steals per 40 minutes of action … Hutchins has also been one of the team’s top 3FG threats, shooting .438 (14 of 32).

McCARTHY IN CHARGE: The ninth head coach to roam the sidelines for UAA women’s basketball, Ryan McCarthy has now produced back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years at the Seawolf bench boss … formerly an assistant at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene, McCarthy sports a 45-28 overall record as head coach in two-plus seasons, having served in an interim capacity at NNU in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by first-year coach Alex Carlson and 2nd-year graduate assistant coach Shaina Afoa.

UAA PICKED 6TH: UAA was prognosticated to finish 6th in the 2013-14 GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, three spots lower than their actual finish last year … here is a look at the poll, released Oct. 16:

2013-14 GNAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk  Team (1st-pl. votes)     12-13 Rec., Pl.     Pts
 1. Montana St. Billings (6) 17-10 (11-7, T-3rd) 94
 2. Seattle Pacific (1)      17-11 (10-8, 6th)   80
 3. Western Washington (3)   29-4 (17-1, 1st)    78
 4. Northwest Nazarene       20-9 (11-7, T-3rd)  69
    Simon Fraser             25-6 (15-3, 2nd)    69
 6. Alaska Anchorage         17-10 (11-7, T-3rd) 58
 7. Central Washington       9-17 (4-14, 8th)    40
 8. Saint Martin's           12-16 (5-13, 7th)   29
 9. Western Oregon           8-20 (3-15, T-9th)  19
10. Alaska Fairbanks         5-21 (3-15, T-9th)  15
(Points awarded on 11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.)


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