ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage women's basketball program further bolstered its strong backcourt Thursday as head coach Ryan McCarthy announced that former Academy of Art standout Rodericka Ware will transfer to UAA for her final year of eligibility in 2017-18.

A 5-7 guard from Lakewood, Wash., Ware was a First Team All-Pacific West Conference performer for Art U as a junior last year, helping the fellow NCAA Div. II West Region squad to a 16-12 record. She was the third-leading scorer in the Pac West with 17.8 points per game and led the league with 2.7 steals per game, along with top-3 ranks in assists per game (4.0) and three-pointers per game (2.7). In her lone season with the San Francisco school, Ware scored double figures in 23 of 27 contests, including three 30-plus and nine 20-plus efforts.

“Rodericka is an outstanding talent and we're thrilled that she chose to play her final season at UAA,” said McCarthy, whose Seawolves will pursue their fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2017-18. “She obviously has the experience and proven ability at this level, and she should thrive in our system with her dynamic scoring and defensive skills. Defensively, she has the potential to reach the elite standards our program has become known for.”

Prior to Art U, Ware spent two seasons at junior-college powerhouse Central Arizona College, averaging 16.8 points as a sophomore in 2014-15. As a prep star at Lakes High School in the Tacoma area, she put up 18.8 points per game during her senior year, shooting nearly 50 percent and helping the Lancers to a regional playoff berth.

Ware brings UAA's current recruiting class to eight players, joining Rainey Kuykendall (6-0, Jr., F, Chicago, Ill./Montini Catholic HS/Trinity Valley CC), Sala Langi (5-10, Fr., G/F, Pacifica, Calif./Oceana HS), Victoria Langi (5-6, Jr., G, Pacifica, Calif./Mercy Burlingame HS/Skyline College), Dajhae Mullins (5-10, Sr., G/F, Chicago, Ill./Marian Catholic HS/Trinity Valley CC/Sacramento State), Nicole Pinckney (5-5, Fr., G, Chugiak HS), two-time JC All-American Sydni Stallworth (5-3, Jr., G, Tucson, Ariz./Palo Verde HS/Pima CC), and Tennae Voliva (6-0, Fr., F, East Anchorage HS).