THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
UAA hosts GCI Great Alaska Shootout
Alaska Airlines Center (5,000) - Anchorage, Alaska
(All times Alaska Standard)
Tuesday, November 21
5:30 pm: Tulsa (2-2) vs Binghamton (3-1)
8 pm: Maryland Eastern Shore (1-2) vs Alaska Anchorage (5-0)
Thursday, November 23
Noon: Third-place game
2:30 pm: Championship game
TV: All four games, live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and GCI Ch. 1 (sd)
LOCAL RADIO: None
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: All games at FloHoops.com ($)
LIVE STATS: All games at portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
TICKETS: Single-session and full-tournament packages available ... visit GoSeawolves.com for complete information.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (7.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.6 spg, .524 FG, .762 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (5.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, .385 3FG)
G—Rodericka Ware, 5-6, Sr. (15.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.6 spg, .492 FG, .400 3FG)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, .450 FG, .353 3FG, .786 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (17.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.4 bpg, .643 FG, 14-14 FT)
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference program Maryland Eastern Shore started the season with a 92-38 win over Valley Forge before falling to fellow D-I programs Buffalo (76-41) and Syracuse (68-45) in road games last week ... the Hawks are led by Jordyn Smith (10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 spg, .441 FG) and Tori Morris (8.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg).
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Seawolves have not played any of this week’s visiting Shootout teams.
SHOOTOUT SNAPSHOT: The Seawolves aim for their seventh GCI Great Alaska Shootout title when they host the tournament for the fourth and final time at Alaska Airlines Center ... UAA’s game against Maryland Eastern Shore will be a regular-season counter, while the Seawolves’ Thursday contest will be counted as an exhibition for UAA and a regular game on its opponent’s record ... this marks the 38th edition of the women’s Shootout, which was known as the Northern Lights Invitational from 1980-97 ... from 1999 to 2013, the Shootout was played at Sullivan Arena ... find complete historical info at GoSeawolves.com/Shootout.
SEAWOLVES AT THE SHOOTOUT: In 1990, the Seawolves became the first Div. II women’s team to win a tournament against all-Div. I competition, repeating their feat at the 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008
& 2009 Shootouts ... the first title came when the tournament included eight teams and was known as the Northern Lights Invitational; the subsequent championships have come under the current 4-team format …the Seawolves are 36-56 all-time in the Shootout and 16-20 since the current format began in 1999 ... although UAA went winless in 2016 – losing close contests to Portland and Missouri State – the Seawolves own 37 regular-season wins against 33 different NCAA Div. I programs ... UAA’s last D-I victory came against Pepperdine (94-61) in the first round of the 2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout.
UAA CLAIMS CLASSIC CROWN: The Seawolves won the unofficial title of their own Seawolf Hoops Classic with a pair of dominating performances Nov. 17 & 18, beating Holy Names 92-49 and Western State 82-54 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... in the first game, Sr. G Rodericka Ware scored a game-high 19 points (8-14 FG) and tournament Most Outstanding Player Hannah Wandersee delivered 17 points (6-8 FG, 5-5 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks as UAA outscored the Pacific West Conference club 75-34 over the last three quarters, including a program-record +26 scoring differential (33-7) in the 4th quarter ... Jr. G Kian McNair had 14 points (6-12 FG) and a UAA season-high 6 steals, and Fr. F Sala Langi notched 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals to help UAA outshoot the Hawks .479 to .273 ... on Saturday, Wandersee had 16 points (8-13 FG), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks, So. PG Yazmeen Goo scored a career-high 11 points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) and had 4 of UAA’s 20 steals, and Ware totaled 10 points and 4 assists against the visitors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference ... nine of the 11 active Seawolves scored at least 6 points, including 7 apiece for Fr. G Nicole Pinckney and Jr. G Sydni Stallworth ... in addition to Wandersee, Goo, McNair and Ware also made the all-tourney team.
SEAWOLVES DODGE SHARKS, PLUCK EAGLES: UAA earned two important West Region victories to begin its Div. II slate at the Wildcat Crossover in Ellensburg, Wash., Nov. 10-11 ... on Friday, the Seawolves got career highs of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists from Jr. C Hannah Wandersee, plus 14 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3FG) and 5 rebounds from Sr. F Shelby Cloninger as they fended off a late Sharks run for a 82-74 win ... Sr. G Rodericka Ware added 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3FG), 4 assists and 4 steals, and So. PG Yazmeen Goo had 9 points (7-10 FT), 5 assists, 1 turnover and 3 steals in the rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament First Round matchup ... on Saturday, Wandersee tallied 16 points (8-10 FG) and 4 assists to power a 77-50 victory over the Golden Eagles ... Cloninger had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Ware had 14 points, 4 assists and 5 steals, and Goo tied her career high again with 9 points (3-4 FG, 3-3 FT) to help the Seawolves pull away from a 20-19 deficit midway through the 2nd quarter.
WINNING WAYS: UAA has won 35 straight regular-season games (including GNAC Tournament) against NCAA Div. II opponents since falling 67-66 to Simon Fraser in the 2015-16 home finale ... the Seawolves are also currently on program-best streaks of 22 consecutive road wins and 18 straight conference road wins ... UAA is a combined 61-3 – including 28-1 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last three seasons ... at 102-7 (.936), the Seawolves have the most victories and the best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15 ... the 2017-18 Seawolves are seeking the program’s 12th consecutive winning season and 11th NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years ... UAA has gone a combined 157-14 (.918) in the last 11 seasons on its home courts ... with a 4-0 mark thus far this season, UAA has won 40 straight regular-season, non-conference games against Div. II opponents, with the last loss coming in Ryan McCarthy’s Seawolf coaching debut, Nov. 9, 2012 (Colo. Mines) ... the Seawolves have led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons and are already averaging a superior figure with 17.4 spg through the first five games.
WANDERSEE AWAKENING: A reserve in 66 of 71 career games for this year, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee has entered the starting 5 and delivered in a big way, ranking No. 2 in the GNAC in scoring (17.4 ppg) and leading the league in FG% (.643), FT% (1.000, 14-14) and blocks per game (2.4) ... UAA’s leading rebounder with 7.0 rpg, she collected GNAC co-Player of the Week for her efforts against Hawaii Pacific and Cal State LA, and she earned the Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player last week with 16.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.0 bpg and .667 FG shooting against Holy Names and Western State ... the Kodiak product had her first career double-double against a Div. II opponent with her career-high 24 points and career-high-tying 11 rebounds against Hawaii Pacific, and she has twice already equaled her career-best 4 assists ... with 5-of-5 FT shooting against HNU, she reached the minimum 100 attempts to make UAA’s career list, premiering at No. 1 with her .860 (86-100) accuracy; Wandersee’s other career ranks include 3rd in FG% (.537), 11th in blocks per game (0.67) and 13th in blocks (52).
TARA TERRIFIC: After coming off the bench in 39 games on UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad as a redshirt freshman, Jr. SG Tara Thompson logged all 32 starts last season and more than doubled her averages, emerging as UAA’s 2nd-leading scorer (8.9 ppg) and an effective rebounder (3.5 rpg) ... the former Dimond Lynx star and 2017-18 GNAC Preseason All-Conference pick led the GNAC and ranked 6th nationally with a .436 3FG%, and ranked 2nd in GNAC and 57th nationally with 2.5 3FGs made per game ... with a .399 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA and 10th in GNAC history, while her 119 total 3FGs rank 8th on the all-time Seawolf list.
SURE-SHOT SHELBY: Sr. F Shelby Cloninger has proven GNAC coaches correct so far as a GNAC Preseason All-Conference pick, standing as UAA’s 3rd-leading scorer (10.6 ppg) and 2nd-leading rebounder (6.2 rpg), and shooting percentages .450 overall, .353 from long range and .786 at the FT line ... after averaging 13.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg in the wins over HPU and CSULA, Cloninger hit the boards ever hard this week, 7 boards against Holy Names and 10 against Western State ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, she averaged 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.2 spg in 17.6 minutes per contest in her first season at UAA in 2016-17.
GOO STUFF: As the primary backup to GNAC all-time assists and steals leader Kiki Robertson last season, So. PG Yazmeen Goo still recorded one of the most productive freshman seasons for a point guard in Seawolf history, finishing 2nd in total assists (120), 3rd in apg (4.1), 5th in total steals (50), 6th in spg (1.7) and 7th in FT% (.774) on the program’s rookie lists ... now a starter, Goo has added a scoring element to her game, tying or setting her career high in three of the last four contests, including 9 points apiece in both games in Ellensburg ... last week the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic with totals of 15 points -- including a career-high 11 against Western State -- 7 assists, one turnover and 6 steals, and .500 FG ... in the early GNAC stats, Goo is the leader in assist-turnover ratio (3.2), 4th in steals per game (2.6) and 7th in assists per game (3.8) ... Goo and UAA have also gotten a boost with the return of Sr. SG Kaitlyn Hurley, who missed the second half of last season ... a dangerous scorer from anywhere on the court, Hurley has posted 5.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.0 spg thus far, with a season-high 9 points in the win at Johnson & Wales.
TRANSFER TRAIN’S A-TRUCKIN‘: UAA’s four active transfers have all made an immediate impact, with Sr. G Rodericka Ware (Academy of Art) and Jr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) standing out as all-tourney picks at last week’s Seawolf Hoops Classic ... Ware ... Ware began her career at Central Arizona College before earning First Team All-Pacific West Conference honors last year with Art U, posting 17.4 ppg, 4.0 apg and a league-leading 2.7 spg ... the Lakewood, Wash., native has scored double figures in all five games as a Seawolf and has at least three swipes in every contest, including 19 points and 5 steals against Holy Names ... in 57 games at D-I program Portland State, McNair led the Vikings with 11.3 ppg as a freshman and recorded 18 double-digit scoring efforts ... the Vallejo, Calif., product found her scoring touch last week with season highs of 14 points (6-12 FG) against Holy Names and 9 points (2-4 FG, 5-6 FT) against Western State, along with 8 total assists and 9 total steals (UAA season-high 6 vs. HNU) ... McNair is No. 2 in the league behind Ware with 3.2 spg ... meanwhile, junior-college transfers Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) and Rainey Kuykendall (from 2-time NJCAA national runner-up Trinity Valley CC) have provided a big lift off the bench, especially in last week’s victories ... Stallworth is 3rd on the team with 3.0 apg, dishing a season-high 6 assists against Holy Names, while Kuykendall delivered 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in just 25 combined minutes against HNU and Western State.
FELLIN’ FRESH: The future looks bright as UAA’s three true freshmen are already making early contributions, including Pacifica, Calif., product Sala Langi, who ranks third on the team with 4.6 rpg and fourth in steals with 1.6 spg ... former Chugiak High all-state guard Nicole Pinckney tallied 12 points last week after notching just three in the first three games, and former East High star Tennae Voliva has posted season highs of 5 points and 3 rebounds thus far.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his sixth season at UAA and seventh overall as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to new heights, capturing three straight GNAC regular-season and tournament titles and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings in each of the past three campaigns ... McCarthy earned his second GNAC Coach of the Year honor in the last three seasons in 2016-17 and ‘three-peated’ as the WBCA’s NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native took UAA to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year (including three straight top-2 regional seeds), posting its second straight 30-win season (30-2) and recording the first 20-0 league record in GNAC history ... the previous season, McCarthy’s crew set an NCAA Div. II record with 38 victories, advancing all the way to the 2016 National Title Game in Indianapolis ... his 2014-15 club claimed what was then the best winning percentage in program history with a 29-2 (.935) mark, sweeping both GNAC titles as well ... McCarthy has led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and has increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total every year (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) … playing its up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, McCarthy’s 2016-17 crew has also led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons ... McCarthy sports a head-coaching record of 138-26 (.841) at UAA and 152-39 (.796) overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 6th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Alysha Devine, and 4th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2017-18 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Nov. 6-12
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team