THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Tue., Jan. 30 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Fairbanks (4-14, 0-12 GNAC) at #8 Alaska Anchorage (18-2, 11-1 GNAC)
Thu., Feb. 1 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Montana State Billings (15-7, 8-4 GNAC) at #8 Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games, live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and GCI Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: GNAC.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
TICKETS: $10 at the door, online at alaskaairlinescenter.com, or by calling 907-786-1562 ... discounts apply for UAA staff/faculty, alumni, senior (60+), youth (3-18) and military ... groups of 10 or more can purchase in bulk for $6 per ticket ... UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... more information at GoSeawolves.com.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.0 spg, .465 FG, .745 FT)
or G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Jr. (5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, .724 FT, 15.2 mpg)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, .438 FG, .425 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Jr. (6.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.9 spg, .402 FG)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 spg, .489 FG, .397 3FG, .884 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 bpg, .512 FG, .759 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Alaska Fairbanks has lost nine straight overall and 12 straight against Div. II foes since putting a 73-29 shellacking on Holy Names on Nov. 18 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... the Nanooks are led by 5-9 So. G Lexi Carpenter (13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, .724 FT) and 5-5 Jr. G Emily Evans (8.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, .376 3FG) ... making a run for its first NCAA berth since winning the GNAC regular-season title in 2014, Montana State Billings had its 4-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 66-50 home loss to Seattle Pacific ... ranked No. 7 in the D2SIDA Div. II West Region poll, the Yellowjackets are led by the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year in 5-10 Sr. G Alisha Breen (19.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, .340 3FG, .859 FT), along with 5-6 Sr. PG Rylee Kane (11.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.0 spg).
ALL-TIME vs UAF: UAA leads 67-30 overall
In Anchorage: UAA leads 41-6
Last: UAA 88-56 (12/9/17 at UAF)
Streak: UAA 21
Notes: UAA’s current win streak is the longest in the series and the Seawolves’ 2nd-longest against any program, trailing only the current 28-game streak vs. Western Oregon … UAF’s last win was an 85-83 overtime decision, Jan. 27, 2007 in Fairbanks … the Seawolves have won 12 straight in Anchorage ... UAA has won 20 of the last 21 meetings by double digits and the last nine home games by at least 20 points ... UAA leads 26-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) and 11-0 under Ryan McCarthy … teams have played at least twice per season since 1979-80.
ALL-TIME vs MSUB: UAA leads 33-26 overall
In Anchorage: UAA leads 18-11
Last: UAA 81-60 (1/6/18 at MSUB)
Streak: UAA 8
Notes: UAA has won 10 of the last 11 and 20 of 22 since MSUB joined the GNAC in 2007-08, including a 77-57 victory in the 2016 GNAC Tournament title game ... UAA has won the last four by at least 20 points, including 82-43 at the Alaska Airlines Center last season ... MSUB’s last win came 75-72 in Billings, Mar. 1, 2014, and its last win in Anchorage came 62-54, Dec. 19, 2003 in a non-conference affair ... MSUB is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (behind UAF and Seattle Pacific), despite the teams splitting into different leagues from 2002-07 … the teams played twice yearly from 1984-85 to 2000-01 as members of the Pacific West and Continental Divide conferences.
LAST TIME VS. UAF: The Sr. F Shelby Cloninger and Jr. G Sydni Stallworth recorded career-high scoring totals and then-No. 2 UAA dominated from the outset Dec. 9 in an 88-56 victory over Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center ... the Seawolves got 22 points (10-4 FG) and 5 rebounds from Cloninger, while Stallworth delivered 17 points (8-16 FG), plus 4 rebounds, 3 assists and two of UAA’s 17 steals ... UAA took control from the opening tip, scoring on five of its first seven possessions and led 11-0 before the Nanooks were able to attempt a shot ... eleven of the 12 Seawolves scored at least two points and grabbed at least one rebound, while eight different players recorded at least one steal.
LAST TIME VS. MSUB: The Seawolves used their depth to outscore Montana State Billings 40-18 over the last 14 minutes in an 81-60 victory on Jan. 6 ... Sr. F Shelby Cloninger scored 19 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3FG, 4-4 FT) and Jr. G Tara Thompson had 18 points on school-record-tying 6-of-6 3FG shooting to power UAA’s eighth straight win over the Yellowjackets, while Sr. G Rodericka Ware delivered 13 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 3FG) and 6 assists off the bench ... UAA shot .551 percent from the field, while its .522 3FG% (11 of 21) was the program’s best since shooting .529 against UCSD in the 2016 NCAA Div. II West Regional title game.
BORDER FOES VANQUISHED: The Seawolves defended their home court and earned regular-season sweeps of Western Washington and Simon Fraser with a pair of wins at the Alaska Airlines Center last week ... in the first game, So. PG Yazmeen Goo had 13 points (9-10 FT), 4 assists and a career-high-tying 7 steals to pace a hard-fought 66-59 win over the Vikings ... Sr. F Shelby Cloninger added 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Jr. G Kian McNair had 10 points (4-6 FG), 4 rebounds and 4 steals as UAA won despite shooting .295 from the floor and getting outrebounded 31-26 ... on Saturday, Cloninger had 17 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3FG, 3-3 FT) and 5 rebounds and Jr. C Hannah Wandersee tallied 16 points (8-12 FG) to pace the offense in an 82-68 win and gain a small portion of revenge for last year’s NCAA upset loss to the Clan ... Sr. G Rodericka Ware had 9 points and matched her career high with 5 steals, and Sr. G Kaitlyn Hurley tallied 8 points (2-4 3FG) and a career-high-tying 5 rebounds.
WINNING WAYS: The Seawolves’ loss at SPU snapped GNAC regular-season win streaks of 33 overall (including GNAC Tourney), 29 overall (not including GNAC Tourney) and 23 straight on the road ... UAA has won 16 consecutive GNAC home contests ... UAA is a combined 72-4 – including 33-2 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... at 115-9 (.927), the Seawolves have the most victories and the best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15 ... the Seawolves have clinched the program’s 12th consecutive winning season and are seeking their 11th NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years ... UAA has gone a combined 164-14 (.921) in the last 11 seasons on its home courts ... the loss to Sonoma State snapped a 41-game winning streak against Div. II non-conference opponents in the regular season, marking the first such setback since Ryan McCarthy’s Seawolf coaching debut, Nov. 9, 2012, against Colorado Mines.
NIFTY NUMBERS: The Seawolves hold eight top-50 national stats ranks, including five top-20 marks ... UAA is 3rd in steals per game (14.5), 5th in assists per game (19.6) 9th in turnover margin (+7.25), 10th in turnovers forced per game (23.35) and 20th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) ... the Seawolves are attempting to lead the nation in steals for the fifth consecutive season, although they currently trail defending national champ Ashland (18.1) by a wide margin ... in the GNAC stats, UAA leads in five categories and ranks No. 2 in six others.
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 leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg) ... with 14 double-figure scoring efforts in her 17 appearances – including successive career highs of 19 points against Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, 22 at UAF and 26 at Simon Fraser – she holds GNAC ranks of 7th in scoring, 11th in rebounding, 3rd in FT% (.884), 4th in FG% (.489), 6th in 3FG% (.397), 14th in 3FGs per game (1.6) and 20th in steals per game (1.4) ... the Kamiah, Idaho, native also has nine games with at least 7 rebounds this year, including 10 against Western State, nine at Simon Fraser and at Seattle Pacific, and a career-high 12 at Western Washington ... in late November, Cloninger claimed GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player and GNAC Player of the Week honors after leading the Seawolves to the final tournament title ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, Cloninger holds UAA career ranks of 11th in 3FGs per game (1.3) and 12th in 3FG% (.352).
WANDERSEE WONDERFUL: A reserve in 66 of 71 career games before this year, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee has entered the starting 5 and delivered in a big way, ranking 9th in the GNAC in scoring (13.5 ppg), leading the league in blocks (1.4 bpg), and ranking 3rd in FG% (.512), 13th in FT% (.759) and 14th in rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... she collected GNAC co-Player of the Week for her efforts against Hawaii Pacific and Cal State LA, earned the Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player award the following week, and made the GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team – in November alone ... the Kodiak product had her first career double-double against a Div. II opponent with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Hawaii Pacific, and she grabbed her second (16 pts/career-high 13 rebs) in last week’s win at Saint Martin’s ... her career-high 27-point effort against Northwest Nazarene marked her third career 20-plus game ... Wandersee’s UAA career ranks already stand at 4th in FT% (.823), 6th in FG% (.516), 7th in blocks (68), 9th in blocks per game (0.75) and 11th in victories (85).
TNT BLOWIN’ UP: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Jr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has lived up to her GNAC Preseason All-Conference status, currently checking in as UAA’s 4th-leading scorer with 7.9 ppg ... the 2nd-leading scorer (8.9 ppg) on last year’s 30-win team and a bench contributor on UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 22nd nationally and 3rd in the GNAC with her .425 3FG%, boosted by an 8-of-12 effort in the win at Notre Dame de Namur and a school-record-tying 6-of-6 display at MSU Billings ... the former Dimond High star led the GNAC in 3FG% last season and currently holds league ranks of 3rd in 3FG% and 4th in 3FGs per game (2.1) ... with a .406 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in both UAA and GNAC history, while her 151 total 3FGs rank 6th on the all-time Seawolf list.
FEELIN’ GOO: Following one of the most productive rookie campaigns for a point guard in program history, So. PG Yazmeen Goo has blossomed into a scoring threat as well, tallying double figures in seven of the last 16 games – including successive career-highs of 11 points against Western State, 13 points against Northwest Nazarene, 14 at Western Washington and 15 at Saint Martin’s ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at both the Seawolf Hoops Classic and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, while her 64 free throws made are 7th-most in the GNAC ... in the other GNAC stats, Goo leads the league in both steals per game (3.0 spg, 17th nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 23rd nationally), and is 5th in assists per game (4.2) ... 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 started eight of 20 contests, posting 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.6 apg, along with eight blocked shots ... the Utah native and Snow College transfer scored a season-high 16 points in the win over Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, and she had a clutch performance in the win at Western Washington with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG), no turnovers and no fouls in 19 minutes.
TRANSFER TRAIN’S A-CHUGGIN’: UAA’s three active transfers – Sr. G Rodericka Ware (Academy of Art), Jr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) and Jr. G Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) – have all made major impacts ... 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 2.8 3FGs made per game ... the Lakewood, Wash., native has scored double figures in seven of 18 games as a Seawolf and dished at least four assists in nine contests, including 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals against Holy Names, and 13 points and 6 assists against MSU Billings ... UAA’s third-leading scorer (9.3 ppg), Ware currently holds GNAC ranks of 3rd in steals (2.4 spg), 8th in assists (2.9 apg) and 12th in 3FGs per game (1.6) ... McNair led Portland State with 11.3 ppg as a freshman and recorded 18 double-digit scoring efforts in 57 career games with the Vikings ... the Vallejo, Calif., product found her scoring touch with season highs of 14 points (6-12 FG) at UAF in early December and 15 points (3-3 3FG, 6-6 FT) against Western Oregon ... McNair has shown the ability to stuff the stat sheet, with other season highs of 6 rebounds vs. NNU and 6 assists against both NNU and Eastern Shore ... McNair ranks 2nd in the GNAC and 22nd nationally with 2.9 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore, and she is 14th in the league with 2.6 assists per game ... Stallworth has also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking as UAA’s 8th-leading scorer (5.6 ppg) ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is one of five Seawolves averaging more than 2.0 apg – dishing a season-high 6 assists against Holy Names – and she keyed UAA’s 4th-quarter run in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout title-game win over Tulsa with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
FEELIN’ 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 4.2 rpg ... former Chugiak High all-state guard Nicole Pinckney tallied 12 points in the Seawolf Hoops Classic and was a key player in UAA’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout title run, while former East High star Tennae Voliva has posted season highs of 7 points and 5 rebounds thus far, along with a clutch four points in the win at MSU Billings.
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 every season since 2014-15 ... 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 151-28 (.844) at UAA and 164-41 (.800) 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
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Md. Eastern Shore
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 20-26
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout 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