PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 28) – The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team captured four awards Wednesday as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced its 2017-18 postseason honors, including first-team all-conference recognition for Hannah Wandersee and the Coach of the Year award for Ryan McCarthy.
A junior from Kodiak, Wandersee leads the nationally 9th-ranked Seawolves in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), blocks (league-best 1.5 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.522), ranking among the league’s top eight in each category. The 6-2 center was the Most Outstanding Player of the Seawolf Hoops Classic and made the GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team in November, along with capturing the season’s first GNAC Player of the Week honor.
Since Jan. 27, Wandersee has averaged 17.3 points per contest, boosted by a career-high 32 points in an 86-78 road win over Western Oregon. She has five 20-plus scoring efforts on the season, including 27 points in a 78-68 home win over GNAC co-champion Northwest Nazarene.
Meanwhile, McCarthy picked up his second straight and third overall GNAC Coach of the Year plaque, having led the Seawolves to a 25-3 overall record and an 18-2 league mark as they enter the GNAC Tournament this week.
Returning just five letterwinners and one starter from last year’s 30-2 squad, McCarthy has led the Seawolves to a share of their fourth consecutive GNAC regular-season title. UAA ranks among top five nationally in assists (19.2 apg) and steals (14.2), and has posted a 13-0 mark on its home court thus far.
Cloninger, a 6-foot forward from Kamiah, Idaho, is the Seawolves’ second-leading scorer (13.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.4 rpg), scoring double figures in 19 of her 25 appearances this season. The North Idaho College transfer was the Most Outstanding Player of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout in November when she helped UAA to the title with wins over Div. I programs Maryland Eastern Shore and Tulsa.
Goo, a 5-10 point guard from Daly City, Calif. (Westmoor HS), was tabbed honorable mention in her first year as a starter. In addition to her 8.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, she leads the league and is 11th in NCAA Div. II with 3.1 steals per game, while her 4.3 assists per game rank fifth in the league. Goo also leads the GNAC in assist-turnover ratio (2.11), dishing five or more assists on 10 occasions.
Montana State Billings senior Alisha Breen was voted the 2017-18 GNAC Player of the Year, while other major awards went to Seattle Pacific’s Jordan McPhee (Defensive POY), Saint Martin’s Saniah Simpson-Patu (Freshman of the Year) and Western Washington’s Dani Iwami (Newcomer of the Year).
The Seawolves return to action Friday when they face either 3rd-seeded Seattle Pacific or 6th-seeded Simon Fraser in the GNAC Tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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