2017-18 ALASKA ANCHORAGE SEASON IN REVIEW

BRIEF SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team remained among the elite programs in the nation in 2017-18, earning a 27-5 record, a share of its fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament West Regional finals ... ranked among the top 10 in both national polls almost the entire season, UAA finished No. 11 in the WBCA and No. 14 in the D2SIDA top-25 polls, while the Seawolves produced top-10 national stats ranks in steals and assists per game ... led by unanimous First Team All-GNAC Jr. C Hannah Wandersee, UAA produced an 18-2 league mark, and the Seawolves made history by winning the final GCI Great Alaska Shootout in November, powered by tourney outstanding player Sr. F Shelby Cloninger.

PRIMARY UAA STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.9 spg, .478 FG, .712 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, .380 3FG, .402 FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Jr. (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.7 spg, .671 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 bpg, .524 FG, .793 FT)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, .462 FG, .377 3FG, .878 FT)

SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves made their 17th overall NCAA Tournament trip (’86, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’00, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ‘12, ’14, ’15, ‘16, ‘17, ’18) and now stand 24-17 all-time in NCAA games after going 2-1 this year … UAA is 18-7 in West Region play since 2007, suffering four of those losses to No. 1 seeds (and eventual regional champions) on their home courts (Cal Poly Pomona, ’11 & ’14; Seattle Pacific, ’10; UCSD, ’07) … the Seawolves have won four regional titles (2008, 2009, 2012, 2016) ... UAA made its first appearance in the NCAA Div. II national title game in 2016 after bowing out in the national semifinals in 2008 and 2009 ... UAA improved to 11-6 in NCAA openers and earned its third straight first-round win with its 65-63 victory over Northwest Nazarene ... the Seawolves improved 6-8 all-time in the Round of 32 with the 81-73 win over Humboldt State and fell to 4-2 in the Sweet 16 (regional finals) with the 71-70 loss to MSU Billings.

WEST REGION RECAP: The Seawolves went down to the final 30 seconds in all three of their NCAA West Regional Championships games in Azusa, Calif., earning wins over 4th-seeded Northwest Nazarene (65-63) and 8th-seeded Humboldt State (81-73), before falling to GNAC rival MSU Billings (71-70) in the regional finals ... on Friday, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee had 21 points (7-10 FG, 7-7 FT) and 9 rebounds, and So. PG Yazmeen Goo scored 13 points (4-7 FG), including the game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds left ... the nationally 13th-ranked Seawolves also got 12 points and 5 assists from Jr. G Kian McNair, who aided a defensive effort that held NNU first-team all-league guard Lexi Tubbs to 6 points on 1-of-11 shooting ... on Saturday, Wandersee led four Seawolves in double figures with 15 points and UAA shot season bests of .583 FG (28-48) and .857 FT (18-21) to outlast the CCAA Tournament-champion Lumberjacks ... Goo had 13 points (3-3 FG, 7-7 FT), while Jr. G Sydni Stallworth and Fr. F Sala Langi tallied 10 points apiece on combined 7-8 FG shooting ... the game featured eight ties, 12 lead changes and no double-digit leads ... Sr. G Kaitlyn Hurley delivered 8 points (3-5 FG) and four different Seawolves grabbed exactly four rebounds to boost a 33-23 advantage on the boards ... in the Monday night title tilt, Wandersee had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, but the Yellowjackets pulled off the upset despite trailing virtually the entire game ... Sr. G Rodericka Ware had 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3FG), Jr. G Tara Thompson tallied 11 points (3-3 3FG) and 2 steals, and Stallworth notched 11 points (5-9 FG), while Goo had 9 points, 6 assists and no turnovers, joining Wandersee on the West Region All-Tournament Team.

NCAA Div. II West Regional Women’s Basketball Championships
Mar. 9-12 — Felix Event Center — Azusa, Calif.
Friday, Mar. 9 – Quarterfinals
#3 UC San Diego 64, #6 Seattle Pacific 51
#7 Montana State Billings 76, #2 Hawaii Pacific 65
#5 Alaska Anchorage 65, #4 NW Nazarene 63
#8 Humboldt State 66, #1 Azusa Pacific 60
Saturday, Mar. 10 – Semifinals
#7 Montana St. Billings 75, #3 UC San Diego 73
#5 Alaska Anchorage 81, #8 Humboldt St. 73
Monday, Mar. 12 – Championship Game
#7 Montana State Billings 71, #5 Alaska Anchorage 70

WINNING WAYS: UAA joined Seattle Pacific this year as the only programs to win at least a share of four straight GNAC regular-season titles ... the Seawolves have won five of the eight GNAC Tournament titles since the event started in 2011 ... the Seawolves won at least 25 games for the program-record fourth straight season and at least 20 games for the 14th time overall ... UAA is a combined 79-6 – including 36-3 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... at 124-12 (.912), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (129-12, .915) ... the Seawolves earned the program’s 12th consecutive winning season and their 11th NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years ... the loss at SPU on Jan. 20 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 20 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting perfect 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 168-16 (.913) 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.

MORE NIFTY NUMBERS: The Seawolves posted seven top-30 national stats ranks, including five top-20 marks – 5th in assists per game (18.6), 6th in steals per game (13.5), 11th in turnover margin (+6.1), 16th in turnovers forced per game (21.6), 18th in assist/turnover ratio (1.20), 24th in scoring offense (76.4) and 28th in scoring margin (+12.7) ... this year end a streak of four years that UAA led NCAA Div. II in steals per game ... in the GNAC stats, UAA led in five categories and ranks No. 2 in five others.

WANDERSEE WONDERFUL: A reserve in 66 of 71 career games before this year, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee entered the starting 5 and delivered in a big way, earning unanimous First Team All-GNAC honors ... Wandersee led the GNAC with 1.5 blocks per game, plus other league ranks of 4th in scoring (14.8 ppg), 2nd in FG% (.524), 8th in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 11th in FT% (.793) ... 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, grabbed her second (16 pts/career-high 13 rebs) in the win at Saint Martin’s, and just missed a third with 9 rebounds and a career-high 32 points in the 86-78 win at Western Oregon ... she now has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts after her 21 points in the NCAA win over Northwest Nazarene, and she was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team ... with a year to play, Wandersee already owns UAA career top-10 marks in FT% (5th, .812), (FG%, 6th, .521), blocks (6th, 88), blocks per game (7th, 0.85) and victories (9th, 94).

SURE-SHOT SHELBY: Sr. F Shelby Cloninger captured Second Team All-GNAC honors as UAA’s second-leading scorer (12.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.2 rpg) ... with 19 double-figure scoring efforts in her 29 appearances – including successive career highs of 19 points against Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, 22 at UAF and 26 at Simon Fraser – she posted GNAC ranks of 17th in scoring, 12th in rebounding, 4th in FT% (.873), 13th in FG% (.462), 9th in 3FG% (.377) and 17th in 3FGs per game (1.5) ... the Kamiah, Idaho, native also had 13 games with at least 7 rebounds, including 10 against MSU Billings and 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, and she picked up the GNAC weekly award for Jan. 29-Feb. 4 for her effort in home wins over UAF and MSUB ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, Cloninger finished with UAA career ranks of 3rd in FT% (.821), 11th in 3FGs per game (1.3), 13th in 3FG% (.351) and 17th in 3FGs made (78), while her .873 FT percentage this year was just shy of Kiki Robertson’s school-record .874, set last year.

FEELIN’ GOO: In her first year as a starter after playing understudy to GNAC all-time steals and assists leader Kiki Robertson, So. PG Yazmeen Goo has made a name for herself as well, earning an Honorable Mention All-GNAC nod ... along with national top-70 stats in steals, assists and A/T ratio, Goo has blossomed into a scoring threat, tallying double figures in 12 of the last 26 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 the Seawolf Hoops Classic, the GCI Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA West Regional Championships, and she led the Seawolves and ranked 4th in the GNAC with 111 free throws made ... Goo led the GNAC in steals per game (2.9 spg, 19th nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 28th nationally), and ranked 5th in assists per game (4.3) ... Goo and UAA also got a boost with the return of Sr. SG Kaitlyn Hurley, who missed the second half of 2016-17 ... a dangerous scorer from anywhere on the court, Hurley started nine contests, posting 5.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 10 blocked shots and a .349 3FG% that ranked 17th in the league ... 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.

TNT IS DANGEROUS: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Jr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has been one of the most effective contributors to UAA’s run of success, ranking 10th in program history with 92 victories and checking in as UAA’s 5th-leading scorer with 6.4 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 ranked 7th in the GNAC in 3FG% (.380) and 12th in 3FGs per game (1.6), 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 ... with a .394 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 7th in UAA history and top 20 in GNAC history, while her 163 total 3FGs are 6th on the all-time Seawolf list and just one shy of the No. 5 spot.

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) – all made significant impacts in 2017-18 ... 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 scored double figures in 12 of 28 games as a Seawolf and dished at least four assists in 12 contests, including 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals against Holy Names, and 13 points and 6 assists at MSU Billings ... UAA’s 3rd-leading scorer (8.6 ppg), Ware held GNAC ranks of 6th in steals (1.9 spg), 13th in assists (2.7 apg), 13th in 3FGs per game (1.6) and 15th in 3FG% (.353) ... meanwhile, 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, 15 points (3-3 3FG, 6-6 FT) against Western Oregon in January, and 16 points (6-10 FG) in the win over SPU ... McNair has shown the ability to stuff the stat sheet, with other season highs of 7 rebounds vs. MSUB and 6 assists against both NNU and Eastern Shore ... McNair was 2nd in the GNAC and ranked 23rd nationally with 2.7 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore, and she was 17th in the league with 2.4 assists per game ... Stallworth also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking among nine Seawolves who averaged at least 5.0 ppg ... with 2.2 apg, the Tucson, Ariz., native was also one of five Seawolves to averaged more than 2.0 apg.

FEELIN’ FRESH: The future looks bright as UAA’s three true freshmen made big contributions this year, including forward Sala Langi, who ranked third on the team and was second among GNAC freshmen with 4.1 rebounds per game ... Langi has came on especially strong in the last three weeks, tallying successive career highs of 10 points at Northwest Nazarene, 13 points at Central Washington and 14 points against Seattle Pacific in the GNAC Tournament ... with 10 points (4-4 FG) against Humboldt State in the NCAA 2nd Round, the Pacifica, Calif., product tallied double figures four times in the last six games, after reaching that plateau just once in the first 26 contests ... 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 ... Pinckney also played a big role in GNAC wins over Western Oregon and UAF (9 pts in each game) and Simon Fraser (combined for 9 assists in the two wins) ... meanwhile, former East High star Tennae Voliva posted season highs of 7 points and 7 rebounds, along with a clutch efforts in both wins over MSU Billings ... Voliva delivered her most important effort of the season in the win over Humboldt State, with 6 points (2-3 FG, 2-2 FT) and 4 rebounds, along with a key block and steal in the second half as Hannah Wandersee sat with foul trouble.

McCARTHY IN CHARGE: In six seasons at UAA, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to unprecedented heights, capturing four straight GNAC regular-season tournament titles, five straight NCAA Tournament berths, and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings in every season since 2014-15 ... McCarthy earned his second consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor in third in the last four seasons, while his three-year reign as WBCA NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year came to an end in 2017-18 ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native led UAA to its third straight top-2 regional seed and its second straight 30-win season (30-2), while 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 led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total in each of his first five campaigns (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 160-31 (.838) at UAA and 174-44 (.798) in seven seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy was assisted by 6th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, who was voted by her peers as the WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Alysha Devine, and 4th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.

2017-18 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Shaina Afoa
WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year
Shelby Cloninger
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
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 30-Feb. 4
Second Team All-GNAC
Yazmeen Goo
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
Honorable Mention All-GNAC
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
Ryan McCarthy
GNAC Coach of the Year
Kian McNair
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Tara Thompson
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
Hannah Wandersee
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Nov. 6-12
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
First Team All-GNAC (unanimous)
NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team
D2CCA All-West Region Second Team
WBCA Honorable Mention All-America Team
Bill MacKay UAA Athlete of the Year nominee
Rodericka Ware
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team