BRIEF SEASON RECAP: The Seawolves produced another banner season, winning their fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conferece regular-season title, advancing to the NCAA Div. II ‘Sweet 16’ and finishing No. 7 in the WBCA top 25 coaches’ poll ... UAA  reached 30 wins for the third time in four seasons, finishing 30-3 overall and 19-1 in the GNAC, led by league player-of-the-year Hannah Wandersee ... fellow senior Tara Thompson was a 2nd Team All-GNAC pick as the Seawolves also put together a 21-game winning streak and finished runner-up in the GNAC Tournament.

 

UAA SEASON-ENDING STARTERS (2018-19 stats)

G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 3.2 spg, .448 FG, .591 FT)

G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg, .467 3FG, .756 FT)

G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, .395 FG, .388 3FG)

F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (15.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 bpg, .498 FG, .883 FT)

F—Tennae Voliva, 6-0, So (5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.5 bpg, .504 FG, .556 FT)

 

WEST REGION RECAP: The 3rd-seeded Seawolves came within a hair’s breadth of advancing to the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight, beating Hawaii Pacific (76-69) and Northwest Nazarene (69-67), before falling 65-63 to Azusa Pacific on a desperation three-point shot at the buzzer in the NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships in La Jolla, Calif., Mar. 15-18 ... against the 6th-seeded Sharks, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee poured in 22 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3FG, 4-4 FT) and grabbed 6 rebounds the Seawolves built an 18-point lead and propeled a late HPU comeback ... Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo added 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-6 FT), 4 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers and So. F Tennae Voliva had 7 points (3-4 FG) and a career-high 9 rebounds as UAA grabbed 17 offensive boards ... playing NNU for the third time in 17 days in the second round, Sr. G Tara Thompson scored a season-high 19 points (6-8 3FG) ­­– including a key late trey – and UAA survived a last-second 3FG try by the 2nd-seeded and nationally 5th-ranked Nighthawks ... Wandersee had 16 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) and 3 blocks, Sr. G Sydni Stallworth notched 11 points (3-3 3FG) and 4 assists, and Voliva added 9 points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 5 rebounds and 2 blocks as UAA shot its best 3FG% in the Ryan McCarthy era, making 11 of 18 (.611) ... in the title game against 4th-seeded APU, Wandersee had game-highs of 23 points (10-19 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) and 9 rebounds and Thompson hit a go-ahead 3FG with 3.2 seconds remaining, but the Cougars went 9 of 19 from long range, including the game-winner ... Thompson finished with 12 points (4-14 3FG) and 6 rebounds and Sr. G Kian McNair dished 7 assists without a turnover as the Seawolves lost a one-possession affair in the regional title game for the second year in a row ... Wandersee was named to the West Regional All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row.

 

at NCAA Div. II West Regional Championships

RIMAC Arena / La Jolla, Calif.

Friday, Mar. 15

No. 3 Alaska Anchorage 76, No. 6 Hawaii Pacific 69

No. 2 Northwest Nazarene 85, No. 7 Humboldt State 75

No. 1 UC San Diego 81, Dominican 58

No. 4 Azusa Pacific 62, No. 5 Cal Poly Pomona 60

Saturday, Mar. 16 ­— Semifinals

Alaska Anchorage 69, Northwest Nazarene 67

Azusa Pacific 64, UC San Diego 61

Monday, Mar. 18 ­— Championship

Azusa Pacific 65, Alaska Anchorage 63

 

SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: The Seawolves made their 18th overall NCAA Tournament trip (’86, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’00, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ‘12, ’14, ’15, ‘16, ‘17, ’18, ’19) ... UAA stands 26-18 all-time in NCAA games after going 2-1 this March ... UAA is 20-8 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 12-6 in NCAA openers and earned its fourth straight first-round win with its 76-69 victory over HPU ... the Seawolves improved 7-8 all-time in the Round of 32 with Saturday’s 69-67 win over NNU ... UAA is 4-3 in the Sweet 16 (regional finals) after its 65-63 loss to Azusa Pacific.

 

GNAC TOURNEY RECAP: The Seawolves reached the title game of the ninth annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships last week, but suffered their first loss since Dec. 1 as they fell 70-64 to nationally 9th-ranked Northwest Nazarene on Saturday in Bellingham, Wash. ... in Friday’s semifinal against 4th-seeded Central Washington, the top-seeded Seawolves got 21 points (10-18 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals from Sr. C Hannah Wandersee to spark a 70-52 win ... Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo added 11 points (5-8 FG), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin had 10 points as UAA beat Central for the 14th straight time ... in the title game, Sr. G Tara Thompson equaled her season high with 16 points (4-9 3FG) to lead UAA back from a 38-21 deficit, but the Nighthawks finished with an 11-2 run over the final 5 minutes to claim their first GNAC Tourney crown ... Wandersee had 13 points (6-9 FG) in the loss, while Goo tallied 12 points (3-6 FG, 6-10 FT), 2 assists and 2 steals.

 

WINNING WAYS: The Seawolves won at least 30 games for the third time in four seasons, starting with their NCAA Div. II-record 38 victories in 2015-16 ... UAA became the first basketball program to win at least a share of five straight GNAC regular-season titles ... the 21-game win streak from Dec. 18-Mar. 8 was the 3rd-longest winning streak in program history ... UAA recorded 25 wins for the fifth straight season and earned its 15th 20-win season in 42 years of program history ... at 154-15 (.911), the Seawolves have the second-best winning percentage and second-most victories in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing Ashland (157-15, .913) for those honors ... UAA is a combined 99-8 – including 45-4 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last five seasons (since Dec. 2014) ... the Seawovles have won 30 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting 10-0 marks the last three seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 182-16 (.919) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts, including 73-6 (.924) at the Alaska Airlines Center (since 2014-15) ... the Seawolves have won 49 of their last 50 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents ... the Seawolves earned the program’s 13th consecutive winning season and their 12th NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years ... the Seawolves have won five of the nine GNAC Tournament titles since the event started in 2011.

 

NIFTY NUMBERS: UAA led the GNAC stats in seven categories – scoring defense (56.5 ppg), steals per game (14.6), assists per game (18.0), assist-turnover ratio (1.3), turnover margin (+8.9) and turnovers forced per game (22.8) – while ranking second in scoring margin (+18.5), FG% defense (.385), 3FG% defense (.294) and offensive rebound pct. (.366) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves held top-10 ranks in steals per game (2nd), turnover margin (5th), assists per game (5th), turnovers forced per game (8th), A/T ratio (8th) and scoring margin (10th), plus top-50 marks in scoring defense (21st), FG% (35th, .439), scoring offense (32nd), fewest turnovers per game (34th, 13.9) and 3FG% defense (44th) ... the Seawolves combined for 15 team and individual school records in 2018-19, including fewest turnovers per game (13.9), fewest turnovers in a game (4 vs Central Washington, Mar. 2), best individual FT% (.833 by Hannah Wandersee) and most 3FGs in a game by a freshman (6 by Jahnna Hajdukovich at UAF).

 

WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Player of the Year and a two-time unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee racked up honors throughout the regular season, including all-tournament at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP of the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and three GNAC Player of the Week awards (Nov. 19-25, Jan. 7-13, Jan. 28-Feb. 3), and in March she collected week D2CCA First Team All-West Region and NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team accolades ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder, she ranked 2nd in scoring (15.0 ppg), 7th in blocks (1.0 bpg), 3rd in FT% (school-record .883), 12th in FG% (.498) and 19th in rebounding (5.2 rpg) in the GNAC stats ... with scoring totals of 21 against Central Washington in the GNAC semifinals, 22 against Hawaii Pacific in the NCAA First Round and 23 against Azusa Pacific in the regional final, the Kodiak product finished with 14 career 20-plus efforts ... one of three players in program history with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks, Wandersee become UAA’s all-time leader in both victories (123) and games played (136), along with career top-20 marks in scoring (8th, 1,378), rebounds (10th, 606), blocks (4th, 121), blocks per game (7th, 0.9), FG made (5th, 558), FG% (8th, .512), FT% (3rd, .832) and FT made (12th, 232).

 

BEWARE OF T.N.T.: Whether it was her sweet three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Sr. G Tara (N.) Thompson was one of the most effective contributors to UAA’s run of success, ranking No. 2 in program history with 121 victories and claiming Second Team All-GNAC honors in her final season ... one of the last two active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranked 8th in the GNAC and 43rd nationally in 3FG% (.388), along with other league ranks of 4th in 3FGs per game (2.3) and 1st in assist-turnover ratio (3.1) ... with a .392 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 8th in UAA history, while her 239 total 3FGs tied former teammate Jenna Buchanan (2012-16) for No. 1 on UAA’s all-time list.

 

SENIOR SHOW STEALERS: After learning the system as transfers last year, Sr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) and Sr. G Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) made major impacts in their final season ... a starter in 55 of 66 career games, McNair led the GNAC and ranked 7th nationally with 3.2 steals per game, boosted by a record-tying 9-steal game against Simon Fraser, 8 steals against Saint Martin’s and 7 against Concordia and at SMU ... with multiple steals in 28 of 33 games, she finished No. 2 on UAA’s single-season list with 106 swipes, while on the career lists she finished 8th in total steals (192) and 2nd in steals per game (3.0) ... the Most Outstanding Player in November’s Seawolf Hoops Classic and an all-tourney pick at the DII Hoops Classic, McNair also held GNAC ranks of 14th in assists per game (3.1) and 9th in  assist-turnover ratio (1.6) ... meanwhile, Stallworth provided a big lift both off the bench and in the starting lineup, scoring in double figures 16 times – including eight straight to end the regular season (14.6 ppg) – and dishing four-plus assists on 14 occasions, including all three NCAA contests ... the Tucson, Ariz., native shot a blazing .561 (37 of 66) from three-point range to lead the GNAC in 20 conference games, and in overall GNAC stats she ranked 1st in 3FG% (.467), 2nd in A/T ratio (2.1, 26th nationally), 8th in steals (1.9), 11th in assists (3.2) and 15th in 3FGs per game (1.5) ... the honorable mention All-GNAC pick committed only 16 turnovers in her last 13 outings (spanning 317 minutes), including three games against Northwest Nazarene’s full-court pressure defense.

 

GOO STUFF: An honorable mention All-GNAC selection for the second year in a row, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo finished strong after missing 10 games with a hand injury from Nov. 17-Jan. 8 ... the Bay Area native had multiple steals in 20 of her 23 outings, ranking 2nd in the GNAC and 9th nationally with 3.0 spg ... Goo was also the Seawolves’ 3rd-leading scorer with 9.3 ppg, tallying double figures on 14 occasions, while she held league ranks of 4th in FG% (.545), 13th in assists per game (3.2)  and 14th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5) ... on UAA’s career lists, Goo will head into her senior season at 5th in assists (326), 9th in assists per game (3.9), 6th in steals (209), 10th in steals per game (2.5), 13th in FTs made (231) and 19th in FG% (.471).

 

’WOLF BITES: A key reserve in her first season and a half, So. F/C Tennae Voliva averaged 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game after stepping into the starting lineup for the final 13 games, boosted by 23 points and 19 rebounds in the the three NCAA contests ... Voliva accounted for at least five points in 16 games and at least four rebounds in 19 contests, tying her career high with 9 rebounds in the NCAA win over Hawaii Pacific ... the former East Anchorage HS star led UAA in FG% at .504 (62 of 123) and was second on the team with 17 blocks ... the Seawolves added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... prior to her breakout performances against Simon Fraser and Western Washington in early January, Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 16 points to help fend off Hawaii Pacific in November ... along with double-figure scoring efforts in 11 games and multiple steals in 21 contests, Yasin ranked 5th in the GNAC and 83rd nationally with 2.2 steals per game ... So. F Sala Langi stepped into a larger role this season and emerged as one of the GNAC’s most versatile players, delivering 6.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game ... with multiple assists in 18 games, 7-plus rebounds in six games and double-digit scoring in 10 games, Langi displayed equal proficiency as a scorer, passer and rebounder ... one of five Bay Area natives on the roster, she posted a career-high 10 rebounds in the second win over Holy Names, and she delivered a career-high 17-point effort, while dishing four assists without a turnover against MSUB.

 

MASTER OF MAYHEM: In his seventh season at UAA and eighth season as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy ascended to the top of two impressive lists this year, as the NCAA Div. II active leader in career winning percentage (.813) and the all-time winningest coach in UAA women’s basketball history ... on Jan. 27, McCarthy passed Linda Bruns (176-142, 1979-91) with his 177th victory to become the Seawolves’ career wins leader ... since coming north in 2012, McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to unprecedented heights, capturing five straight GNAC regular-season titles (four outright), three GNAC Tournament titles, six straight NCAA Tournament berths, and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings every season from 2014-15 through 2017-18 ... this year McCarthy earned his third consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor and fourth in the last five seasons, while he was the WBCA NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year three straight times from 2015-17 ... 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 crews led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons  (2013-14 to 2016-17), while ranking 6th last year and 2nd this year ... McCarthy sports head-coaching records of 190-34 (.848) in seven seasons at UAA and 204-47 (.813) in eight seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2010-11 … McCarthy was assisted by 7th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa (the 2017-18 WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year), 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf Sierra Afoa, and 5th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.

 

2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Yazmeen Goo

Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)

Gator Invitational MVP

GNAC All-Academic Team

Honorable Mention All-GNAC

Ryan McCarthy

GNAC Coach of the Year

Kian McNair

Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player

D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

Sydni Stallworth

Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team

Honorable Mention All-GNAC

Tara Thompson

D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

GNAC All-Academic Team

Second Team All-GNAC

Tennae Voliva

GNAC All-Academic Team

Hannah Wandersee

Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)

GNAC Preseason Player of the Year

Gator Invitational All-Tournament Team

Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team

D-II Coast to Coast Classic Most Outstanding Player

GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 19-25

GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 7-13

GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

GNAC Player of the Year

First Team All-GNAC (repeat, unanimous)

D2CCA First Team All-West Region

NCAA West Regional Championships All-Tournament Team

WBCA Honorable Mention All-American