ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program added more versatility to its 2019-20 lineup Wednesday as head coach Ryan McCarthy announced that Div. I transfer Amelia Motz has signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Seawolves.
A 5-11 forward, Motz played her first three seasons at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., appearing in 62 career games, including 14 starting assignments. Playing guard for the Gaels, she enjoyed her best season as a sophomore in 2017-18, averaging 3.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.7 minutes per contest. Motz also led the Gaels in assists eight times that season.
As a junior last season, she played in just seven games due to injury, leaving her with one year of eligibility at UAA.
“Amelia is going to be a nice addition to our team,” said McCarthy, the reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. “She is a good athlete and a terrific student who competes very hard. Once she gets adjusted to the culture of our program, I think her ceiling will be very high. Although she played guard at the D-I level, at 5-11 she projects as helping us at either forward position.”
Prior to her career at Iona, Motz was a prep standout in her hometown of Canton, Ohio, where she averaged 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Motz becomes the fourth player to join UAA’s 2019 recruiting class, along with incoming freshmen Rachel Ingram (5-7, G, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Springs Christian HS) and Ellen Silva (6-1, F, Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley HS), and junior college transfer Kedranea’ Addison (5-8, G, New Orleans, La./Cox HS/Cowley [Kan.] College).
The Seawolves lose four seniors – all starters – from last year’s team that went 30-3 overall, reached the NCAA ‘Sweet’ 16 and finished No. 7 in the WBCA Div. II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
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