ATLANTA – Alaska Anchorage senior Hanna Johansson became the second player in program history to earn All-America honors as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2011-12 NCAA Division II All-American teams on Monday.
In addition to Johansson – who will lead nationally 8th-ranked UAA into an NCAA quarterfinal clash on Tuesday in San Antonio – the Seawolves also landed junior Haley Holmstead on the honorable-mention All-America squad.
Johansson, a 6-2 center, joins former teammate Rebecca Kielpinski (2008-09) as the second full-fledged All-American in school history. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native was previously chosen the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-region selection by both the WBCA and College Sports Information Directors of America.
Johansson has averaged 14.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and shot 55 percent from the field to lead UAA to a 30-4 overall record and the GNAC regular-season and tournament titles. In 18 league games, she shot 58 percent and averaged a double-double with 15.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg, helping the Seawolves to a 16-2 mark.
Most recently, Johansson averaged 18.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over a three-game stretch to capture tournament MVP honors at the West Regional Championships, including 22 points, seven assists and three assists in a 68-63 title-game win at No. 4 UC San Diego.
The team’s only 4th-year senior, Johansson has already broken school records for most games played (133) and most victories (113), while ranking among UAA’s top-10 career leaders in 11 additional categories, including 2nd in rebounds (805), 3rd in FG% (.536), 5th in steals (194) and blocks (68), 6th in free throws made (328) and field goals made (542), 7th in points (1,376), and double-doubles (17), and 9th in assists (247). She is the only player in program history to amass at least 1,200 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 150 steals.
Johansson has been a star in the classroom, too, earning Capital One Academic All-America Third Team honors for her 3.66 grade-point average in journalism & public communications, along with her third career GNAC All-Academic Team accolade.
Meanwhile, Holmstead adds Honorable Mention All-American to a resume that already includes All-GNAC First Team, GNAC Newcomer of the Year and GNAC Tournament MVP. A former junior-college All-American at Salt Lake Community College, Holmstead is the Seawolves’ leading scorer and ranks 9th in the league with 14.6 points per game. She is also 8th in the league with a .503 field-goal percentage and 10th in free-throw pct. at .782.
The 5-7 guard from American Fork, Utah, has topped 20 points eight times in her first season at UAA, including a team season-high 27 in a Jan. 7 win over Seattle Pacific and 22 in last week’s GNAC semifinals victory over Simon Fraser. She is a two-time GNAC Player of the Week, and she has already moved into the top 20 on UAA’s single-season scoring list, currently 17th with 483 points.
The Seawolves return to action when they play No. 2 Ashland (Ohio) in the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight quarterfinals Tuesday in San Antonio. The game is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time tip-off at Bill Greehey Arena. Check GoSeawolves.com for links to video and audio coverage.