2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight Women’s Basketball Championships
Mar. 20, 21 & 23 – Bill Greehey Arena (3,800) – San Antonio, Texas
(All times Alaska Daylight Time)
National Quarterfinals – Tuesday, Mar. 20
9 am — #5 Bentley (30-3) vs #1 Wayne [NE] State (32-2) 11:30 am — #2 Ashland (31-1) vs #8 Alaska Anchorage (30-4)
3 pm — Shaw (26-6) vs #14 Pittsburg State (27-5)
5:30 pm — #15 Rollins (27-5) vs #24 Lander (24-7)
National Semifinals – Wednesday, Mar. 21 3 pm — Bentley/Wayne State winner vs Ashland/UAA winner
5:30 pm — Shaw/Pitt State winner vs Rollins/Lander winner
National Championship – Friday, Mar. 23 4 pm — Semifinal winners
TV: Semifinals & Final on CBS Sports Network
RADIO: UAA games live on FM-93.7 KAFC in Anchorage and streamed at GoSeawolves.com.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Midwest Regional champion Ashland heads to its first Elite Eight sporting the nation’s longest winning streak … the nationally 2nd-ranked Eagles have won their last 31 outings — including four games by five points or less — after a season-opening, neutral-court loss to Minnesota State … the northeast Ohio school has started the same lineup in 30 of 32 games and is led by GLIAC Player-of-the-Year Kari Daugherty (21.1 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 bpg, 1.6 spg, .506 FG, .839 FT), a 6-1 Jr. guard/forward … the Eagles also feature 5-7 Sr. G Jena Stutzman (14.5 ppg, 3.0 apg, .378 3FG, .864 FT) and 5-9 So. PG Alyssa Miller (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, .907 FT).
THE SERIES ...
vs ASHLAND: First meeting vs WAYNE STATE: Tied 1-1 (0-0 neutral)
Last: UAA 85-51 (1-2-98 at UAA) / First: WSC 81-76 (12-31-97 at UAA) vs BENTLEY: BU leads 3-2 (1-1 neutral)
Last: UAA 46-43 (11-1-08 at Anaheim) / First: BU 78-75 (12-18-88 at BU) vs ROLLINS: Rollins leads 1-0 (1-0 neutral)
Last: Rollins 65-59 (11-23-96 at Louisville) vs PITT STATE, LANDER & SHAW: Never met
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA AU
Overall Record 30-4 31-1
Conference Record 16-2 19-0
Conference Placing 1st 1st
Neutral-court Rec. 5-0 1-1
Points per Game 77.6 77.5
Points Allowed/Gm 54.5 59.1
Rebounding Diff. +11.4 +9.2
Assists per Game 18.1 17.9
Turnovers per Game 16.9 13.9
Steals per Game 11.4 7.2
Blocks per Game 3.1 2.8
FG% .462 .482
3-pt FG% .346 .376
FT% .702 .824
WHAT’S AT STAKE: The Seawolves and seven other teams are shooting for the NCAA Division II national championship, to be awarded to the winner of Friday’s title game … UAA is seeking its first national title in any sport; the Seawolf men’s basketball team has come closest for the overall program, finishing NCAA runner-up in 1988.
SEAWOLF NCAA HISTORY: Tuesday’s game will mark UAA’s third trip to the ‘Elite 8’ round of the NCAA Tournament — all in the last five seasons (2008, ’09, ’12) … the Seawolves are making their 12th overall NCAA Tournament trip (’86, ’88, ’89, ’92, ’94, ’00, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ‘12) this year, taking over the longest streak of appearances in the West Region with six … after winning the West Regional, UAA now stands 16-11 all-time in NCAA games, boosted by identical 4-1 marks in its Final 4 runs of 2008 and 2009 … the Seawolves are 12-3 in West Region play under Tim Moser, suffering all of their losses to No. 1 seeds (and eventual regional champions) on their home courts (CPP, ’11; SPU, ’10; UC San Diego, ’07) … UAA is now 8-4 in NCAA openers, earning victories in 1988, 2000 & 2007-12.
SEAWOLVES CONQUER TRITONS: For the third time in five seasons, the Seawolves have beaten a nationally top 5-ranked team on its own home court in the NCAA Div. II West Regional Tournament finals, this time with a 68-63 decision over No. 4 UC San Diego on Mar. 12 in La Jolla, Calif. … Tournament MVP Hanna Johansson scored 18 of her 20 points (7-13 FG, 6-7 FT) after halftime and finished with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to help UAA fend off multiple UCSD runs … the Seawolves also got 13 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3FG, game-clinching 2-2 FTs) from Jr. PG Sasha King and 10 points (5-7 FG), 6 rebounds and 2 assists from Sr. F Kaylie Robison, who each made the All-Tournament Team … the Seawolves used edges in rebounding (39-26), bench scoring (15-0) and free throws (.765 [13-17] to .667 [8-12]) to overcome a Triton team that committed just four turnovers … UAA led by as many as 12 points early in the 2nd half and maintained a 1- to 6-point lead for the final 15:42, getting six straight scores from Johansson after UCSD had cut it to one or two points … other big contributors included Jr. F Alysa Horn (9 pts, 3-4 FG, 2-2 3FG, 6 rebs, 2 assts), Fr. G Gritt Ryder (5 pts, 4 assts), Sr. F Tijera Mathews (4 pts, 5 rebs, game-clinching block with 5 seconds left), and a defense that held West Region player-of-the-year Chelsea Carlisle to just 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting in the 2nd half.
EAGLES GROUNDED, ’LOPES ROPED: The 2nd-seeded Seawolves returned to the ‘Sweet 16’ for the first time since 2009 with a first-round win over Cal State-LA (65-56) and a regional-semifinal win over 3rd-seeded and nationally 13th-ranked Grand Canyon … in the first game, UAA posted used a 49-31 rebounding advantage and held CSULA to 26 percent shooting, getting team-highs of 13 points (5-8 FG), 7 rebounds and 3 assists from Sr. C Hanna Johansson … UAA also got 12 points and a career-high 6 rebounds from Jr. PG Sasha King, plus 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists from Jr. G Haley Holmstead in a game that featured 53 fouls and 70 free-throw attempts … against GCU, the Seawolves trailed 30-28 at halftime before blitzing the Antelopes with a 20-0 run after the break … Johansson scored a game-high 22 points (8-15 FG, 6-11 FT) and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Jr. F Alysa Horn (13 pts, 5-5 FG, 2-2 3FG, 6 rebs) and Sr. F Kaylie Robison (11 pts, 5-5 FG) combined to sink all 10 of their shots … King added 11 points (3-5 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 assists and 5 steals as UAA outshot the Pacific West Conference champions 55 percent (27 of 49) to 37 percent (19 of 51) and outrebounded them 34-25.
2012 NCAA Division II West Regional
Women’s Basketball Championships
Mar. 9, 10 & 12 – RIMAC Arena – La Jolla, Calif. First Round – Friday, Mar. 9
#3 Grand Canyon 49, #6 Cal Poly Pomona 48 #2 Alaska Anchorage 65, #7 Cal State-L.A. 65
#4 Western Washington 65, #5 Cal State-Monterey Bay 58
#1 UC San Diego 84, #8 Chico State 66 Semifinals – Saturday, Mar. 10 Alaska Anchorage 77, Grand Canyon 58
UC San Diego 81, Western Washington 66 Finals – Monday, Mar. 12 Alaska Anchorage 68, UC San Diego 63
GNAC TOURNAMENT RECAP: The Seawolves retained their Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament title with a pair of victories Mar. 2-3 at the 2nd annual event in Lacey, Wash. … in the first game, the top-seeded Seawolves jumped to an early 20-point lead and held on late against 5th-seeded Simon Fraser, 74-70 … Tournament MVP Haley Holmstead scored a game-high 22 points (6-12 FG, 10-10 FG) and Fr. G Gritt Ryder added 12 points and 2 assists as UAA avenged one of its two Division II losses for the second time against the Clan … Sr. F/C Hanna Johansson had 10 points, 2 assists and 2 steals, Sr. F Kaylie Robison tallied 8 points (4-6 FG), 8 rebounds and 2 steals, and Jr. F Alysa Horn chipped in 9 points (4-8 FG) and 7 rebounds … the title game featured a rematch of the 2011 contest, with UAA prevailing against Western Washington for the second straight time, 67-52 … Holmstead scored 19 points (9-14 FG) and grabbed 2 steals, and Sr. F Tijera Mathews had a huge impact with 12 points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 7-8 FT), a career-high 8 rebounds and a key block late in the game … Johansson added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, and Robison had 9 points (4-6 FG), 8 rebounds and 2 blocks as UAA outshot WWU .523 to .277 … it was UAA’s fifth straight win over the Vikings since WWU swept the 2010-11 regular-season series from UAA.
BIG-TIME NUMBERS: UAA is the only team in women’s D-II hoops to reach 30 wins three times in the last five years, posting marks of 31-4 in 2008-09 and 30-5 in 2007-08 … the Seawolves have reached 23 victories in six straight seasons, including five straight with 24 or more, and four straight with 27 or more; this is the 11th 20-win season in program history … UAA won its fifth regular-season conference title in 26 years of conference play; the Seawolves won three outright titles in the now-defunct Continental Divide Conference (1985-86, ’87-88, ’88-89) before sharing the GNAC crown with Seattle Pacific in 2008-09 … UAA is also now 2-for-2 in GNAC Tournament title pursuits … with the announcement of the GNAC player-, coach-, freshman- and newcomer-of-the-year awards on Feb. 27, the Seawolves became the first women’s or men’s basketball team to sweep the honors in the 11-year history of the league (see more below in player notes) … UAA’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex win streak stands at 22 after beating UAF on Feb. 25 … at 15-0, it was UAA’s fourth unbeaten season at the WFSC (1983-84, 2006-07, 2008-09).
MORE TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the NCAA Tournament so far in rebounding margin, bettering their West Region foes by 13.3 rpg … UAA leads the GNAC in 12 of 21 team statistical categories, including scoring offense (77.6), scoring defense (54.5), rebound margin (+11.4), assists per game (18.1) and steals per game (11.4) … UAA is 26-0 when leading at halftime, 23-0 when shooting at least 45 percent, and 23-1 when scoring 70 or more points … the Seawolves outscored their eight Div. II non-conference opponents by an average of 42.0 ppg … the losses to D-I foes Miami and Central Michigan in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout were UAA’s first back-to-back defeats since Feb. 19 & 21, 2009 at Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene and were the first consecutive home losses in the Tim Moser era … UAA still has not lost two straight on its primary home court at the WFSC since Jan. 19 & 21, 2006 against Saint Martin’s and Seattle University … after losing to SPU and beating MSUB last month, UAA is 10-0 following a D-II loss in the past three seasons — a current span of 97 games … in 196 games under Moser, the Seawolves have allowed .500-plus FG shooting just nine times, including seven times in 102 GNAC contests … in addition to tying the mark for fewest points allowed against a D-II opponent, the Seawolves broke their previous marks for points allowed in a road game and a GNAC game with their 78-29 win at UAF on Dec. 3.
NATIONAL STATS: The Seawolves are in the top 50 of the NCAA Div. II statistics in 13 categories — including ten top-20 rankings and seven top-10 marks … the Seawolves lead the nation in scoring margin (+23.1), along with ranks of 2nd in rebound margin (+11.3), 3rd in assists per game (18.1), 4th in FG% (.462) and FG% defense (.327), 7th in scoring offense (77.6 ppg), 11th in scoring defense (54.5), 14th in assist-turnover ratio (1.07) and 27th in turnover margin (+4.35) … individually, Sr. F/C Hanna Johansson ranks 18th in FG% (.551), 37th in double-doubles (11) and 67th in rebounding (8.8 rpg) … Jr. PG Sasha King is 19th in asst.-TO ratio (1.87), 37th in assists (4.7 apg) and 99th in steals (2.2 spg), Jr. G Haley Holmstead ranks 41st in FG% (.503), and Fr. G Gritt Ryder is 36th in assist-turnover ratio (1.69).
SWEDE LEADS GNAC PACK: A Preseason All-America pick by Women’s D-II Bulletin, Sr. F/C Hanna Johansson has now added GNAC Player of the Year, Daktronics 1st Team All-West Region and two-time 1st Team All-Conference to her long list of honors … a two-time GNAC Player-of-the-Week and Capital One 3rd Team Academic All-American, she is the only player in the GNAC’s top 11 in scoring (10th, 14.2 ppg), rebounding (4th, 8.8 rpg), FG% (5th, .551) and assists (11th, 2.9 apg) … in league games only, she averaged a double-double at 15.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg, while shooting .581 from the floor … the team’s only 4th-year senior is the new program record-holder for games played (132) and games won (112), and she ranks 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 FT made (328) and FG made (542), 7th in points (1,376) and double-doubles (17), and 9th in assists (247) … Johansson is the only player in program history to amass at least 1,200 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 150 steals … the Swede has scored in double digits in 54 of the last 65 games and she has grabbed double-digit rebounds 19 times in her career … Johansson also garnered all-tournament honors at both the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and the AT&T Hoops Classic this fall.
HOLM HAS THE RANGE: UAA’s leading scorer (14.6 ppg) and the No. 9 scorer in the GNAC, Jr. G Haley Holmstead is a 1st Team All-GNAC selection, the GNAC Newcomer of the Year and the GNAC Tournament MVP … the 2-time JC All-American at Salt Lake Community College has topped 20 points eight times thus far, including 22 in the GNAC semifinals against Simon Fraser and a UAA season-high 27 on Jan. 7 against Seattle Pacific … she also holds GNAC top-10 ranks in FG% (8th, .503) and FT% (10th, .782) after going 15-for-16 from the charity stripe in the GNAC and West Region tourneys … with a pair of GNAC Player of the Week awards to her credit, Holmstead has also moved into the top 20 on UAA’s single-season scoring list, currently sitting 17th with 483 points.
TWO WORTH A MENTION: UAA’s 4th-leading scorer (9.0 ppg) and 2nd-leading rebounder (7.4 rpg), Sr. F/C Kaylie Robison was tabbed an All-GNAC Honorable Mention on Mar. 6 and earned West Regional All-Tournament Team accolades a week later … Robison shot 10 of 12 against Grand Canyon and UC San Diego to increase her GNAC-best field-goal percentage to .600, currently No. 1 on the UAA single-season list … at .551 for her career, Robison is also on pace to break Darlene Smith’s 22-year-old program mark of .536 … in the overall GNAC stats, Robison ranks 8th in rebounding, 5th in double-doubles (6), 7th in blocks (0.8 bpg), 3rd in offensive rebounding (3.3 orpg) and 18th in steals (1.2 spg) … in conference games only, the Utah native shot a league-best .628 (71 of 113), coming just .001 shy of the GNAC record held set by SPU’s Brittney Kroon in 2004-05 … Robison also earned all-tourney honors at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout after back-to-back double-doubles against UAA’s D-I foes … Jr. F Alysa Horn was tabbed All-GNAC Honorable Mention this season despite coming off the bench in every contest … a 2nd-team selection as a sophomore, Horn has continued to put up solid numbers in her ‘6th-Woman’ role, ranking 3rd on the team in both rebounding (5.1 rpg, 18th GNAC) and scoring (9.1 ppg) … the Kodiak product ranks 8th on UAA’s career list for FT% at .756 and she recently moved into the top 10 in 3FGs made, currently 8th with 84; she is also 10th in 3FGs per game (1.0) and 12th in 3FG% (.343) … in GNAC games only, Horn shot at an impressive .889 clip (24 of 27) from the FT line.
MORE ’WOLF BITES: With Jr. Sasha King and GNAC Freshman-of-the-Year Gritt Ryder, the Seawolves have a dual-threat option at the point-guard position, with the duo combining for 12.4 points, 7.9 assists and 3.3 steals per game … King holds GNAC top-3 ranks in four categories — assist-turnover ratio (2nd, 1.9), assists (2nd, 4.7 apg), 3FG% (2nd, .419) and steals (3rd, 2.2 spg) — and is 13th in 3FGs per game (1.3) … with 5.8 assists per game in GNAC-only play, King led the league by a wide margin over CWU’s Alex Dunn (4.4 apg), while King (2.4) and Ryder (2.2) finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in assist-turnover ratio … on UAA’s single-season lists, King is 3rd in total assists (155) and 9th in apg (4.7) … meanwhile, Ryder has played her best basketball recently, averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 steals and just 1.6 turnovers over the last seven games before the NCAAs, while shooting .895 (17-19) from the FT line ... with her 20 points against Simon Fraser on Feb. 11, Ryder became the first Seawolf freshman to reach that plateau since former All-American Rebecca Kielpinski did it in the final game of the 2005-06 season … Ryder ranks 8th in the GNAC with 3.3 assists per game and 3rd in assist-turnover ratio (1.7) … in the top 10 on four UAA freshman lists so far, Ryder has already set the program’s rookie record for games started (33); on the other freshman lists, she is 2nd in assists (113, just six short of record), 4th in 3FGs made (27, three short of record) and 8th in steals (39) … Sr. F Tijera Mathews took her game up a notch in the last five games before NCAAs, totaling 48 points, 20 rebounds and 9 steals, while shooting 14 of 28 from the floor and 16 of 18 at the FT line … the Southern Californian ranks in the GNAC’s top 20 in both steals (16th, 1.4 spg) and blocks (12th, 0.6 bpg), and she is the team’s 3rd-best FT shooter at .800, currently good for 12th on UAA’s single-season list.
MOSER MAKES HIS MARK: In his 6th season as UAA’s head coach, Tim Moser has led the Seawolves to their third NCAA West Regional title (2007-08, 2008-09) and captured GNAC Coach-of-the-Year honors for the third time (2006-07, 2008-09) … with a current record of 165-31, Moser has the highest winning percentage (.842) among active Division II coaches with at least five seasons ... in 2008-09 Moser also garnered his first WBCA West Region Coach-of-the-Year award … since arriving at UAA in 2006, the Colorado native has led the Seawolves to the 3rd-most victories (165) in D-II women’s basketball, trailing only Delta State (169) and Holy Family (167) … under Moser, UAA is 97-7 at home (88-4 Wells Fargo Sports Complex, 9-3 Sullivan Arena); 77-10 in non-conference games (including Shootout, NCAAs & GNAC tourney); 83-19 in GNAC games; 50-4 vs Div. II non-conference opponents in the regular season; and 9-3 against Div. I teams … in NCAA play, Moser’s Seawolf teams have gone 14-5, including consecutive Final 4 runs in 2008 and 2009 … Moser is assisted by associate head coach Rebecca Alvidrez (6th season), and former UAA guards Tamar Gruwell (grad. asst., 2nd season) and Elisha Harris (vol. asst., 2nd season).
NATIONAL RANKINGS: UAA remained No. 8 in the last regular-season ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 poll, released Mar. 6 … at 80 consecutive weeks in the rankings, the Seawolves own the longest streak in Division II, falling no lower than No. 19 in every poll since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign … UAA is one of three West Region teams among this week’s top 25, along with No. 4 UC San Diego and No. 13 Grand Canyon … here is an abbreviated look at the poll (full rankings at wbca.org):
ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 — Mar. 6, 2012
(UAA & opponents in bold; West Region teams in italics) Rk Team (1st pl. votes) Rec. Pts Last
1 Wayne State (Neb.) (13) 29-2 666 2 2 Ashland (Ohio) (8) 28-1 653 4
3 Edinboro (Pa.) (1) 28-1 624 5 4 UC San Diego (3) 28-2 593 1
5 Bentley (Mass.) (1) 27-3 592 6
6 Clayton St. (Ga.) (2) 28-3 558 3
7 South Carolina-Aiken 26-3 521 9 8 Alaska Anchorage 27-4 497 8
9 Washburn (Kan.) 28-4 461 10
10 Metro State (Colo.) 25-3 454 7 13 Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 23-3 339 16
14 Pittsburg (Kan.) State 24-5 304 12
15 Rollins (Fla.) 24-5 284 17
24 Lander (S.C.) 21-7 64 23
Others West Region/Elite Eight Teams Receiving Votes: 26) Shaw 50, 35) Cal Poly Pomona 9, 38) Cal State Monterey Bay 6, 40) Western Washington 3, 45) Cal St.-LA 1.
GNAC FAVORITES: UAA was correctly a near-unanimous pick in the 2011-12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball preseason coaches’ poll, released Oct. 11 … with this year’s prediction coming true, the Seawolves have now finished no worse than third in the GNAC in the past six years … actual finishes are denoted in right-hand column below:
2011-12 INDIVIDUAL HONORS Kylie Burns
GNAC All-Academic Team, Feb. 22 Haley Holmstead
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 7-13
AT&T Hoops Classic Player of the Game vs Hawaii-Hilo, Dec. 9
AT&T Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player, Dec. 10
GNAC Player of the Week, Dec. 5-11
GNAC Newcomer of the Year, Feb. 28
All-GNAC First Team, Feb. 28
GNAC Tournament MVP, Mar. 3
Daktronics Second Team All-West Region, Mar. 8 Alysa Horn
AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team, Dec. 10
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 2-8
GNAC All-Academic Team, Feb. 22
All-GNAC Honorable Mention, Feb. 28 Tim Moser
GNAC Coach of the Year, Feb. 28 Hanna Johansson
Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason All-American
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 24
AT&T Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team, Dec. 10
GNAC Player of the Week, Dec. 26-Jan. 1
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Jan. 23-29
Capital One Academic All-District First Team, Feb. 2
GNAC All-Academic Team, Feb. 22
Capital One Academic All-America Third Team, Feb. 22
GNAC Player of the Year, Feb. 28
All-GNAC First Team, Feb. 28
Daktronics First Team All-West Region, Mar. 8
NCAA Div. II West Regional Tournament MVP, Mar. 12 Sasha King
NCAA Div. II West Regional All-Tournament Team, Mar. 12 Kaylie Robison
Carrs/Safeway (Shootout) Player of the Game vs Central Michigan, Nov. 24
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 24
All-GNAC Honorable Mention, Feb. 28
NCAA Div. II West Regional All-Tournament Team, Mar. 12 Gritt Ryder
AT&T Hoops Classic Player of the Game vs Academy of Art, Dec. 10
GNAC Freshman of the Year, Feb. 28