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The veteran trio of Sasha King (13), Kylie Burns (43) and Alysa Horn (23) are trying to remain unbeaten in their AT&T Hoops Classic careers.
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Seawolves host AT&T Hoops Classic

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 12/13/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL…

UAA hosts 4th annual AT&T Hoops Classic
December 17-19, 2012
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
(All times AST)

Monday, Dec. 17
Cal State-Los Angeles (5-3) vs Eastern New Mexico (0-8), 5 pm
BYU-Hawaii (1-3) vs Alaska Anchorage (4-2), 7 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 18
BYU-Hawaii vs Cal State-Los Angeles, 5 pm
Eastern New Mexico vs Alaska Anchorage, 7 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Eastern New Mexico vs BYU-Hawaii, 5 pm
Cal State-Los Angeles vs Alaska Anchorage, 7 pm

MEDIA DETAILS …
RADIO: Live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC
TV: Catch the delayed telecast of every UAA game later that evening at 11 pm that evening on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19)
LIVE STATS: GoSeawolves.com (all games)
ONLINE: All AT&T Classic games will feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner … follow Seawolf Athletics as well on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves).

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Sasha King, 5-6, Sr. (16.2 ppg, 7.7 apg, 1.3 rpg, 3.5 spg, .778 FT)
G—Mariesha Harris, 5-9, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.3 spg, .895 FT)
G—Jenna Buchanan, 5-8, Fr. (8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, .379 3FG)
F—Kylie Burns, 5-9, Jr. (10.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg, .418 FG)
F—Alysa Horn, 6-0, Sr. (14.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg, 35.3 mpg)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: West Region foe Brigham Young-Hawaii has dropped three straight since a season-opening home win over Oakland City … the Seasiders, who lost their Pacific West Conference opener on Dec. 1 to Hawaii Pacific, are led by 5-9 Sr. F Shayla Washington (23.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.3 spg, .556 3FG) and 5-4 Jr. G Danna Lynn Hooper (15.8 ppg) … Eastern New Mexico remained winless in eight games despite holding a 7-point halftime lead in Wednesday’s 55-50 loss at Lone Star Conference foe Cameron (Okla.) … the Zias feature 12 players who average at least 9 minutes per game, led by 5-9 Sr. G Hannah Altheide (9.0 ppg, 1.8 apg, .323 3FG) and 6-0 Fr. F Nelsha Peterson (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, .459 FG, .846 FT) … another West Region foe, Cal State Los Angeles has dropped three of its last four since winning its first four contests by an average of 20.5 points … the Golden Eagles, who fell 65-56 to UAA in last year’s NCAA Tournament 1st Round, are led by 5-5 Sr. G Tessondra Williams (19.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg, .473 FG, .370 3FG, .843 FT) and 5-10 Sr. G Lacey Gibbons (9.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .395 3FG).

THE SERIES vs BYU-Hawaii: UAA leads 3-0 (2-0 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 67-37 (12/11/09 at UAA) / Notes: UAA and BYUH met in the first AT&T Hoops Classic in Dec. 2009 … the first two meetings came in Anchorage and Fairbanks in Dec. 2006 … all three meetings have been decided by 20 or more points.

THE SERIES vs Eastern New Mexico: Tied 3-3 (3-3 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 62-61 (12/20/05 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 2 / Notes: The teams met for series on back-to-back nights in the 1992-93, 1994-95 and 2005-06 seasons — all in Anchorage … the last three meetings have been decided by 6 points or less.

THE SERIES vs Cal State LA: UAA leads 8-4 (5-1 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 65-56 (3/9/12 at UCSD) / Streak: UAA 3 / Notes: UAA knocked off CSULA in the NCAA Tournament 1st Round in La Jolla, Calif., last March … the teams had not met since Jan. 1996 … this will mark the first meeting in Anchorage since Dec. 13-14, 1994, when the teams split a pair at the WFSC, with UAA winning the rematch … CSULA won first three meetings in series, which started Jan. 12, 1980 (76-63, CSULA) at LA.

TEAM COMPARISONS    UAA    BYUH   ENMU   CSULA
Overall Record      4-2    1-3    0-8    5-3
Conference Record   1-0    0-1    0-3    1-2
UAA Home/Opp. Road  4-2    0-0    0-5    2-2
Points per Game     74.2   65.2   47.1   75.4
Points Allowed/Game 65.8   77.5   67.1   68.8
Rebounding Diff.    -1.7   -3.2   -8.9   -0.4
Assists per Game    18.0   15.8   10.6   16.1
Turnovers per Game  13.7   23.8   18.1   17.1
Steals per Game     11.8   6.8    7.8    8.8
Blocks per Game     1.3    1.8    1.0    1.5
FG%                 .403   .386   .342   .425
3-pt FG%            .333   .321   .242   .310
FT%                 .776   .800   .500   .725


AT&T HOOPS CLASSIC HISTORY: This marks the 4th annual AT&T Hoops Classic … the first three Classics were four-game events with UAA and Alaska Fairbanks switching non-conference opponents … this marks the first year in which a round-robin format will be used … following Wednesday’s final game, a 5-woman All-Classic Team and a Most Outstanding Player will be named … the Seawolves are 6-0 all-time in the Classic, with all six victories combing by double digits … UAA beat Hawaii-Hilo (80-44) and Academy of Art (90-53) last year.

SEAWOLVES SLAM NANOOKS: Led by big games from all three of its seniors, UAA opened the Great Northwest Athletic Conference slate with an 86-58 win over Alaska Fairbanks at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Dec. 1 … the Seawolves got game-highs of 21 points (6-14 FG, 8-10 FT), 9 assists and 6 steals from Sr. PG Sasha King as they won for the 11th straight time against their in-state rivals — extending the longest ever streak in the series … Sr. G Jordan Martin came off the bench to shoot 4-of-4 in the opening stanza and finished with a career-high 13 points, while Sr. F Alysa Horn had 16 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT), a career-high 14 rebounds, 4 assists and no turnovers for her first double-double of the year … Jr. G Mariesha Harris battled foul trouble but still wound up with 13 points in just 19 minutes, while Jr. G/F Kylie Burns finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds … redshirt Fr. G Jessica Madison also helped in the second-half surge with 9 points (4-7 FG) as UAA also extended its home win streak over UAF to eight games.

TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves are ranked in the top 50 in eight national stats categories, including top-15 marks in assist-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.32), 3FGs per game (4th, 9.2), turnover margin (+9.5), fewest turnovers per game (10th, 13.7), assists per game (12th, 18.0) and FT% (13th, .776) … UAA leads the GNAC in scoring (74.2), FT%, 3FGs per game, assists, steals, turnover margin and asst-TO ratio … just six games in, the Seawolves have already tied or broken three program single-game records; UAA has equaled the marks for fewest turnovers (6 vs Regis, Nov. 17) and 3FGs made (14 vs NDSU), while setting a new standard with 12-of-12 FT shooting   vs. Regis on Nov. 16 … UAA is forcing 9.5 more turnovers and making 4.5 more steals per game than its opponents … UAA has won the turnover battle in all six games so far … the 26-point margin against North Dakota State was UAA’s third-largest over a D-I opponent, trailing only a 89-47 win over Coastal Carolina in 2009 and a 72-44 pounding of Cal State Northridge in 2008 ... the Seawolves’ loss to Colorado Mines snapped their 22-game home winning streak, dating to a Jan. 20, 2011 loss to Western Washington … after beating Regis on Nov. 16, UAA still has not lost two straight on its primary home court at the WFSC since Jan. 19 & 21, 2006 (St. Martin’s, Seattle) … the Mines loss also snapped a 33-game win streak when leading at halftime, dating to the same WWU game in 2011.

HORN O’ PLENTY: Sr. F Alysa Horn is showing why she was a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection in voting by the league’s coaches, following all-league honorable mention last year and 2nd-team honors as a sophomore … after six games, Horn is second on UAA in scoring (14.3 ppg) and leads in rebounding (8.7 rpg), logging 35.3 minutes per game … with 16 points and 14 rebounds against UAF, Horn notched her 6th career double-double and broke her previous rebounding high of 12, set over a year ago (11/18/11) against Dominican … the Kodiak product has now moved into UAA’s career top 20 in nine  categories, including points (20th, 804), rebounds (18th, 447), FG made (t-20th, 296), 3FGs made (9th, 92) and FT% (9th, .750) … Horn was an All-Tournament Team pick at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in November after equaling her career-high with 25 points in the win over North Dakota State.

KING ME: Sr. PG Sasha King was a unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection as well, having logged 20 starts in her first full season … through six games the Oklahoman ranks 2nd nationally and is on pace to set UAA’s assists record with 7.7 per contest, while committing just 18 turnovers in 214 minutes … King also leads the GNAC with 3.5 steals per game and holds other D-II national ranks of 15th in assist-turnover ratio (2.56) and 23rd in steals … the team’s leading scorer (16.2 ppg) has tallied double figures in five of six games and dished at least 5 assists in every contest this year … King already ranks 19th on UAA’s career list for assists (211) and could move into the top 10 as soon as this week with 25 more … she is also 15th in 3FGs made (61).

BURNS’ TURN: Moving into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Jr. G/F Kylie Burns ranks among the team leaders in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and steals (1.7 spg), more than doubling her sophomore numbers in all three categories … Burns’ 11 points and career-high 12 rebounds against Regis on Nov. 17 was her first career double-double, and she notched another double-digit rebounding game with 10 against UAF last week … in the Shootout, the Kansas City native scored double figures in both games and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

MORE PLAYER NOTES: Jr. G Mariesha Harris has made a major impact as UAA’s 3rd-leading scorer (11.2 ppg) and rebounder (4.8 rpg) so far … the Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC transfer is also No. 2 on the squad in steals (2.3 spg) and assists (2.7 apg), while sinking 17 of 19 (.895) at the charity stripe … Fr. G Jenna Buchanan has made a quick transition to the college game, averaging 8.2 ppg and ranking 3rd on the team in both rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (2.3 apg) … the 2012 3A Player of the Year from Galena has also shown a sweet long-range shooting touch, nailing 11 of 29 (.379) to start her career … 5th-year Sr. G Jordan Martin is making a big impact off the bench with 5.2 points on team-best .600 FG% … with 31 points and 84 minutes played, the East Anchorage High product has already surpassed her totals (23 pts, 82 min.) from last year … redshirt Fr. G Jessica Madison has been solid in her ‘6th-woman’ role thus far with 7.7 points per game on .548 FG% … the Washington native is also the team’s most accurate 3FG shooter so far at .455 (10 of 22) … Jr. F Alex Brewster notched her first career points when she sank a pair of free throws against UAF on Dec. 1.

McCARTHY MAKES DEBUT: The ninth head coach to roam the sidelines for UAA women’s basketball, Ryan McCarthy is making Seawolf debut this season … formerly an assistant at GNAC rival Northwest Nazarene, McCarthy now has an 18-15 overall record as a head coach, having served in an interim capacity at NNU two seasons ago … McCarthy is assisted by first-year staff members RyAnne Ridge and Shaina Afoa.

INJURY REPORT: So. G/F Alli Madison has missed the last five games with a lingering leg injury … her status for the AT&T Hoops Classic is questionable.

REDSHIRTS ANNOUNCED: Coach Ryan McCarthy has announced that So. C Ilze Teilane and Fr. G Melissa Castle will redshirt in 2012-13 … Teilane, from Riga, Latvia, is a transfer from NE Oklahoma A&M College, while Castle was a prep star at Craig High School in Southeast Alaska.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: After starting the season No. 22, UAA is still receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 poll … the Seawolves began the year with the nation’s longest streak, which was snapped at 82 straight weeks on Nov. 20 … the Seawolves had been no lower than No. 22 in every poll since the beginning of the 2007-08 campaign, including 81 straight weeks in the top 20 … UAA is trying to rejoin fellow West Region squads Simon Fraser (9th), Grand Canyon (16th), Chico State (20th) and Western Washington (21st). Here is an abbreviated look at the rankings (full poll online at wbca.org):

ESPN/USA Today Division II Top 25 — Dec. 11, 2012
(UAA & opponents in bold; West Region teams in italics)

Rk Team (1st pl. votes)      Rec.  Pts  Last
 1 Ashland (Ohio) (31)      10-0   775  1
 2 Bentley (Mass.)           7-0   741  2
 3 South Carolina-Aiken      6-0   704  3
 4 Clayton (Ga.) State       5-0   656  4
 5 Indianapolis              6-0   642  5
 9 Simon Fraser (B.C.)       8-1   481  12
16 Grand Canyon (Ariz.)      8-2   248  18
20 Chico State (Calif.)      6-0   196  NR
21 Western Washington        6-2   191  6

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: 38) ALASKA ANCHORAGE 9;  41) Seattle Pacific 5; 43) Cal State Monterey Bay 3; 43) Northwest Nazarene 3; 47) MSU Billings 2; 51) Academy of Art 1.


SEAWOLVES PICKED 5TH: Defending champion UAA was picked to finish 5th in the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball title chase, according to the league’s 12th annual coaches’ poll, released Oct. 25 … Western Washington, which finished runner-up to UAA a year ago, was picked to win the league with seven of 10 first-place votes, narrowly outpointing Simon Fraser.

12-13 GNAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk  Team (1st-pl. votes)  ‘11-12 Rec. (Pl.) Pts
 1. Western Washington (7)  22-8 (14-4,, 2nd)   96
 2. Simon Fraser (3)        17-11 (11-7, 3rd-T) 93
 3. Seattle Pacific         17-10 (11-7, 3rd-T) 76
 4. Montana State Billings  18-12 (10-8, 6th)   63
 5. Alaska Anchorage        30-5 (16-2, 1st)    57
 6. Northwest Nazarene      18-10 (11-7, 3rd-T) 56
 7. Central Washington      9-17 (5-13, 8th)    47
 8. Western Oregon          7-21 (6-12, 7th)    30
 9. Saint Martin’s          9-19 (4-14, 9th)    18
10. Alaska Fairbanks        6-22 (2-16, 10th)   14
(Points awarded on 11-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.)


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; last year was 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.

2012-13 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Kylie Burns
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 21
Alysa Horn
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25
Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game vs North Dakota State, Nov. 20
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, Nov. 21
Sasha King
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous), Oct. 25
GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week, Nov. 12-18

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