THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 3, 2019 — 5:15 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Simon Fraser (5-4, 1-1 GNAC) at #14 Alaska Anchorage (9-1, 1-1 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Western Washington (7-3, 2-0 GNAC [1/3 @UAF]) at #14 Alaska Anchorage
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAWBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 spg, .400 3FG, .781 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, .459 FG, .459 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.6 spg, .483 FG, .741 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.6 bpg, .511 FG, .944 FT)
F—Sala Langi, 5-9, So. (6.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, .474 FG, .765 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Simon Fraser has lost three of its last four, including a split at home of its GNAC openers against Western Washington (L, 70-62) and MSU Billings (W, 81-74) ... the NCAA’s only Canadian member, the Clan are led by 5-11 Sr. F Sophie Swant (14.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, .750 FT) and 5-9 So. G Jessica Jones (14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, .423 3FG) ... having started the GNAC with wins at Simon Fraser (70-62) and vs. MSU Billings (63-57), Western Washington will be playing just its second and third road games of 2018-19 when it travels to Alaska this week ... winners of six of their last seven, the Vikings are led by 6-1 So. F Kelsey Rogers (14.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 rpg, .590 FG, .875 FT) and 6-3 Jr. C Anna Schwecke (13.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, .567 FG, .750 FT).
ALL-TIME vs SFU: UAA leads 17-8 overall, 8-3 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 82-68 (1/27/18 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 2
Notes: UAA has won nine of the last 11, although both of SFU’s wins have come in stunning form, including an 90-80 NCAA Second Round upset in 2017 against then-No. 2 in Anchorage ... the Clan also pulled a 67-66 stunner in Anchorage against then-No. 1 UAA to close the 2015-16 regular season ... UAA leads 11-5 in regular-season meetings since SFU joined the GNAC in the 2010-11 season and 10-5 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... first meeting was a 65-61 UAA win in Moscow, Idaho, Nov. 28, 1981.
ALL-TIME vs WWU: UAA leads 24-23 overall, 11-10 in Anchorage
Last: UAA 66-59 (1/25/18 at UAA) / Streak: UAA 6
Notes: UAA has won 10 of the last 11 ... the current win streak is UAA’s longest vs. WWU ... the Seawolves won five straight at home ... WWU’s last win came by a 71-62 score on Dec. 5, 2015, at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham ... teams have played 20 times since Jan. 2011, including four meetings in the GNAC Tournament finals (all UAA wins) and an NCAA 1st Round game in 2012 ... UAA leads 18-16 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) and 10-4 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... WWU won the first seven meetings in series history, which began Feb. 13, 1997.
HAWAII RECAP: The Seawolves closed the non-conference portion of their schedule with wins over West Region foes Holy Names (75-58) and Hawaii Hilo (71-60) on Dec. 18-19 in Hilo ... in the first game, Sr. G Tara Thompson led four UAA players in double figures with 12 points (4-8 3FG), while Sr. G Kian McNair added 11 points and a career-high 8 rebounds to help the Seawolves pull away late against the Hawks ... Sr. C Hannah Wandersee topped the 1,000-points mark for her career with 10 points, 6 rebounds and a career-high tying 4 assists, while So. F Sala Langi grabbed a career-high10 rebounds in a rematch of the Nov. 11 season-opener ... against the host Vulcans, So. F Cameron Fernandez – playing in just her second game as a Seawolf – led the way with 13 points in 15 minutes, while Langi tallied 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3FG), a career-high 8 rebounds and 2 assists ... Fr. G Jahnna Hajdukovich also had a breakout performance with career bests of 10 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3FG), 5 rebounds and 2 steals as UAA remained unbeaten in eight all-time meetings against UHH.
WINNING WAYS: At 133-13 (.911), the Seawolves have the second-most victories and second-best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (136-13, .918) ... UAA is a combined 80-7 – including 37-4 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 172-16 (.915) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts ... the Seawolves have won 49 of their last 50 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents ... the Seawolves are aiming for the program’s 13th consecutive winning season and their 12th NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years ... UAA has won 20 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting perfect 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA joined Seattle Pacific last year as the only programs to win at least a share of four straight GNAC regular-season titles ... the Seawolves have won five of the eight GNAC Tournament titles since the event started in 2011 ... the Seawolves have won at least 25 games for a program-record four straight seasons.
NIFTY NUMBERS: UAA leads the GNAC stats in scoring defense (58.1 ppg) and steals per game (12.5), while ranking second in scoring margin (+15.1), rebounding defense (32.0), turnover margin (+4.8) and assists per game (17.4) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-40 ranks in steals per game (11th), assists per game (20th), scoring margin (30th), turnover margin (35th), turnovers forced per game (37th, 21.3) and assist-turnover ratio (40th, 1.05).
WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee is off to a solid start, capturing all-tournament honors at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP honors at the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and GNAC Player of the Week for Nov. 19-25 ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder thus far, she is 5th in blocks (1.3 bpg), 13th in scoring (12.6 ppg), 13th in rebounding (6.4) and 19th in FG% (.477) ... the Kodiak product has seven career 20-plus scoring efforts and owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (17th, 1,009 points), FT% (3rd, .824), (FG%, 6th, .516), blocks (6th, 101), blocks per game (7th, 0.88), field goals made (16th, 406), free throws made (20th, 181), games played (10th, 113) and victories (6th, 102).
GOO A NO-GO: A unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo was off to a terrific start before suffering a hand injury against Cal State East Bay, which is expected to sideline her until some time in January ... an Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick last year, Goo has tallied double figures in 13 of her the last 27 games ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at the Seawolf Hoops Classic, the Great Alaska Shootout and the NCAA West Regional Championships last year, and she opened 2018-19 with MVP honors at the Gator Invitational ... last year, Goo led the GNAC in steals per game (2.9 spg, 19th nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 28th nationally), and ranked 5th in assists per game (4.3) ... on UAA’s career lists, she already stands 6th in assists per game (4.1), 10th in assists (258), 12th in steals per game (2.4) and 12th in steals (151), needing just seven more swipes to reach the top 10.
BEWARE OF T.N.T.: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Sr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has been one of the most effective contributors to UAA’s run of success, tied for 7th in program history with 100 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 6th in the GNAC and 28th nationally in 3FG% (.442), along with 7th in the league with 2.3 treys per game ... with a .400 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 20 in GNAC history, while her 186 total 3FGs are 4th on the all-time Seawolf list and just five shy of the No. 3 spot.
KIAN & SYD STEPPIN’ UP: 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) are making major impacts in their final season ... a starter in 35 of 40 career games, McNair is 2nd in the GNAC and 37th nationally with 2.7 steals per game, along with other GNAC ranks of 14th in assists per game (3.4) and 12th in FG% (.500) ... she earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic with two-game numbers of 22 points (9-16 FG), 9 assists and 7 steals against CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills, and she was named all-tourney at the DII Hoops Classic, matching her season high with 14 points in the win over Hawaii Pacific ... meanwhile, Stallworth has provided a big lift both off the bench and as starting point guard in place of Goo, posting career-highs of 23 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals to pace the win over Dominguez Hills ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is in the top 20 in the GNAC stats at 9th in assists per game (4.1), 11th in A/T ratio (2.1), 4th in steals per game (2.1) and 15th in FT% (.781), and she holds D-II top-100 ranks in A/T ratio (44th) and assists per game (79th).
’WOLF BITES: So. F Sala Langi has stepped into a starter’s role this season, delivering 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game ... along with a 5-assist effort at S.F. State and a career-high 6 assists in the win over Florida Tech, Langi has shown an increased effort on the boards recently as well, grabbing a career-high 10 against Holy Names and beating her old personal best again with 8 rebounds against Hawaii Hilo ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is also filling a larger role in her second season, accounting for at least 4 points in six of 10 games and at least 3 rebounds in seven contests ... the Seawolves have added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 12 points and 4 rebounds to help fend off Hawaii Pacific ... Yasin ranks 13th in the GNAC in both FT% (.806) and steals per game (1.7) ... UAA got another boost in Hawaii with the addition of So. F Cameron Fernandez to the lineup, following a preseason injury ... the first Seawolf transfer ever from a Pac-12 Conference program, the former Washington State Cougar debuted in Green & Gold with 9 points against Holy Names and a team-high 13 points against Hawaii Hilo, doing all of her damagae in just 32 combined minutes.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his seventh season at UAA, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to unprecedented heights, capturing four straight GNAC regular-season tournament titles, five straight NCAA Tournament berths, and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings every season since 2014-15 ... last year, McCarthy earned his second consecutive GNAC Coach of the Year honor and third in the last four seasons, while his three-year reign as WBCA NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year came to an end ... 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) ... McCarthy sports a head-coaching record of 169-32 (.841) at UAA and 183-45 (.803) in eight-plus seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 7th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, who was voted by her peers as the 2017-18 WBCA NCAA Div. II National Assistant Coach of the Year, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Sierra Afoa, and 5th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
Gator Invitational MVP
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team
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