ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball program added its latest in-state talent Thursday as head coach Ryan McCarthy announced that Fairbanks product Sierra Tate has signed a National Letter of Intent.

A 5-6 guard, Tate was a unanimous first-team all-state selection last season at West Valley High School, helping the Wolfpack to the Mid-Alaska Conference regular-season and tournament championships, along with a berth at the ASAA 4A State Tournament.

“We are excited to sign another local standout in Sierra,” said McCarthy, whose Seawolves went 30-3 last year and won their fifth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title. “She has had a great career at West Valley and proved herself to be one of the best players in the state. It’s our goal every year to recruit the most talented players in Alaska who want to compete for championships, and we believe we did that with Sierra Tate.”

Tate averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists as a senior in 2018-19. Among her other honors, she was the MVP of the Doc Larson Roundball Classic, leading West Valley to the title of that tournament.

Tate becomes the seventh member of UAA’s 2019 recruiting class, joining former West Valley teammate Ellen Silva – a 6-1 forward – and fellow incoming freshman Rachel Ingram (5-7, G, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado Springs Christian HS), junior college transfers Kedranea’ Addison (5-8, G, New Orleans, La./Cox HS/Cowley [Kan.] College), Stephanie Jackson (5-7, G, McKinney, Texas/McKinney North HS/Santa Fe [Fla.] College) and Lauren Johnson (5-9, G, Crystal, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper HS/North Dakota State College of Science), and Div. I senior transfer Amelia Motz (5-11, F, Canton, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary HS/Iona).