THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 25 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Western Washington (7-11, 3-7 GNAC) at #9 Alaska Anchorage (16-2, 9-1 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 27 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Simon Fraser (8-10, 3-7 GNAC [1/25 @UAF]) at #9 Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games, live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and GCI Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: GNAC.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
TICKETS: $10 at the door, online at alaskaairlinescenter.com, or by calling 907-786-1562 ... discounts apply for UAA staff/faculty, alumni, senior (60+), youth (3-18) and military ... groups of 10 or more can purchase in bulk for $6 per ticket ... UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... more information at GoSeawolves.com.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.7 spg, .443 FG, .727 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, .450 FG, .450 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Jr. (6.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.8 spg, .398 FG)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg, .487 FG, .393 3FG, .868 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 bpg, .521 FG, .800 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Western Washington has struggled with injuries and the loss of several seniors from last year’s NCAA 2nd-round club, dropping six of its last seven games ... the Vikings are led by Sr. C Hannah Stipanovich (12.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, .480 FG, .680 FT) and So. G Dani Iwami (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, .347 3FG) ... similar to WWU, Simon Fraser has had an up-and-down campaign, following last year’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run ... the Clan – the lone Canadian team in the NCAA – are led by Jr. F Sophie Swant (13.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 bpg, .917 FT) and So. G Nicole Vander Helm (12.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .373 3FG, .806 FT).
ALL-TIME vs WWU: WWU leads 23-22 overall
In Anchorage: Tied 10-10
Last: UAA 64-54 (12/31/17 at WWU)
Streak: UAA 5
Notes: UAA has won nine of the last 10, including last year’s GNAC Tournament title game (79-70) in Lacey, Wash. ... the Seawolves won 80-69 last year in Anchorage for their fourth straight home win over WWU ... 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 17-16 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) and 9-4 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... WWU won the first seven meetings in series history, which began Feb. 13, 1997.
ALL-TIME vs SFU: UAA leads 16-8 overall
In Anchorage: UAA leads 7-3
Last: UAA 84-79 (12/29/17 at SFU)
Streak: UAA 1
Notes: UAA has won eight of the last 10, although both of SFU’s wins have come in stunning, upset form, including last year’s 90-80 NCAA Second Round decision against No. 2-ranked UAA in Anchorage ... the Clan also pulled a 67-66 stunner in Anchorage against No. 1-ranked UAA to close the 2015-16 regular season – the Seawolves’ last GNAC defeat until falling at SPU last week ... UAA leads 10-5 in regular-season meetings since SFU joined the GNAC in the 2010-11 season and 9-5 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... first meeting was a 65-61 UAA win in Moscow, Idaho, Nov. 28, 1981.
LAST TIME VS. WWU, SFU: The Seawolves survived a pair of close games against 2017 NCAA Tournament programs, beating Simon Fraser 84-79 on Dec. 29 in Burnaby, B.C., and Western Washington 64-54 in Bellingham on Dec. 31 ... in the victory at SFU, Sr. F Shelby Cloninger scored a career-high 26 points (12-19 FG, 2-4 3FG) and grabbed 9 rebounds help UAA overcome a 67-63 4th-quarter deficit ... the Seawolves also got 13 points from Jr. C Hannah Wandersee, 9 points (3-5 3FG) from Sr. G Rodericka Ware, and 8 points apiece from Jr. G Sydni Stallworth (4-6 FG) and Jr. G Kian McNair (3-3 FG) as they shot season bests of .565 overall and .438 (7-16) from long range ... at WWU, So. PG Yazmeen Goo had career highs of 14 points (4-8 FG, 6-8 FT) and 7 steals as UAA fended off a late Vikings run ... Cloninger overcame a 2-of-14 FG performance with by going a UAA season-best 8 of 8 from the FT line and posting her first double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, plus 4 steals ... Sr. G Kaitlyn Hurley scored 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG) and McNair stuffed the stat sheet with 5 points, 5 rebounds – including three of UAA’s 23 offensive boards – 4 assists and 3 steals.
GNAC STRING HALTED IN SEATTLE: The Seawolves extended their bevy of GNAC winning streaks (see below) with a 76-57 victory over Saint Martin’s on Jan. 18 in Lacey, Wash., before succumbing to a red-hot Seattle Pacific club, 66-48, on Jan. 20 in Seattle ... in the first game, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, teaming with So. PG Yazmeen Goo to lead then-No. 4 UAA to its seventh straight win over the Saints and eighth straight at Marcus Pavilion (including GNAC tourneys) ... Goo finished with a career-high 15 points, plus 5 assists and 5 steals, to spark the Seawolves in the third quarter, while Sr. G Kaitlyn Hurley tallied 15 points (5-11 3FG) ... on Saturday, UAA suffered its most lopsided loss in five years, falling to the regionally 4th-ranked Falcons despite 13 points and 9 rebounds from Sr. F Shelby Cloninger, who returned the lineup from a 3-game injury absence ... UAA also got 12 points from Wandersee as it dropped a GNAC regular-season or tournament game for the first time since a 67-66 loss to Simon Fraser on Feb. 27, 2016 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... Jr. G Kian McNair had 7 points and 3 steals, and Goo finished with 3 points, 3 assists and 5 steals for UAA, which saw its 11-game win streak vs. the Falcons halted ... the Seawolves shot just 26.4 percent from the field and were outrebounded 46-30 as they also saw a 23-game GNAC road winning streak come to an end, while the 18-point margin marked UAA’s worst setback of any kind since a 76-49 home loss to Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 17, 2013.
WINNING WAYS: The Seawolves’ loss at SPU snapped GNAC regular-season win streaks of 33 overall (including GNAC Tourney), 29 overall (not including GNAC Tourney) and 23 straight on the road ... UAA has won 14 consecutive GNAC home contests ... UAA is a combined 70-4 – including 33-2 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... at 113-9 (.926), the Seawolves have the most victories and the best winning percentage in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15 ... the Seawolves have clinched the program’s 12th consecutive winning season and are seeking their 11th NCAA Tournament berth in 12 years ... UAA has gone a combined 162-14 (.920) in the last 11 seasons on its home courts ... the loss to Sonoma State snapped a 41-game winning streak against Div. II non-conference opponents in the regular season, marking the first such setback since Ryan McCarthy’s Seawolf coaching debut, Nov. 9, 2012, against Colorado Mines.
NIFTY NUMBERS: The Seawolves hold nine top-50 national stats ranks, including six top-20 marks ... UAA is 3rd in both assists per game (19.8) and steals per game (14.2), 7th in turnover margin (+7.2), 12th in turnovers forced per game (23.2), 18th in assist/turnover ratio (1.24) and 20th in scoring margin (+16.6) ... the Seawolves are attempting to lead the nation in steals for the fifth consecutive season, although they currently trail defending national champ Ashland (17.1) by a wide margin ... in the GNAC stats, UAA leads in six categories and ranks No. 2 in seven others.
WANDERSEE WONDERFUL: A reserve in 66 of 71 career games before this year, Jr. C Hannah Wandersee has entered the starting 5 and delivered in a big way, ranking 7th in the GNAC in scoring (13.9 ppg), leading the league in blocks (1.4 bpg), and ranking 2nd in FG% (.521), 9th in FT% (.800) and 10th in rebounding (6.7 rpg) ... she collected GNAC co-Player of the Week for her efforts against Hawaii Pacific and Cal State LA, earned the Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player award the following week, and made the GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team – in November alone ... the Kodiak product had her first career double-double against a Div. II opponent with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Hawaii Pacific, and she grabbed her second (16 pts/career-high 13 rebs) in last week’s win at Saint Martin’s ... her career-high 27-point effort against Northwest Nazarene marked her third career 20-plus game ... Wandersee’s UAA career ranks already stand at 3rd in FT% (.823), 6th in FG% (.520), 7th in blocks (66), 9th in blocks per game (0.74) and 11th in victories (83).
SURE-SHOT SHELBY: Sr. F Shelby Cloninger has proven GNAC coaches correct so far as a GNAC Preseason All-Conference pick, standing as UAA’s leading scorer (14.1 ppg) and co-leading rebounder (6.5 rpg) ... with 12 double-figure scoring efforts in her 15 appearances – including successive career highs of 19 points against Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, 22 at UAF and 26 at Simon Fraser – she holds GNAC ranks of 6th in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 4th in FT% (.868), 5th in FG% (.487), 8th in 3FG% (.393), 13th in 3FGs per game (1.6) and 14th in steals per game (1.5) ... the Kamiah, Idaho, native also has nine games with at least 7 rebounds this year, including 10 against Western State, nine at Simon Fraser and at Seattle Pacific, and a career-high 12 at Western Washington ... in late November, Cloninger claimed GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player and GNAC Player of the Week honors after leading the Seawolves to the final tournament title ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, Cloninger holds UAA career ranks of 11th in 3FGs per game (1.3) and 12th in 3FG% (.349).
TNT BLOWIN’ UP: Whether it’s her deadeye three-point stroke or her solid all-around game, Jr. G Tara (N.) Thompson has lived up to her GNAC Preseason All-Conference status, currently checking in as UAA’s 4th-leading scorer with 8.2 ppg ... the 2nd-leading scorer (8.9 ppg) on last year’s 30-win team and a bench contributor on UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 19th nationally and 3rd in the GNAC with her .450 3FG%, boosted by an 8-of-12 effort in the win at Notre Dame de Namur and a school-record-tying 6-of-6 display at MSU Billings ... the former Dimond High star led the GNAC in 3FG% last season and currently holds league ranks of 3rd in 3FG% and 3FGs per game (2.3), plus 15th in FG% (.450) ... with a .411 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in both UAA and GNAC history, while her 150 total 3FGs rank 6th on the all-time Seawolf list.
FEELIN’ GOO: Following one of the most productive rookie campaigns for a point guard in program history, So. PG Yazmeen Goo has blossomed into a scoring threat as well, tallying double figures in six of the last 14 games – including successive career-highs of 11 points against Western State, 13 points against Northwest Nazarene, 14 at Western Washington and 15 at Saint Martin’s ... the Bay Area native earned all-tournament honors at both the Seawolf Hoops Classic and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, while her 64 free throws made are 7th-most in the GNAC ... in the other overall GNAC stats, Goo ranks 5th in assists (4.1 apg), 2nd in assist-turnover ratio (2.2) and 2nd in steals per game (2.7) ... Goo and UAA have also gotten a boost with the return of Sr. SG Kaitlyn Hurley, who missed the second half of last season ... a dangerous scorer from anywhere on the court, Hurley has started eight of 18 contests, posting 5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.8 apg, along with eight blocked shots ... the Utah native and Snow College transfer scored a season-high 16 points in the win over Div. I Maryland Eastern Shore, and she had a clutch performance in the win at Western Washington with 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG), no turnovers and no fouls in 19 minutes.
TRANSFER TRAIN’S A-CHUGGIN’: UAA’s three active transfers have all made immediate impacts, with Sr. G Rodericka Ware (Academy of Art) and Jr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) standing out as all-tourney picks at the Seawolf Hoops Classic ... Ware began her career at Central Arizona College before earning First Team All-Pacific West Conference honors last year with Art U, posting 17.4 ppg, 4.0 apg and a league-leading 2.8 3FGs made per game ... the Lakewood, Wash., native has scored double figures in seven of 16 games as a Seawolf and dished at least four assists in nine contests, including 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals against Holy Names, and 13 points and 6 assists against MSU Billings ... UAA’s third-leading scorer (10.9 ppg), Ware currently holds GNAC ranks of 4th in steals (2.3 spg), 9th in assists (3.1 apg), 4th in A/T ratio (1.9) and 9th in 3FGs per game (1.8) ... meanwhile, McNair led Portland State with 11.3 ppg as a freshman and recorded 18 double-digit scoring efforts in 57 career games with the Vikings ... the Vallejo, Calif., product found her scoring touch with season highs of 14 points (6-12 FG) at UAF in early December and 15 points (3-3 3FG, 6-6 FT) against Western Oregon ... McNair has shown the ability to stuff the stat sheet, with other season highs of 6 rebounds vs. NNU and 6 assists against both NNU and Eastern Shore ... McNair also leads the GNAC and ranks 23rd nationally with 2.8 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore, and she is 11th in the league with 2.7 assists per game ... junior-college transfer Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) has also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking as UAA’s 8th-leading scorer (5.6 ppg) ... Stallworth is one of five Seawolves averaging more than 2.0 apg – dishing a season-high 6 assists against Holy Names – and she keyed UAA’s 4th-quarter run in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout title-game win over Tulsa with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
FEELIN’ FRESH: The future looks bright as UAA’s three true freshmen are already making early contributions, including Pacifica, Calif., product Sala Langi, who ranks third on the team with 4.1 rpg ... former Chugiak High all-state guard Nicole Pinckney tallied 12 points in the Seawolf Hoops Classic and was a key player in UAA’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout title run, while former East High star Tennae Voliva has posted season highs of 5 points and 5 rebounds thus far, along with a clutch four points in the win at MSU Billings.
McCARTHY IN CHARGE: Now in his sixth season at UAA and seventh overall as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy has led the Seawolf program to new heights, capturing three straight GNAC regular-season and tournament titles and ascending as high as No. 1 or No. 2 in the national rankings in every season since 2014-15 ... McCarthy earned his second GNAC Coach of the Year honor in the last three seasons in 2016-17 and ‘three-peated’ as the WBCA’s NCAA Div. II West Region Coach of the Year ... in 2016-17, the Anchorage native took UAA to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year (including three straight top-2 regional seeds), posting its second straight 30-win season (30-2) and 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 has led UAA to an improvement in overall wins (17, 19, 29, 38) his first four seasons and has increased the Seawolves’ GNAC victory total every year (11, 12, 17, 18, 20) … playing its up-tempo ‘Mayhem’ style, McCarthy’s 2016-17 crew has also led the nation in steals per game for four straight seasons ... McCarthy sports a head-coaching record of 149-28 (.841) at UAA and 162-41 (.798) overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2011-12 … McCarthy is assisted by 6th-year associate head coach Shaina Afoa, 1st-year assistant and former Seawolf standout Alysha Devine, and 4th-year volunteer assistant Patrick Flanigin.
2017-18 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Md. Eastern Shore
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player
GNAC Player of the Week, Nov. 20-26
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC co-Player of the Week, Nov. 6-12
Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player
Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team