THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thur., Feb. 8 — 4:15 pm AST — LCEF Court — Portland, Ore.
#6 Alaska Anchorage (20-2, 13-1 GNAC) at Concordia-Portland (12-10, 6-8 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 10 — 4:15 pm AST — New P.E. Building — Monmouth, Ore.
#6 Alaska Anchorage at Western Oregon (8-12, 4-10 GNAC [Thu. vs UAF])
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UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2017-18 stats)
G—Yazmeen Goo, 5-10, So. (7.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.9 spg, .442 FG, .728 FT)
G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Jr. (7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, .417 FG, .400 3FG)
G—Kian McNair, 5-5, Jr. (6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.9 spg, .382 FG)
F—Shelby Cloninger, 6-0, Sr. (14.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 spg, .493 FG, .427 3FG, .882 FT)
F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Jr. (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 bpg, .506 FG, .750 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Contending for an NCAA playoff spot through mid-January, Concordia-Portland is now focused on earning its first-ever GNAC Tournament berth after losing six of its last seven ... the Cavaliers are led by Sr. G Danielle Hartzog (16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, .728 FT) and 6-1 Jr. F Bailey Cartwright (13.6 ppg, GNAC-best 10.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg, .738 FT) ... Western Oregon won three of five games to start the 2018 calendar but will try to snap a 5-game losing skid when it hosts Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday ... the Wolves are led by Sr. F Savannah Heugly (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 spg, .771 FT) and Sr. G Sydney Azorr (9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .881 FT).
ALL-TIME vs CU: UAA leads 5-0 overall
In Portland: UAA leads 2-0
Last: UAA 76-68 (1/13/18 at UAA)
Notes: The Seawolves have won all five meetings by at least eight points ... UAA won 68-57 in Portland last year ... first meeting was a 76-49 UAA home win, Jan. 9, 2016, in CU’s first year of GNAC and D-II membership.
ALL-TIME vs WOU: UAA leads 32-8 overall
In Monmouth: UAA leads 15-3
Last: UAA 85-53 (1/11/18 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 28
Notes: The current 28-game win streak is the longest against any opponent in program history ... UAA has won 14 of the last 15 games by double digits, including 105-62 last year in Monmouth … the Seawolves have won 14 straight in Monmouth ... WOU’s last win came 64-58 on Dec. 6, 2003 in Anchorage … UAA leads 28-5 in GNAC matchups (since 2001-02) … teams have played each season since 1998-99, although they went 19 years after the first-ever meetings in 1979-80.
LAST TIME VS. OREGON SCHOOLS: UAA ran its program-record win streak to 28 in a row against Western Oregon and stayed unbeaten in five all-time meetings against Concordia-Portland with respective 85-53 and 76-58 victories at the Alaska Airlines Center on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 ... in the first game, Jr. G Kian McNair scored a career-high 15 points (3-3 3FG, 6-6 FT), Sr. G Kaitlyn Hurley had 13 points (3-6 3FG) and 5 assists, and Jr. C Hannah Wandersee scored 12 points to race past the Wolves ... Fr. G Nicole Pinckney sparked the early offense with a career-high 9 points, and fellow rookie Sala Langi tied her then-personal bests with 9 points and 7 rebounds ... on Saturday, the Seawolves were challenged until the final minute in a battle with the regionally 7th-ranked Cavs, getting 18 points (7-14 FG) and 8 rebounds from Wandersee, 13 points and 9 assists from So. PG Yazmeen Goo, and clutch shooting from Sr. G Tara Thompson (11 points, 3-3 3FG in final 6 minutes) to pull out the win ... Langi had another solid effort with a career-high 10 points (4-5 FG).
SEAWOLVES STAY PERFECT AT HOME: The Seawolves completed a sweep of their four-game homestand and improved to 11-0 at the Alaska Airlines Center with a 63-46 win over Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 30 and a 73-63 victory over regionally 7th-ranked Montana State Billings on Feb. 1 ... in the first game, Sr. F Shelby Cloninger collected 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3FG) and 6 rebounds on her way to GNAC Player of the Week honors, and Jr. C Hannah Wandersee had 14 points (7-12 FG) rebounds ... Sr. G Rodericka Ware chipped in 11 of her 12 points before halftime and dished 5 assists as UAA beat UAF for the 22nd time in a row ... on Thursday, Cloninger had 21 points – including the clinching jumper with 1:06 remaining – and 10 rebounds to help UAA fend off the Yellowjackets for their ninth straight win in the series ... Wandersee had 14 points and 8 rebounds, Fr. G Sala Langi tallied 9 points (4-6 FG) and 4 rebounds, and Jr. G Kian McNair delivered 6 points, a career-high 7 rebounds, 5 assists, no turnovers and 4 steals as UAA outrebounded the visitors 46-31.
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 18 consecutive GNAC home contests ... UAA is a combined 74-4 – including 33-2 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last four seasons ... at 117-9 (.929), 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 166-14 (.922) 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 steals per game (14.5), 4th in assists per game (19.6), 9th in turnovers forced per game (23.4), 11th in turnover margin (+7.4), and 20th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and scoring margin (+5.7) ... the Seawolves are attempting to lead the nation in steals for the fifth consecutive season, although they currently trail defending national champ Ashland (18.1) by a wide margin ... in the GNAC stats, UAA leads in six categories and ranks No. 2 in four others.
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 (14.5 ppg) and rebounder (6.7 rpg) ... with 16 double-figure scoring efforts in her 19 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 5th in scoring, 9th in rebounding, 2nd in FT% (.882), 5th in FG% (.493), 1st in 3FG% (.427), 10th in 3FGs per game (1.7) and 17th in steals per game (1.4) ... the Kamiah, Idaho, native also has 10 games with at least 7 rebounds this year, including 10 against MSU Billings and 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, and she picked up the GNAC weekly award for Jan. 29-Feb. 4 for her effort in home wins over UAF and MSUB ... a transfer from North Idaho College after playing at Div. I Utah State, Cloninger holds UAA career ranks of 3rd in FT% (.824) and 11th in both 3FGs per game (1.3) and 3FG% (.366).
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 10th in the GNAC in scoring (13.5 ppg), leading the league in blocks (1.3 bpg), and ranking 3rd in FG% (.506), 13th in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and 17th in FT% (.750) ... 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 the win at Saint Martin’s ... her career-high 27-point effort against Northwest Nazarene marked her third career 20-plus game ... with more than a year to play, Wandersee already owns UAA career top-10 marks in FT% (7th, .800), (FG%, 7th, .513), blocks (7th, 69 – needs one more to tie for 6th), blocks per game (9th, 0.74) and victories (t-10th, 87 – needs two more to tie for 9th).
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 5th-leading scorer with 7.3 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 5th in the GNAC with her .400 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 5th in 3FG% and 4th in 3FGs per game (1.9) ... with a .400 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 6th in UAA history and top 10 in GNAC history, while her 152 total 3FGs are also 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 seven of the last 17 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 75 free throws made are 7th-most in the GNAC ... in the other GNAC stats, Goo is 2nd in both steals per game (2.9 spg, 22nd nationally) and assist-turnover ratio (2.0, 43rd nationally), and 5th in assists per game (4.1) ... 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 22 contests, posting 5.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.6 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 – Sr. G Rodericka Ware (Academy of Art), Jr. G Kian McNair (Portland State) and Jr. G Sydni Stallworth (2-time 1st Team NJCAA All-American at Pima CC) – have all made major impacts ... 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 eight of 20 games as a Seawolf and dished at least four assists in 10 contests, including 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals against Holy Names, and 13 points and 6 assists at MSU Billings ... UAA’s 3rd-leading scorer (9.3 ppg), Ware currently holds GNAC ranks of 3rd in steals (2.3 spg), 9th in assists (3.0 apg), 14th in 3FGs per game (1.6) and 17th in 3FG% (.337) ... 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 7 rebounds vs. MSUB and 6 assists against both NNU and Eastern Shore ... McNair leads the GNAC and ranks 21st nationally with 2.9 steals per game, swiping seven in the win over Maryland Eastern Shore, and she is 14th in the league with 2.7 assists per game ... Stallworth has also provided a big lift off the bench, ranking as UAA’s 8th-leading scorer (5.3 ppg) ... the Tucson, Ariz., native 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 and leads all GNAC freshmen with 4.2 rebounds per game ... 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, and lately she has played a big role in GNAC wins over Western Oregon and UAF (9 pts in each game) and Simon Fraser (combined for 9 assists in the two wins) ... meanwhile, former East High star Tennae Voliva has posted season highs of 7 points and 5 rebounds thus far, along with a clutch efforts in both wins over 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 153-28 (.845) at UAA and 166-41 (.802) 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
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 30-Feb. 4
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