THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL...

 

Thur., Feb. 21 — 6:30 pm AST — Royal Brougham Pavilion — Seattle, WA

#9 Alaska Anchorage (23-1, 15-1 GNAC) at Seattle Pacific (7-16, 6-10 GNAC)

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Sat., Feb. 23 — 4:15 pm AST — Marcus Pavilion — Lacey, WA

#9 Alaska Anchorage at Saint Martin’s (5-19, 3-13 GNAC [2/21 vs UAF])

 

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—Kian McNair, 5-5, Sr. (8.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.5 spg, .459 FG, .608 FT)

G—Sydni Stallworth, 5-3, Sr. (9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.2 spg, .493 3FG, .742 FT)

G—Tara Thompson, 5-7, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, .390 FG, .370 3FG)

F—Hannah Wandersee, 6-1, Sr. (14.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 bpg, .487 FG, .879 FT)

F—Tennae Voliva, 6-0, So (4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.5 bpg, .500 FG, .580 FT)

 

SCOUTING REPORT: Seattle Pacific has dropped four straight and six of its last seven to fall one game outside the bubble for a berth in the 6-team GNAC Tournament in two weeks ... the Falcons are led by Riley Evans (12.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, .387 3FG, .921 FT) and Cici West (10.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, .539 FG) ... Saint Martin’s will try to halt its 5-game losing skid Thursday when it hosts Alaska Fairbanks ... on the verge of being eliminated from GNAC Tourney contention, the Saints are led by Saniah Simpson (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, .378 FG, .642 FT) and Claire Dingus (12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 spg, .477 FG, .809 FT).

 

ALL-TIME vs SPU: SPU leads 36-30 overall

In Seattle: SPU leads 22-8

Last: UAA 78-37 (1/26/19 at UAA)

Streak: UAA 1

Notes: SPU snapped an 11-game losing skid in the series and took two of three from UAA last year, including a 66-48 victory in Seattle ... UAA has won 15 of the last 18 overall, including 73-47 at home last year in the regular season ... teams have met 28 times since Jan. 2008, including three times in the NCAA Division II West Regionals and three times in the GNAC Tournament … SPU leads 19-16 in GNAC regular-season meetings, taking the first 11 encounters … UAA leads 13-2 under head coach Ryan McCarthy ... SPU is UAA’s 2nd-most common opponent, squaring off at least once per season since 1990-91 … series started in 1979-80.

 

ALL-TIME vs SMU: UAA leads 30-15 overall

In Lacey: UAA leads 12-9

Last: UAA 88-58 (1/24/19 at UAA)

Streak: UAA 9

Notes: UAA has swept the last four season series and won 20 of the

last 24 meetings overall ... UAA’s 9-game winning streak is the longest in the series ... UAA has won four straight in Lacey, including 76-57 last year ... SMU’s last win came by a 58-48 count in the 2014 GNAC Tournament quarterfinals in Lacey ... UAA leads 23-12 in GNAC regular-season meetings and 11-3 under Ryan McCarthy … teams have played at least once per season since 1997-98 ... first meeting was a 74-67 SMU win in Tacoma, Dec. 4, 1992.

 

STREAK REACHES SWEET 16: The Seawolves stretched their winning streak to 16 games with a pair of lopsided victories over their Oregon foes last week at the Alaska Airlines Center ... on Thursday, Sr. G Sydni Stallworth had 21 points (4-7 3FG), 3 assists and 4 steals to propel a 71-47 victory over Concordia-Portland ... Sr. C Hannah Wandersee added 14 points (6-8 FG) and a career-high-tying 5 assists, while Sr. G Kian McNair collected 6 points (2-3 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 steals to help the Seawolves stay unbeaten in eight all-time meetings with the Cavaliers ... on Saturday, McNair tallied a career-high 19 points (9-12 FG) and Stallworth produced 15 points (6-8 FG, 4-5 3FG) and 5 assists as UAA extended the longest series win streak in program history to 31 straight over Western Oregon with a 97-52 rout ... Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo had 13 points (5-7 FG), 7 assists and 4 steals, Sr. SG Tara Thompson had 12 points (4-9 3FG) and So. F Tennae Voliva collected a career-high 9 rebounds in UAA’s highest-scoring game since January 2017.

 

WINNING WAYS: A win Thursday would match the 4th-longest winning streak in program history (17 games, Jan. 3-Mar. 7, 2015) and the 3rd-longest road win streak (8 games, twice) ... UAA has earned its fifth straight 20-win season and the 15th in 42 years of program history ... with two more victories, the Seawolves would reach 25 wins for the fifth straight season ... at 147-13 (.919), the Seawolves have the best winning percentage and the second-most victories in NCAA Div. II since 2014-15, trailing only Ashland (151-14, .915) in victories ... UAA is a combined 94-7 – including 43-4 on the road – in GNAC regular-season and tournament games over the last five seasons (since Dec. 2014) ... the Seawovles have won 28 consecutive GNAC regular-season home contests, posting 10-0 marks the last two seasons ... UAA has gone a combined 180-16 (.918) in the last 12 seasons on its home courts, including 71-6 (.922) at the Alaska Airlines Center (since 2014-15) ... the Seawolves have won 49 of their last 50 regular-season games against Div. II non-conference opponents ... the Seawolves have earned the program’s 13th consecutive winning season and are aiming for their 12th NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years ... 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.

 

NIFTY NUMBERS: UAA leads the GNAC stats in scoring defense (55.6 ppg), steals per game (15.3), assists per game (18.6), assist-turnover ratio (1.3) and turnover margin (+9.5), while ranking second in scoring margin (+20.4), 3FG% defense (.295) and rebounds allowed per game (32.0) ... in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves hold top-40 ranks in steals per game (2nd), turnovers forced per game (5th, 23.9), turnover margin (5th), assists per game (7th), A/T ratio (10th), scoring margin (9th), scoring defense (17th), FG% (26th, .445) and scoring offense (31st, 76.0).

 

WONDERFUL WANDERSEE: The 2018-19 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and a unanimous All-GNAC selection last year, Sr. C Hannah Wandersee has continued to rack up honors throughout the regular season, including all-tournament at the Gator Invitational and Seawolf Hoops Classic, MVP of the DII Coast to Coast Classic, and three GNAC Player of the Week awards (Nov. 19-25, Jan. 7-13, Jan. 28-Feb. 3) ... UAA’s leading scorer and rebounder, she is 5th in scoring (14.7 ppg), 7th in blocks (1.1 bpg), 3rd in FT% (.879) and 14th in FG% (.487) in the GNAC stats ... with recent scoring totals of 20 at Western Oregon, 21 at Concordia-Portland and 28 at Simon Fraser, the Kodiak product now has 10 career 20-plus efforts ... one of three players in program history with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks, Wandersee owns UAA career top-20 marks in scoring (10th, 1,235), rebounds (13th, 559), blocks (4th, 114), blocks per game (7th, 0.9), FG made (8th, 499), FG% (8th, .511), FT% (3rd, .827), FT made (14th, 215), games played (t-4th, 127) and victories (t-1st, 116); she needs just one more victory to surpass former teammate Kiki Robertson (2013-17) atop the wins list, and she is on pace to at least tie Hanna Johansson’s (2008-12) record of 133 games played.

 

GOO STUFF: A unanimous Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. PG Yazmeen Goo made her return to the lineup on Jan. 10 after missing 10 games with a hand injury ... playing without a protective cast for the last eight games, she has delivered 27 total steals and averaged 10.4 ppg on .592 (29-49) shooting ... a 2017-18 Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick, Goo has multiple steals in 12 of her 14 outings this year, ranking 2nd in the GNAC and top 10 nationally with 3.4 spg ... Goo also paces the GNAC in FG% at .600 and ranks 15 in assists per game (2.9) ... on UAA’s career lists, Goo already ranks in the top 10 in assists (6th, 293), assists per game (9th, 4.0), steals (7th, 187) and steals per game (10th, 2.5), plus 18th in FG% (.473).

 

BEWARE OF T.N.T.: Whether it’s her sweet 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, now standings 3rd in program history with 114 victories ... one of two remaining active players from UAA’s 2016 NCAA Runner-Up squad, Thompson ranks 10th in the GNAC and 72nd nationally in 3FG% (.370), along with other league ranks of 8th in 3FGs per game (2.1) and 1st in assist-turnover ratio (2.5) ... with a .390 career 3FG%, Thompson ranks 8th in UAA history and top 20 in GNAC history, while her 213 total 3FGs are 3rd on the all-time Seawolf list and just three shy of former teammate Jessica Madison (216, 2012-16) for the No. 2 spot.

 

SENIORS 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 44 of 54 career games, McNair leads the GNAC and is 5th nationally with 3.5 steals per game, boosted by a record-tying 9-steal game against Simon Fraser, 8 steals against Saint Martin’s and 7 against Concordia ... along with multiple steals in 16 straight and 22 of 24 games this season, she also ranks 13th in assists per game (3.1) and 15th in assist-turnover ratio (1.5) in the GNAC ... McNair started the year with Most Outstanding Player honors in the Seawolf Hoops Classic, and she was named all-tourney at the DII Hoops Classic ... meanwhile, Stallworth has provided a big lift both off the bench and in the starting lineup, scoring in double figures 11 times – including 23 points against CSU Dominguez Hills ­and 21 against Concordia – and dishing four-plus assists on 10 occasions ... the Tucson, Ariz., native is in the top 15 in the GNAC stats at 2nd in 3FG (.493), 10th in assists per game (3.4), 3rd in A/T ratio (2.0), 7th in steals per game (2.2) and 19th in FT% (.742) ... Stallworth has committed only three turnovers in her last five outings (112 total minutes) and is shooting a blazing 23 of 38 (.605) from three-point range since Jan. 10.

 

’WOLF BITES: So. F Sala Langi has stepped into a larger role this season and emerged as one of the GNAC’s most versatile players, delivering 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists (17th in GNAC) per game ... with multiple assists in 15 games, 7-plus rebounds in five games and double-digit scoring in nine games, Langi has shown equal proficiency as a scorer, passer and rebounder ...  one of five Bay Area natives on the roster, she posted a career-high 10 rebounds in the second win over Holy Names, and she delivered a career-high 17-point effort, while dishing four assists without a turnover against MSUB ... the Seawolves have added another scoring threat with Jr. G Safiyyah Yasin, who redshirted in 2017-18 after transfering from Diablo Valley (Calif.) College ... prior to her breakout performances against SFU and WWU in early January, Yasin led UAA with 16 points in her debut against Holy Names, and she delivered a clutch 16 points to help fend off Hawaii Pacific ... along with double-figure scoring efforts in nine games and multiple steals in 17 contests, Yasin ranks 5th in the GNAC and 59th nationally with 2.4 steals per game, making 39 swipes over the last 13 contests ... So. F/C Tennae Voliva is coming off the best back-to-back rebounding efforts of her career, grabbing five against Concordia-Portland and a career-high nine against Western Oregon last week ... Voliva has accounted for at least five points in nine games and at least four rebounds in 11 contests ... the former East Anchorage HS star leads UAA in FG% at .500 (40 of 80) and is second on the team with 12 blocks ... UAA got a boost in mid-December and early January with the addition of So. F Cameron Fernandez to the lineup on Dec. 18, following a preseason injury, but Fernandez has missed the last 10 games with another injury issue ... 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 damage in just 32 combined minutes.

 

MASTER OF MAYHEM: Now in his seventh season at UAA and eighth season as a head coach, Ryan McCarthy has ascended to the top of two impressive lists this year, as the NCAA Div. II active leader in career winning percentage (.814) and the all-time winningest coach in UAA women’s basketball history ... on Jan. 27, McCarthy passed Linda Bruns (176-142, 1979-91) with his 177th victory to become the Seawolves’ career wins leader ... since coming north in 2012, 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 from 2014-15 through 2017-18 ... 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 head-coaching records of 183-32 (.851) in seven seasons at UAA and 197-45 (.814) in eight seasons overall, having served in an interim capacity at Northwest Nazarene in 2010-11 … 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

Yazmeen Goo

Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)

Gator Invitational MVP

GNAC All-Academic Team

Kian McNair

Seawolf Hoops Classic Most Outstanding Player

D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

Sydni Stallworth

Seawolf Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team

Tara Thompson

D-II Coast to Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

GNAC All-Academic Team

Tennae Voliva

GNAC All-Academic Team

Hannah Wandersee

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

GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 7-13

GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3