UAA Women advance to GNAC title game

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The University of Alaska Anchorage Women’s basketball team defeated Central Washington 70-52 in the GNAC conference semifinals in Bellingham, Washington.

The Seawolves were led by the two-headed monster of Hannah Wandersee and Yazmeen Goo, who combined for 32 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. The Seawolves currently have a 21-game win streak dating back to Dec. 18, 2018. The Seawolves await the winner of Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington in the other semifinal tilt.

Unfinished Business

In 2018 the UAA women were stunned by Seattle Pacific in the semifinals at the GNAC tournament in Anchorage. During a press conference before UAA left for this weekend conference tournament, Head Coach Ryan McCarthy said his team hadn’t forgotten about last year, and they had unfinished business to take care of in Bellingham.

McCarthy said he also feels a conference title this weekend would create momentum heading into the NCAA tournament.

“To win the national championship we need to win eight games in a row,” said McCarthy. “Two games at the conference tournament, and six games at the national tournament, so if we can get eight one-game win streaks we can get the trophy we have always wanted.”

The GNAC tournament shouldn’t determine whether UAA gets into the NCAA Div. II women’s basketball tournament since the Seawolves are currently ranked No. 2 in the Western region. In the eyes of many that locks them in for an at-large berth.

Bringing home the hardware

On top of the team's fifth regular-season conference title, the Seawolves took home their fair share of GNAC postseason honors.
Senior Hannah Wandersee was named player of the year after 23 games in double figures, being No. 9 on the Seawolves’ career scoring list (1,282 points) and No. 1 in victories with 120.

For the third year in a row, Head Coach Ryan McCarthy was named GNAC coach of the year. McCarthy is the program's winningest women’s basketball coach, and is currently leading UAA to its third-longest win streak ever at 21 games.

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