Green Bay surfs over Waves leaving Pepperdine behind

November 29th, 2013

By Audriana Pleas

The Phoenix is rising as Green Bay’s Vincent Garrett (11 points)  and Greg Mays (18 points) hit shot after shot in win over Pepperdine.  Teammate Kiefer Sykes, 5’11’ guard, became a walking highlight reel after elevating above the rim with only mere moments left in the first half. Sykes (23 points) dunk help extend their lead but the

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Waves came crashing back. They were only down by a point entering halftime 39-38.

Pepperdine’s (4-2 ) Brendan Lane, David Jesperson, and Jeremy Major kept the Waves in the game. Lane (26 points, 3 rebounds) quickly became a clutch player only missing two baskets the entire night. Jesperson ( 8 points, 6 rebounds) was perfect at the free throw line while Major (19 points) begin to figure out how to get around Mays

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in the keys.

Green Bay improves their overall record to 3-1. Mays, junior forward, was a sparkplug for the Phoenix. Not only was he responsible for one of two dunks in the game he was also hitting quick jumpers all over the court. Green Bay’s quickness outwitted Pepperdine numerous times.

The Waves will take on the Pioneers at 2 p.m. after the UAA verses Indiana State concludes.

UAA drops heartbreaker to TCU, 73-70

November 28th, 2013

The UAA Seawolves nearly pulled off an upset of TCU in the opening round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Wednesday night, but came up just short in a 73-70 loss.

TCU forward Amric Fields hit the go-ahead leaner with 9.9 seconds left, as well as two free throws in the clutch, and the Horned Frogs escaped with a victory after trailing UAA late.

UAA was led by Travis Thompson, who finished with 19 points, and Brian McGill, who had a standout performance at point guard. Guiding the Seawolves on the offensive end, McGill finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Seawolves led 35-33 at halftime and had as much as a seven-point lead in the second half. But they saw their advantage dwindle away in the last minutes at the hands of Fields and TCU point guard Kyan Anderson.

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Anderson led TCU with 17 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the arc and also dished out nine dimes, one of which was on the game-winner. Fields ended with 16 points and guard Jarvis Ray chipped in 15 for the Horned Frogs.

With just over a minute to play, and UAA ahead 70-68, TCU gained possession on a defensive rebound. After a tough defensive stint from the Seawolves, Brad Mears was called for a foul with only four seconds left on the shot clock, sending Anderson to the line with 36.0 remaining.

After Anderson went 1-for-2 from the stripe, TCU was able to pressure UAA into a timeout with 31.1 to go. On the ensuing inbounds play, Seawolves senior guard Kyle Fossman threw an ill-timed lob over the head of an unexpecting Thompson that ended up out of bounds and set the the stage for Fields’ heroics.

Fields hit the shot to put TCU ahead by one and was fouled after corralling an errant Fossman attempt in the lane with only 2.4 seconds to go. Fields made both and a desperation three point attempt from half court by McGill fell off the front of the rim as time expired.

TCU will play Tulsa in the semifinals on Saturday evening and UAA will battle Indiana State in the consolation round on Saturday morning.

Woodard carries Tulsa over Indiana State in dramatic Shootout opener

November 28th, 2013
By Mark Hoffman
James Woodard hit a game-winning three with 8 seconds left to play and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane snatched a hard-fought 63-62 victory from the Indiana State Sycamores in the opening contest of the men’s brackets of the CARRS/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday night.

Woodard led Tulsa with 24 points but it was his outrageous scoring stretch in the second half that made the difference. After a slow first half, Woodard hit for 20 points over the final 12:53, including four three-pointers, the last of which sealed the game for the Golden Hurricane.

Devonte Brown paced a balanced Indiana State scoring attack with 18 points off the bench. However, he was the only Sycamore in double-figures on the night as both teams looked for someone to take the game over.

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What started out as a defensive struggle in the first half, turned into a slugfest by the time the final buzzer sounded. Tulsa led 25-24 at the half as both teams locked it down defensively for 20 minutes.

The Sycamores took control in the early-going of the second half, thanks to some aggressive defensive play, and held their largest lead at 45-40 with 8:38 to play.

That’s when “Juice” Woodard stole the shootout spotlight.

Woodard connected three times from long range over the next minute and a half and, with 5:04 left in the game, the Golden Hurricane took a 52-49 lead on a Rashad Ray jumper.

The Sycamores proved resilient, however, and after a free throw and bucket from Brown, Mangisto Arop hit a three that put Indiana State up 55-52 with 3:56 left.

The Sycamores would maintain that lead all the way up until Woodard’s game-winner. After a Tulsa bucket cut the deficit to 61-60, Brown split two free throws, setting up the scenario for Woodard’s heroics.

Pat Swilling, Jr. rushed the ball up court and found Woodard on the left wing, curling around a screen with just enough daylight to stroke his fourth and final three. Brown sprinted up-court for a final chance by the Sycamores but his pass in traffic was broken up and time expired as both teams scrambled for the loose ball.

Tulsa will play the winner of tonight’s UAA-TCU matchup in Saturday’s semi-finals and Indiana State will play the loser in Saturday’s consolation bracket.

Hoyas Bulldog UAA into submission as they capture the women’s championship

November 27th, 2013

By Audriana Pleas and Demetrius Preston

Georgetown’s Andrea White and Natalie Butler represent many spectrums. Butler is solidifying herself as a force to be reckoned with as White is in the throes of her senior year with new Head Coach Jim Lewis. This range of experience turned out to be overwhelming for UAA.

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The first half of the Great Alaska Shootout women’s championship started off sloppy with both UAA (5-1) and Georgetown (4-2) missing easy buckets and turning the ball over. Kiki Robertson, as well as her teammates, started off with the same tenacity that secured them victory over UC Riverside. The extra energy spent in double overtime may have influenced UAA’s play today according to UAA Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ryan McCarthy.

Nervousness and the defensive presence of 6’5 Hoya center Butler contributed to the slow start for the Seawolves. UAA very uncharacteristically attempted only one three-pointer during the first ten minutes of the half. However, Butler and White left the paint vulnerable in which the seawolves worked to take advantage of to no avail.

Coming off of a 20 and 10 game in the first round, UAA did an excellent job at fronting the post, namely Butler.The pace began to pick up for the Seawolves after a nifty reverse lay in by freshman point guard Ki Ki Robertson around the eleven-minute mark. UAA also picked up the pressure defensively allowing them to define a rhythm and collect points.

Clinging to a two-point lead around the four-minute mark, Georgetown buckled down and went on a 13-3 run to close the half. The Hoyas got a lot of tough buckets to go during that stretch from forwards Faith Woodard and White. Georgetown led at the half. 39-27.

Coming out the locker UAA showed tremendous resolution as they seeked to lift themselves out of the small deficit. Seawolves Alli Madison, along with Jessica Madison, kept the aggression level high. Senior forward Kylie Burns (23 points) experience came into play as she finished the game 5-11 and hit much needed baskets late into the second half.

For the Hoyas, Butler (18 points, 12 rebounds) finished with her second straight double-double in the tournament. Teammate White (23 points, 11 rebounds) was named the Most Outstanding Player.

UAA’s Robertson (13 points) was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Alli Madison.

The final score was 92-78.

UC Riverside hang on by a few threads to secure third place

November 27th, 2013

By Demetrius Preston

UC Riverside Press Conference featuring Head Coach John Margaritis and guard Simone DeCoud

Highlanders roughly glided into a third place finish against Colonels. The first half of the women’s consolation game at the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout was a very efficient one for the Highlanders of UC Riverside. Namely for, their fearless freshman point  guard Simone DeCoud.

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After not hitting a single three-pointer as a team the previous game, DeCoud connected on her first four tries in the opening stanza, shooting 6-7 for the half and netting 16. Team wise, the Highlanders shot 44% from the floor with steady contributions from their trio of forwards Jamila Wiliams (six points, four boards), Annelise Ito (six points, three boards) and Natasha Hadley (four points, nine boards). The Highlanders also controlled the glass out-rebounding the Colonel’s 29-14.

Down by as many as 20, Nicholl’s State looked pretty out of sync to begin the game. The Colonel’s managed to trim their deficit to eight before heading into the locker room thanks to some gutsy play by freshman point guard Emani White and a late half surge.

UC Riverside led at the half 35-27.

The second half was another tug-o-war match largely steered by UC Riverside. Nicholl’s State, however, appeared on the helms of a game-changing run several times.

The Highlanders held to an 8-10 point cushion for most of the half.

Freshman point guard Emani White (29 points, 11-22 FG) was sensational, carrying her team offensively by getting in the lane, getting to the line, and knocking down timely jumpers.

Despite her efforts, Riverside was able to quickly answer just about every budding surge, with either early offense from their trio of forwards (Williams, Ito, Hadley) or an easy basket in transition.

The Highlanders shot 59% as a team and had four players reach double figures, led by Simone DeCoud’s stellar 21-point, seven assist, and six rebound performance.

Nicholl’s State showed a lot of resilience and heart down the stretch, but could never quite close the gap.

74-64 final score.

Georgetown extinguishes Nicholls State fire to advance to women’s championship game

November 27th, 2013

by Demetrius Preston and Audriana Pleas

Division 1 powerhouse Georgetown has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation this year. Their height and power proved to be a daunting issue for Nicholls State as they struggled to hold on to their lead going into halftime. The Hoyas play UAA’s lady Seawolves at 5 p.m. today for first place.

The second half was dominated by Georgetown (3-2) after Nicholls State (3-2) drilled two consecutive three pointers in the first few moments. The Hoyas then quickly took control smothering the Colonels out of the paint. Nicholls State Head Coach DoBee Plaisance credits her teams toughness while Jenny Nash alluded to her opponents height not being an issue.

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Georgetown’s furrocious freshman Natalie Butler continued to give the Colonels problems on the inside. Whether she was scoring (17 points), rebounding (14 boards) or altering shots (three blocks), Nicholls State didn’t have an answer for her and the Hoyas’ size and physicality down the stretch. Butler and teammate Andrea White continued to block multiple shot attempts by the Colonels.

Nicholls State Jenny Nash, KK Babin, and Emani White were the go to players during the game. When Nash and Babin were left undefended the Hoyas paid. Both had a few baskets from beyond the arch.