GCI Great Alaska Shootout | 2017 NCAA Men's & Women's Basketball
Nov 21-25
Anchorage, AK

2017 GCI Great Alaska Shootout

Women's Field Quick Facts via GoSeawolves.com


Alaska Anchorage

Nickname: Seawolves

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Website: GoSeawolves.com

Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 30-2/20-0 (1st)

2017 Postseason: NCAA 2nd Round (Div. II)

Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 5 seasons (133-26)

Shootout Titles: 1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Top Returners: Tara Thompson, Jr., G, 5-7 (8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, .436 3FG, .889 FT, 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tourney Team); Shelby Cloninger, Sr., F, 6-0 (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg, .394 FG, .324 3FG, .765 FT); Hannah Wandersee, Jr., F, 6-1 (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 bpg, .506 FG, .830 FT)

Notes: The Seawolves are reloading again after graduating four players from last year's team that won a third straight GNAC title, earned the program's fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and won at least 30 games for the second year in a row.


Binghamton

Nickname: Bearcats

Location: Binghamton, New York

Website: bubearcats.com

Conference: America East

2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-17/8-8 (5th)

2017 Postseason: None

Head Coach: Linda Cimino, 3 seasons (31-60)

Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Top Returners: Imani Watkins, Sr., G, 5-8 (18.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg, .339 3FG, First Team All-America East), Alyssa James, Sr., F, 6-1 (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .380 FG, two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year), Jasmine Sina, Jr., G, 5-5 (9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, .345 3FG)

Notes: The Bearcats return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including seniors Imani Watkins and Alyssa James, who ranked among the national leaders in scoring and blocks, respectively … Linda Cimino was the America East Coach of the Year in her first season in 2015-16.


Maryland Eastern Shore

Nickname: Hawks

Location: Princess Anne, Maryland

Website: EasternShoreHawks.com

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-16/6-10 (11th)

2017 Postseason: None

Head Coach: Fred Batchelor, 13 seasons (163-220)

Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Top Returners: Ciani Byrom, Jr., G, 5-5 (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, .415 FG), Keyera Eaton, Jr., G, 5-8 (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Alexus Hicks, Sr., G, 5-5 (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)

Notes: The Hawks return two of their top three scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Ciani Byrom, whose 2016-17 season was cut short after 12 games due to injury … Maryland Eastern Shore will be the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference program to play in the women's Shootout and just the second participant from the state of Maryland (Mt. St. Mary's, 2003).


Tulsa

Nickname: Golden Hurricane

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Website: TulsaHurricane.com

Conference: American Athletic Conference

2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/5-11 (9th)

2017 Postseason: None

Head Coach: Matilda Mossman, 6 seasons (82-102)

Previous Shootout Appearances: None

Top Returners: Erika Wakefield, Sr., G, 5-4 (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg, .404 FG, .778 FT), Kendrian Elliott, So., F, 6-2 (9.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .497 FG, .774 FT), Shug Dickson, So., G, 5-9 (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, .732 FT)

Notes: Tulsa will have its top six scores back from its 2016-17 club, which suffered three of its losses to national semifinalist UConn in the rugged American Athletic Conference … the Golden Hurricane will become the first team to represent the state of Oklahoma in the women's Shootout.