Category: Shootout 2011

November 23, 2011 Vicente Capala

The Great Alaska Shootout: Women Game 2-1 Miama vs Alaska Anchorage. Video by Vicente Capala/TNL

November 15, 2011 Heather Hamilton

One, two, three, four, who is it we’re cheering for? Five, six, seven, eight, probably someone out of state!

The Great Alaska Shootout is back for its 34th anniversary, with 16 games of intense court action. These 16 games mean a minimum of 16 halftime slots to fill, and associate Athletics Director Tim McDiffett. With his volunteer Shootout committee, have been looking for acts to fill those gaps in action.

November 15, 2011 Taylor Hall

I walked into the Sullivan Arena on Nov. 22, 1995 for my first ever Great Alaska Shootout session. That night, I saw the sweet stroke of UConn’s sharpshooter Ray Allen.

The next night, I saw my beloved Duke Blue Devils begin their march towards the ’95 Shootout title with names like Jeff Capel, Ricky Price, Steve Wojciechowski (yes, I spelt that right) and the “Alaskan Assassin” himself, Trajan Langdon.

Though just six years of age, the experience left an impression on me and has had me coming back to the Shootout every year since.

Every Thanksgiving, Anchorage is transformed into a hoops heaven for us fans. We’ve seen countless instant classics, the shocking upsets and no shortage of big-time players who were blossoming into NBA stars.

So it is my distinct pleasure to give you my personal Top 10 Great Alaska Shootout moments, players, and games.

10: Preston Shumpert lights up 2000 Shootout

No, he was not the biggest or most memorable Shootout MVP. But man, this guy sure could shoot and put up scary numbers during the 2000 edition of the tournament. Shumpert shot a ridiculous 69 percent from three-point land to go with his  30.7 points per game average helping lead the Orangeman to claim the tournament gold pan.


9: UAA beats Notre Dame in Overtime at 1998 tournament

Perhaps in one of the best ever Shootouts, our beloved Seawolves shocked Notre Dame 88-82 to play their way into the 4th/6th place game the next night. I vividly remember the sound leaving the Sully when UAA missed a last second layup that would have won it in regulation. On the other hand, I also remember it being one of the loudest ovations when the underdog Seawolves wound up still taking down the Fighting Irish.


8: Fizer and Schraeder make their presence known early

In what had to be one of the best first round games ever, the Iowa State Cyclones narrowly defeated Saint Mary’s 74-72 in the 1998 Shootout.. While the game itself was fantastic, the battle between ISU’s Marcus Fizer and SMU’s Eric Schraeder was just as, if not more, intriguing as both put up 30 points.


7: Seawolf women pull off the three-peat

Time to show the ladies some love. Let by 16 points by the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player, Rebecca Kielpinski, the ‘Wolves withstood a late charge from the Orange to win their third title under Head Coach Tim Moser. Syracuse had two chances from the paint to take the lead in the final seconds but couldn’t get the ball to drop into the net.


6: Four is better than three, right?

No need to adjust your eyesight here. The Seawolves once again would win the Shootout by way of a one-point thriller. This time it would be Cincinnati becoming the latest victims of UAA and their amazing run of four straight Shootout titles. Nicci Miller scored a game-high to help lift the green and gold to a 49-48 upset of the Bearcats.


5: You may not know me, but my name is Dwayne Wade

Though he is now known as one of top players in the NBA, you would be hard-pressed to know of anyone who knew of D-Wade before he helped lead the Marquette Golden Eagles to the 2001 Shootout title over America’s Team, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. A year later, Wade helped lead Marquette to the Final Four before going onto an already phenomenal professional career.


4: Big things really can come in small packages

Electric is one of many adjectives that could be used to describe the Shootout performance from Washington’s Nate Robinson in 2004. This 5’9” guard stole the headlines every game with his lightning quick drives which often times ended up with a jaw dropping dunks. Teaming up with the fellow junior guard Brandon Roy, this Tourney Most Outstanding Player helped the Huskies to a 79-76 championship victory over Alabama.


3: Carter, Jamieson turn 1997 GAS into nightly highlight reel

With a dynamic duo consisting of Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison, the North Carolina Tar Heels left Anchorage with their third Shootout title in 1997. Bringing a whole new meaning to hangtime, Carter and Jamison left fans in awe with dunk after dunk. In three games, the Tar Heels defeated their opponents by a combined margin of 75 points.


2: Thompson rewrites record books

Washington State Cougar Klay Thompson scored 43 points in the 2010 Championship game to help lead Wazzu to 93-56 shelling of San Diego in the most –lopsided victory in a GAS title game. Thompson eclipsed Purdue’s Glenn Robinson for most points scored in a Shootout game and tied the record for most three-pointers hit (8) held by Saint Mary’s Eric Schraeder. Hands down the best individual game I’ve ever seen in a college game.


1: “Best game of the 1998 college basketball season”

That was the only way to describe the championship game between top-ranked Duke and 15th ranked Cincinnati. The Bearcats spoiled the return of Anchorage native Trajan Langdon by defeating the Dukies 77-75. The court was littered with premier college players. Duke boasted Langdon, Elton Brand, William Avery,  Shane Battier and Corey Maggette while Cincy had the likes of Kenyon Martin, Melvin Levett, and Pete Mickeal.

November 15, 2011 TNL Staff

The State of Alaska’s fiscal budget in 2012 is set to include $2 million dollars intended to revitalize the suffering Great Alaska Shootout. The money will be allotted over a three-year period, starting in 2012. Expenditures will include raising game guarantees for participating teams, and providing travel subsidies for rural Alaskans.

November 15, 2011 Kenzie Masson

An athlete at UAA is set apart from everyone else; they are one of about 200 athletes out of a student population of over 20,000.
They have access to unique academic resources, from daily study hall, priority registration and housing, to free and unlimited tutoring.

November 15, 2011 Kenzie Masson

An Interview with TNL TNL: How long have you been playing basketball for? LR: Ever since I can remember. I remember wearing jerseys in first grade, so right around then. Since I was about six or seven. Was collegiate basketball what you always wanted to do? It’s something I always wanted to do, yes. I…

November 15, 2011 Taylor Hall

Since the arrival of UAA Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Moser six seasons ago, you can count on three things every year from the 12th ranked Seawolves.
Teams under his direction were going to be gritty, play tough defense, and make the NCAA postseason every season. And with a 84 winning percentage (135-27 record at UAA), the highest for an active coach in Division II women’s basketball, why change a winning formula?

November 15, 2011 Kate Lindsley

What is the ideal diet for a collegiate basketball player?

An athlete of this magnitude has a few things to consider: calories, social pressures, availability of food, and road trips. Because their diet is directly related to their success, there is a lot of stress on what will be fueling them during games.

Basketball players exercise anywhere from two to four hours every day. This is aside from the fact that some college-level athletes are still in the adolescent stage of development, and therefore need more calories simply because they’re still maturing.

On average, a 20-year-old, 6’3”, 200-pound male basketball player will need over 3,600 calories per day. That is well over twice what I need as a small, relatively sedentary woman.

At home, the best way to get to those 3,600 calories is by eating six to seven medium sized meals spaced evenly throughout the day. Depending on what the athlete wants to do (gain muscle, lose fat or gain speed), they can alter their ratios of protein, carbs and fats in each meal.

For student athletes who are always on the go, they have a few reasonable options:

1)    Cook when they have the time, and make enough for leftovers to eat throughout the week. A good example of this would be whole grain spaghetti with meat sauce. It is easy to heat up after making a large batch, and you can pair it with a quickly tossed salad.

2)    Change up the breakfast options. Eat eggs and toast one morning, and the next morning try oatmeal or cold cereal, each with a fresh fruit smoothie.

3)    Make sandwiches. I’m not talking the Wonder Bread, processed cheese and meat with four tablespoons of mayo kind of sandwiches. Try a really nutty or seedy bread like Dave’s Killer Bread (my personal favorite) to get maximum protein and omega-3’s. Pair it with fresh-cut deli meat, cheese and mustard. Also, let PB&J’s make a comeback; local jellies and jams are not much more expensive than Smucker’s and are processed less. Peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter all have great protein with healthy fats.

Keeping up with the a healthy diet is hard when you’re on road trips though; not many options are available where students travel, and it’s not as if the university has the deep pockets to throw down at all-natural eateries.

There are a lot of cheap chain restaurants that list their nutrition facts online in an easy to read manner. Qdoba even lets you design your burrito at home to see what kind of calories, fat, and sodium you’re taking in when you’re chowing down. The numbers will astound you.

Do your restaurant homework before you leave on a trip, and you could avoid increasing your body fat percentage, feeling lethargic or losing your game day mojo.

November 15, 2011 Megan Edge

The 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Men’s championship game was nothing less than what a college basketball enthusiast could hope for.

It would be the St. John’s Red Storm took home the title with a 67-58 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils after coming back at the half when they were down 30-20. It would be all St. John’s down the stretch though, as they finished the night on a 21-7 run to pull away from their opponents from the desert.

Most Outstanding Player of the Shootout honors went to Justin Brownlee of SJU. The award was rightly deserved, after he scored 20 points by the end of the final match.

Webber State, the third place team, defeated Drake University 82-81, who settled for fifth after a devastating set of technical fouls called in the final seconds of the game.

Drake guard Aaron Hawley was called for spiking the ball with just six seconds left on the board. WSU guard Damilian Lillard capitalized on Hawley’s crucial error, converting both free throws to take home a victory.

The UAA Men took fourth place as the only Division II school in the men’s bracket; by way of a 62-44 win over Ball State University (sixth place), giving the host team a solid finish to what started as a shaky Shootout for UAA.

The ‘Wolves, who went 2-1 in the tournament and also defeated Houston Baptist, matched their best Shootout finish ever.

A large amount of credit was due to then freshman Travis Thompson, who came straight off the bench to put a game-high 13 points on the scoresheet. The former Dimond High standout would be named Player of the Game and began what would be a very successful rookie campaign.

Southern Utah University took down Houston Baptist University 64-61, finishing seventh and eighth place, respectively.

This game was also defined by a foul within the last seconds of the game. After HBU’s Jonathan Edwards tied the game on with a free throw, SUU’s Ryan Brimley would hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to lift the Thunderbirds over the Huskies.


November 15, 2011 Leroy Polk

Sports movies are often overlooked, especially basketball movies. This is due largely in part to the formulaic nature that most sport films fall victim to. There have, however, still been some great basketball films that either avoid the standard formula, or play around with it well enough that the resulting product is worth watching.

November 15, 2011 Taylor Hall

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The magical run of four straight Shootout titles for the Seawolves came to an end after Kent State took down UAA 53-47 in the 2010 Great Alaska Shootout Women’s Championship game.

Powered by a game-high 23 points from Jamiah Humes, the Golden Flashes were able to knock off the then 11th ranked ‘Wolves and snap their nine-game winning streak against Division I opponents in the process.

UAA’s Hanna Johansson finished the championship game with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss en route to her selection to the All-Shootout Team. Also pitching in for the Seawolves was Tanee’ Denson-Griffin (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists) and Alysa Horn (five points, five rebounds), both of who also made their way onto the All-Tournament Team.

In the 3rd/4th place game, it would be the Washington Huskies cruising to a 49-27 win over the San Jose State Spartans.

The Huskies would see both Kristi Kingma and Mercedes Wetmore score in the double-digits, with 14 and 10 points respectively. Kingma would also pitch in with four boards while Wetmore had four assists on the night.

The Spartans would find a tough time heating up from the field during the game as they finish with a dismal 27.3 team shooting percent in the loss. Brittany Johnson would be one of the lone bright spots as she finished with team-highs of seven points and seven rebounds.

In the first day of the Women’s Shootout, Kent State squeaked out a 59-58 decision over UW to reach the finals. Taisja Jones would pace KSU with 16 points and seven rebounds. Also doing their parts in the victory would be Taylor Stanton (15 points, 13 boards) and Humes (13 points, four assists).

Kingman would lead all scorers in the game with a tournament-high 30 points in the defeat.

In the nightcap, UAA won with what most would consider an off game for their standards.

Horn and Johansson both scored 10 points apiece to help lead the Seawolves to a 48-35 win over the Spartans. The win came despite the ‘Wolves shooting just 27.9 percent from the field.

Leading the Spartans was AJ Newton who wound up with a game-high 12 points for SJS.