The lady Seawolf basketball team prepares to lace up and step on the court to face the Nyack Warriors as ladies of Nyack College are headed to Alaska for a long road trip from Nyack, NY.
The Warriors face off with the Seawolves on Dec. 3 and 5 and play the Nanooks on the Dec. 5.
The Warriors are currently ranked fifth in their seven-team Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Head Coach Joshua Thompson is entering his eighth season at the helm of the Nyack College women’s basketball program. Last season he led the Lady Warriors to a 17-14 overall record and a second straight trip to the CACC playoffs.
Last season marks the fifth year in a row that the team has improved their win total. 17 wins is the second highest win total in Nyack College women’s basketball history. Given the daunting task of rebuilding a program from the ground up, he has been with Nyack longer than any other women’s basketball coach in its 37-year history.
The Seawolves premiered at No. 8 in USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 preseason poll. UAA, who are coming off a program-best 31-4 campaign and their second straight NCAA Semifinals appearance, are the highest-ranked West Region team in the rankings.
The lady Seawolves are starting their season right. They opened the year with two wins over Hawaii-Hilo and are ready for some more.
“There are three things that we believe in our program: We want to get block-outs, we want to take care of the ball and we want to stop people in transition,” UAA Head Coach Tim Moser said.
This season, the Seawolves don’t have their All-American Rebecca Kielpinski. Without Kielpinski this year the Seawolves are turning to sophomore center Hanna Johansson to help lead the team to victory.
“We are a young team and I think sometimes young teams play harder when things go well,” said Moser.
The Seawolves will then host BYU-Hawaii, UAF and Grand Canyon University for the AT&T Classic in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The tournament will be held Dec. 11 and 12.
On the Dec. 11, UAF plays Grand Canyon University at 5 pm then UAA faces off at 7 pm against BYU-Hawaii. Then on the Dec. 12 UAF faces BYU-Hawaii at 5 p.m. and UAA will play Grand Canyon University at 7 p.m.
Trent May enters his third season as head coach at Grand Canyon University with the women’s basketball program. He guided the Antelopes to a third-straight Pacific West Conference championship in 2008-09 as GCU went 16-12 overall and 9-3 in the PacWest. Along with winning last year’s title, GCU earned an automatic bid into the NCAA West Regional, its first trip since 2004.