Leman leaves Seawolves
Basketball just wasn’t fun for Whitney Leman anymore. The 5-7 guard from Ninilchik has left the women’s program after her second season.
Leman cited the intensity of head coach Jody Hensen as the reason she lost her love for the game.
Leman was Hensen’s first recruit and was named only days after the second-year coach took over in the summer of 2003. Last year, Leman played in 26 games and averaged 2.9 assists, 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
In many ways, her performance mirrored the Seawolves last season. At the Great Alaska Shootout, Leman had a solid, overall performance as the UAA women became only second Division II team ever to win a DI tournament. After that, she fell off the pace, making only five baskets in her final 18 games, as did the Seawolves, who finished 13-14.
Leman came into the program with high expectations after being only the second prep player named Alaska player of the year three times. She will finish the academic year at UAA and then look for another school, preferably on the West Coast, where she can play basketball again.
Forsyth decides to dethaw at UAA
The prize for the team with the largest turnover now belongs to the UAA men’s basketball squad.
The tenth addition to the 2004 team is Zac Forsyth, a 6-2, 185-pound guard who has transferred to the Seawolves from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Palmer native played for two seasons with the Nanooks averaging 3.6 points in 51 games. His career-high is 24 points, which he scored Nov. 8 of last season against Southwestern College.
As a Palmer Moose, Forsyth was an honorable All-State selection and was named All-Region III twice. He brings what head coach Rusty Osbourne calls an intense presence as a wing player.
He will redshirt this season due to Great Northwest Athletic Conference transfer rules.
Shootout history in a book
Are you a Shootout fan? Then look no further than “Live From the Frontier,” a new book and joint effort from Lew Freedman, the Anchorage Daily News and UAA.
“Live” chronicles the history of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, arguably one of the premier preseason Division I college basketball tournaments in the country, held each November at the Sullivan Arena.
Freedman is the author and former longtime sports editor for the ADN. He also penned “Diamonds in the Rough,” the official history of the Alaska Baseball League.
“Live” is hardcover and contains photographs from the both the UAA and ADN archives in full color.
The book is due out in October for $49.95. All profits go to UAA student athletes. It can be pre-ordered at ADNstore.com.
KTUU and UAA hook up for hockey
The UAA athletic department and KTUU TV announced a deal Sept. 21 to televise nine Seawolf hockey games during the 2004-2005 season. Six will be live and three will be tape delayed.
Last year, KTUU televised all four games of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup. This season, the station will only air the two games UAF plays in Anchorage Oct. 22 and 23.
Four of the games will be road matches including North Dakota (Dec. 4), Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 8), Wisconsin (Jan. 15) and Denver (Jan. 29). The home games include the pair against UAF plus Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 6), Wisconsin (Nov. 20) and North Dakota (Feb. 19).