Shootout team previews

sports@adn.comNovember 25, 2013 

Women's teams

UAA

LAST SEASON: 17-10, tied for third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference

COACH: Ryan McCarthy, second season (17-10)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Kiki Robertson, a 5-foot-7 freshman guard, burst onto the scene with two double-doubles in four games this season. She is averaging 13 points per game and leads the team in assists and steals, with 32 and 20, respectively. Alli Madison, a 5-8 junior guard, leads the team in scoring with 18.3 points per game after notching a career-high 21 in her last game. She averaged 9.5 last season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The last time UAA played UC Riverside -- this year's first-round opponent -- it was for the 2006 Shootout title. The Seawolves won 72-67, sparking a run of four straight Shootout titles.

ETC: Both UAA and UC Riverside have reached the 100-point mark this season. The Seawolves did it in a 100-49 win over BYU-Hawaii, and the Highlanders beat San Jose State 105-74.

Georgetown

LAST SEASON: 15-16, 11th in the Big East

COACH: Jim Lewis, first season

GO-TO PLAYERS: Natalie Butler, a 6-5 freshman center, recorded double-doubles in each of Georgetown's first three games. She averaged a triple-double her senior season at Lake Braddock High School in Virginia, averaging 26.2 points, 17.8 rebounds and 10.1 blocks per game.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Some of Georgetown's best seasons have come in recent years. The Hoyas won 26 games in the 2009-10 season, the highest win total in program history. Their highest national ranking came in the 2011-12 preseason poll, when they were ranked 10th.

ETC: Lewis, the first coach of the WNBA's Washington Mystics in 1998, is the interim coach for the Hoyas. He replaced Keith Brown, who resigned last month after being put on administrative leave following an investigation about inappropriate conduct and abusive language during practices.

Nicholls State

LAST SEASON: 19-11, fourth in the Southland Conference

COACH: DoBee Plaisance, sixth season (48-97)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Watch out for guards K.K. Babbin and Emani White. Babbin is a 5-4 senior who averaged a league-high 38.1 minutes and scored 13.2 points per game last season. White is a 5-4 sophomore who is averaging more than 23 points through three games this season. She scored in double figures 11 times as a freshman, averaging 8.9 points per game last season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Last season's 19-11 record was the best for a program that has been around almost four decades. The Colonels were also a program-best fourth seed in the Southland Conference tournament last season.

ETC: Aside from last season, the only other winning season in program history came in 1989-90, when the Colonels went 13-12 and suffered a 74-51 loss to UAA.

UC Riverside

LAST SEASON: 11-18, 10th in the Big West

COACH: John Margaritis, 10th season (138-138)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Brittany Crain, a 5-4 guard who was named Big West freshman of the year last season, was averaging a team-best 23 points per game through four games this season and scored a career-high 37 in her last game. She averaged 14.3 points last season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The Highlanders capped the 2009-10 season by winning the Big West and earning the program's third NCAA tournament bid.

ETC: Riverside's 105 points against San Jose State are the most in history since the school moved to the Division I. The all-time record is 106, recorded in a win over Cal State Stanislaus in 1993.

Men's field

UAA

LAST SEASON: 18-9, third in Great Northwest Athletic Conference

COACH: Rusty Osborne, 10th season (175-93)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Teancum Stafford, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, got stronger as last season progressed and became a primary offensive weapon down the stretch. He averaged 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Kyle Fossman, a 6-foot senior guard known for deadly long-range shooting, led the Seawolves in scoring last season with 14.8 points per game.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The Seawolves are 6-3 in the last three Shootouts, posting wins last year over Riverside (66-65) and Loyola Marymount (83-77) to capture fourth place.

ETC: UAA boasts a couple of records in its own tournament, such as Luke Cooper's 16 assists in a 2006 Shootout game, and the 49 3-point attempts in a 1997 game. UAA also holds the record for most free throws made and attempted in a game, hitting 35 of 54 in 1978. Jesse Jackson owns the record for most field-goals attempted in a game, with 30 in 1986.

Denver

LAST SEASON: 22-10, tied for first in the Western Athletic Conference

COACH: Joe Scott, seventh season (102-84)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Chris Udofia, a 6-6 senior forward, started all 32 games for the Pioneers last season and led the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. He made All-WAC first team and the All-WAC defensive team.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The Pioneers earned their first win in a national postseason tournament last spring when they beat Ohio in the first-round of the National Invitational Tournament.

ETC: Denver is in its third confernce in three seasons. The Pioneers play in the Summit League this season after spending one season in the WAC. From 1999-2011, they played in the Sun Belt Conference.

Green Bay

LAST SEASON: 18-15, third in the Horizon League

COACH: Brian Wardle, fourth season (47-48 prior to this season)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Keifer Sykes, a 5-11 junior guard, set school records last season with 159 free throws for the season and 17 in one game. He led the team in scoring with 15.9 points.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The only NCAA tournament win in program history came in 1994 against a California team led by Jason Kidd, who currently coaches the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and whose storied NBA playing career spanned nearly two decades.

ETC: Green Bay's only other trip to the Shootout came in 1993, when the Phoenix finished sixth. Their two losses, to Purdue in regulation and Wake Forest in overtime, were by a combined eight points.

Harvard

LAST SEASON: 19-9, first in Ivy League

COACH: Tommy Amaker, seventh season (112-66)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Wesley Saunders, an All Ivy-League first teamer last season, is a 6-5 junior forward whose 17.2 points per game led the league. He shot nearly 55 percent from the field while averaging more than 10 shots per game.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Harvard provided one of the biggest upsets in last season's NCAA tournament. The 14th-seeded Crimson knocked off third-seeded New Mexico 68-62 in the first round, notching the school's first win in three trips to the tournament. Last season's appearance was the second straight in the tournament for the Crimson.

ETC: Amaker has strong ties to Duke, where he played and spent time as an assistant coach. A four-year starter at point guard for the Blue Devils, Amaker was named the nation's top defensive player after his senior season in 1987. He helped Duke reach the national title game the previous season, when the Blue Devils lost 72-69 to Louisville. As an assistant and associated head coach with Duke, Amaker won two national titles and reached five Final Fours. He was also a head coach at Seton Hall and Michigan.

Indiana State

LAST SEASON: 18-15, fifth in Missouri Valley Conference

COACH: Greg Lansing, fourth season (56-44)

GO-TO PLAYERS: The first player to make first-team All MVC since 2001, Jake Odum is a 6-4 senior guard who became the 35th Sycamore to make the 1,000-point club and the eighth to reach it by his junior year. He averaged a team-high 13.6 points last season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Led by the legendary Larry Bird, the Sycamores' only trip to the NCAA tournament's Final Four came in 1979, when they lost to Michigan State in the national championship game that marked the first of many epic Larry Bird-Magic Johnson duels.

ETC: Indiana State is coming off a road upset of No. 21 Notre Dame, beating the Irish 83-70 behind a 17-point performance from 6-9 junior forward Justin Gant.

TCU

LAST SEASON: 11-21, 10th in the Big 12

COACH: Trent Johnson, second season

GO-TO PLAYERS: Kyan Anderson, a 5-11 guard, scored in double-figures in the Horned Frogs' last nine games last season, averaging 14 points in that stretch. He averaged 12 points per game for the season and led the team in assists, steals and minutes played.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: TCU earned first-round victories in the NCAA tournament on five occasions, most recently in 1987 with a 76-60 win over Marshall.

ETC: The Horned Frogs are coming off a road win at Washington State that marked the return of 6-9 junior Amric Fields, who was injured last season. He scored 16 points off the bench and sealed the 64-62 win by blocking Washington State's last-second shot.

Tulsa

LAST SEASON: 17-16, fifth in Conference USA

COACH: Danny Manning, second season

GO-TO PLAYERS: James Woodard, a 6-3 sophomore guard, averaged 12 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, scoring in double digits 22 times and recording five double-doubles.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: Tulsa reached the Elite Eight of the 2000 NCAA tournament. The team was coached by Bill Self, who led Kansas to national titles in 2008 and 2012.

ETC: Manning won an NCAA championship as a player with Kansas in 1988 and was the first overall pick by the L.A. Clippers in the NBA draft that same year. Manning played for seven NBA teams over a career that spanned more than a decade. He finished with 12,367 points.

Pepperdine

LAST SEASON: 12-18, seventh in West Coast Conference

COACH: Marty Wilson, third year (22-37)

GO-TO PLAYERS: Stacy Davis is a 6-6 sophomore forward who averaged 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season, earning the program's first WCC Newcomer of the Year award in a decade. He scored at least 20 points in each of Pepperdine's first four games this season.

ONE SHINING MOMENT: The Waves have made 13 appearances in the NCAA tournament, advancing past the first round five times, but never getting past the second round. In 2000, 11th-seeded Pepperdine upset a fifth-seeded Indiana team 77-57 in the first round.

ETC: Pepperdine played in the inaugural Shootout in 1978, taking third with a 75-74 win over Lamar at Fort Richardson's Buckner Fieldhouse.

(Coaching records do not include games from this season)

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