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Goo caps 4-year basketball career with Seawolves by claiming All-America honors

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 24
  • Published March 24

UAA senior guard Yazmeen Goo drives around the Central Washington defense during a GNAC tournament semifinal game earlier this month in Seattle. (Photo by Matt Brashears)

Yasmeen Goo capped a four-year career with the UAA women’s basketball team by garnering All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Goo was one of 30 NCAA Division II players nationwide to earn All-America honorable mention notice. Another 10 players were first-team picks.

On the same day Goo was honored, UAA coach Ryan McCarthy was named the West Region coach of the year for the fourth time in six seasons.

Goo helped the Seawolves to a 31-2 record and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. UAA’s season was cut short when the NCAA canceled the postseason tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A 5-foot-10 point guard, Goo averaged 10.1 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 steal per game. She led the Seawolves in shooting percentage with 56.8% accuracy (109 of 192), and her assist-to-turnover ratio was close to 2 to 1 (124 assists, 69 turnovers in 32 games).

For her career, she finished in the top four all-time in assists (450, third-best all time) and steals (270, fourth-best all time). She had a hand in 103 victories, and in her final two seasons the Seawolves were a combined 61-5.

She’s the seventh UAA player to earn All-America recognition, joining Hannah Wandersee (2019, 2018), Autummn Williams (2017), Megan Mullings (2016, 2015), Haley Holmstead (2012), Hanna Johansson (2012, 2011) and Rebecca Kielpinski (2009, 2008, 2007).

McCarthy was honored as West Region coach of the year for taking a team that lost three full-time starters from last season’s 30-3 team — including Wandersee — to a 31-2 record and the nation’s No. 4 ranking at the end of the season. His previous honors came in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

UAA head coach Ryan McCarthy shouts instructions during a game this season. (Bill Roth / ADN)
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