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GENERAL INFORMATION Name: University of Alaska Anchorage Website: Address: 3211 Providence Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508 Founded: 1977 Enrollment: 19,486 Nickname: Seawolves Colors: Green & Gold Website: Home Court: Wells Fargo Sports Complex Opened: 1977 Capacity: 1,250 Affiliation: NCAA Division II Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference Chancellor: Fran Ulmer Athletics Director: Dr. Steve Cobb Athletic Dept. Phone: 907-786-1250 BASKETBALL STAFF Head Coach: Tim Moser (CSU Pueblo, ’98) UAA/Career Record: 53-11, 3rd season Office: 907-786-1040 Email: Fax: 907-786-1142 Assistant Coach: Rebecca Alvidrez, 3rd season Office: 907-786-4839 Email: Grad. Asst. Coach: Meghan Vaughan, 1st season Office: 907-786-1228 Email: Sports Information: Nate Sagan Office: 907-786-1295 Email: SID Fax: 907-563-4565 HISTORY First year of Women’s Basketball: 1978-79 All-time record: 459-401 (.530) NCAA Appearances: 8 (Last: 2008) TEAM INFORMATION 2007-08 Record: 30-5 2007-08 GNAC Record: 15-3 (2nd of 10) 2008 Postseason: NCAA Semifinals Letterwinners Returning (6) NO PLAYER Pos 3 Elisha Harris G 5 Limor Pelleg^ G 13 Dasha Basova* F/C 24 Danielle Dekel* G 25 Nikki Aden G/F 54 Rebecca Kielpinski* C

Ht 5-7 5-5 6-3 5-10 5-8 6-2

Yr Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr.

PPG 4.6 1.9 6.3 3.3 2.4 12.7

RPG Other 2.4 1.0 apg 0.9 32 GP 2.7 40 3FGs 1.1 2.6 apg 1.1 32 GP 8.9 2.0 bpg

*2007-08 starter ^injured, will not play this season All photos © Michael Dinneen Photography, unless noted

A CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM Following on the heels of two of the most successful seasons in school history – a combined 53-11 record, two NCAA Tournament runs and a West Region title – the Seawolf program enters 2008-09 with even higher goals. And with the return of two-time GNAC Player of the Year Rebecca Kielpinski and 3rd-year head coach Tim Moser, the expectations are well-founded. The Seawolves are coming off a program-best 30-5 record in 2007-08 as they captured the first NCAA West Region title and first Final 4 berth in school history. Under Moser, the Seawolves have won 97 percent of their home Nikki Aden and the Seawolves went 30-5 in 2007-08, games, gone unbeaten against NCAA advancing to the NCAA Semifinals. Division I teams and field some of the most stifling defensive squads in GNAC history. With Kielpinski, a solid group of other returnees and a powerhouse recruiting class, the Seawolves should continue to make a splash on the national stage.

2008-09 Seawolf Roster NO NAME


0 Nicci Miller 2 Brittany Collins


5-9 Jr.-TR Denver, Colo. (Hinkley HS/Central Arizona College) 5-10 Jr.-TR Santa Barbara, Calif. (Alemany HS/Santa Barbara CC)

3 Elisha Harris


5-7 Sr.-1V West Jordan, Utah (WJHS/College of Eastern Utah)

10 Kiki Taylor


5-5 Jr.-TR Colorado Springs, Colo. (Harrison HS/W. Nebraska CC)

11 Jackie Thiel


5-4 Sr.-TR Plainview, Texas (PHS/Florida Gulf Coast)

12 Leah Stepovich


5-7 Sr.-TR Fairbanks (Monroe Catholic HS/Seattle U.)

13 Dasha Basova

F/C 6-3 Sr.-1V Moscow, Russia (Northeastern [Colo.] JC)

14 Tamar Gruwell


5-8 Jr.-TR Fairfield, Calif. (Vacaville HS/Sierra College)

21 Tristan Burnett


5-9 Jr.-2V Oregon City, Ore. (OCHS) 5-10 Sr.-1V Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Israel (Ribet [Calif.] Acad./Cent. Arizona)


24 Danielle Dekel


25 Nikki Aden

G/F 5-8 So.-1V Portland, Ore. (West Linn HS)

33 Viki Wohlers


6-4 So.-TR Wolfenbuettel, Germany (Conserve [Wis.] School/Oregon St.)

50 Hanna Johansson F

6-2 Fr.-HS Gothenburg, Sweden (Sanda HS/Swedish U-19 Nat’l Team)

54 Rebecca Kielpinski C

6-2 Sr.-3V Mandan, N.D. (MHS)

RS Jenna Endisch


5-8 Fr.-HS Muskego, Wis. (MHS)

RS Jazzie Gaddy


5-11 Fr.-HS Anchorage (East HS)

RS Kelsie Gourdin


5-10 Jr.-TR Littleton, Colo. (Heritage HS/Mesa State)

RS Sarah Herrin


5-8 Jr.-TR Nikiski (NHS/Alaska Fairbanks)

RS Alysa Horn


5-11 Fr.-HS Kodiak (KHS)

RS Jordan Martin


5-6 Fr.-HS Anchorage (East HS)

RS Limor Pelleg


5-5 Sr.-3V Rishon LeZion, Israel (Israeli U-21 National Team)

Returning UAA Letterwinners Dasha Basova - Senior • • • •

5th-leading UAA scorer in ‘07-08 Led team in points per minute (0.54) Scored double digits nine times 2nd on team with 40 3FGs made

Elisha Harris - Senior • • • •

6th-leading UAA scorer in ‘07-08 Scored double digits four times Averaged 2.4 rpg in 14.4 mpg 13 pts in NCAA 2nd-Round win

Limor Pelleg - Senior • • • •

3-time Seawolf letterwinner 58 career 3FGs made Career: 4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg Redshirting ‘08-09 after ACL injury

Nikki Aden - Sophomore • 2.4 ppg in 32 games as lone freshman on Final 4 squad • Season-high 10 pts in win over Texas-Permian Basin

Danielle Dekel - Senior

• 2nd on team and 13th in GNAC in assists (2.6 apg) • Started 12 GNAC contests • 6 pts in NCAA Quarterfinal win

Rebecca Kielpinski - Sr. • • • •

2-time GNAC Player of the Year 2-time All-American (Women’s Div. II Bulletin) ‘08 West Regional All-Tourney 2-time Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout MVP • UAA career leader in rebounds, blocked shots & double-doubles • UAA record holder for blocks in a season (69) & game (8)

Tristan Burnett - Junior • 2-time Seawolf letterwinner • Returning to UAA after year off • Averaged 5.2 ppg & 3.0 rpg for UAA’s ‘06-07 NCAA team

Seawolf Newcomers Brittany Collins

Jenna Endisch

Jazzie Gaddy

Kelsie Gourdin

Tamar Gruwell

Sarah Herrin

Alysa Horn

Hanna Johansson

Jordan Martin

Nicci Miller

Leah Stepovich

Kiki Taylor

Jackie Thiel

Viki Wohlers

2008-09 Schedule OCTOBER Disney’s Div. II Tip-Off Classic – Orlando, Fla. 31 vs Columbus State 10:30 am NOVEMBER Disney’s Div. II Tip-Off Classic – Orlando, Fla. 1 vs Bentley 10:30 am 2 vs Lake Superior State 10:30 am

9 at New Mexico (exhibition)


2008-09 Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Women’s Basketball Team

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FEBRUARY 4 ALASKA FAIRBANKS* 7 at Montana State Billings* 12 WESTERN WASHINGTON* 14 CENTRAL WASHINGTON* 19 at Seattle Pacific* 21 at Northwest Nazarene* 26 at Central Washington* 28 at Western Washington*

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Standing (left-to-right): Limor Pelleg, Leah Stepovich, Jordan Martin, Jenna Endisch, Elisha Harris, Jackie Thiel, Nikki Aden, Sarah Herrin, Tamar Gruwell, Kiki Taylor. Sitting (l-r): Kelsie Gourdin, Tristan Burnett, Brittany Collins, Dasha Basova, Viki Wohlers, Rebecca Kielpinski, Hanna Johansson, Danielle Dekel, Nicci Miller, Jazzie Gaddy, Alysa Horn.


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Home games in BOLD CAPS All home games (except Shootout) played at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Shootout games at Sullivan Arena (complete schedule at * Great Northwest Athletic Conference game All times Alaska Daylight/Standard

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Education: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Adams State, 2006 Phone: 907-786-4839 Email:

Tim Moser

Education: B.A., Social Sciences, Colorado State-Pueblo, 1998; Masters of Exercise Physiology, Adams State, 2006 Phone: 907-786-1040 / Email:

In just two seasons as head coach at Alaska Anchorage, Tim Moser has left a lasting

impression on the UAA faithful and elevated the Seawolf program among the elite in NCAA Division II women’s basketball. After guiding UAA to its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2007-08, Moser carries a 53-11 overall record into his third season. Last year’s squad won 30 games – a record for all UAA sports – and captured its second consecutive Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title. For the second straight season UAA also produced the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. During Moser’s tenure, the Seawolves hold a 32-1 home record and are 5-0 against Division I opponents, including an exhibition at Washington State. As a D-II rookie coach in 2006-07, Moser was voted GNAC Coach of the Year after leading the Seawolves to the then-second-best record in program history (23-6), including the teamís first NCAA Tournament victory in seven seasons. UAA recorded the 8th-biggest turnaround in D-II from 2005-06 to ’06-07. A former Seawolf player, Moser returned to UAA in April 2006 from Otero (Colo.) Junior College, where he won 74 percent of his games and captured nine conference coach-of-the-year awards, coaching both the womenís and men’s teams. He coached the OJC men exclusively the final two seasons, after leading the men and women simultaneously the previous six years. In six seasons with the Lady Rattlers, Moser compiled a 137-41 record and won five straight conference championships from 1998-02. With the men, he registered a 172-68 mark, winning four league titles. Moser’s student-athletes at OJC compiled an even more incredible record of success in the classroom, with the men ranking among the nationís top five teams in terms of grade-point average for five straight years, and the women holding a top10 academic rank for six years in a row. During Moser’s 14 combined seasons as head coach, the Rattlers produced 15 Academic All-Americans, 52 Academic All-Region performers, and all but one player graduated from the 2-year school. Moser is the eighth head coach in UAA women’s photo courtesy Andy Towell history.

Rebecca Alvidrez

Rebecca Alvidrez enters her second season

at Alaska Anchorage in 2007-08. As the Seawolves’ top assistant, Alvidrez is instrumental in all day-to-day operations of the program, including recruiting, scouting and on-floor instruction. Alvidrez came to UAA from Otero (Colo.) Junior College, where she was an assistant for the Rattlers’ highly successful men’s and women’s teams from 2002-06. Following a standout playing career at OJC that included a pair of conference titles, two JC All-America awards, and several school records, Alvidrez went on to star at Division I Montana State. At MSU, she was a two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection and the 2001 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year as the Bobcats’ point guard. In 2003-04, Alvidrez took a one-year sabbatical from OJC to play professional basketball in Sweden. The native of Albuquerque, N.M., earned her bachelor’s degree from Adams State (Colo.) College in 2006.


Meghan Vaughan Education: B.S., Biology, Boston College, 2006 Phone: 907-786-1228 Email:

Former Seawolf Meghan Vaughan begins

her collegiate coaching career on Tim Moser’s staff in 2008-09. Vaughan played the 2006-07 season at UAA, helping the Seawolves to a 23-6 record and a second-round NCAA Tournament berth. A shooting guard, she ranked third in the GNAC and eighth on UAA’s singleseason list for three-point percentage (.425), averaging 4.4 points per game and playing in all 29 contests. She also earned a spot on the GNAC All-Academic Team. Prior to UAA, the Pittsfield, Mass., native spent three seasons as a practice player and team manager with Boston College School.

Stretching from Alaska to Oregon to Montana, the Great Northwest Athletic Confer­ence has quickly established itself as one of the most successful leagues in the NCAA Div. II ranks. Founded in 2001, the GNAC features nine institutions — Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific, Western Oregon and Western Washington. The 2007-08 season was arguably the finest in league history, with three NCAA runner-up finishes and a pair of NCAA semifinals appearances for UAA’s basketball teams. The Seawolves sponsor seven of the GNAC’s 14 sports — volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.

Facilities The Seawolves open the

season at the 8,700–seat Sullivan Arena in Midtown Anchorage. During the regular season the Seawolves play their home games in the comfortable confines of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA hosts one of college basketball’s most prestigious tournaments every Thanksgiving when it brings three Division I teams north for the Carrs/Safeway

Great Alaska Shootout. Past champions of the tournament include such elite D-I programs as Tennessee, Stanford, Louisiana Tech and Georgia. Of course, the Seawolves have made history four times themselves, winning the Shootout in 1990, 2003, 2006 and again last year. In 2008, UAA will host Cal State Northridge, Jackson State and Syracuse in the 29th edition of the women’s Shootout. Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Champions 1980 Iowa

1990 ALASKA ANCHORAGE 2000 Ohio State

1981 San Diego State

1991 Northern Illinois

2001 Iowa

1982 Minnesota

1992 Penn State

2002 Nevada

1983 Old Dominion

1993 Hawaii


1984 Texas

1994 Rhode Island

2004 Stanford

1985 Louisiana Tech

1994 Clemson

2005 Cent. Connecticut St.

1986 NE Louisiana

1995 South Carolina


1987 New Orleans

1996 Georgia


1988 South Carolina

1997 Tennessee

1989 Stephen F. Austin 1999 Kansas

Two-time Shootout MVP Rebecca Kielpinski sinks the game-winning shot against Santa Clara in the 2007 championship game.

This is UAA!

UAA’s Homecoming celebration happens every October.

ACADEMICS The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university, serving nearly 20,000 students through four primary campuses and numerous other sites in Southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Chain. Situated in the heart of Alaska’s biggest city, UAA is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by ponds, lakes and wildlife, and is connected to a citywide trail and transportation system. UAA is comprised of six teaching units at the Anchorage campus — the colleges of Education, Health & Social Welfare, Arts & Sciences, Business & Public Policy; the Community & Technical College; and the School of Engineering. Organized research units at UAA complement the academic programs and reflect the special character of the Univer­sity’s mission in Alaska. Research units include the Alaska Center for International Business, the American Russian Center, the Environment and Natural Resources Institute, the Center of Alcohol and Addic­tion Studies, the Center for Economic Education, the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, the Center for Human Development, the Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Justice Center. UAA operates on a semester system. Fifteen semester credits are a normal class load and a minimum of 120 credits are required to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Commencement ceremonies take place in early May at Sullivan Arena.

Opened in 2003, UAA’s new library building (above) is an architectural gem at the heart of campus. A new science building is currently under construction as well, helping UAA stay at the forefront of today’s research technology.

photo courtesy Michael Dinneen Photography


UAA became just the second school in NCAA Div. II history to qualify both its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Final 4 when it pulled the trick in 2007-08. t


2008 NCAA Div. II Long Jump UAA’s gymnastics champion David Registe squad joined the Seawolf hockey team with Div. I status in 2004. Both teams regularly take on the nation’s top teams. t


UAA’s skiers have a long tradition of All-Americans and boast eight all-time individual NCAA champions.

Nicknamed the Seawolves, UAA’s ­athletic teams compete as members of NCAA Division I in men’s ice hockey and women’s gymnastics and NCAA Division II in all other sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, and women’s cross country. UAA annually hosts the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men’s and women’s basketball tournament — recognized as one of the top ­in-season tournaments in the nation — as well as the Kendall Hockey Classic and the Extended Stay Deluxe Invitational volleyball tournament. Since joining the NCAA ranks in 1977, UAA has become a perennial national power in many of its sports. A total of 124 Seawolves have earned All-America honors, and UAA has produced 14 ­individual national champions since 1991. The Seawolves are currently coming off perhaps the most successful year in program history, with NCAA Semifinals appearances for men’s and women’s basketball, strong NCAA team showings from men’s and women’s track & field and skiing, and the first individual NCAA track & field title in UAA history by long jumper David Registe. UAA athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom, compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ in 11 of the last 14 years.

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