Nanook women’s basketball beats Western Oregon Thursday, Saint Martin’s Saturday

Nanook women’s basketball beats Western Oregon Thursday, Saint Martin’s Saturday
February 26, 2013 Kurtis

By Kurtis Gosney, Extreme Alaska

 

The Alaska women’s basketball team is now on a three-game winning streak thanks to its victory against Western Oregon on Thursday and Saint Martin’s on Saturday, both at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.

 

February 21, 2013

Sophomore guard, Benissa Bulaya, looks for a lane to the basket against Western Oregon on February 21, 2013. Photo by Paul McCarthy of Alaska Nanooks

Sophomore guard, Benissa Bulaya, looks for a lane to the basket against Western Oregon on February 21, 2013. Photo by Paul McCarthy of Alaska Nanooks

The Nanooks won their fourth game of the season against the Wolves of Western Oregon.

The Nanooks got out to an early nine-point lead with about nine minutes left in the first half. They held on to the lead throughout the first half and pushed their lead to 24-14 going into halftime. At halftime Alaska was shooting a little over 31 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the free throw line, and junior forward Samantha Thornton was the game’s leading scorer with eight points.

In the second half, the Nanooks continued to impose their will on the defensive end, getting lots of deflections and forcing lots of turnovers by Western Oregon. That would help the Nanooks slowly pull away from the Wolves.  UAF won the game with a score of 55-40.

 

Final Stats

Alaska:

  • Thornton finished with a game–and career-high– 17 points
  • The Nanooks forced 16 turnovers, and scored 16 points off those turnovers
  • UAF shot 32 percent for the game from the floor

Western Oregon:

  • Leading scorer was freshman guard Muriah Durian with 14 points
  • The Wolves shot 26 percent for the game from the floor
  • Shot 43 percent from the free throw line

 

February 23, 2013

Alaska won against the Saint Martin Saints in a much closer game than Thursday’s, going into overtime.

The Saints led a good part of the first half until about the 6:44 mark when freshman guard Brianna Kirk of the Nanooks nailed a three-pointer to give her team a 15-14 lead. From that point on both teams continued to trade leads. Going into halftime, the score was 28-26 in favor of the Saints.

The Nanooks led for most of the second half and even had a couple of five-point leads. However, after junior forward Ruth O’Neal gave UAF a 57-55 lead with a free throw, junior forward Chelsea Haskey made a lay-up with two seconds left to send the game into overtime.

During the overtime period, the Nanooks took an early 59-57 lead courtesy of two successful free throws by Thornton. They then pushed their lead out to five in the period. Thanks to a steal by Kirk with two seconds left, the Nanooks were finally able to knock off Saint Martin’s.

Head coach Cody Burgess said after the game that she was “very proud” of the effort her players gave. “They really fought for that.” said Burgess. “It was up-and-down, here and there, basket-for-basket, but at the end of the day, hit some big shots, made some big stops.”

 

Final Stats

Alaska:

  • Sophomore guard Kelly Logue was the team’s leading scorer with 16 points.
  • As a team, they shot 50 percent from the floor.

Saint Martin’s:

  • Haskey was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points.
  • The Saints shot 39 percent as a team from the floor.

 

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