Alaska Nanook teams hit the road, Men's Basketball wins some and loses some at home

Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star Reporter
February 5, 2013

Women’s Basketball

Western Washington took charge in the game played against the Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team in Bellingham last weekend and Simon Fraser University followed suit with the lady Nooks losing both games on Thursday, Jan 31 and Saturday, Feb 2. The games were  a part of the annual Great Northwest  Athletic Conference. The losing score for Thursday’s game was 77-48. UAF sophomore Benissa Bulaya shined during the game, scoring a team high of 13 points and providing five assist to fellow teammates. Saturday’s score was 71-55, with senior and sophomore guards Taylor Altenburg and Kelly Logue scoring game high scores of 16 and 15 points, respectively. The lady Nanooks will be competing next on the home court on Feb. 7 against Montana State-Billings.

Men’s Basketball

Northwest Nazarene came close to beating the Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball team Thursday night, Jan. 31 in the Patty Center, but the Nooks fended them off by 1 point, with a  final score of 61-60. UAF junior guard Ronnie Baker saved Thursday’s game, making  two free throws with only 4.7 seconds left in the game. The team was not so lucky during Saturday evening’s game, Feb 2, played against Central Washington. The last 20 minutes  proved to be the stamp of death for the Nanooks with Central Washington outscoring them 43-27, pushing their final losing score to 71-54. UAF junior forward Andrew Kelly held a game and career high of 12 rebounds, Kelly also provided the team with 7 points throughout the game. The Nanook Men’s Basketball team will be competing next on Feb. 7 in Monmouth, Ore. against Western Oregon.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey team competed away from home last week against the Miami Redhawks in Ohio. Unfortunately, the team lost both games with a score for Friday night’s game of 4-1 and a score for Saturday night’s game of 6-2. Prior to these games, the Alaska Nanooks had been on a proud six game winning streak.

Friday night’s game began with Miami scoring two goals in the first period, and ended with another two goals scored against the Nanooks with only 2 minutes and 1 second remaining in the game. Mimicking their own quick strategy for Friday’s game, the Redhawks scored two first period goals against the Nanooks during Saturday’s game as well. The Nanooks did not balance out the score until nearly the twelfth minute of the second period. These games were played for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association game series.
Men’s Skiing

The Alaska Men’s Ski Team took charge last weekend on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 for the Central Collegiate Ski Association championships in Marquette, Mich. These races were held at the Al Quaal Cross Country Ski Trails. UAF senior Ian Wilkinson held UAF’s top finishing position on Saturday, finishing the 1.5 kilometer freestyle sprint in fifth place. Alaska finished in fourth place with 54 points for the team standings on Saturday. The Nanooks will be competing next in Coleraine, Minnesota on Feb. 16 and 17.

Women’s Skiing

Along with the men’s ski team, the Alaska Nanook Women’s Ski Team also competed on both Saturday and Sunday during the CSAA championships in Marquette, Michigan. UAF senior Marit Rjabov maintained her sprint title, which she won last year, with a strong victory in the women’s 1.5 kilometer freestyle sprint. Sophomore Heidi O’Connor-Brook also finished in the top ten in seventh place. The team finished in third place on Saturday with 60 points. They will compete next on Feb. 16 and 17 in Coleraine, Minn.

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