Nanooks tune-up for the season

by Aaron Walling

Sun Star

The Nanooks women’s basketball opened the new season with a strong showing against the Alumni team on Saturday. The Nanooks are looking into their new pieces to the team to see where they can build off of last season.


Stephanie Toumson prepares to shoot the ball during a free throw penalty shot at the Nanook’s alumni game on Saturday. – Max Mckernan / Sun Star

One of the prevalent points from the game was the play by the Nanooks’ point guard Arinesha Smith. It was clear from the game that Coach Cody Bench is going to rely heavily on a run ‘n’ gun offense, and that starts with your point guard.

“She has ball handling ability and distributing skills.” said Bench. Smith comes from Lower Columbia College as a junior college transfer, and looks to be an integral part for the offense. Smith was putting on a show, giving a glimpse of what is to come from this run ‘n’ gun offense.

And there is another junior transfer with center Stephanie Toumson from the College of Southern Idaho. Early indication shows Toumson will be playing huge for the Nanooks in post as they will try to improve on the rebounding this season.

“She’s long and athletic.” said Bench. Toumson gives the Nanooks a legitimate center to man on defense and to control the paint, which the Nanooks struggled with last year.

The Nanooks won’t be playing in the postseason this year, due to NCAA penalities, however this squad should be able  to surpass the nine wins they had last year.

The Nanooks will open the season against Chaminade in the GNAC/PAC West Challenge on Friday.   

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