Rifle wins national qualifier; men’s basketball splits; women’s basketball loses two

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Feb. 25, 2014

Rifle

The Alaska Nanook Rifle team hosted the Nevada University Wolfpack and University of Texas El Paso Miners last Saturday at the E.F. Horton Rifle Range in an NCAA qualifying match.

The Nanooks beat both the Wolfpack and the Miners with a score of 4679. The Miners finished with a 4563 and the Wolfpack fired a 4561. The Nanooks finished with a 2333 in the smallbore and 2346 in the air rifle discipline. Junior Biological Sciences student Ryan Anderson finished with a match high 587 in the smallbore. Senior Business Administration student Mike Liuzza and sophomore Mechanical Engineering student Tim Sherry each finished with a 588 in the air rifle.

Men’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball team played in two home games last weekend. They played against the Western Oregon University Wolves on Thursday and Saint Martin’s University Saints on Saturday.

The Nanooks lost to the Wolves, 71-70 on Thursday. The Nanooks had a 32-15 lead in the first half, but the Wolves went on a 23-5 scoring run to take a 38-34 lead at halftime. The Nanooks led for most of the second half, but it remained close throughout. Every time the Nanooks went up by six or so, the Wolves would respond with a big scoring run to tie the game again.

The Nanooks were up 70-65 with 23 seconds left in regulation when sophomore guard Devon Alexander hit a two-point jumper for the Wolves, while getting fouled by senior center and Business Administration student Sergej Pucar of the Nanooks. Alexander made the ensuing free throw to cut the lead to 70-68 with 16 seconds left. The Wolves then made a three-point basket with 4.3 seconds left that gave them a 71-70 lead and the win. Senior guard and Communication student Ronnie Baker led the Nanooks with 20 points. Senior forward and Justice student Andrew Kelly added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Nanooks redeemed themselves on Saturday with a 66-46 win over the Saints. The Saints scored the game’s first five points to go up 5-0, but the Nanooks responded with a 19-6 scoring run to take a 19-8 lead. The Nanooks maintained a 30-15 lead going into halftime. The Nanooks never gave up the lead in the second half as they cruised to victory. Three Nanook players finished the game with at least 10 points. Senior forward and Business Administration student Stefan Tica led the Nanooks with 12. The Saints only made 33 percent of their shots in the game.

This coming Thursday, the Nanooks will play in their final game of the regular season at home against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at 7 p.m. The Nanooks now have a 16-9 record overall with an 11-6 record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Nanooks are in third place in the conference standings, while the Seawolves sit in fourth.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team played in their final two home games of the season against the Western Washington University Vikings last Thursday and Simon Fraser University Clan last Saturday.

The Nanooks did not have a lead in Thursday’s game against the Vikings, losing 91-65. The Vikings’ largest lead of the game was 91-63. Freshman forward Kaillee Skjold finished the game with 19 points to lead the Nanooks.

The Nanooks lost Saturday’s game against the Clan, 69-67. The Nanooks led for most of the game, grabbing a 36-32 lead at halftime. The Nanooks’ largest lead of the second half, as well as the game, was 53-40. Then, with the Nanooks’ lead at 61-50 at 7:46 left in the game, the Clan went on a 16-0 run to take a 66-63 lead with 2:45 left. Due to a few free throws from freshman forward Jordan Wilson and Skjold, the Nanooks won a late 67-66 lead with just over a minute left. However, Clan team member Katie Lowen a three-point basket with 21 seconds left in the game, giving her team the winning points. Skjold led the Nanooks with 16 points. Thornton finished with 13 points, O’Neal with three.

The Nanooks now have a record of 9-15 heading into their final two games of the season. These games will be against the Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets and Seattle Pacific Falcons.

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