Women’s basketball falls to Vikings and Clan

By Rebecca Coleman
Sun Star Reporter

Freshman Emily Johnson from Juneau, AK, and junior Whitney Anderson listens to head coach during a timeout. JR Ancheta / Sun Star

Western Washington dribbled past the Alaska women’s basketball team for a 76-50 victory on Thursday, Jan. 20.  The Nanooks kept pace with Simon Fraser on Saturday, Jan. 22, but weren’t able to grab a win, losing 71-82.

Throughout the first half of Thursday’s game, the Nanooks tried to keep up with Western Washington, but couldn’t edge past them.  The mascot attempted to pump up the small crowd with dance moves and high-fives, but it didn’t help the ladies on the court.

In the second half, the Vikings’ lead quickly increased from 20 to 30. Western Washington gave Alaska numerous free-throw opportunities, but the Nanooks weren’t able to make much of a dent into the Vikings’ lead, and Western Washington walked away with a 76-50 win.

Alaska was ready for action as they headed into their game against Simon Fraser on Saturday.  When the game began, the Clan picked up an early lead.  The Nanooks fought back and kept the Clan’s lead to within 10 points throughout the half.

The Nanooks played a tight, clean second half.  They increased their double-teaming and made it hard for Simon Fraser to increase their lead. However, Alaska was never able to close Simon Fraser’s lead due to the Clan’s 3-pointer accuracy.  In the last few minutes of the game, Alaska kicked their defense into overdrive, gaining momentum with great shots and steals.  Despite all their hard work, the Nanooks fell short of the win, losing to Simon Fraser 71-82.

Even though they lost, the Nanooks played well.  Senior Nicole Bozek scored 28 points and shot 100 percent on her free throws, making all 11 of them.

“We had 15 offensive rebounds, we were good with our free throws, and we had a strong second half,” Burgess said, highlighting the successes of the game.

Next week, the Nanooks will take on Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific on Jan. 27 and 29, respectively.

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