Nanooks fall short in GNAC play

Aaron Walling

Sun Star reporter


The Nanook women’s basketball team, 12-7, lost both games last week, unable to overcome strong guard play from both Simon Fraser Clan, 70-78, and the Western Washington Vikings 64-75, last Thursday and Saturday.


The Nanook’s Victoria Elleby is blocked from passing by two of the Viking’s players near the end of the first half. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

Against Simon Fraser, the Nanooks played well through most of the game, with the lead changing eight times. However, they couldn’t deal with the strong play by the Clan’s guard Erin Chambers. Chambers went off with 30 points, five rebounds, four assists, in 40 minutes. The Nanooks struggled guarding her all day, while different players took turns trying to stop her with Kailee Skjold, Daron Mainville and Stephanie Toumson.  Nanooks guard Benissa Bulaya helped overcome the absence of injured leading scorer Jordan Wilson, scoring 23 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Wilson’s absence was evident, the Nanooks went to the line eight times compared to the Clan’s 29.

Against the Vikings on Saturday, guard play doomed the Nanooks. The Viking’s guards Jenni White and Taylor Peacocke decimated the Nanooks with crucial buckets stopping any of Alaska’s runs in the game. White had the stat line of 15 points, three assists and four steals. Benissa Bulaya, for Alaska, led all players with 17 points and Stephanie Toumson added 15 and a career high of 14 rebounds. Bulaya almost willed the team on her back trying to rally but couldn’t get past the deadly shooting by Peacocke and White who were perfect from the free throw line.

“Western Washington is a really good team and I thought we hung in there with them for most of the game,” Cody Bench, UAF head coach said. “We held them within about six points in the second half, but unfortunately, they went on a 9-0 run late.”

This puts the Nanooks on a three game losing streak due impart to injuries to three starters Jordan Wilson, Kelly Logue and Arinesha Smith. Also, major bench player Victoria Milton played through a mild foot sprain, contributing to troubles in their GNAC standing.

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