UAF Sports Briefs – March 2, 2010

By Reba Lean
Sun Star Reporter

Men’s Basketball

The men’s team went up hard against their Anchorage rivals on Wednesday night. In a game where the Nanooks and Seawolves traded baskets and runs all night long, the Seawolves came out on top, 81-78, after a missed three-pointer from senior Emmanuel Jenkins in the final seconds.

Juniors Joe Powell and Kyle Smith were two of the top scorers for the Nooks on Wednesday, a change of pace for the 2-12 in-conference record team. Facing UAA’s 7-7 record, Powell put up 19 points, while Smith contributed 11. Jenkins added 18 points for his team, really coming alive in the second half.

The Nooks and Seawolves tied up 10 times and changed leads seven times throughout the game due to diligent defenses on both sides. Powell and junior Nash Maynard each contributed eight rebounds to the Nanooks’ total of 34, one more than Anchorage’s total.

The final two games for the men will be at home against Seattle Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Anchorage’s nationally recognized team once again shut down the Fairbanks women. In the first five minutes of the game, the lady Nanooks got a taste of what was on the menu for the rest of the night. scoring only two of the 17 points on the scoreboard. Despite Lakeshia Levi’s 17 points and seven rebounds, Anchorage won 98-46.

The UAF women proved their versatility when their two shortest players, freshman Adrienne Beans and sophomore Denise Benavides, pulled down five rebounds each. With Fairbanks’ seven players against UAA’s 14, the adaptable team didn’t have much of a chance.

This week, the women face Seattle Pacific on Thursday at 5:15 p.m., and Northwest Nazarene on Saturday at 5:15 p.m at the Patty Center for their final games.

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