UAF women’s basketball back in the Patty Center as Nanooks get full team practices

The Alaska Nanooks celebrate after winning against the Western Oregon Wolves.
The Alaska Nanooks celebrate after winning against the Western Oregon Wolves.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)
Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 6:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletic Department welcomed back student athletes recently with teams able to host full team practices, including the Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball team that got to hold a full team practice on the Patty Center court.

“It’s been really nice,” said Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto. “We haven’t had a chance to compete against each other. So that’s been really nice and I think it was nice for them.”

The Nanooks welcome in six new additions to their roster with three freshman and three transfers. The three freshman include Pearle Green, Destiny Reimers and Ituau Tuisaula. Greene is a sharpshooter from Galena who starred for the Lady Hawks for the past four seasons. Reimers was the 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year for Alaska after playing for the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions. Tuisaula brings much needed height for the Nooks, previously playing for the Soldotna Stars.

“I think talent wise we have a lot more depth. Like position for position, so it was nice to see people finally competing,” said Coach Nakamoto. “It’s competitive so I think that’s really valuable you know for our team to get better and you know to challenge each other.”

The three transfers include Caitlin Conwell, Loriaunna Sanchez and Ellen Silva. Silva returns to Fairbanks after spending a season redshirting for the Anchorage Seawolves, Silva also brings more height for the Nanooks. Sanchez comes over after a season with the Shoreline Community College Dolphins where she averaged 15.4 points per game, 14.3 rebounds per game and 1.9 steals a game. Conwell played a reserve role for Highline Community College last season.

“I’m just excited to compete you know with these kids,” said Coach Nakamoto. “People will be surprised, I think we’ve strung together quite a good little group and they’re tough.”

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is slated to start their season next semester in January.

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