Alaska Nanooks Basketball wraps up regular season at home
Men’s and Women’s teams have identical opponents
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Both men’s and women’s Alaska Nanooks Basketball teams have had a difficult season plagued by injuries and COVID-19. The Nanooks will look to end their regular season on a high note before heading to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament in the first week of March.
Thursday, the Saint Martin’s University Saints will be in Fairbanks to play the Nanooks at the Patty Center. The women will have the first game of the evening, and will have plenty of momentum on their side after beating Simon Fraser Tuesday night. Looking at the matchup, last time out was a low-scoring affair. Alaska only losing by single digits, 43-51. Pearle Green was the lone player for Alaska to score in double digits, while the Saints produced three of their own.
Following the women’s game, the men will take the court against the Saints. The Nanooks also fell at the hands of the Saints earlier this season, 74-87. The Nanooks are also looking to end a three-game losing skid. The three losses have all been within single digits too. The Saints enter the Patty riding a three game winning streak.
The women’s game is set to tip off at 5:15 P.M. Then, the men’s game will follow. That game is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. Both teams will have Friday off before ending their weekend, Saturday.
The Western Oregon Wolves will be the final opponent for the Nanooks of the 2021-2022 season. The women’s team will play the first game of the afternoon. In their previous meeting in January, the Nanooks fell by twelve, 68-80. Since it is the final home game of the season, UAF will celebrate senior, Zosha Krupa.
Krupa, a fifth-year senior, from Sitka, Alaska, has spent two seasons with the Nanooks. Krupa has studied fisheries in her time as a student-athlete since transferring into the Nanooks program.
The men will follow against the Wolves. The first time these two met this season, it was the Nanooks first GNAC game, dating back to the beginning of December. Game one is certainly one the Nanooks wanted to forget and will want to avenge, Saturday. The Wolves dominated UAF 74-99.
Saturday, the men’s team will also celebrate their four seniors on the team: Quin Barnard (University of Washington), Koby Huerta (Big Bend Community College), Shadeed Shabazz (Iowa Western), and Coleman Sparling (University of Texas Arlington). All four student-athletes transferred into Alaska’s program, but have all left an impact on their final season wearing the blue and gold.
Saturday will feature a pair of matinee basketball games. The women begin play at 1:00 P.M. The men will follow at 3:15 P.M. All four of the games this weekend, taking place at the Alaska Airlines Gymnasium inside the Patty Center on the campus of UAF.
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