UAF basketball programs fall despite halftime leads
The Alaska women's basketball program fell in a close one against the Central Washington Wildcats. The Nanooks lost 68-65 despite Jocelyn Gandara's 27 points.
"I think we played better than we've been playing," said Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto. "We need to minimize the mistakes we make. Especially our glaring in a game like this."
Alaska held a halftime lead, but the third quarter spelled doom for the Nooks as they were outscored 17-7. The Nanooks only got 39% of their shots to go down, but their biggest Achilles heel has been the interior defense. The Wildcats scored 44 points in the paint to put away the Blue and Gold.
The women's team will look to snap their five game losing streak on January 14 when they face the Anchorage Seawolves for an inter-state match-up at 7 P.M.
The men's team had a tough time against the Western Washington Vikings, especially in the second half. The Nooks lost 71-63 to the Vikings despite holding a halftime lead.
"I thought we played well for 31 minutes. I thought going down the stretch they made bigger plays then we did," said Head Coach Greg Sparling. "I loved the hustle for 31, 32 minutes of the game. Some shots didn't fall for us, had a couple miscues on gambling and they made us pay for it."
Alaska was outscored 42-29 in the second, as they only got production offensively from Shadeed Shabazz and Spencer Sweet. Shabazz had 21 points but went 0-8 from downtown.
Alaska will look to bounce back on the road when they take on the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks on the January 16 at 5:30 P.M. Alaska time in Nampa, Idaho.