FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks didn’t get any breaks from the schedule maker when it came to opening the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball season.
Alaska, which is 0-6 in the preseason, heads to Anchorage today where it will take on the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (3-2) in the conference opener for both teams at 5:15 this evening at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Nanooks haven’t fared too well against the Seawolves the past few years and especially in Anchorage
The Seawolves lead the all-time series 56-30 and have a 36-6 advantage in Anchorage. UAA has won the last seven meetings in Anchorage and 12 of the last 13 overall.
The last time the two teams met was Feb. 25 in Anchorage when the Seawolves cruised to a 94-49 victory to clinch the GNAC title.
The last time the Nanooks beat the Seawolves was Jan. 27, 2007, in Fairbanks when the Nanooks garnered an 85-83 overtime win.
Alaska last won in Anchorage on Jan. 15, 2005, when the Nanooks drubbed their intrastate rivals 83-50.
While the Nanooks lost all three games in the Mt. McKinley Bank North Star Invitational last week at the Patty Center, coach Cody Burgess saw some spark from her team when she went to a full court press in the second half against tournament champion Winona State.
The Nanooks held the Warriors scoreless for more than eight minutes and went on a 17-0 run against a team that is expected to contend for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.
Senior guard Taylor Altenburg was named to the all-tournament team after she led the Nanooks averaging 13 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, an assist and a blocked shot in the three tournament games. Junior guard April Fultz was the other double-figure scorer as she contributed 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per outing.
On the season, Fultz is averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Altenburg averages 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
The Seawolves come into tonight’s game off a second-place finish in the women’s Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
UAA beat NCAA Division I North Dakota State 73-47 before losing to Utah State 67-57 in the championship game.
The Seawolves have four starters scoring in double figures led by guard Sasha King (15.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game) and forward Alysa Horn (14 ppg, 7.6 rpg). Other starters in double figures are Forward Kyla Burns (11, 7.2) and guard Mariesha Harris (10.8, 5.2). Freshman guard Jenna Buchanan, of Galena, rounds out the starting lineup (9, 5.6).
After tonight’s game, the two teams won’t meet again until the final game of the regular season on March 2 at the Patty Center.
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