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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 12:07 am

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks basketball teams close out the 2012 portion of the schedule with a pair of nonconference doubleheaders tonight and Tuesday night at the Patty Center.

The Alaska women will take on the Dallas Christian College Crusaders of Texas at 5:15 p.m. each night, while the Nanook men go up against the Multnomah Lions from Oregon at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tuesday night, the men’s game is an exhibition.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes both games. There are discounts for alumni, military and seniors

The Alaska women are seeking their first win of the season after getting off to an 0-7 start and losing their only conference game to the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage.

The 86-58 loss to the Seawolves on Dec. 1 was the last time the Nanooks were on the court.

Junior guard April Fultz and senior guard Taylor Altenburg lead the Nanooks in both scoring and rebounding. Fultz averages 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Altenburg average 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Point guard Benissa Bulaya averages 3.2 assists per game and Destini Lewis averages 3 per game.

Dallas Christian is a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association. The Crusaders are 1-11 on the season.

The Crusaders suffered an

89-76 home loss to Sul Ross State University on Dec. 8 in its last outing.

Dallas Christian, which averages 49.3 points per game, is led by Nicole Perry who averages 11.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Allison McGinnis is averaging 10.7 points per outing. Jessalyn Flowers is one of the leading rebounders in NCCAA Division II as she pulls down 11.8 boards per outing.

The Alaska men bring a 5-4 overall record into tonight’s game and are coming off a Dec. 1 conference victory against Montana State-Billings on Dec.1.

The Nanooks are led by junior guard Pat Voeut, who averages 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per outing. Senior guard Dominique Brinson averages 12.3 points per game and is shooting 92.6 percent from the free throw line.

Sergej Pucar is the Nanooks leading rebounder at 7.3 per outing to go along with 0.9 blocks per game. Senior Zack Ngawaka averages 5.8 rebounds per game, while junior Andrew Kelly averages 1.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.7 rebounds per game. Junior Ronnie Baker averages 1.4 steals per outing.

Multnomah brings a 6-9 record into the Patty Center. The Lions posted an 81-67 win against North Adelaide (Australia) on Dec. 8 in Portland. The Lions average 75.2 points per game and are led by Austin Hodges, who knocks down 21.1 points and dishes out 3.4 assists per contest. David Walker averages 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

After Tuesday’s games, both teams return to GNAC play in early January.

The women will host Simon Fraser at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Patty Center, while the men will travel to Central Washington for a 6 p.m. (AST) contest on the same day.

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