FAIRBANKS - Third-year coach Cody Burgess’ Nanooks women’s basketball team opens its season at 7 tonight against the Colorado School of Mines at the Patty Center.
The Colorado School of Mines upset the No. 22-ranked Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 80-74 Friday night at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage.
“We’re super anxious for this home game,” Nanooks coach Cody Burgess said in a press release earlier this week. “Colorado School of Mines will come ready after playing in Anchorage.”
The Nanooks have been battling each other in practice for the past month.
“It’s been four hard weeks of practice and about six weeks of conditioning, so it’s a great opportunity for us to come out and show our fans and ourselves what we’re going to be this year,” Burgess said.
Alaska is coming off a 6-22 season and has four returning players along with eleven junior college transfers and freshmen.
“It’s definitely a new team with a new feel but with our returners and veterans knowing my expectations both on and off the court, it helps to bring in players with experience,” Burgess said. “Having this many people hasn’t let anyone take a day off in practice or in weights and conditioning. Everyone’s competing for that playing time and it’s precious to them.”
Colorado School of Mines guard Angie Charchalis poured in 31 points and dished six assists to help her team shoot 49 percent overall and 45.5 percent (10 of 22) from three-point range in its of the Seawolves Friday night.