FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball team used two huge runs to overwhelm the Dallas Christian College Crusaders and claim their first win of the season Monday night at the Patty Center.
Leading 33-30 with about four minutes left in the first half, the Nanooks
(1-7 overall, 0-1 GNAC) went on a 15-3 run to go into the break with a 48-33 lead.
Alaska put the hammer down at the start of the second half, outscoring Dallas Christian 20-0 in the first 4 1/2 minutes and went on to claim a 96-50 triumph in front of 110 fans on a chilly 40 below evening in Fairbanks.
The two teams play again at 5:15 this evening in the first game of a doubleheader. The Nanooks men take on Multnomah University of Portland, Ore., in the second game at 7:30 p.m.
The Alaska men routed Multnomah 124-59 in Monday night’s second game.
Both teams will take a break until Great Northwest Athletic Conference play resumes on Jan. 3 with the women hosting Simon Fraser and the men playing at Central Washington.
The Alaska women put up 85 shots Monday night and shot 48.2 percent from the field (41 for 85), the best shooting night of the season.
The Nanooks outrebounded the Crusaders (1-12) and the ball-hawking Alaska defense recorded 21 steals in forcing Dallas Christian into 27 turnovers.
Six Alaska players scored in double figures, led by junior guard April Fultz, who knocked down 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out a game-high five assists and recorded four steals.
Senior guard Taylor Altenburg and junior guard Marissa Atoruk contributed 14 points apiece to the winning effort, while junior center Jacqueline Bartleson added 12 points, senior forward Jacqueline Lovato tallied 11 and junior forward Ruth O’Neal had 10.
Ten of the 13 players used by coach Cody Burgess scored points and everyone grabbed at least one rebound.
O’Neal and Brianna Kirk led the Nanooks rebounding brigade with seven apiece. Kirk also chipped in nine points.
Altenburg added four steals and four assists and every starter had at least two steals. All but two Nanooks had assists and the team had 28 assists and only 15 turnovers.
Some of the top Alaska shooters were Bartleson (6 for 7), Altenburg (6 for 9), Lovato (4 for 7), O’Neal (5 for 8) and Atoruk (5 for 10). Atoruk was 4 for 8 from 3-point range and Lovato was 3 for 6.
The Crusaders (1-12) were led by Nicole Perry with 11 points and Diana Jimenez with 10. Jessalyn Flowers grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Alison McGinnis dished out three assists to go along with her nine points.
Dallas Christian only had seven players in uniform Monday night.
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