The University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball teams start the new year and decade with doubleheaders against Saint Martin’s University and Seattle Pacific University in Washington state.
The Nanooks visit the Saint Martin’s Saints today in Lacey, Washington, and the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Saturday in Seattle.
UAF’s twin bill in Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion begins at 4:15 p.m. AKST for the women’s game and 6:30 p.m. AKST for the men’s contest.
On Saturday at Seattle Pacific’s Royal Brougham Pavilion, the Nanooks women tip off against the Falcons at 1 p.m. AKST and the UAF men take the court at 3:15 p.m. AKST.
Video and live statistics from the games are available through the Alaska Nanooks Stretch Internet Portal. Click on the live stats and live stats link on the men’s and women’s basketball news releases on alaskananooks.com.
After the road trip, the Nanooks will be on the Alaska Airlines Court in the UAF Patty Center for GNAC games Jan. 9 and 11.
The Nanooks men face Simon Fraser University, of Burnaby, British Columbia, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and take on Western Washington University, of Bellingham, Washington, at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 11.
The UAF women meet Northwest Nazarene University, of Nampa, Idaho, at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 9 and Central Washington University, of Ellensburg, Washington, at 1 p.m. Jan. 11.
The Nanooks men, at 3-7 overall and 2-0 GNAC, are in a five-way tie for first place in the 11-team NCAA Division II conference.
UAF shares the top spot Alaska Anchorage, Simon Fraser, Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin’s.
Saint Martin’s is 4-7 overall and 2-0 GNAC and Seattle Pacific is 6-4 and 2-0, respectively.
Nanooks junior guard Shadeed Shabazz is the GNAC’s second-leading scorer with an average of 21.5 points per game.
Saints junior guard Demonte Malloy ranks ninth (16.2 points) and Falcons sophomore guard Divant’e Moffitt is 13th with 13.7 points per game.
Three of the GNAC’s top-10 rebounders are among the players for the Nanooks, Saints and Falcons.
Saint Martin’s junior center Marky Adams is second with 8.7 per game. UAF freshman forward/center Mawich Kachjaani averages 7.6 boards for fifth in the conference and Seattle Pacific junior guard Harry Cavell is eighth with a 6.6 average.
The Nanooks start the road trip in a five-way tie fourth place in the GNAC.
UAF, at 6-5 overall and 1-1 conference, shares fourth with Alaska Anchorage, Western Washington, Montana State Billings and Simon Fraser.
Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific are in three-way tie for ninth and each team is seeking its first conference win of the season.
The Saints are 5-4 overall and 0-2 GNAC, and the Falcons are 2-8 and 0-2, respectively.
Nanooks junior guard Jocelyn Gandara leads the GNAC in scoring with 19.2 points game and freshman teammate and guard Sam Tolliver ranks fourth with a 15.5 average.
Saints senior forward Bria Thames leads the conference for rebounding (10.8 average) and is 13th for scoring (12.9).
Falcons junior forward Ashlynn Burgess is ranked in the top 15 for rebounding (6.6, 10th place) and scoring (11.8, 15th place).
Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.