The University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s and women’s basketball teams both concluded their respective season-opening tournaments Sunday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage with wins.
The women’s team dominated Chaminade University 92-47 to finish the tournament with a 2-0 record. The Nanooks are 5-0 against the Silverswords.
Freshman Sam Tolliver and senior Kylie Wallace tied for a team-high 18 points. Wallace also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds (three offensive and five defensive). Junior transfer Jocelyn Gandara contributed 11 points.
Each Nanook contributed at least two points and played 12 or more minutes against the Silverswords.
“I thought overall on the weekend we did some really good things,” Nanooks head coach Kerri Nakamoto said in a Sunday news release. “We need to continue to improve our consistency and execution, but it’s nice to open the season with two wins.”
The men’s team fended off a come-from-behind attack to clinch a 75-73 win over Hawaii Pacific.
After leading Hawaii Pacific 39-29 in the first half, the Sharks came back and put the Nanooks behind 69-73 with eight seconds remaining in the game. Alaska’s Koby Huerta scored two consecutive 3-pointers, one at the buzzer, to clinch the win.
Shadeed Shabazz led the team with 23 points, nine rebounds and two steals. The junior transfer went 9-for-22 from the field and 2-for-6 from behind the arc. Senior Spencer Sweet had 15 points and Huerta finished with 12.
The men finished the weekend with a 1-1 record.
The men’s team now travels to Seaside, California, for the Cal State Monterey Bay Invite. The Nanooks play the host team Friday at 2 p.m. AKST and Cal State San Marcos Saturday at noon AKST.
The women’s team travels to La Mirada, California, to take on Biola University at 6 p.m. AKST Thursday. On Saturday, UAF plays Point Loma at 3 p.m. AKST in San Diego.
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