UAF’s Paola Perez-Mendoza drives to the basket during Monday night’s 67-61 loss to Montana State University-Billings. 

Six games into the monumental task of rebuilding the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ women’s basketball program, coach Amy Donovan sees numerous positive indicators.

She doesn’t have to look hard. Consider Monday night’s game against Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival where — despite losing starting guard Emma McKenney less than four minutes into the night — the Nanooks trailed by just a point at 57-56 with 2:50 to play. No doubt McKenney’s presence in helping to guide the UAF offense down the stretch would have been a welcome one.

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