Nanook Basketball continues to slide

FAIRBANKS, Ak-Both Nanook basketball teams couldn't pull it together on the road after losing their first road games on Thursday night. Saturday night's contest's would end in Ls for the Nanooks.

On the men's side the Nanooks lost to the top team in the GNAC, the Western Washington Vikings, 79-66. The Vikings were on point shooting better than 50 percent from the field and displayed a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures.

The win gave the Vikings their best win streak in program history at 24 games. For the Nanooks it was their third straight loss after winning six in a row.

Paul Jones had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Vikings. Western Washington had plus 13 advantage on the boards and go in transition with 16 fast break points.

For UAF's Pat Voeut, his homecoming to the Washington area was bitter sweet. He led the Nooks with 17 points in the loss. UAF had balanced scoring of their own. In addition to Pat Voeut's performance, Dominque Brinson  had 13 points, Stefan Tica hit 11, and Dallen Bills had 10 points.

The Nanooks were close in the first half with Tica's two three-pointers bringing UAF within one 21-20. The Vikings went into the half though with a 40-33 lead. In the second half the Nanooks would get no close than five before the final buzzer.

The men's team will be back this Thursday in the Patty Center hosting Northwest Nazarene.

For the women's team another loss and this one was tough pill to swallow with the final margin only six points. The final was 67-61 with the top side of the score going to Western Oregon. The blame for this loss goes to the turnovers. The Nanooks' 19 turnovers turned into 24 Western Oregon points.

Sam Thornton registered career highs with 13 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double double for the Nanooks. Senior Taylor Altenburg led UAF with 14 points, eight rebounds, 5 assits and a couple of blocks.

Western Oregon was led by Melissa Flower's game high 21 points, nine rebounds and 5 assists.

It was 21-20 in favor of the Wolves and they put on a 17-5 run to go into halftime up 38-25. The Nanooks went 19-60 from the field and just 2-17 from three point lead and went get no closer than six in the second half.

Next for the Nanooks are Western Washington and Simon Fraser and both of those games will be on the road.