ELLENSBURG, WASH-Everyone basketball team needs a Jamal Crawford or Manu Ginobili type of player to produce. A sixth man that can give your team a spark and change the way the game is being played. Tonight fresman Victoria Milton was that spark that sixth woman for UAF in their 75-64 win over Central Washington.
Milton was force getting to the free throw line. Milton scored a game high 17 points for the Nanooks and went 11-12 from the charity stripe.
Along with Milton's play UAF was good at maintaing a lead a on the road. Fellow freshman Candice Prestwich hit a three to give the Nanooks a 7-6 early on. The Nanooks would never trail after that shot and had had 31-25 advantage at halftimThe Wildcats cut it one a couple of times but UAF got timely buckets or Milton got to the free throw line to ward off the Wildcats.
UAF outrebounded Central 42-35. A big part of the was freshman forward Jordan Wilson's game high 8 boards. She added 13 points. Senior forward Ruth O'Neal chipped in with 10 points. Junior point guard Benissa Bulaya did a little bit of everything with nine points, nine assists and four steals.
The Wildcats (5-6, 0-3, GNAC) shot just 34 percent from the field. Jasmine Parker and Daisy Burke both had 10 points for Central Washington.
The win stops a three game losing skid for the Nanooks (7-4, 1-2 GNAC) who now go to Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. The no.17 Crusaders defeated UAA tonight 86-80 which was the first loss for UAA by a Div. II opponent this season.