NAMPA, ID-The Crusaders of Northwest Nazarene, ranked 17th in the country were able to break away from the Nanooks with a key run to solidify a 88-72 win.
Alaska never got a lead in this game but they made the Crusaders a bit in the first half. With about six minutes to go in the opening half the Nanooks surged on a 14-3 run that cut the Crusaders lead to just one. The Crusaders answered with a run 12-2 run of their own close out the first half with a 34-23 lead.
Northwest Nazarene built off of that momentum and shot 60 percent in the second half. Four players scored in double figures for the Crusaders led by Taylor Simmons 24 points. Simmons was 14-15 from the free throw line as well. Chelsie Luke also had 17 points.
But the game high went to a UAF freshman. Jordan Wilson has done well in her first season at UAF and last night she scored 26 points which is the second highest scoring output for here this year (27). Fellow rookie Autumn Childers scored 10 as did senior forward Ruth O'Neal.
Perhaps the Nanooks could take a the good from a road trip that featured a win at Central Washington and outrebounding a nationally ranked team 46-44 in the Crusaders, into the Patty Center this week. UAF will have a three game homestand that starts with St. Martin's, the top team in the GNAC this Thursday.