Women's basketball class for UAF could continue defensive trend

FAIRBANKS,AK-Head coach Cody Burgess-Bench has been busy this off-season holding camps and recruiting. So far the Nanooks have 6 recruits sign national letters of intent to join the program this winter.

Six ladies will be coming to Fairbanks to play basketball including: Josie Broderick, a North Pole High School product, Autumn Childers out of Dewey, AZ, Kaillee Skjold hailing from Soldotna, Jordan Wilson from Colorado, and two junior college transfers Candace Prestwich and Ashlyn White.

This class will be a critical one for the program as the Nanooks look to improve from last season's 5-21 finish. But the Nanooks won three of their last four games and led the GNAC Conference with 10.6 steals per game. You can credit that to the pressure from their signature full-court press that turned over some of the top conference teams.

With the Nanooks landing guards like Skjold and transfers Prestwich and White could that press be the key to more wins?

"Well I think that part of our game is that we're always working hard, we're always throwing things defensively because the teams are very strong in our conference. So a way to counter that was to always put lots of pressure on them full court, half court whatever way we can," Burgess-Bench said.

"I think with these newcomers, with the incoming freshmen that we signed in the fall [with] letter of intents and then our returners who really finished strong on the season, it should be a good mesh. And I think that the leadership coming in with the transfers and the returners now being juniors and seniors should really help out program."