Nanooks Women's Basketball Set to Face the Vulcans

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks Women's basketball team will be hosting the University of Hawaii-Hilo in the Mount McKinley Bank North Star Crossover.
The Nanooks will be looking to start their new era under Brett Sawyer, while replacing some big names in the program.
The last time these teams faced off was back in November 21, 2015, where the Nooks won 87 to 55.
Here are the keys to the game for the Hilo Vulcans.

First, crash the boards.
The Vulcans have a rebounder in Makenna Woodfolk who can pose a large threat to the Nooks, who don't have a big presence down low.
Look for the forwards of the Vulcans to crash the paint and scoop some offensive boards.
Second, improve at the charity stripe.
The Vulcans struggled at the line last year, shooting for only 66 percent.
With that, they need to get to the free throw line, and knock down some free points.
Lastly, the X-Factor in Kim Schmelz.
Schmelz wasn't the issue on offense for the Vulcans last year, as she shot an astronomical 44 percent from three last season.

She is their most talented player, as she looks to improve in her junior year.
For the Nanooks, they are starting anew with a new head coach and a lot of new players, here are their keys to the game.

First, welcome the new queen of the Nanooks in Angela Murnion.
Murnion is one of the best junior transfers the Nooks have had in a while, and yes the Blue and Gold game shouldn't indicate the season, but she came in and had a presence on the court.
She had 15 points, eight rebounds, while grabbing three offensive boards.
Look for her to be the lead dog in this year's new squad.
Second, improve the three point shooting.
The Nanooks struggled from three point range last season due to the high volume of threes they took.
Look for this season to be a more low post or mid range shooting from the Nooks.
Lastly, play bigger than you are.
Alaska doesn't have any players who stand at six-two or above, which could pose a problem for them in the rebounding margin.

Look for the guard heavy squad to exploit areas and play bigger than what they height chart says.
The first game starts at 7 PM at the Patty Center on Friday.