FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) After rallying back from down double-digits in the fourth quarter in Thursday's overtime victory, the Nanooks found themselves in the same spot on Saturday; down double-digits in the fourth quarter. However, the women's team couldn't strike lightning two games in a row, ultimately falling to the Concordia Cavaliers 70-67 on Saturday at the Patty Center. Jocelyn Gandara, the Nanook's leading scorer this year, did her best to complete the comeback effort, pouring in a game-high 34 points on Saturday, after dropping 27 in Thusrday's win. Her 34-point performance is the highest output by a GNAC player this season. The junior from El Paso, Texas got the Nanooks within two points, when she hit a three pointer with six seconds left on Saturday, but the comeback effort fell short, and the Nooks drop to 1-1 in GNAC play.
The 'Nooks led 22-18 after the first, but only managed to scrape together five points in the second quarter, giving Concordia all the control. One thing you can't say about this team, is that they give up easily, and they've proved that in their first two conference games, nearly pulling 10 point comebacks both nights.
Olivia Vezaldenos led the Cavs with 19 points, while Riley Friauf added 15 points and seven rebounds. The Nanooks got double-figures from Brittany Richards, who had 10 points and seven boards. UAF shot just 37.7% from the field, but stayed in the game with their three-point ability, going 10-24 from behind the arc.
The Nanooks will head to Washington to face Saint Martin's on Thursday, before taking on Seattle Pacific on Saturday for more GNAC action.
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