FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanook Women's Basketball team began their final home stretch of the season against the Central Washington Wildcats.
This one did not start off how the Nooks hoped, falling 77-50 to Central.
The Nanooks actually started this one out with a lead, opening the first five minutes of the game with a 15-7 effort.
Unfortunately, Central Washington would go on to outscore the home team 19-18 in that opening frame, and then each and every one of the next three quarters to secure the win.
They outscored the Nanooks by at least 8 points in the second, third, and fourth quarters.
Alexis Pana led the Wildcats with 15 points, while the Nanooks also saw a 15 point effort from Sabrina Ungaro.
Marian Wamsley also added 12 points for the Nooks while leading the team in rebounds with 7.
The Nanooks will now have a day off and will be back in action in the Patty Center on Saturday, against Northwest Nazarene in their season finale.
This will serve as senior night, where the Nanooks will say goodbye to seniors Ashlie Blackburn, Angela Murnion, Emily Evans, and Marian Wamsley.
The 2019 Iditarod is set to start this Saturday in Anchorage, where the Mushers will begin the 938 mile Trail to Nome.
There are 52 Mushers set to hit the trail tomorrow including 42 veterans and 10 rookies.
Defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom from Mo i Rana Norway will be looking to become a two time champ.
He'll be competing against other former winners such as three-time champion Mitch Seavey and four time Champion Jeff King.
Also, returning to the race this year is former four time champion Lance Mackey.
The Legendary Musher is returning to the race for the first time since 2016, when he had to withdraw due to health issues.
The Starting order was set last night with the annual bib-drawing, and the first Musher out of the gate will be Veteran racer Anja Radano from Talkeetna.
Following Radano will be former Yukon Quest Champion Matt Hall, and Mats Pettersson will round out the top three this year.
Ryan Santiago from Sterling Alaska will be starting in the Red Lantern Position.
The 2019 Iditarod Starts tomorrow, and if history is any indicator we can expect the first finisher in Nome 8 or 9 days later.