Nanook Women's Basketball Team falls short in comeback effort against Western Washington

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - For the first time this season, both the Nanook Basketball teams were playing at home.
It started with the Women's team who were in action against the Western Washington Vikings.
Despite an extremely strong second half, the Nooks fell to the Vikings by a score of 59-57.
Western got out to An early advantage, leading 22-10 after the first quarter and 35-17 at halftime.
The Nooks shook off their slow start and outscored their opponents 20-17 and 20-7 in the next two quarters of action to nearly steal the victory, but the Vikings were able to keep their lead just out of reach to secure the conference win.
Kelsey Rogers was the star for the Vikings, leading the team with 22 points.
The Nooks saw a much more balanced effort with three different players finishing with double-digits.
Angela Murnion led the team with 15 points while Sabrina Ungaro and Marian Wamsley both dropped 13.
Western Washington is now a perfect 3-0 in conference matchups while the Nooks fall to 0-3.
Despite the loss, the strong showing in the second half was a good sign for head coach Kerri Nakamoto.
"In the first half we were still in Christmas break and that was out of the way. It was a good way to finish heading into Simon Fraser on Saturday. We want things reversed, and we showed in the second half that we can compete offensively and defensively, kind of calmed down, we looked like we hadn't played in a month in the first half. You know against anybody besides ourselves, it was nice to make that adjustment and come out a little stronger and a little bit more comfortable," said Nakamoto.