FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The Alaska Nanooks women's basketball program celebrated their three seniors against Simon Fraser University. Alaska recognized Sabrina Ungaro, Kylie Wallace and Brittany Richards.
“I'm really lucky to walked into a program where they really accepted me coming in being new,” said Head Coach Kerri Nakamoto about her senior group. These three have been instrumental in helping change the culture."
Wallace has been a part of the program since the days of Jordan Wilson and Kaille Sjkold.
"College basketball is a lot of hard work and it's just been like an awesome experience and to be challenged in that way,” said Wallace. “Probably one of the hardest things I've done but the most rewarding. The friendships and the growth were completely worth it."
The Nanooks battled tough against the Clan, even holding a lead after the first quarter. In the end the Nooks fell 76-52 as they were led by Jocelyn Gandara's 23 points while Ungaro chipped in 7.
"This has been like a great experience,” said Ungaro. “I came here as a walk-on and as a redshirt and to be able to start from that from the bottom and work my way up to being a starter and more of a scorer. It has been a great experience."
Richards travelled a long way to play basketball, hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand. Her first season the Nanooks went 0-20 in conference play, but she got to see the team rise from that under Nakamoto.
"It's really cool. It's really exciting to see what the future holds,” said Richards. “It's sad that we are leaving now, it's bad timing to be honest. It's finally coming together so I'm very grateful Coach K has come along and changed the program and done such a great job with it. It's just sad that we have to leave now."
The Nooks now prepare for their final road trip of the season as they play Concordia on February 27 in Portland, Oregon.