Ruthy Hebard Returns to Fairbanks to play for Hometown Crowd

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The hometown kid returned to Fairbanks to showcase the Oregon Ducks in a matchup against the Alaska Nanooks, and Ruthy Hebard did just that to a roaring ovation in the Patty Center.
Hebard came out to a sold out crowd of 1,603 people all jammed pack into the Patty Center to see the preseason all American who hails from the Frozen North.
UAF has never seen a crowd like this, and it showed with people pushing their way in, and covering areas like the nose bleeds that are rarely pulled out for events.
Ruthy finished with 17 points and got the crowd excited every time she touched the ball and got on the floor.
Hebard spoke after the match about the atmosphere.
"It was crazy, just glad to see everybody here and some familiar faces and it was fun to see. I mean it was good, bringing my team back home to see everyone come out tonight. I mean it was super fun, I want to thank Coach Graves because he let me come back home and show them Alaska and I was so happy," said Hebard.
The Alaska Nanooks faced the number three team in the nation on the Division I level, and the players got to see up close one of the best teams in the nation.
The Nanooks lost 115 to 36, but there was some great points that the Nooks can point to in this matchup.
They were chasing down loose balls against the Ducks, they even were only down 17-10 in the first half for rebounding.
Emily Evans led Alaska with 12 points on the night, getting four threes from downtown to go in.
Marian Wamsley was also impressive getting 6 rebounds against the trees of Oregon and getting 10 points to boot.
The Nooks spoke afterwards about the whole experience.
"I think we played really hard, and there are some things to work on, but I think we did some things really well. We got open shots, we were rushing a little bit early on. But we shot some things really well, so we're hopeful that when we are not facing the number three team in the country that they will be a little more effective," said Kerri Nakamoto, Head Coach - Alaska Nanooks.