Women’s basketball plays in Alaska tournament

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During the holiday break, the women’s basketball team participated in the Seawolf Hoops Classic in Anchorage, Alaska on Dec. 19 and 20.

“We played at a very high level of intensity against high caliber NCAA II teams,” said Head Coach Sharon Rissmiller.

The lady boxers lost to the University of Anchorage, Fairbanks and University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Although the team did not come home with a victory, senior guard Nani Ostrom said the team was super focused and ready to compete.

“I think I speak for the everyone when I say we really found out what we were capable of and how much potential we have,” said Ostrom.

Aside from participating in the tournament, the team enjoyed the Hatcher’s Pass viewpoint and had dinner at junior guard Pherrari Brumbaugh’s home in Wasilla.

“The scenery in Alaska was incredible,” said senior guard Olivia Cook.

After the tournament in Alaska, the lady boxers played two away games against Pacific Lutheran University on Jan. 2 and Linfield College on Jan.

Against the lutes the women’s basketball team won 56 to 51 and 76 to 54 against the Wildcats.

“The seniors have done a great job leading this team and even more so as of recent,” said Rissmiller. “The team has maintained a focused effort on team defense.”

Looking forward to the team’s game against Lewis & Clark on Friday, Jan. 9 at home, Rissmiller said they are working on improving their defensive game.

“The team focuses on having positive energy before the game,” said freshman guard Lauren Lykins. “We focus on defensive intensity and we get a lot of shots up before the game to get properly warmed up.”

Looking forward to the tail end of the team’s season, senior guard Kaila Johnson is pleased with the teamwork and dedication of the lady boxers.

“Being a senior, I was hoping to go out with a bang and the girls this year are really making that happen,” said Johnson. “Everyone has jumped on board and accepted how we want to play and how good we want to be, so I think that helps when it comes down to the end of this long season.”


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