Midwestern State had no answer for AI.
Anchorage’s Angelline Nageak poured in a career-high 27 points for Adams State to fuel Saturday’s 102-84 win in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Nicknamed ‘AI,’ she is a lightening quick undersized guard who is always in attack mode. She spearheaded a fourth-quarter rally with 12 points and an assist during a 33-11 run.
Nageak’s and-1 gave Adams State a 76-75 lead and moments later his a 3-pointer to give her team a 79-78 lead. Two minutes later she assisted on a 3 and then converted a layup as the lead swelled to 88-80.
She made 11-of-12 free throws as the Grizzlies enjoyed a 27-16 edge at the line. She sank 7-of-13 field goals, going 2-of-3 on 3-pointers to help best her previous high of 18 points. She added four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
Nageak (Dimond) is Alaska’s active assists leader (178) among college women and is joined by Nyeniea John (West) at Adams State, which will be in Anchorage for Thanksgiving weekend to play the Seawolves at the Alaska Airlines Center.
At Western Colorado, Rachel Cockman of Cantwell had double vision during the two-game the RMAC/Lone Star Conference Challenge over the weekend.
The 6-foot-2 junior forward posted double-doubles in both games, going for 19 points and 12 rebounds against Texas Woman’s University and 18 points and 15 rebounds against Angelo State. One night she got it done from the field, making 8-of-15 shots including a pair of 3s, and the next night she got it done at the line, knocking down 10-of-14 free throws.
Last year, Cockman scored a career-high 29 points in the season finale. Two games later she set a career-high on the boards.
Cockman (West Valley) came into the season with a career high of 10 rebounds before going for 12 and 15 to start the season. Her career high is among the highest totals for Alaska players in the Rockey Mountain Athletic Conference.
TOP RMAC REBOUNDERS FROM ALASKA
20 – Nikki Sharlow, CSU-Pueblo 1993
20 – Allie Grazulis, Colorado Mines 2012
19 – Ashley Mickens, Metro State 2008
16 – Allie Grazulis, Colorado Mines 2014
15 – Rachel Cockman, Western Colorado 2023
14 – Ashley Mickens, Metro State 2007
14 – Ashley Mickens, Metro State 2008
At Pacific, Danica Schmidt of Soldotna continues to play defense and crash the boards, which is what makes her one of the top college post players from Alaska.
The 6-foot senior forward grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked four shots and made a steal in a 73-66 loss to Stevens in Forrest Grove, Oregon.
Schmidt (Soldotna) also went 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Her 73 career blocked shots rank No. 13 on Alaska’s all-time list among college players, two behind Fairbanks’ Melissa Rima, who had 75 blocks at Boise State from 2007 to 2011.
At Colorado, Anchorage’s Mikayla Johnson made her college debut in the Buffs’ 97-38 win over Le Moyne in Boulder.
Johnson came off the bench to play 13 minutes and sink 3-for-5 shots for six points. The former Cook Inlet Conference Player of the Year added three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Johnson (Bartlett) is one of three players from Anchorage currently playing in the Pac-12 Conference, joining Utah’s Alissa Pili (Dimond) and Washington’s Sayvia Sellers (ACS).
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