Nageak scores more, but Carlton gets win as Alaskans face off
It was a good day for Alaska basketball in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as Anchorage’s Angelline Nageak and Palmer’s Alex Carlton faced off for the first time in a NCAA D2 women’s game.
Nageak of Adams State scored more points, but Carlton played more minutes and helped Metro State prevail 75-68 at home in Denver, Colorado.
The outcome took a backseat, however, because the big winner was the state of Alaska with two former high school stars squaring off at the next level. That’s always reason to celebrate.
Nageak, of Dimond High fame, bagged a season-high 11 points in 24 minutes coming off the bench. She made 5-of-9 shots from the field and added three assists.
The 5-foot-5 freshman had combined for a total of 11 points in her first four games. It helped that she logged a season-high 24 minutes, a result of her stellar play.
In the fourth quarter, she had a hand in seven of her team’s nine points during a run that cut a 12-point deficit down to 66-59.
Carlton, of Colony High fame, started at guard and scored eight points in 32 minutes. She also chipped in season-high four assists.
She went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line to stay perfect on 15 attempts this season.
The 5-foot-6 junior transfer is in her first season with Metro State after playing previously at North Idaho, where she scored 608 career points and led the NWAC in 3-point percentage as a freshman.