Galena’s Pearle Green’s do-it-all playmaking prowess nearly brought the UAF Nanooks back from a double-digit deficit in a tough 81-75 road loss to Northwest Nazarene.
Down by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter, UAF fought its way back to take a 72-71 lead with 2:05 to play.
Green scored 12 of her game-high 26 points in the final 6:52 of the game.
She had a hand in all 10 points of 10-0 run that got the Nanooks within 61-58 at the 5:45 mark. She scored eight points and assisted on the other bucket the pivotal stretch that got UAF back into the game.
Green finished 8-of-16 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range. She added four steals.
The sharpshooter is making a case for best freshman in the GNAC.
She ranks in the top-10 in the NCAA Division II league in points (15.4), steals (2.5) and 3-pointers per game (3.0). She’s also in the top-15 in assists and 3-point percentage.
Green, of Galena High fame, has drained at least one 3-pointer in all eight games and hit as many as six in one game.