Women's Basketball Handles San Jose State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Amy Patton scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Northern Arizona women's basketball in a 67-53 win at the Rolle Activity Center on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks have won four of five home games this season with two more remaining in their seven-game home stand.
"This was not a pretty win but it was a must-win game for us and we were able to get the job done tonight," said head coach Laurie Kelly. "We did a good job in the first half building a lead but we came out complacent in the second. There were too many turnovers and bad possessions and we let them back in the game. We are going to watch the tape and address those issues."
NAU (4-3) shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half and opened a 36-23 lead at the break. The halftime lead was aided by a 19-5 run to open the game, and the Lumberjacks pushed their lead to as many as 22 points before San Jose State (0-7) cut the deficit to 13 at the half.
The Spartans continued to trim NAU's lead in the second half coming as close six points at the 12:45 mark but the Lumberjacks answered with a 15-1 run to push its lead back to 20 over the next four minutes. The women kept their double digit lead for the remainder of the game to secure the 14-point win.
Patton posted her first double double of the year in her best game of the season with 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. She was 4-of-8 from three point range, made both of her free throw attempts, and collected four steals. Tyler Stephens-Jenkins and Jenna Galloway were also in double figures for the Lumberjacks.
For the game, NAU shot 48 percent from the field compared to San Jose State at 40 percent. The Lumberjacks made 9-of-19 three point attempts for a season-high 47 percent. The women also forced 24 turnovers with 13 steals on the night.