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2011-12 Women's Basketball News

  • NAU Athletics Summer Camps to Take Place in June and July
    May 30, 2012
    NAU Athletics Summer Camps to Take Place in June and July FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Young sports enthusiasts and aspiring collegiate athletes will have the opportunity to participate in summer camps hosted by a variety of NAU coaching staffs in June and July. Five different NAU athletic programs will hold camps, beginning with women’s basketball on June 8.
  • Forty-Eight Student-Athletes to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies
    May 10, 2012
    Forty-Eight Student-Athletes to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-eight Northern Arizona University student-athletes are participating in spring commencement ceremonies on the NAU campus this weekend and will be commissioned degrees as part of the Class of 2012. It is the second largest graduating class in athletics department history, trailing only the 55 graduates from last spring.
  • Women's Basketball Coach Laurie Kelly Leaves for New Post
    April 20, 2012
    Women's Basketball Coach Laurie Kelly Leaves for New Post FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona head women's basketball coach Laurie Kelly has resigned to take the head coaching position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Kelly leaves NAU after nine seasons as the longest tenured and winningest coach in program history, having won 117 games and the 2006 Big Sky Championship to take NAU to its only NCAA Tournament.
  • NAU Student-Athletes Earn 40 Winter Big Sky All-Academic Honors
    April 17, 2012
    NAU Student-Athletes Earn 40 Winter Big Sky All-Academic Honors OGDEN, Utah – The NAU men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams have combined to earn 41 Big Sky All-Academic selections for the winter season. The Lumberjack student-athletes have combined for 90 Big Sky All-Academic honors this year after 49 student-athletes earned the award during the fall season.
  • Patton Named to All-Big Sky Women’s Basketball Second Team
    March 05, 2012
    Patton Named to All-Big Sky Women’s Basketball Second Team OGDEN, Utah – After leading NAU in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, junior guard Amy Patton has been named to the All-Big Sky second team for the third time in as many seasons as a Lumberjack. Patton was fifth in the conference in averaging 14.6 points per game while also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists as one of three Lumberjacks to play in every game this season.
  • Women’s Basketball Scores 74-70 Win over Montana on Senior Night
    March 03, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Scores 74-70 Win over Montana on Senior Night FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Katie Pratt scored 11 points and added five rebounds in her final collegiate game and was one of four Lumberjacks to score in double-figures as NAU ended its season with a 74-70 win over Montana in Rolle Activity Center. NAU shot 52% for the game, ending its season at 9-20 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky while Montana finished fifth in the conference with a 9-7 Big Sky record and a 16-13 overall mark.
  • Women’s Basketball to Honor Huntington, Pratt on Senior Day Saturday
    March 02, 2012
    Women’s Basketball to Honor Huntington, Pratt on Senior Day Saturday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (8-20, 3-12 BSC) will close its 2011-2012 season at 6:35 p.m. Saturday hosting Montana (16-12, 9-6 BSC) in Rolle Activity Center. The team will honor its two graduating seniors, Caty Huntington and Katie Pratt, prior to the game. Both seniors have been four-year contributors that have each played over 100 games in their NAU careers.
  • Women’s Basketball Downed by Northern Colorado, 75-63
    February 27, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Downed by Northern Colorado, 75-63 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the fifth time in the last-six games junior Amy Patton surpassed 20 points, finishing with a game-high 21 on 8-of-14 shooting, but Northern Colorado shot 53.5% for the game and posted a 36-20 rebounding advantage in a 75-63 win over NAU on Monday in Rolle Activity Center. The Bears improved to 18-10 overall and 10-5 in the Big Sky while the Lumberjacks dropped to 3-12 in conference play and 8-20 overall.
  • Women’s Basketball Back in Action Hosting Northern Colorado Monday
    February 24, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Back in Action Hosting Northern Colorado Monday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Closing the 2011-12 season with a pair of home games next week, the NAU women's basketball team (8-19, 3-11 BSC) returns to the court for the first time in eight days at 6:35 p.m. Monday when it will host Northern Colorado (17-10, 9-5 BSC). The Bears are tied for third in the Big Sky standings, having clinched a conference championship berth, while the Lumberjacks were eliminated from postseason contention last week.
  • Conerly Has Career Game, Women’s Basketball Falls at CSU Bakersfield
    February 19, 2012
    Conerly Has Career Game, Women’s Basketball Falls at CSU Bakersfield BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Sophomore Khyra Conerly scored a career-high 24 points and junior Amy Patton posted her fourth 20-point scoring total over the last five games, but CSU Bakersfield broke open a close game early in the second half and held on for an 86-77 win on Sunday afternoon in Bakersfield, Calif. The non-conference game was the final road contest of the season for NAU, which dropped to 8-19 overall while the Roadrunners moved to 6-21.
  • Women’s Basketball Pushes Montana State in 83-78 Loss
    February 16, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Pushes Montana State in 83-78 Loss FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU rallied back from an early 13 point deficit to force a single possession game in the final seconds but was unable to overcome Montana State in an 83-78 loss Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. Junior Amy Patton recorded her 14th consecutive double-digit scoring game with a team-high 20 points as the Lumberjacks dropped to 8-18 overall and 3-11 in the Big Sky and the Bobcats improved to 9-5 in the conference and 17-9 overall.
  • Women’s Basketball to Host Montana State Thursday in Play 4Kay Game
    February 14, 2012
    Women’s Basketball to Host Montana State Thursday in Play 4Kay Game FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women’s basketball team (8-17, 3-10 BSC) returns home to host Montana State (16-9, 8-5 BSC) in its annual Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game at 6:35 p.m. Thursday. NAU will also play a non-conference game this week when it plays its final road contest of the season at CSU Bakersfield (4-21) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Patton Leads Women’s Basketball to 85-82 Big Sky Win at Weber State
    February 11, 2012
    Patton Leads Women’s Basketball to 85-82 Big Sky Win at Weber State OGDEN, Utah – Junior Amy Patton scored a game-high 28 points including a go-ahead basket off a steal with eight seconds remaining to lead NAU to an 85-82 Big Sky road win at Weber State. The Lumberjacks closed their road conference slate with their first road win of the year, improving to 8-17 overall and 3-10 in the Big Sky while Weber State moved to 0-12 in conference and 2-23 overall.
  • Women’s Basketball Falls to League Leading Idaho State, 62-54
    February 09, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Falls to League Leading Idaho State, 62-54 POCATELLO, Idaho – NAU held Idaho State to just 34% shooting from the field, but the Bengals outscored the Lumberjacks 26-9 from the free throw line and posted a 42-33 rebounding edge in recording a 62-54 win on Thursday. Kingman, Ariz. native Lindsey Read poured in 23 points for the league-leading Bengals, who improved to 10-1 in the Big Sky and 18-6 overall while the Lumberjacks moved to 7-17 overall and 2-10 in conference play.
  • Sneed's Role Growing; Women’s Basketball Continues on Road
    February 08, 2012
    Sneed's Role Growing; Women’s Basketball Continues on Road FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (7-16, 2-9 BSC) will play its final Big Sky road games of the season this week, facing Idaho State (17-6, 9-1 BSC) on Thursday and Weber State (2-21, 0-10 BSC) on Saturday with both games to tip at 5 p.m. The Lumberjacks defeated Weber State in Flagstaff three weeks ago and narrowly lost to Idaho State, the top team in the conference, by a 49-44 score on Jan. 21. Click the above link for complete weekly game notes.
  • Women’s Basketball Falls to Hot Shooting Portland State, 73-59
    February 04, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Falls to Hot Shooting Portland State, 73-59 PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State shot 55% for the game and turned a two point halftime lead into a 73-59 win on Saturday afternoon in Portland. NAU junior Amy Patton scored a game-high 24 points to go with six assists and sophomore Amanda Frost totaled 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting as NAU dropped to 2-9 in the Big Sky and 7-16 overall. Portland State improved to 5-5 in conference and 13-9 for the season.
  • Women’s Basketball’s Patton Meets President Obama
    February 03, 2012
    Women’s Basketball’s Patton Meets President Obama PHOENIX, Ariz. – Northern Arizona women’s basketball junior guard Amy Patton got an opportunity to meet and shake hands with President Barrack Obama last week when the President visited Arizona. Patton, along with her parents, Gayla and Luther, was part of group of roughly 50 people that greeted the President when he landed at Gateway Airport last Wednesday.
  • Women’s Basketball Heads North to Open Crucial Road Trip
    February 02, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Heads North to Open Crucial Road Trip FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a 2-1 home stand, the NAU women’s basketball team (7-14, 2-7 BSC) travels to the Pacific Northwest this week for Big Sky road games at Eastern Washington (13-9, 7-2 BSC) at 7 p.m. Thursday and at Portland State (11-9, 3-5 BSC) at 3 p.m. Saturday. The two games are part of four consecutive road contests for the Lumberjacks, their final road conference games of the season.
  • Women’s Basketball Defeated at Eastern Washington, 84-58
    February 02, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Defeated at Eastern Washington, 84-58 CHENEY, Wash. – Eastern Washington senior Brianne Ryan, the Big Sky’s leading scorer, poured in 29 points and the Eagles shot 52% as a team and forced 25 NAU turnovers in an 84-58 win on Thursday night in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles won their fourth consecutive game, improving to 8-2 in the Big Sky and 14-9 overall while the Lumberjacks moved to 7-15 overall and 2-8 in conference play.
  • Record First Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Sac State, 94-56
    January 28, 2012
    Record First Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Sac State, 94-56 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU scored a school-record 59 first half points on 54% shooting to take a 35-point halftime lead and cruise to a 94-56 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks posted a 58-34 rebounding advantage and recorded a season-high 21 steals en route to their second Big Sky win, moving to 2-7 in conference play and 7-14 overall while the Hornets dropped to 8-14 overall and 3-6 in conference.
  • Women’s Basketball to Close Home Stand Saturday vs Sacramento State
    January 26, 2012
    Women’s Basketball to Close Home Stand Saturday vs Sacramento State FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (6-14, 1-7 BSC) will begin the second half of conference play and close its longest home stand of the season against Sacramento State (7-13, 2-5 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. The Hornets claimed a 91-85 double-overtime win over the Lumberjacks the first time the teams met to open Big Sky play on Dec. 29 in Sacramento.
  • Women’s Basketball Drops Low Scoring Contest to Idaho State, 49-44
    January 21, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Drops Low Scoring Contest to Idaho State, 49-44 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In the second-lowest scoring home game in NAU program history, the Lumberjacks limited Idaho State to 19% shooting in the second half and just 49 total points, their lowest opponent scoring total of the season, but the Lumberjacks shot just 31.6% for the game and were limited to 18 points in the second half in a 49-44 loss in Rolle Activity Center. NAU moved to 1-7 in the Big Sky and 6-14 overall.
  • Women’s Basketball to Host Big Sky Leader Idaho State Saturday
    January 20, 2012
    Women’s Basketball to Host Big Sky Leader Idaho State Saturday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a 71-58 Big Sky win over Weber State on Thursday, the NAU women’s basketball team (6-13, 1-6 BSC) faces a steep challenge as they will host Idaho State (13-5, 5-0 BSC), the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Sky, at 3:05 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. Saturday is Pack the Rolle Day, with the game to be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona Plus, Fox College Sports Pacific, and NAU-TV.
  • Team Effort Leads Women’s Basketball Past Weber State, 71-58
    January 19, 2012
    Team Effort Leads Women’s Basketball Past Weber State, 71-58 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eleven different NAU players scored and 10 players grabbed at least one rebound as the Lumberjacks used a strong defensive second half and balanced scoring to get by Weber State, 71-58, on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. NAU earned its first conference win of the season and ended a nine-game losing streak, improving to 1-6 in the Big Sky and 6-13 overall, while Weber State dropped to 2-17 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
  • Big Sky Q&A with Women's Basketball Junior Amy Patton
    January 18, 2012
    Big Sky Q&A with Women's Basketball Junior Amy Patton OGDEN, Utah - NAU junior women’s basketball player Amy Patton, from Tempe, Ariz., took the time out of her schedule at Northern Arizona to answer a few questions with the Big Sky Conference. Patton talked about how she got started in basketball, how it feels to have her jersey hanging in the Ring of Honor at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., and who the best dancer is on the team.
  • Pratt, Women’s Basketball Return to Host Weber State Thursday
    January 17, 2012
    Pratt, Women’s Basketball Return to Host Weber State Thursday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-13, 0-6 BSC) will look to regain its home success this week, hosting Weber State (2-16, 0-5 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. Thursday before facing league-leading Idaho State (13-5, 5-0 BSC) at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played in Rolle Activity Center and will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports and NAU-TV, with Saturday’s game to also air on Fox Sports Arizona Plus.
  • Women’s Basketball Downed 77-65 at Montana State
    January 14, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Downed 77-65 at Montana State BOZEMAN, Mont. – Despite a season-high 19 points from junior Tyler Stephens-Jenkins and more made field goals than Montana State, NAU was outscored 27-11 at the free throw line and outrebounded 46-35 in a 77-65 loss to the Bobcats in Bozeman. NAU lost its ninth-consecutive game, equaling its longest losing streak in a season since 1992-93, while falling to 0-6 in the Big Sky and 5-13 overall. Montana State improved to 11-6 and 3-2 in conference play.
  • Women’s Basketball Drops Defensive Struggle at Montana, 60-48
    January 12, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Drops Defensive Struggle at Montana, 60-48 MISSOULA, Mont. – NAU held Montana to just 37% shooting for the game, but the Lumberjacks shot 33% and went 2-of-15 from three-point range in a 60-48 loss on Thursday night in Missoula. The Lumberjacks moved to 0-5 in the Big Sky and 5-12 overall while the Grizzlies improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
  • Women’s Basketball Looking for Road, Big Sky Success in Montana
    January 10, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Looking for Road, Big Sky Success in Montana FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-11, 0-4 BSC) returns to the road this week looking for its first road and Big Sky wins, playing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Montana (8-7, 1-1 BSC) and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Montana State (9-6, 1-2 BSC). Montana and Montana State were both picked to finish in the top-four in both the media and coaches’ Big Sky preseason polls, but begin the week in sixth and seventh place in the conference standings, respectively.
  • Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound Saturday vs Eastern Washington
    January 07, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound Saturday vs Eastern Washington FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a disappointing loss to Portland State in its Big Sky home opener on Thursday, the NAU women’s basketball team (5-10, 0-3 BSC) will look for its first conference win on Saturday hosting Eastern Washington (8-8, 2-1 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center.
  • Women’s Basketball Defeated by Eastern Washington, 74-56
    January 07, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Defeated by Eastern Washington, 74-56 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Amy Patton scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-12 shooting, but NAU was undone by 20 first half turnovers and hot shooting by Eastern Washington in the second half in a 74-56 loss on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-4 in the Big Sky and 5-11 overall with the Eagles improving to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
  • Women's Basketball Pre-Game Clinic Cancelled; Youth Basketball Still On
    January 06, 2012
    Women's Basketball Pre-Game Clinic Cancelled; Youth Basketball Still On FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Tomorrow's pre-game clinic with the NAU women's basketball program has been cancelled and will be reschedule for a date later this year. Youth 12 & under are still admitted FREE with a paying adult and are encouraged to stay after the game to get FREE posters and autographs from all their favorite players.
  • Women’s Basketball Drops Big Sky Home Opener to Portland State
    January 05, 2012
    Women’s Basketball Drops Big Sky Home Opener to Portland State FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU shot 53% in the second half and outscored Portland State 49-39 in the final period, but the Vikings built a 20-point halftime lead and withstood a late Lumberjack rally to earn an 84-74 win. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-3 in the Big Sky and 5-10 overall while the Vikings, who were picked to win the conference in both preseason polls, moved to 1-1 in league play and 9-5 overall.
  • Women’s Basketball to Open Big Sky Home Slate Thursday
    January 03, 2012
    Women’s Basketball to Open Big Sky Home Slate Thursday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-9, 0-2 BSC) will play its first home games in 25 days this week, opening its home Big Sky schedule Thursday vs Portland State (8-5, 0-1 BSC) before hosting Eastern Washington (7-8, 1-1 BSC) on Saturday, with both games to tip at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 at home this season but have not played in Flagstaff since Dec. 10.
  • Women’s Basketball Closes 2011 with 77-71 Loss at Northern Colorado
    December 31, 2011
    Women’s Basketball Closes 2011 with 77-71 Loss at Northern Colorado GREELEY, Colo. – NAU played Northern Colorado close, trailing by just a single possession with less than two minutes to play, but UNC sophomore D’shara Strange scored 29 points and the Bears held on late for a 77-71 win on New Years Eve in Greeley. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-2 in the Big Sky and 5-9 overall while Northern Colorado improved to 9-5 and won its conference opener.
  • Women’s Basketball Outlasted by Sacramento State in Double-Overtime
    December 29, 2011
    Women’s Basketball Outlasted by Sacramento State in Double-Overtime SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Amy Patton narrowly missed a triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high eight assists as Sacramento State outlasted NAU in a wild Big Sky opener for a 91-85 double-overtime win. The Lumberjacks played their second double-overtime game of the season after having one such game through the program’s first 37 seasons, dropping to 5-8 overall, while the Hornets improved to 6-8.
  • Women’s Basketball to Tip Big Sky Play on the Road
    December 28, 2011
    Women’s Basketball to Tip Big Sky Play on the Road FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a 10-day holiday break, the NAU women’s basketball team (5-7) opens Big Sky play this week at Sacramento State (5-8) on Thursday and at Northern Colorado (7-5) on Saturday. Sacramento State was picked to finished last in both Big Sky preseason polls while Northern Colorado was picked second by the media and third by the coaches. Both games can viewed for free on Big Sky TV.
  • Women’s Basketball Stymied in 70-51 Loss at Utah State
    December 19, 2011
    Women’s Basketball Stymied in 70-51 Loss at Utah State LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore Khyra Conerly scored a season-high 16 points, but Utah State got 21 points and 10 rebounds from senior Ashlee Brown and made 24 of 31 free throws as a team in a 70-51 victory on Monday in Logan, Utah. NAU will enter Big Sky play with a 5-7 record while Utah State defeated the Lumberjacks for the second consecutive season and improved to 6-5.
  • Women’s Basketball Defeated at Utah Valley, 73-56
    December 17, 2011
    Women’s Basketball Defeated at Utah Valley, 73-56 OREM, Utah – Utah Valley shot 57% in the first half in building a 16-point halftime lead, and NAU shot just 36% and went 1-13 from three-point range for the game to drop a 73-56 decision at Utah Valley on Saturday in Orem, Utah. The Lumberjacks, who defeated Utah Valley 73-59 in Flagstaff on Nov. 23, dropped to 0-5 on the road and 5-6 overall while the Wolverines improved to 5-4 on the season.
  • Women’s Basketball to Close Non-Conference Season in Utah
    December 14, 2011
    Women’s Basketball to Close Non-Conference Season in Utah FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-5) opens a season-long four game road trip this weekend, closing non-conference play with games at Utah Valley (4-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Utah State (5-4) on Monday at noon. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 at home this season but 0-4 on the road, looking to build some momentum away from Flagstaff before starting Big Sky play at Sacramento State on Dec. 29.
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