Women’s Basketball Hosts CSUB Monday in Home Opener
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women's basketball team (0-1) will play CSU Bakersfield (0-1) in its first home game under new head coach Sue Darling at 6:35 p.m. Monday in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks dropped their season opener at New Mexico on Friday but led by seven points late in the first half and trailed by just a point at halftime despite missing three returning letter winners from their lineup.
Monday's game will be televised live on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, FOX College Sports, and NAU-TV with Jordan Byrd and Sharon Falor on the call. FOX Sports Arizona Plus is available on basic cable and satellite (DirecTV 695, Dish 447) throughout Arizona as well as parts of New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. FOX College Sports is available nationally on digital cable and NAU-TV airs on Suddenlink Flagstaff cable channels 4 and 104 in HD. The broadcast will also stream live on bigskytv.org and NAU-TV.com with links to video and live stats above.
NAU senior guard Amy Patton was nearly unstoppable against New Mexico on Friday, totaling 33 points (tied for the seventh most points scored in a game in program history) on 12-of-25 shooting and adding five rebounds, three assists and four steals while playing all 40 minutes. Her point total against the Lobos brought her career scoring to 1,471 points and put her second in career scoring in program history. Patton earned her third All-Big Sky second team selection last season to become just the third player in program history to be a three-time All-Big Sky honoree. She has led NAU in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and minutes played in each of the last two seasons and is also second in program history with a career 16.7 points per game scoring average.
Senior point guard Paige Haynes joined Patton in playing the full 40 minutes on Friday while senior center Aubrey Davis played 39 minutes, both career-highs. Davis posted a game-high 11 rebounds in the contest while Haynes tallied seven points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal. Sophomore Raven Anderson was the only non-upperclassman to start on Friday – her first career start – and performed well, finishing second on the team with nine points and six rebounds while adding a block and a steal in a career-high 31 minutes of playing time.
The Lumberjacks open up their 14-game home slate on Monday after playing well at home last season and finishing with a winning home record for the second consecutive year. In totaling an 8-6 record in Flagstaff last season NAU outscored its opposition by 5.0 points per game and outrebounded its competition by 4.5 boards per game on its home court. The Lumberjacks shot 42.3% overall and 36.8% from three point range in Rolle Activity Center in 2011-12 and nearly defeated NCAA tournament qualifier Nebraska in a double-overtime game in Flagstaff. Patton averaged 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 46% from the field and 37.7% from three-point range in 14 home dates last year.
CSU Bakersfield remains a Division-I independent this season after going 7-22 without a conference last year as the Roadrunners will become a member of the WAC in 2013. The Roadrunners opened their season with a 115-79 exhibition win over Fresno Pacific last Monday paced by 29 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks in just 23 minutes of action for sophomore transfer Janae Coffee. CSU Bakersfield then hosted Arizona in their regular season opener on Friday and took a 71-50 loss while shooting just 27.3%.
NAU and CSUB met in Bakersfield last year in NAU's final road game of the season. The Roadrunners made four less field goals than the Lumberjacks but outscored NAU 32-19 at the free throw line to take an 86-77 win. Lauren Carter had 19 points in the contest for the Runners and is one of eight returning letter winners for CSU Bakersfield this season. The game between NAU and CSUB last season was the first ever meeting between the programs.