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We've be working on defense, rebounding and free-throw shooting over the past few weeks and it paid off in our game Saturday versus Utah Valley University. The final from Orem, Utah - NAU 80 - UVU 66. We out-rebounded UVU 46-33. Twenty of our rebounds were on the offensive end. Erikka Banks hauled in 19 rebounds, while Priscilla Brooks and Brittani Lusain collected 13 and 7, respectively. Brittani also gave a stellar defensive effort, holding UVU's leading scorer to 14 points under her average. As a team we shot 80% (20-25) from the charity stripe.

We head out today for a two game road swing in southern California. Tomorrow we take on UC Santa Barbara at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday we play Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles at 2:00 p.m.


Romeo and Juliet . . . Wine and cheese . . . Peanut butter and jelly . . . Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. One more pairing to add to your list . . . NAU Lumberjack Basketball and Flagstaff Snowbowl Skiing.

The lifts are open! Flagstaff Snowbowl Ski Resort offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Arizona. There is currently a 20" base. The snow-making machines are dropping new snow every day and the forecast calls for Mother Nature to add more natural powder this weekend.

Next Saturday, December 14th, we play a rare double-header with our men's team. We kick the festivities off with an 11:30 a.m. Skydome tip-off versus the University of Texas - Arlington. Our men's team will then take on the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University at 3:00 p.m. Exciting NAU basketball on Saturday and a Snowbowl ski day on Sunday sounds like a winning combination!


Thanksgiving dinner, team travel, waiting games, Hacky Sack (basketball style) . . .


Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on getting our first win: “Overall it just felt so good to win. It was like a breath of fresh air. We fought until the end as a team. We did a great job bouncing back from the loss to UTEP.”


Our goals for the 2013-2014 season:

Win the Big Sky Championship,

Maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher,

Perform 150 hours of community service.

Freshman Catelyn Preston (Oregon City, OR) keeps tabs on important dates and numbers for our program. Drumroll please . . .

Days until semester grades are posted = 14

Days until first Big Sky home opener (Montana, Jan. 2nd) = 30

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 102

Hours of community service performed to date = 78

Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 7th place, 67.2%



Friend of NAU Women’s Basketball, UN Security Chief Kevin O Hanlon, shows his Lumberjack spirit at the UN's Climate Change Conference held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.


Next Home Game: Saturday, December 14 vs. UT Arlington. 11:30 a.m. at the Walkup Skydome

Season Tickets: Season Tickets start at just $50! Take a look at the 2013-14 season ticket brochure by clicking here or call (928)523-0639 for more information.

Single Game Tickets: Come check us out for a game! Single game tickets are just $5. Purchase tickets online by clicking here or by calling (928)523-5661.

Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:

1. Follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (@NAU_WBB), and at

2. Wear the Blue and Gold with pride (especially on Friday).

3. If you know of someone not receiving this newsletter who you think might enjoy receiving it, please send me their email address and I will add them to the email list.

4. Make it a great week to be a Lumberjack!

Go Jacks!

Sue Darling

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Northern Arizona University

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