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January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The glorious sunrise over Louie the Lumberjack and Flagstaff this morning not only ushered in a new day and year, but also a new season for our team. We start our 20-game Big Sky conference season tomorrow at home versus Montana. We finished our non-conference season Monday with a disappointing home loss to LIU Brooklyn. We finished non-conference play with a 3-6 record. That was not where we wanted to be, but we are making progress in year two - tripling last year’s non-conference wins - and we continue to get better.

THE MONTANA’S

We now set our sights on conference play.  While top to bottom the Big Sky Conference is a very competitive conference, Montana is definitely the class of the league. Robin Selvig has been Montana’s head coach since the 1978-79 season. Since then, Robin and the Lady Griz have hung 23 conference championship banners.

Montana is a very solid team again this year. They lead the league in scoring defense (58.8 points per game) and free throw percentage (76%). Montana also does the best job of taking care of the ball, averaging just 12 turnovers a game. Although we did not beat Montana last year, we played them well in both games. We lost a 71-79 overtime thriller in Bozeman and a 51-59 decision in Flagstaff.

We continue our conference homestand Saturday against the Bobcats of Montana State. Both games are in the Skydome at 6:30 p.m. Come join what will be an exciting start to Big Sky play and 2014!

ACADEMIC UPDATE

While unofficial fall semester grades have been posted, we will not be able to report our official fall semester team GPA until next week’s newsletter. Looking at preliminary reports, we are proud to announce that three players finished the semester with a 4.0 GPA.

FROST BITE

Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on the start of conference play: "We improved a lot during the non-conference season. It's now time to step up and put what we've learned into winning games."

CATELYN'S COUNTDOWN

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 = 140

Days until first Big Sky home opener (Montana, Jan. 2nd) = 1

Days until the Big Sky Championship = 74

Hours of community service performed to date = 104

Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 9th place, 64.5%

RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK


WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS

Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, Raquel, Tiye, Cheyenne, and Miranda, show their Lumberjack Spirit from Northridge, California.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKET CENTRAL

Next Home Game: Thursday, January 2 vs. Montana. 6:30 p.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 (www.facebook.com/NAUwomensbasketball), Twitter (@NAU_WBB), and at www.nauathletics.com

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

sue.darling@nau.edu