NEXT UP: HORNETS
We opened Big Sky play last Thursday and Saturday with two disappointing home losses to Montana and Montana State. Next up is Sacramento State in Sacramento tomorrow night. This year’s Sac State squad is a solid team and is off to a 10-1 start. If you can’t make the game, you can catch Stayson Isobe’s audio call of the game via Stretch Internet and/or catch the video feed at www.WatchBigSky.com. You can find both links on our schedule page at www.nauathletics.com.
Spring semester classes begin this Monday. The past couple weeks our players have been on campus without an academic load. They have taken advantage of an increase in free time by getting in the gym and working on their game and hanging out with each other.
We took some time yesterday to literally “hang out” at a local climbing gym. The team climbing experience provided a unique and fun learning environment and allowed us to strengthen our team communication and problem solving skills. More importantly, It was a great opportunity to bond and develop a deeper trust in one another.
THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WATING FOR . . .
One of our program goals for this year is to maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. We are excited to announce that our current roster achieved a GPA of 3.06 for the Fall 2013 semester. Our players did a great job of caring, staying focused, attending class, and going to study hall. They also took a strong initiative in utilizing tutors and study groups.
Kudos also go out to our Director of Academics, Pam Lowie, and to our staff of assistant coaches. Achieving the goal was a total team effort. Congrats and thank you to all!
“YOU HAVE BRAINS IN YOUR HEAD, FEET IN YOUR SHOES”
Congratulations to Aubrey Davis and Tyler Stephens-Jenkins, two players from last year’s squad. Both completed their undergraduate work this past fall and are now officially NAU graduates. Good luck to both!
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on yesterday’s team climbing wall experience: “It opened our eyes to trusting each other more. We were positive the whole time and it felt good to have each other’s backs.”
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 spring semester grades are posted = 133
Days until the Big Sky Championship = 67
Hours of community service performed to date = 104
Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 8th place, 67.4%
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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