ONE AT A TIME
We are coming off a road split last weekend. We lost to league-leading North Dakota last Thursday, but bounced back for a big win over Northern Colorado on Saturday.
There are four games left in the Big Sky regular season. The top seven teams in the Big Sky advance to the Big Sky tournament. Currently, we are 6-10 and 9th place in the Big Sky, two games out of playoff contention. We are in “playoff mode,” which means we are focused on one step at a time. One practice at a time . . . one possession at a time . . . one game at a time.
Big Sky Standings: North Dakota 13-4, Montana 11-5, Southern Utah 11-5, Eastern Washington 10-6, Sacramento State 8-8, Montana State 8-8, Idaho State 8-8, Northern Colorado 8-9, Northern Arizona 6-10, Portland State 4-12, Weber State 2-14.
Our regular season home schedule wraps up with two critical games this week. We host the Bengals of Idaho State, Thursday, February 27 and Weber State, Saturday, March 1. Both games are at 6:30 p.m. in the Skydome. (Both games will be televised by NAU-TV and broadcast live by Fox Sports Arizona.) Just a reminder, before Saturday’s game versus Weber State we will hold a special ceremony to celebrate the career of our lone senior, Amanda Frost. After Saturday’s game we will have a special reception to celebrate our season to date. If you haven’t been out to see us play this season, now is the time.
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost, will play her last game in the Skydome on Saturday. It will be a bitter sweet moment. Obviously this is an exciting time of year because there is still a lot of basketball to be played. At the same time we have to acknowledge that the career of an all-time Lumberjack great is nearing its end.
Amanda Frost has put up incredible numbers since she stepped foot on campus three years ago. She just broke the NAU single season scoring record with 543 points (and counting), she just notched her fifth 30 plus-point game, she is currently #6 in the NAU record book for career made 3-point field goals at 126. The list goes on and on.
Yet for as incredible as her numbers, our staff, team and fans know it’s Amanda’s “intangibles” that have had the biggest impact on our team and program. Amanda plays with unmatched heart, grit, desire and a motor that never stops. She has been a joy to coach and a great teammate. Our staff and team are united in prolonging her senior year as long as we can.
We had a historic shooting day on Feb. 22 in Greeley, CO, picking up a critical win at Northern Colorado. Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on our win over UNC: “We overall had a great game. It was a great team win with a lot of energy, and that’s going to be important in our games ahead.”
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 = 84
Days until the Big Sky Championship = 17
Hours of community service performed to date = 182
Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 5th place, 73.3%
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The Road Ahead - George Moriarty
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