END OF THE TRAIL
We ended our season with two road losses to Montana State and Montana over the weekend. Congratulations to North Dakota and Southern Utah, this year’s Big Sky Co-Champions. Both teams finished the Big Sky season with a 15-5 record.
Both North Dakota and Southern Utah travelled similar and inspiring routes to this year’s first place finish. Last year, North Dakota finished 10th in the conference and did not make the conference tournament and Southern Utah finished 7th in the league gaining the last conference playoff spot. What a difference a year makes! We will use that thought as we start preparing for next year.
BIG SKY SELECTIONS
Congratulations are in order for senior Amanda Frost, junior Erikka Banks, and freshman Brittani Lusain. On Monday, all three were honored by the Big Sky Conference with the announcement of the Big Sky Women's Basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners as voted on by the league's head coaches. Amanda was voted as a member of the All-Big Sky First Team while Erikka was named Honorable Mention. Brittani earned the conference's Outstanding Freshman award. Well done!
CHAMPIONS ARE MADE IN THE OFFSEASON
Our players will now take some time to rest, recover and rejuvenate both physically and mentally from the rigors of practices, games and team travel. This week they have mid-term exams and will catch up on their academics. Next week they will hit the road with the rest of the NAU student body to enjoy some R & R over Spring Break. Upon their return, we will start preparations for next season.
We all know the old adage, champions are made in the offseason. The foundation for a championship is laid April through October. There is no glory to the offseason. There are no fans in the stands, no pep bands, no television cameras. Early morning workouts, sweat, hard work, pushing, straining, blind-trust and faith are the bricks and mortar of spring and summer that build the foundation for success in the fall and winter. We are committed to having our best offseason ever.
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on being two months away from graduation: "It's very overwhelming but exciting because I will be the first in my family to get the degree so I just want to make them all proud."
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 the 2014 Big Sky Championship = 368
Days until spring 2014 semester grades are posted = 70
Hours of community service performed to date = 182
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS
Friend of NAU Women’s Basketball, Dan Slayton, shows his Lumberjack Spirit from the Skydome parking lot in Flagstaff, Arizona as he greets the team upon return from Montana.
Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:
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Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University