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THE STAGE IS SET

The NCAA Women’s Final Four games are set for this Sunday and Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. Congratulations to Stanford, Connecticut, Notre Dame, and Maryland on their outstanding seasons to date.

When you think about it, it’s an incredible foursome. Both Connecticut and Notre Dame head into the weekend undefeated. Stanford (33-3) returns to the Final Four for the sixth time in seven years led by senior All-American Cheney Ogwumike. Former University of Arizona basketball player, Brenda Frese, and her Maryland Terrapins head to Nashville with a 27-6 record. The Terps start two freshman. Coach Frese has “never let her freshmen use the excuse that they are freshmen,” and it’s paid off. Our game is well represented - best of luck to all four teams!

AMANDA FROST’S NEXT STEP

Amanda Frost is one of 80 players that will be participating in a Pro Combine in Nashville this weekend. There will be scouts from both the WNBA and foreign teams in attendance. The combine will begin on Saturday with individual drills and 5 on 5 play. The top 40 players will advance to Sunday’s session. Amanda has been working hard on her game since the end of the season. She has been in the gym daily working on shooting, ball skills and conditioning. Good luck Amanda!

“YOU HAVE BRAINS IN YOUR HEAD . . .

. . . You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Our team participated in two career preparation workshops recently. They, along with other NAU student-athletes, learned the essentials of job-seeking, career preparation, and self-marketing through a series of lectures, roundtable meetings and practicals. They prepared resumes and business cards, dressed in interview attire and networked with representatives of 20 companies from around the country including American Express, Enterprise, Aflac, and The United States Air Force. Kudos to NAU Assistant Athletics Director for Academics, Pam Lowie, and the rest of our NAU Academic Support team for a career workshop and fair well done!  

THREE QUESTIONS STARRING BRITTANI LUSAIN

Brittani Lusain is a 5’9 freshman guard from San Diego, California. She will spend the next minute delving into the life of a teammate while also sharing something about herself:

THREE WORDS

Bradlee Cotton, a 6’0 freshman forward from Denver, Colorado, describes this week’s career fair: “Eye-opening. Opportunities. Exciting.”

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 our 2014-15 Home Opener = 226 (November 14, 2014 vs UC Irvine)

Days until our first 2014-15 Big Sky game = 281 (January 1, 2015 vs Sac State)

Days until the 2014 Big Sky Championship = 347

Days until spring 2014 semester grades are posted = 47

Hours of community service performed to date = 182

NAU BASKETBALL CAMPS FOR GIRLS - SUMMER 2014

Day Camp (Girl’s Ages 8-13) - June 9-12, 2014

Team Camp (JV and Varsity High School and Club Girl’s Teams) - June 13-15, 2014

Elite Camp (Girls grades 9-12) - August 3, 2014

Contact assistant coach, Karlie Burris, for more information: karlie.burris@nau.edu 928-523-9982

WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS

Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, Amy and Layla Destaffany, show their Lumberjack Spirit from Flagstaff, Arizona.

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