Last Wednesday was the first day of the Spring signing period. We are happy to announce the addition of two outstanding young women to our program. Mariah Willadsen and Madi Austin were two of the top-three scorers on the Mesa Community College squad that claimed the NJCAA Division II National Championship last month following a 28-5 season. Mariah is a do-it-all guard with a deadly jump shot and knack for rebounding. Madi is a versatile forward who is as good from behind the three-point arc as she is with her back to the basket. They will both add talent, experience, leadership, work ethic, and toughness to our program. Both will be juniors in the fall.
GOLDEN EAGLE AWARDS
A shout-out to Ginny Clements and Golden Eagle Distributors for once again sponsoring and hosting the NAU Athletics Golden Eagle Awards Luncheon which was held last week. The Golden Eagle Awards honor NAU student-athletes who maintained high levels of scholastic achievement while performing with distinction in NAU's athletic programs. Nine women’s basketball player were honored at the luncheon:
PRISCILLA BROOKS - Freshman, Undeclared, Riverside, Calif.
RENE’ COGGINS - Freshman, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mesa, Ariz.
BRADLEE COTTON - Freshman, Environmental Sciences, Denver, Colo.
AVONNA LEE - Freshman, Undeclared, Sacramento, Calif.
TAYLOR LEYVA - Freshman, Psychology, Pueblo, Colo.
BRITTANI LUSAIN - Freshman, Undeclared, San Diego, Calif.
BISERA PESHKOVA - Junior, Business, Varna, Bulgaria
CATELYN PRESTON - Freshman, Psychology, Oregon City, Ore.
SHAY YOUNG - Sophomore, Biology, San Diego, Calif.
Golden Eagle Distributors has been the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch products across most of Arizona since its creation in 1974. The family-owned company is headquartered in Tucson with branch offices in Casa Grande, Buckeye, Flagstaff, Globe and Holbrook, Ariz.
THE WORLD’S BEST PARTY AT 7000 FEET
The @ItsComingNAU Campaign hits its highest level this Saturday. Northern Arizona Athletics is throwing the world's best party at 7,000 feet Saturday, April 26 #NAU42614 at the football Blue-Gold spring game. The festivities kick off at noon at Lumberjack Stadium. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Come join the fun!
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:
Catelyn Preston, a 5’10 freshman forward from Oregon City, Oregon shares three words to describe her teammates: “A good time. Extravagant. Hilarious.”
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 = 205 (November 14, 2014 vs UC Irvine)
Days until our first 2014-15 Big Sky game = 260 (January 1, 2015 vs Sac State)
Days until the 2014 Big Sky Championship = 326
Days until spring 2014 semester grades are posted = 33
Hours of community service performed to date = 188
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 928-523-9982
WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS
Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, Brittani Lusain and Avonna Lee, show their Lumberjack Spirit from Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:
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!
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University