Opponent: LIU Brooklyn (Monday, Dec. 30/6:30 p.m.)
Location: Walkup Skydome - Flagstaff, Ariz.
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will begin a three-game homestand on Monday with just one more opportunity to tune-up before the start of Big Sky play. The Lumberjacks will host LIU Brooklyn in their final non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome before hosting Montana and Montana State in to open up the conference schedule on Thursday and Saturday respectively.
NAU will look to bounce back and pick up some momentum following a tough two-game trip to California last week where it suffered losses to Cal State Northridge and Pepperdine. The Lumberjacks saw their record drop to 3-5 heading into Monday's contest versus LIU Brooklyn despite a potent scoring effort from senior Amanda Frost. Frost had a pair of 20-plus point scoring performances and hit five three-pointers in each game. Junior Raven Anderson also scored in double-figures in both games last week while the team also saw the return of freshman Rene Coggins after a three-game absence due to injury. Coggins posted a career-high four assists at Pepperdine.
Series History: Monday's matchup will be the first all-time meeting between the two schools.
About LIU Brooklyn (1-8, 0-0 Northeast Conference): LIU Brooklyn will play two games in the Grand Canyon state as it will play at Grand Canyon on Saturday prior to Monday's game in Flagstaff. The two games will be the first for LIU Brooklyn in two weeks and first two away from the East coast following its 67-52 victory at Monmouth on Dec. 14. The victory snapped the team's eight-game losing streak to begin the season, including a 57-44 loss to Big Sky opponent Southern Utah at home.
The Blackbirds shot 51 percent in their win over Monmouth and were led by senior Cleandra Roberts, the team's leading scorer and rebounder. Roberts, averaging 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, posted 23 points and six rebounds in the victory. Junior Letava Whippy added 18 points and nine rebounds and is the team's third leading scorer and second leading rebounder while leading the team with 15 steals. Sophomore Sophie Bhasin comes off the bench to average 8.1 points, only trailing Roberts on the team.
We'll Take it Away: NAU has gotten its hands dirty and been a disruptive force this season. The Lumberjacks rank third in the Big Sky with 9.8 steals per game and has registered double-digit steals in three of the last four games. Three players rank in the top-10 in the conference in steals with senior Amanda Frost leading the way, tied for second at 2.8 steals per game. Freshman Brittani Lusain is tied for seventh at 2.3 per game and junior Erikka Banks is tied for 10th at 1.9. Junior Raven Anderson is also averaging more than a steal per game as the Lumberjacks are forcing an average of 18.8 turnovers per contest, fifth-most in the Big Sky.
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