Opponent: Southern Utah (Monday, Jan. 13/6:30 p.m.)
Location: Walkup Skydome - Flagstaff, Ariz.
Live Stats: www.nauathletics.com
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team makes a brief stop at home to begin this week's three-game slate when they host Southern Utah Monday night in the Skydome at 6:30 p.m. Following Monday night's contest, the Lumberjacks will head back out on the road to play Eastern Washington and Portland State later this week.
The Lumberjacks will look for similar success against Southern Utah to snap their six-game losing streak after sweeping the Thunderbirds a year ago. NAU fell to Sacramento State, 104-79, last Thursday in Sacramento, as it played shorthanded without two of its starters. Freshman Catelyn Preston made her first career start and was just two assists shy of a triple-double as she finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Junior Erikka Banks scored a career-high 28 points and added 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and freshman Rene Coggins (14 points) and senior Amanda Frost (12) also scored in double-figures.
Series History: Northern Arizona defeated Southern Utah in both of its regular season meetings last year and holds a 16-10 series edge all-time. In a game in which Amy Patton became the school's all-time leading scorer and Amanda Frost scored 27 points, a career-high at the time, in her first game of the season after knee surgery, the Lumberjacks picked up a 71-61 victory in Cedar City in the first meeting. The two teams then met in Flagstaff and NAU edged out a 76-74 victory in overtime with Frost delivering the game-winning layup with 4.2 seconds remaining.
The Lumberjacks are 13-2 all-time versus the Thunderbirds at home and have not dropped a game to them in Flagstaff since 1993, a span of six victories.
TV Coverage: Monday's game will be televised by NAU-TV and broadcasted on a tape delay basis on Fox Sports Arizona on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. The game will be shown live locally in Flagstaff on Suddenlink cable Channel 4 and online on the NAU-TV live web stream.
About Southern Utah (8-4, 2-1 Big Sky): Southern Utah is coming off a big win on Saturday, handing Sacramento State its first Big Sky loss of the season and holding the Hornets to season-lows in almost every statistical category, most importantly points. The Thunderbirds snapped a two-game losing streak with their 97-79 victory and improved to 2-1 in conference play with their only loss coming at the hands of North Dakota, the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Sky by three points.
The Thunderbirds are the second-highest scoring team in the conference at 75.0 points per game and leads the conference in field goal percentage at 43.3 percent. They shot 64.7 percent from the field in their win at Sacramento State and had six players in double-figures. Senior Carli Moreland leads the team with 11.6 points pr game and sophomore Lori Parkinson is right behind at 11.4 per contest. Moreland also leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game, sixth in the Big Sky, and Parkinson is tied for first in the Big Sky with Erikka Banks in field goal percentage at .560.
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