Opponent: Southern Utah (Monday, Feb. 10/7:00 p.m.)
Location: Cedar City, Utah
Live Stats: www.suutbirds.com
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will make a short road trip to Cedar City, Utah on Monday to play Southern Utah before returning home for a pair of home games to close out the week. The Lumberjacks will look to finish the season sweep of the Thunderbirds and turn the tide in their favor following a second consecutive loss on Thursday at home to Sacramento State.
NAU's second half rally came up short to Sacramento State in the Skydome as it sliced its 18-point deficit to four before ultimately falling 99-91. Junior Erikka Banks recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Brittani Lusain missed a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Senior Amanda Frost and freshman Rene Coggins finished in double-figures with 19 and 15 points respectively. The Lumberjacks shot 51.4 percent from the field and they outrebounded the Hornets, 47-40, but Sacramento State hit 18 three-pointers compared to just two for NAU.
Series History: The Lumberjacks' 82-77 victory over the Thunderbirds at home was their third straight in the series dating back to last season. NAU is 17-10 all-time against Southern Utah, having won five of the last six meetings, but is only 3-8 all-time in Cedar City.
In the team's last meeting in the Skydome on Jan. 13, the Lumberjacks erased an 18-point halftime deficit and notched their first conference victory of the season. The loss snapped a six-game losing streak at the time. A 19-0 run over a four-minute stretch put the Lumberjacks all the way in front for good and they secured the victory by knocking down five of six free throws down the stretch. Amanda Frost scored a career-high 34 points in the victory, 25 of which came during the second half rally, and Erikka Banks posted 16 points, nine rebounds and six steals. The Lumberjacks stifled the Thunderbirds into 29 percent shooting in the second half while they shot 61 percent and 52 percent for the game.
Audio Coverage: Monday's games will have a live audio stream of the game available via Stretch Internet. Assistant Director for Athletics Communications Stayson Isobe will handle play-by-play duties with a pregame show beginning 20 minutes prior to tipoff (6:40 p.m.). The stream can be found here.
About Southern Utah (13-7, 7-4 Big Sky): Southern Utah completed its season sweep over Sacramento State Saturday at home, pulling away late for a 93-74 victory. The Thunderbirds shot a season-best 66.7 percent and moved into sole possession of third place, one win behind second place, in the conference with the victory. They have won four of their last five games to improve to 7-4 in Big Sky play.
Junior Hailey Mandelko and sophomore Lori Parkinson each scored 22 points in the Thunderbirds' win on Saturday. Parkinson also added 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. She leads the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and Mandelko is right behind at 11.9 points per game. Parkinson is also third in the conference with a .548 field goal percentage. Southern Utah is the second-highest scoring team in the conference averaging 75.1 points per game.
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