FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Adding experience to their 2014-15 roster was a goal for the Northern Arizona women's basketball team and they took another step in that direction on Tuesday with the addition of Monique Mulder, a transfer from New Mexico Junior College. Mulder, a 5-foot-3 point guard, will be a junior this upcoming season after two years at NMJC.
"We're very excited to add Monique," said head coach Sue Darling. "She's a winner and a very talented point guard. She has the ability to break her defender down and get into the lane and either finish or dish it off. I also like her ability to play defense because she has the ability to ball up against an offensive player with the best of them. Monique brings the whole package."
Mulder was an integral part in leading the Thunderbirds to the NJCAA Division I National Championships after New Mexico Junior College won its conference and regional championship this past season, finishing with a 25-6 record. On an NMJC team in which only one player averaged double-figure points and no player played more than 20 minutes per game, Mulder averaged 6.5 points in 18.5 minutes per game this past season. As the Thunderbirds' starting point guard, Mulder averaged 3.3 assists per game and led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5. She also averaged 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 35.4 percent from the field. Mulder posted eight double-figure scoring games with a season-high of 18 in addition to 12 games with at least four assists.
The floor general out of Antioch, Calif. was even more impressive on the defensive end for a team that allowed just 57 points per game on 34.7 percent opponent shooting. Mulder led the Thunderbirds with 70 steals (2.3 per game) and she recorded multiple thefts in 22 of 31 games. Following the season, she was named an All-WJCAC honorable mention selection.
Mulder is NAU's fourth signee – third junior college transfer – for upcoming campaign joining Madi Austin and Mariah Willadsen, both from Mesa Community College, and Tori Lloyd, from Dobson High School. With a pair of seniors-to-be in Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks plus Brittani Lusain, the Big Sky's Outstanding Freshman, and a host of young talent returning, the Lumberjacks are building an impressive roster to return to the Big Sky Championships.
"We're really excited about the team that we'll have next year," Darling said. "We have Raven (Anderson) and Erikka (Banks) leading the way as seniors and our freshmen did a great job this year playing quality minutes. We really feel good about what we have coming back and to add these new pieces, it's going to make for a fun and exciting season next year."