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  • NAU Student-Athletes Give Back in Record Numbers During 2014-15 Year
    June 02, 2015
    NAU Student-Athletes Give Back in Record Numbers During 2014-15 Year FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Last year, Northern Arizona University student-athletes performed an incredible 4,378 total community service hours setting a new department record. During the 2014-15 academic year, Lumberjack student-athletes outdid themselves resetting the record with over 5,000 hours out in the Flagstaff community and the greater Northern Arizona region in an outstanding department-wide effort to give back.
  • NCAA Releases Latest Academic Progress Rate Results
    May 27, 2015
    NCAA Releases Latest Academic Progress Rate Results INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes continue to strive for academic excellence culminating in graduation, as the latest annual multi-year data has been released by the NCAA.
  • NAU Men Win Second Consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
    May 19, 2015
    NAU Men Win Second Consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona men have captured their second consecutive Big Sky All-Sports Trophy, the conference office announced Tuesday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and maintained it after a tie for first place capturing their fourth straight outdoor title.
  • NAU Athletics Celebrates 42 Student-Athlete Graduates This Weekend
    May 09, 2015
    NAU Athletics Celebrates 42 Student-Athlete Graduates This Weekend FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In total, 42 Northern Arizona University student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend during the Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held on campus yesterday and today. Including the 21 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 63 graduates for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Women's Basketball Recruit Alyssa Rader Excels at U18 National Tournament
    May 06, 2015
    Women's Basketball Recruit Alyssa Rader Excels at U18 National Tournament COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Only a small percentage of athletes ever have the opportunity to train and compete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, but count incoming Northern Arizona women's basketball freshman Alyssa Rader as one of them. Rader was one of four players on the Colorado Elite Blue team to recently compete in the 2015 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Tournament last weekend, playing head-to-head against some of the best prep players in the country for the chance to represent the Red, White & Blue on the international stage.
  • A Night to Remember: 2015 Louie's Awards
    April 30, 2015
    A Night to Remember: 2015 Louie's Awards FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday night at Prochnow Auditorium, the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Louie’s Awards, a night for Lumberjack student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff to sit back, relax and remember the 2014-15 academic year.
  • NAU Adds Two Division I Transfers, Top Prep Athlete for Next Season
    April 28, 2015
    NAU Adds Two Division I Transfers, Top Prep Athlete for Next Season FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Before the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team prepares for the summer, head coach Sue Darling added three incoming Lumberjacks – Passionate Amukamara, Olivia Lucero and Kenna McDavis – to their growing stockpile of talent for the upcoming 2015-16 season. All three are in-state products with Amukamara coming out of Millennium High School while Lucero and McDavis will be returning to the state after two years apiece at Loyola Marymount and Boise State respectively.
  • Big Sky Basketball and Reno Announce Three-Year Championships Deal
    April 24, 2015
    Big Sky Basketball and Reno Announce Three-Year Championships Deal OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships have a home in Reno, Nev., the league and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced Friday. The deal is a three-year agreement.
  • NAU Places 32 Student-Athletes on Big Sky Winter All-Academic
    April 22, 2015
    NAU Places 32 Student-Athletes on Big Sky Winter All-Academic OGDEN, Utah – On Wednesday, the Big Sky conference office announced their All-Academic Teams for the winter 2015 season with the Northern Arizona men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams combining for a total of 32 honorees.
  • Women's Basketball Trio Impresses at Final Four Pro Combine
    April 17, 2015
    Women's Basketball Trio Impresses at Final Four Pro Combine TAMPA, Fla. – Three Northern Arizona women's basketball players showcased themselves in their pursuit of a professional career two weeks ago at the ProHoops Combine in Tampa held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four. Current seniors Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks as well as former Lumberjack Tyler Stephens-Jenkins took part in the invitation only combine which gave them an opportunity to be evaluated by WNBA coaches, foreign coaches and scouts.
  • Hoover, Vang, Buzzard & Hasquet Honored as Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
    April 15, 2015
    Hoover, Vang, Buzzard & Hasquet Honored as Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – On Wednesday, NAU’s brightest student-athletes were honored at the 37th annual Golden Eagle Awards held at the High Country Conference Center. The annual luncheon recognizes Northern Arizona University’s student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 191 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments.
  • 2014-15 NAU Women's Basketball Season Recap
    April 01, 2015
    2014-15 NAU Women's Basketball Season Recap FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team has steadily been on the rise and the 2014-15 season was the biggest step in the right direction for a program who is vying a return into the upper echelon of the Big Sky Conference.
  • 'Jacks, Northern Arizona Community Come Together for Student-Athlete for a Day
    March 31, 2015
    'Jacks, Northern Arizona Community Come Together for Student-Athlete for a Day FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Athletics Department, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), held its Student-Athlete for a Day on Tuesday for over 200 children throughout the northern Arizona region. The important Student-Athlete for a Day returned for the first time in three years and was a fun-filled day for both the Lumberjack student-athletes and the local youth.
  • Banks Earns Place on College Sports Madness All-Conference Team
    March 13, 2015
    Banks Earns Place on College Sports Madness All-Conference Team FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a strong final season, Erikka Banks repeated as a College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference second team selection on Friday. The Northern Arizona women's basketball senior also was a preseason all-conference selection by the website in the fall.
  • Lumberjacks Fall to Eagles, 73-57, as Season Ends in Big Sky Tourney
    March 11, 2015
    Lumberjacks Fall to Eagles, 73-57, as Season Ends in Big Sky Tourney MISSOULA, Mont. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team trimmed a 22-point halftime deficit to as low as 14 in the second half, but ultimately saw their season come to an end in the Big Sky Quarterfinals at the hands of Eastern Washington, 73-57, Wednesday night. The fifth-seeded 'Jacks outscored the fourth-seeded Eagles by six after half and outshot EWU, but could not pull themselves all the way back, finishing the season with a 13-17 overall record.
  • Women's Basketball Senior Duo Receives All-Conference Honors
    March 10, 2015
    Women's Basketball Senior Duo Receives All-Conference Honors OGDEN, Utah – Seniors Erikka Banks and Raven Anderson have led the Northern Arizona women's basketball team all season, and on Tuesday they were rewarded with selections to the Big Sky All-Conference teams. In a vote conducted by the league's head coaches, Banks was named to the All-Big Sky Second Team while Anderson garnered honorable mention honors.
  • NAU and Eastern Washington Square Off Wednesday in BSC Quarterfinals
    March 09, 2015
    NAU and Eastern Washington Square Off Wednesday in BSC Quarterfinals FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team takes to Missoula, Mont. for this week's Big Sky Women's Basketball Championships starting Wednesday. In the Lumberjacks' first appearance in the conference tournament in six years, NAU - the fifth seed - will face fourth-seeded Eastern Washington in the first round on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Flagstaff time.
  • Women's Basketball Outshot by Sacramento State, 105-81
    March 07, 2015
    Women's Basketball Outshot by Sacramento State, 105-81 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team shot 63.2 percent from the field – the second highest field goal percentage in school history – but fell to Sacramento State in their regular season finale, 105-81, on Saturday. The Lumberjacks concluded the regular season with a 13-16 record, 9-9 in conference play heading into next week's Big Sky Championships.
  • Seniors Lead NAU to Victory in Portland and Big Sky Tourney Bid
    March 06, 2015
    Seniors Lead NAU to Victory in Portland and Big Sky Tourney Bid PORTLAND, Ore. – Seniors Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks exerted their will on Portland State in a dominant effort for the team's leaders, fueling the Northern Arizona women's basketball team to a 79-62 victory on Thursday night. The victory sealed up NAU's spot in next week's Big Sky Championships, marking the Lumberjacks' first conference tournament appearance since 2009.
  • Women's Basketball Eyes Conference Tourney Spot on Road This Week
    March 03, 2015
    Women's Basketball Eyes Conference Tourney Spot on Road This Week FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team concludes the regular season this week on the road at Portland State on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Sacramento State on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both times are local to Flagstaff.
  • Women's Basketball Falls to Northern Colorado, 88-67, on Senior Night
    February 28, 2015
    Women's Basketball Falls to Northern Colorado, 88-67, on Senior Night FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team honored their two seniors Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks prior to the start of their final home game as Lumberjacks versus Northern Colorado. Then the Bears played the role of spoiler as they handed NAU an 88-67 loss in the Walkup Skydome on Saturday, ruining Senior Night. The Lumberjacks will head into the final week of the regular season with a 12-15 overall record and an even 8-8 Big Sky mark.
  • Women's Hoops Hosts Northern Colorado on Senior Night in the Dome
    February 27, 2015
    Women's Hoops Hosts Northern Colorado on Senior Night in the Dome FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – One of the main objectives in basketball is to put the ball through the net. The most effective way to do that is to get layups at the rim and there aren't too many players who have come through the Northern Arizona women's basketball program who have been better at doing just that than seniors Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks.
  • Women's Hoops Prevail in Double OT, 72-68, Against UND
    February 26, 2015
    Women's Hoops Prevail in Double OT, 72-68, Against UND FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team dusted themselves off from a tough road trip and needed every second of a 50-minute ball game Thursday night to pull out a resounding 72-68 victory over North Dakota. The Lumberjacks inched closer to a potential Big Sky Tournament berth with the victory, hammering out their first ever double overtime victory in school history in the process. With the win, NAU improved to 12-14 overall and 8-7 in conference play.
  • NAU Kicks Off Final Homestand in Rolle Thursday Versus UND
    February 24, 2015
    NAU Kicks Off Final Homestand in Rolle Thursday Versus UND FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team starts their final homestand of the season on Thursday in the Rolle Activity Center versus North Dakota at 6:30 p.m. The Lumberjacks will turn the page at home after a tough week on the road suffering losses to Idaho and Eastern Washington. NAU looks to separate itself from a crowded middle of the pack in the Big Sky Standings, currently residing in sixth place.
  • Women's Basketball Outshot by Eastern Washington, 73-42
    February 21, 2015
    Women's Basketball Outshot by Eastern Washington, 73-42 CHENEY, Wash. – For the second time this road trip, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team was done in by a critical first half run, this time at the hands of second-place Eastern Washington on Saturday. The Lumberjacks fell to the Eagles, 73-42, despite 18 points from sophomore Rene Coggins and 16 points from senior Erikka Banks. The loss dropped NAU's record to 11-14 and 7-7 in the conference.
  • Women's Basketball Doomed by First Half in 78-43 Loss to Idaho
    February 19, 2015
    Women's Basketball Doomed by First Half in 78-43 Loss to Idaho MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho closed the first half on a 22-0 run and pulled away from the Northern Arizona women's basketball, handing the Lumberjacks a 78-43 loss Thursday night at the Cowan Spectrum. NAU's record fell to 11-13 overall and 7-6 in conference play, dropping a spot in the Big Sky standings to sixth-place.
  • Lumberjacks Take Win Streak to UI, EWU During Northwest Trip
    February 17, 2015
    Lumberjacks Take Win Streak to UI, EWU During Northwest Trip FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will face a pair of conference foes for the first time this season on the road this weekend. The Lumberjacks (11-12, 7-5 Big Sky) will take their two-game win streak to the Northwest to face Idaho on Thursday and Eastern Washington on Saturday with two chances to further solidify their place among the Big Sky's top eight teams. NAU will tip-off versus UI in Moscow, Idaho at 7 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. versus EWU in Cheney, Wash. on Saturday. Both times are local to Flagstaff.
  • Women's Basketball Finishes Strong, Hands Weber State 56-52 Defeat
    February 14, 2015
    Women's Basketball Finishes Strong, Hands Weber State 56-52 Defeat FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Down four at halftime and as much as six in the second half, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team ended the game on an 8-2 run to gut out a 56-52 victory over Weber State. Sophomore Catelyn Preston's go-ahead bucket with 1:25 was the dagger as NAU was less than willing to show the Wildcats love on Valentine's Day, avenging an earlier loss to Weber State on the road last month.
  • Women's Hoops Ends Home Week Saturday Versus Weber State in Rolle
    February 13, 2015
    Women's Hoops Ends Home Week Saturday Versus Weber State in Rolle FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Winners of four of their last five games, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team will host Weber State on Saturday in the Rolle Activity Center with the intention of keeping their momentum going. The Lumberjacks welcome the Wildcats in for a Valentine's Day matinee at 2 p.m. in a battle between teams in the middle of the pack of the Big Sky standings.
  • NAU Earns First Win Over ISU Since 2011, 64-47, on Play 4 Kay Night
    February 12, 2015
    NAU Earns First Win Over ISU Since 2011, 64-47, on Play 4 Kay Night FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Raven Anderson scored 21 of her career-high 25 points in the second half, helping the Northern Arizona women's basketball team snap a seven-game losing streak to Idaho State with a 64-47 victory in the Skydome. On Play 4 Kay night to bring awareness to breast cancer, the Lumberjacks rose to the occasion, moving to 6-5 in conference play and recording their 10th overall victory of the season.
  • Women's Hoops Plays 4 Kay Thursday Versus Idaho State
    February 10, 2015
    Women's Hoops Plays 4 Kay Thursday Versus Idaho State FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will look to get back into the win column on Thursday as they host Idaho State in the Walkup Skydome at 6:30 p.m. The game will be NAU's annual Play 4 Kay game to raise breast cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and support the nationwide cause to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
  • Saturday's Women's Hoops Game to be Played in Rolle Activity Center
    February 09, 2015
    Saturday's Women's Hoops Game to be Played in Rolle Activity Center FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Two of the Northern Arizona women's basketball team's final two games will be moved to the Rolle Activity Center starting with this Saturday's contest against Weber State.
  • Women's Basketball's Win Streak Halted at UND
    February 07, 2015
    Women's Basketball's Win Streak Halted at UND GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team was unable to keep North Dakota, the second-highest scoring team in the Big Sky, in check on Saturday as their three-game win streak was snapped by the defending conference champs, 78-62. North Dakota shot 58.9 percent from the field, marking the first time an opponent has shot upwards of 50 percent against NAU this season, in the victory.
  • Women's Basketball Earns Road Win at Northern Colorado, 51-49
    February 05, 2015
    Women's Basketball Earns Road Win at Northern Colorado, 51-49 GREELEY, Colo. – After nine straight losses to Northern Colorado the Northern Arizona women's basketball team got the best of the Bears for the second straight year in Greeley. NAU held off a hard charging Bears squad to come out on the winning end of a 51-49 slugfest on Thursday, prevailing in the final seconds and as a result earned their elusive first road victory of the season. With the win, the 'Jacks moved over .500 in conference play to 5-4.
  • Women's Basketball Travels to Northern Colorado, North Dakota
    February 03, 2015
    Women's Basketball Travels to Northern Colorado, North Dakota FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fresh off a 2-1 homestand, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team travels to Northern Colorado on Thursday to start their road trip this week. The Lumberjacks will then make the trek to North Dakota on Saturday to cap the longest road trip in the Big Sky Conference. Tipoff versus the Bears on Thursday is 7 p.m. while NAU will take on UND on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both times are local to Flagstaff.
  • NAU Athletics February Student-Athlete Spotlight
    February 02, 2015
    NAU Athletics February Student-Athlete Spotlight FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Deante Kemper of the track & field team and Raven Anderson of the women's basketball team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of February.
  • Women's Hoops Powers Past Southern Utah in Overtime, 73-64
    January 31, 2015
    Women's Hoops Powers Past Southern Utah in Overtime, 73-64 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team fought back from an eight-point halftime deficit and muscled their way past Southern Utah in overtime for a 73-64 victory to even their Big Sky record to 4-4. The Lumberjacks, now 8-11 for the season, received a career-high 17 points from junior Mariah Willadsen and double-doubles from seniors Raven Anderson and Erikka Banks in NAU's second come-from-behind home win over Southern Utah in as many years.
  • NAU Concludes Homestand on Saturday with Southern Utah Rematch
    January 29, 2015
    NAU Concludes Homestand on Saturday with Southern Utah Rematch FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Looking to avenge a 63-53 loss to Southern Utah on Jan. 10, the Northern Arizona women's basketball will host their closest geographic competitor in the Big Sky on Saturday to close out their three-game homestand. The Lumberjacks and Thunderbirds will tip-off in the Walkup Skydome at 5:30 p.m. on the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
  • NAU Athletics to Host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on January 31
    January 24, 2015
    NAU Athletics to Host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on January 31 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU Athletics Department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day next Saturday, Jan. 31 celebrating and encouraging girls and women in athletics. Northern Arizona University will celebrate NGWSD for the third straight year and will once again include a free youth clinic and a day full of activities culminating with the NAU women's basketball game in the Skydome versus Southern Utah.
  • Women's Basketball Outmuscles Montana State, 79-64
    January 24, 2015
    Women's Basketball Outmuscles Montana State, 79-64 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team used a convincing second half run to snap their four-game losing streak on Saturday, handing Montana State a 79-64 defeat in the Skydome. Seniors Erikka Banks and Raven Anderson were instrumental in the victory, combining for 43 points to help NAU improve to 3-4 in conference play and 7-11 overall. The win also broke a nine-game skid to the Bobcats dating back nearly five years.
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