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2014-15 NAU Women's Basketball News

October 22, 2014
Big Sky Women's Basketball Polls Released
OGDEN, Utah – In the Big Sky preseason polls released on Wednesday by the conference office, the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team was picked 10th by the conference coaches and media. The Lumberjacks received 37 points in the coaches poll and 39 points in the media poll.

October 22, 2014
Timeout with Shay Young
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Shay Young will finally have the opportunity to take the court in the NAU blue and gold this season. Last season, she redshirted after transferring to Flagstaff following one season at New Mexico State where she played as a true freshman. Take a look at the redshirt sophomore forward from San Diego, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.

October 21, 2014
Timeout with Monique Mulder
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Monique Mulder enters her first season with the Lumberjacks after spending the last two seasons at New Mexico Junior College where she was an All-WJCAC honorable mention selection. She led the team in steals and helped her team to the NJCAA Division I National Championships after winning its conference and region, averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals last season. Take a look at the junior guard from Antioch, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.

October 20, 2014
Timeout with Raven Anderson
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Raven Anderson begins her final season as one of the Lumberjacks’ two seniors on this year’s roster. She was the team’s fourth leading scorer at 9.9 points and third-leading rebounder at 5.4 rebounds per game last season while also averaging 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. She shot 54 percent from the field which ranked third in the Big Sky and was the fifth-best single season field goal percentage in school history, and finished the season on a tear averaging 16.8 points, 10.6 rebounds while shooting 64.7 percent over her last five games. Take a look at the senior center from Tempe, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.

October 17, 2014
Timeout with Mariah Willadsen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Mariah Willadsen joins the Lumberjacks following two seasons at Mesa Community College where she was a two-time first team All-Region and two-time all-conference player. Last season, she helped lead the Thunderbirds win the NJCAA Division II National Championship by averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Take a look at the junior guard from Mesa, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.

October 16, 2014
Timeout With Brittani Lusain
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Brittani Lusain enters 2014-15 as the reigning Big Sky Outstanding Freshman after averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Her averages led all conference freshmen in each category except rebounds, which she finished second among first-year players. Take a look at the sophomore guard from San Diego, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.

October 15, 2014
Banks Named Preseason Big Sky Second Team by College Sports Madness
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a breakout season, senior Erikka Banks was named to College Sports Madness' Preseason Big Sky All-Conference Second Team. Banks was a second team selection by College Sports Madness last season as well as an honorable mention all-conference player by the Big Sky coaches.

October 5, 2014
High Energy Fills First Women's Basketball's Practice
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team completed their first practice of the 2014-15 season Sunday morning. The two-hour practice in the Rolle Activity Center was a spirited session as the team came together for the first time after individual training sessions over the last month.

October 3, 2014
Women's Hoops Open Practice on Sunday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a summer complete with hard work in the weight room and the hard wood, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team will put it all together for the first time on Sunday with their first official practice. The Lumberjacks will open the door to the 2014-15 season at 11 a.m. in the Rolle Activity Center, less than a month until their exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands on Monday, Nov. 3.

September 30, 2014
Women's Basketball Releases Challenging 2014-15 Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head women’s basketball coach Sue Darling announced her team’s 2014-15 schedule on Tuesday, filled with 16 home dates beginning with their season opener versus UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 14. The 16 home games is the team’s most in a season in five years. Game times for this year’s home schedule will be available at a later date.

September 2, 2014
NAU Assistant Participates in WBCA Leadership Workshop
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – One of a coach's many duties is to lead and last week, NAU assistant women's basketball coach Robyne Bostick had the unique opportunity to learn from a few people who know a thing or two about leadership – the United States Marine Corps. Bostick traveled to Parris Island, S.C. last week for the inaugural WBCA Assistant Coaches Leadership Workshop in partnership with the United States Marine Corps and came back to Flagstaff with valuable knowledge.

August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.

August 14, 2014
Where Are They Now: Aubrey Davis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Aubrey Davis personifies the cliché – good things come to those who work hard. During her women's basketball career at NAU, Davis started at the bottom and by the time she left, she made it to the top.

July 31, 2014
Where Are They Now: Lindsey Foster
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In life, everything is about timing. Being at the right place at the right moment with the right people often dictates opportunities. What people do with those opportunities will dictate success.

July 25, 2014
Where Are They Now: Peggy Kennedy
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After wrapping up her Lumberjack playing career in 1979 that remains one of the most illustrious until this day, Peggy Kennedy worked a variety of professions. Through it all, from professional basketball player to high school teacher, every decision Kennedy has made along the way has been perfection.

July 11, 2014
Where Are They Now: Kim Winkfield
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Kim Winkfield spent her Lumberjack career dishing out dimes. NAU's all-time leader in assists at the end of her career, Winkfield's court sense helped her tremendously in setting up her teammates for easy buckets. Given her ability to assist, maybe it is no coincidence that today Winkfield is working in customer service, trading in the basketball court for the trade show industry.

July 4, 2014
'Jacks Coaching Staff, Rene Coggins Chill for Charity
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team is officially in and a part of the ever growing #Chillin4Charity campaign. Last week, the NAU coaching staff and sophomore guard Rene Coggins were issued challenges and earlier this week, the challenges were accepted and completed as evidenced by the videos below.

July 3, 2014
Where Are They Now: Col. Rebecca Seeger
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – People make a difference in lives of others in a variety of ways every second of every day. Through 30 years of service in the Air Force, Col. Rebecca Seeger dedicated herself to serving her country.

June 27, 2014
Where Are They Now: Laura Dinkins
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – During her Lumberjack playing career, Laura Dinkins was relentless as one of the program's premier defensive stalwarts. Her drive was matched by few and it led her to not only an accomplished collegiate career, but a successful professional career overseas.

June 27, 2014
Coach Darling & Staff to Take on #Chillin4Charity Challenge
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The sun is out and summer is in full force, but women’s basketball coaches across the country are cooling off for a great cause. What started off as a Cold Water Challenge has evolved into the viral #Chillin4Charity social media campaign in support of the Kay Yow Foundation and the Northern Arizona women’s basketball staff has been called out.

June 23, 2014
Amanda Frost Headed to Puerto Rico to Begin Pro Career
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A lifetime of hard work and dedication to her craft will finally pay off for Amanda Frost as the former Lumberjack All-American's dream of becoming a professional basketball player is right in front of her. Last week, Frost agreed to play for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico to start her professional career and will immediately begin with the team next month.

June 20, 2014
Where Are They Now: Cristina Willis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cristina Campisano used to vacation in the White Mountains of Arizona every summer growing up, so coming to NAU was not much of a stretch for the San Diego, Calif. native.

June 13, 2014
Where Are They Now: Julie Hanks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It is no question that Julie Hanks left her mark at NAU during her playing career. An NAU Hall of Famer, Hanks left as the program's all-time leading scorer in 1986 and is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players in school history. Yet as exceptional as she was on the hardwood in the mid-1980s, Hanks remains as dedicated as ever to the game nearly 30 years later.

June 5, 2014
Where Are They Now: Beth Hopper
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In 2004, a hoops player from Tennessee made the trip out west to finish her basketball career at Northern Arizona University.