NAU Hopes to Carry Success into California Weekend Road Trip

Olivia Lucero
Olivia Lucero

Game Information:

Opponent: Cal Poly (Friday, Nov. 18/8:00 p.m.)

Location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Opponent: UC Santa Barbara (Sunday, Nov. 20/3:00 p.m.)

Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.

GAME NOTES (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team travels to California to face a pair of Big West teams this weekend - Cal Poly on Friday and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday - with an opportunity to do something only one other team in school history has done. NAU will take on Cal Poly at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Sunday with a chance to join the 2001-02 team as the only other team to start a season 4-0. Both game times are listed local to Flagstaff. 

Follow the Action:

  • Both games this week can be streamed for free online at bigwest.tv.

Robyne Bostick's Opening Thought: "After watching the film, even though we got the wins, we saw a lot that we can work on. Our rebounding can still improve and with this team, we don't want to settle. We want to go out with the same intensity and effort that got us those wins last weekend and take it with us to California this weekend."

Previewing The 'Jacks: NAU is 2-0 for the just the sixth time in program history and the first since the 2007-08 season. Redshirt junior Olivia Lucero is the team's leading scorer through the first two games, averaging 17.5 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. Lucero shot 58.3 percent from the field during the opening weekend. Seniors Rene Coggins and Brittani Lusain are also averaging double-figures at 15.5 and 14.5 points per game respectively. Lusain recorded the first double-double of the season - 11 points and 10 rebounds - versus Antelope Valley. Freshman Raina Perez has opened her collegiate career with nine assists and zero turnovers off the bench. Her nine assists lead the team. The Lumberjacks shot 84.4 percent (27-for-32) from the charity stripe last weekend, which is the best percentage in the conference so far, and are coming off a school record 109 points in their win versus Antelope Valley.

Scouting Cal Poly: Cal Poly was selected seventh by the coaches and sixth by the media in the preseason Big West polls after finishing 15-16 overall last season. Hannah Gilbert and Dynn Leaupepe were named to the preseason all-conference teams. The Mustangs have started this season 0-2 following a pair of road losses. Cal Poly fell to No. 11 Stanford in its season opener, 83-55, and then was narrowly edged out by fellow Big Sky foe Sacramento State, 97-96. Gilbert, an All-Big West Second Team selection, had a monster start to the season averaging 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds through the first two games. She shot 57.9 percent from the field and recorded 29 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to Sacramento State. Lynn Leaupepe scored 31 points on 11-for-13 shooting against the Hornets and is also averaging upwards of 20 points at 21.0 per game. She is also tied for the team-lead with nine assists and is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game.

Bostick on Cal Poly: "Cal Poly has a good inside-outside game. They have a couple of guards who can score off the dribble, but they also have some good size inside. Defending their post players will be a good challenge for us, while also keeping their guards from scoring off the dribble."

Scouting UC Santa Barbara: UC Santa Barbara tied for the 13th best turnaround last season, improving to 12-20 overall and as a result was picked fourth in the preseason Big West Coaches poll. The Gauchos received one first place vote. They have split their first two games of the season, dropping their season opener at Iowa State, 77-60, and successfully defeating Pepperdine, 66-57, in their home opener on Tuesday. Coco Miller is the team's leading scorer at 13.5 points per game and tied her career-high of 24 points in the Gauchos' victory versus Pepperdine. She made 5-of-11 shots from behind the arc in the win. Drew Edelman was the second-leading scorer in the game with 16 points and is averaging 11.0 points per game through the first two contests. She is also averaging 6.0 rebounds per game.

Bostick on UC Santa Barbara: "UC Santa Barbara is a different type of team than we've seen this season because of their size. They are big across the front line and their back court players are also quick and athletic and can get to the basket. We're going to need an overall team defensive effort to defend their overall game."

Series History: 

  • NAU and Cal Poly will be meeting for the sixth time in school history. NAU leads the all-time series 4-1. NAU won the last meeting, 65-58, on Nov. 23, 2001 at home.
  • NAU and UC Santa Barbara will be meeting for the fifth time in school history. NAU leads the all-time series 3-1. NAU won the last meeting, 67-49, on Nov. 23, 2014 at home.

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