Opponent: Lamar (Wednesday, Nov. 23/6:00 p.m.)
Location: Beaumont, Texas
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In the final road game of a four-of-five stretch to start the 2016-17 season, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team travels to the Lone Star State for the second time this season on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks will play Lamar at 6 p.m. Arizona time and look to get back into the win column after losses at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this past weekend.
Follow the Action:
- Wednesday's game will be streamed for free online at watchespn.com.
Robyne Bostick's Opening Thought: "We know the style of play that Lamar will want to use against us. It's going to be an up-tempo game and we have two days of practice to work on the little things we need to get better at executing our offense. We want to get a little better spacing. We've been rebounding the ball well and our defense has been pretty solid, so I'm pleased with where we are defensively and we just have to clean some things up on offense."
Previewing The 'Jacks: NAU brings an even 2-2 record into Wednesday's contest following tough losses on the road to Cal Poly, 58-53, and UC Santa Barbara, 60-51, last week. Redshirt junior Olivia Lucero and senior Brittani Lusain are the team's co-leading scorers with both averaging 12.8 points per game thus far this season. Individually, both had a strong performance last weekend with Lucero recording her first career double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds versus Cal Poly. Lusain scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards against UC Santa Barbara. Senior Rene Coggins and redshirt junior Kenna McDavis are averaging 10.8 and 9.5 points per game respectively and both have started all four games along with Lucero and senior Bradlee Cotton. The Lumberjacks have outrebounded their opponents in three of four games and currently hold a +7.8 rebounding margin, that ranks second in the Big Sky. NAU ranks first in the Big Sky in scoring defense allowing only 57.2 points per game and three-point field goal defense, with opponents only shooting 18.4 percent from behind the arc.
Scouting Lamar: Lamar is 1-3 this season with its lone win coming against the University of St. Thomas on Nov. 16, 95-49. The Cardinals' three losses have all been to Power 5 opponents, No. 17 Oregon State, Oregon and Kansas State on the road.The Cardinals were picked fourth by the Southland Conference head coaches and tied for fifth in the Sports Information Directors' vote in the preseason poll. Chastadie Barrs was named a second team preseason All-Southland Conference selection. Last season, she was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season ranked second in the nation in steals. This season she has already racked up 19 steals. Kiandra Bowers ranks second behind Moe Kinard's 13.3 points per game with 11.0 points per game. She also leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 48.6 percent from the floor.
Bostick on Lamar: "Lamar is going to put a lot of pressure on our guards, so we're going to have to handle the pressure a little better than we did this past weekend. They're guard-oriented and don't have a lot of size inside, so again our focus will be to contain their guards off the dribble penetration and get back off their shooters."
- NAU and Lamar will be meeting for the second time in school history. NAU leads the all-time series 1-0. NAU won the first meeting, 75-63, on Nov. 22, 2015 at home.
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