Women's Hoops Welcomes New Mexico State to Rolle on Sunday

Brittani Lusain
Brittani Lusain

Game Information:

Opponent: New Mexico State (Sunday, Dec. 11/12:00 p.m.)

Location: Rolle Activity Center - Flagstaff, Ariz.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will play at home for the final time in the 2016 calendar year on Sunday when they host New Mexico State at 12 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks will look to close out their season-long homestand with a win before heading out on the road for their final two games before the start of the Big Sky schedule.

Follow the Action:

  • Saturday's game will be televised live by NAU-TV and shown live on local Flagstaff cable on Suddenlink channels 4 and 104. It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona and Fox College Sports Pacific. Check your local listings for channel information.
  • The game will be streamed for free online at watchbigsky.com.

Promotions: All fans can purchase a holiday special $3 discounted ticket for Saturday's game. All fans will also receive a free lanyard.

Robyne Bostick's Opening Thought: "It's been a nice little stretch for us to have this time off, not only to allow our players to focus on their academics with finals coming up next week, but also to get to some things done on the basketball court specifically things that we didn't have a chance to prior to the games that we had in a row the last couple of weeks.

Previewing The 'Jacks: NAU is 4-4 after the Lumberjacks posted a 2-1 record last week. The Lumberjacks collected double-digit point wins over Youngstown State and Denver sandwiched around a slim four-point loss to CSUN. Senior Rene Coggins and redshirt junior Olivia Lucero reached double-figures in all three games and are NAU's top two scorers. Coggins is ninth in the Big Sky with a team-best 14.8 points per game. Lucero ranks one spot behind in 10th with a scoring average of 14.5 points per game.The Lumberjacks also have two of the league's top rebounders in senior Brittani Lusain and sophomore Kaleigh Paplow. Lusain ranks second in the conference with 8.3 rebounds per game, while Paplow is ninth at 6.6 per game. The Lumberjacks are fourth in the conference in scoring offense at 71.1 per game while allowing 62.9 per game - tied for the fourth-lowest. That amounts to a +8.2 scoring margin which is the third in the Big Sky. They are also second in the conference as a team shooting 33 percent from behind the arc and tied for third with 7.5 made threes per game.

Scouting New Mexico State: New Mexico State was picked first in both the WAC media and coaches preseason polls. The Aggies have captured the last two WAC championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two years. The Aggies own a 5-3 record this year and have won three of their last four games. After defeating New Mexico, 77-70, last Wednesday, New Mexico State dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Arizona, 74-63, on Sunday which ended its three-game win streak. Brooke Salas is one of four players averaging double-figure points with a team-high 13.0 per game. She leads the team in three-point shooting with 12 made threes and is also the Aggies' leading rebounder at 7.4 per game. Tamera William was named the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week for her performance last week. She ranks second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds along with being the team leader with 23 steals.

Bostick on New Mexico State: "New Mexico State is a very experienced team with a lot of players returning from teams that went to the NCAA Tournament and won their conference. They play an up-tempo style, so that will be a challenge for us to match that energy. They force a lot of turnovers, so we'll need to take care of the ball which has been a big key for us. We've done well the last few games and that will be important on Sunday."

Series History: 

  • NAU and New Mexico State will be meeting for the 20th time in school history. NMSU leads the all-time series 15-4. New Mexico State won the last meeting, 87-53, on Nov. 28, 2015 in at home.

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