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2011-12 Women's Basketball News

May 30, 2012
NAU Athletics Summer Camps to Take Place in June and July
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Young sports enthusiasts and aspiring collegiate athletes will have the opportunity to participate in summer camps hosted by a variety of NAU coaching staffs in June and July. Five different NAU athletic programs will hold camps, beginning with women’s basketball on June 8.

May 10, 2012
Forty-Eight Student-Athletes to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-eight Northern Arizona University student-athletes are participating in spring commencement ceremonies on the NAU campus this weekend and will be commissioned degrees as part of the Class of 2012. It is the second largest graduating class in athletics department history, trailing only the 55 graduates from last spring.

April 20, 2012
Women's Basketball Coach Laurie Kelly Leaves for New Post
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona head women's basketball coach Laurie Kelly has resigned to take the head coaching position at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Kelly leaves NAU after nine seasons as the longest tenured and winningest coach in program history, having won 117 games and the 2006 Big Sky Championship to take NAU to its only NCAA Tournament.

April 17, 2012
NAU Student-Athletes Earn 40 Winter Big Sky All-Academic Honors
OGDEN, Utah – The NAU men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams have combined to earn 41 Big Sky All-Academic selections for the winter season. The Lumberjack student-athletes have combined for 90 Big Sky All-Academic honors this year after 49 student-athletes earned the award during the fall season.

March 5, 2012
Patton Named to All-Big Sky Women’s Basketball Second Team
OGDEN, Utah – After leading NAU in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, junior guard Amy Patton has been named to the All-Big Sky second team for the third time in as many seasons as a Lumberjack. Patton was fifth in the conference in averaging 14.6 points per game while also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists as one of three Lumberjacks to play in every game this season.

March 3, 2012
Women’s Basketball Scores 74-70 Win over Montana on Senior Night
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Katie Pratt scored 11 points and added five rebounds in her final collegiate game and was one of four Lumberjacks to score in double-figures as NAU ended its season with a 74-70 win over Montana in Rolle Activity Center. NAU shot 52% for the game, ending its season at 9-20 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky while Montana finished fifth in the conference with a 9-7 Big Sky record and a 16-13 overall mark.

March 2, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Honor Huntington, Pratt on Senior Day Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (8-20, 3-12 BSC) will close its 2011-2012 season at 6:35 p.m. Saturday hosting Montana (16-12, 9-6 BSC) in Rolle Activity Center. The team will honor its two graduating seniors, Caty Huntington and Katie Pratt, prior to the game. Both seniors have been four-year contributors that have each played over 100 games in their NAU careers.

February 27, 2012
Women’s Basketball Downed by Northern Colorado, 75-63
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the fifth time in the last-six games junior Amy Patton surpassed 20 points, finishing with a game-high 21 on 8-of-14 shooting, but Northern Colorado shot 53.5% for the game and posted a 36-20 rebounding advantage in a 75-63 win over NAU on Monday in Rolle Activity Center. The Bears improved to 18-10 overall and 10-5 in the Big Sky while the Lumberjacks dropped to 3-12 in conference play and 8-20 overall.

February 24, 2012
Women’s Basketball Back in Action Hosting Northern Colorado Monday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Closing the 2011-12 season with a pair of home games next week, the NAU women's basketball team (8-19, 3-11 BSC) returns to the court for the first time in eight days at 6:35 p.m. Monday when it will host Northern Colorado (17-10, 9-5 BSC). The Bears are tied for third in the Big Sky standings, having clinched a conference championship berth, while the Lumberjacks were eliminated from postseason contention last week.

February 19, 2012
Conerly Has Career Game, Women’s Basketball Falls at CSU Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Sophomore Khyra Conerly scored a career-high 24 points and junior Amy Patton posted her fourth 20-point scoring total over the last five games, but CSU Bakersfield broke open a close game early in the second half and held on for an 86-77 win on Sunday afternoon in Bakersfield, Calif. The non-conference game was the final road contest of the season for NAU, which dropped to 8-19 overall while the Roadrunners moved to 6-21.

February 16, 2012
Women’s Basketball Pushes Montana State in 83-78 Loss
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU rallied back from an early 13 point deficit to force a single possession game in the final seconds but was unable to overcome Montana State in an 83-78 loss Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. Junior Amy Patton recorded her 14th consecutive double-digit scoring game with a team-high 20 points as the Lumberjacks dropped to 8-18 overall and 3-11 in the Big Sky and the Bobcats improved to 9-5 in the conference and 17-9 overall.

February 14, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Host Montana State Thursday in Play 4Kay Game
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women’s basketball team (8-17, 3-10 BSC) returns home to host Montana State (16-9, 8-5 BSC) in its annual Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game at 6:35 p.m. Thursday. NAU will also play a non-conference game this week when it plays its final road contest of the season at CSU Bakersfield (4-21) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

February 11, 2012
Patton Leads Women’s Basketball to 85-82 Big Sky Win at Weber State
OGDEN, Utah – Junior Amy Patton scored a game-high 28 points including a go-ahead basket off a steal with eight seconds remaining to lead NAU to an 85-82 Big Sky road win at Weber State. The Lumberjacks closed their road conference slate with their first road win of the year, improving to 8-17 overall and 3-10 in the Big Sky while Weber State moved to 0-12 in conference and 2-23 overall.

February 9, 2012
Women’s Basketball Falls to League Leading Idaho State, 62-54
POCATELLO, Idaho – NAU held Idaho State to just 34% shooting from the field, but the Bengals outscored the Lumberjacks 26-9 from the free throw line and posted a 42-33 rebounding edge in recording a 62-54 win on Thursday. Kingman, Ariz. native Lindsey Read poured in 23 points for the league-leading Bengals, who improved to 10-1 in the Big Sky and 18-6 overall while the Lumberjacks moved to 7-17 overall and 2-10 in conference play.

February 8, 2012
Sneed's Role Growing; Women’s Basketball Continues on Road
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (7-16, 2-9 BSC) will play its final Big Sky road games of the season this week, facing Idaho State (17-6, 9-1 BSC) on Thursday and Weber State (2-21, 0-10 BSC) on Saturday with both games to tip at 5 p.m. The Lumberjacks defeated Weber State in Flagstaff three weeks ago and narrowly lost to Idaho State, the top team in the conference, by a 49-44 score on Jan. 21. Click the above link for complete weekly game notes.

February 4, 2012
Women’s Basketball Falls to Hot Shooting Portland State, 73-59
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State shot 55% for the game and turned a two point halftime lead into a 73-59 win on Saturday afternoon in Portland. NAU junior Amy Patton scored a game-high 24 points to go with six assists and sophomore Amanda Frost totaled 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting as NAU dropped to 2-9 in the Big Sky and 7-16 overall. Portland State improved to 5-5 in conference and 13-9 for the season.

February 3, 2012
Women’s Basketball’s Patton Meets President Obama
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Northern Arizona women’s basketball junior guard Amy Patton got an opportunity to meet and shake hands with President Barrack Obama last week when the President visited Arizona. Patton, along with her parents, Gayla and Luther, was part of group of roughly 50 people that greeted the President when he landed at Gateway Airport last Wednesday.

February 2, 2012
Women’s Basketball Heads North to Open Crucial Road Trip
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a 2-1 home stand, the NAU women’s basketball team (7-14, 2-7 BSC) travels to the Pacific Northwest this week for Big Sky road games at Eastern Washington (13-9, 7-2 BSC) at 7 p.m. Thursday and at Portland State (11-9, 3-5 BSC) at 3 p.m. Saturday. The two games are part of four consecutive road contests for the Lumberjacks, their final road conference games of the season.

February 2, 2012
Women’s Basketball Defeated at Eastern Washington, 84-58
CHENEY, Wash. – Eastern Washington senior Brianne Ryan, the Big Sky’s leading scorer, poured in 29 points and the Eagles shot 52% as a team and forced 25 NAU turnovers in an 84-58 win on Thursday night in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles won their fourth consecutive game, improving to 8-2 in the Big Sky and 14-9 overall while the Lumberjacks moved to 7-15 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

January 28, 2012
Record First Half Leads Women’s Basketball Past Sac State, 94-56
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU scored a school-record 59 first half points on 54% shooting to take a 35-point halftime lead and cruise to a 94-56 win over Sacramento State on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks posted a 58-34 rebounding advantage and recorded a season-high 21 steals en route to their second Big Sky win, moving to 2-7 in conference play and 7-14 overall while the Hornets dropped to 8-14 overall and 3-6 in conference.

January 26, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Close Home Stand Saturday vs Sacramento State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (6-14, 1-7 BSC) will begin the second half of conference play and close its longest home stand of the season against Sacramento State (7-13, 2-5 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. The Hornets claimed a 91-85 double-overtime win over the Lumberjacks the first time the teams met to open Big Sky play on Dec. 29 in Sacramento.

January 21, 2012
Women’s Basketball Drops Low Scoring Contest to Idaho State, 49-44
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In the second-lowest scoring home game in NAU program history, the Lumberjacks limited Idaho State to 19% shooting in the second half and just 49 total points, their lowest opponent scoring total of the season, but the Lumberjacks shot just 31.6% for the game and were limited to 18 points in the second half in a 49-44 loss in Rolle Activity Center. NAU moved to 1-7 in the Big Sky and 6-14 overall.

January 20, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Host Big Sky Leader Idaho State Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a 71-58 Big Sky win over Weber State on Thursday, the NAU women’s basketball team (6-13, 1-6 BSC) faces a steep challenge as they will host Idaho State (13-5, 5-0 BSC), the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Sky, at 3:05 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. Saturday is Pack the Rolle Day, with the game to be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona Plus, Fox College Sports Pacific, and NAU-TV.

January 19, 2012
Team Effort Leads Women’s Basketball Past Weber State, 71-58
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Eleven different NAU players scored and 10 players grabbed at least one rebound as the Lumberjacks used a strong defensive second half and balanced scoring to get by Weber State, 71-58, on Thursday night in Rolle Activity Center. NAU earned its first conference win of the season and ended a nine-game losing streak, improving to 1-6 in the Big Sky and 6-13 overall, while Weber State dropped to 2-17 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

January 18, 2012
Big Sky Q&A with Women's Basketball Junior Amy Patton
OGDEN, Utah - NAU junior women’s basketball player Amy Patton, from Tempe, Ariz., took the time out of her schedule at Northern Arizona to answer a few questions with the Big Sky Conference. Patton talked about how she got started in basketball, how it feels to have her jersey hanging in the Ring of Honor at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., and who the best dancer is on the team.

January 17, 2012
Pratt, Women’s Basketball Return to Host Weber State Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-13, 0-6 BSC) will look to regain its home success this week, hosting Weber State (2-16, 0-5 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. Thursday before facing league-leading Idaho State (13-5, 5-0 BSC) at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played in Rolle Activity Center and will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports and NAU-TV, with Saturday’s game to also air on Fox Sports Arizona Plus.

January 14, 2012
Women’s Basketball Downed 77-65 at Montana State
BOZEMAN, Mont. – Despite a season-high 19 points from junior Tyler Stephens-Jenkins and more made field goals than Montana State, NAU was outscored 27-11 at the free throw line and outrebounded 46-35 in a 77-65 loss to the Bobcats in Bozeman. NAU lost its ninth-consecutive game, equaling its longest losing streak in a season since 1992-93, while falling to 0-6 in the Big Sky and 5-13 overall. Montana State improved to 11-6 and 3-2 in conference play.

January 12, 2012
Women’s Basketball Drops Defensive Struggle at Montana, 60-48
MISSOULA, Mont. – NAU held Montana to just 37% shooting for the game, but the Lumberjacks shot 33% and went 2-of-15 from three-point range in a 60-48 loss on Thursday night in Missoula. The Lumberjacks moved to 0-5 in the Big Sky and 5-12 overall while the Grizzlies improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

January 10, 2012
Women’s Basketball Looking for Road, Big Sky Success in Montana
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-11, 0-4 BSC) returns to the road this week looking for its first road and Big Sky wins, playing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Montana (8-7, 1-1 BSC) and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Montana State (9-6, 1-2 BSC). Montana and Montana State were both picked to finish in the top-four in both the media and coaches’ Big Sky preseason polls, but begin the week in sixth and seventh place in the conference standings, respectively.

January 7, 2012
Women’s Basketball Looks to Rebound Saturday vs Eastern Washington
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Following a disappointing loss to Portland State in its Big Sky home opener on Thursday, the NAU women’s basketball team (5-10, 0-3 BSC) will look for its first conference win on Saturday hosting Eastern Washington (8-8, 2-1 BSC) at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center.

January 7, 2012
Women’s Basketball Defeated by Eastern Washington, 74-56
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Amy Patton scored a season-high 27 points on 11-of-12 shooting, but NAU was undone by 20 first half turnovers and hot shooting by Eastern Washington in the second half in a 74-56 loss on Saturday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-4 in the Big Sky and 5-11 overall with the Eagles improving to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

January 6, 2012
Women's Basketball Pre-Game Clinic Cancelled; Youth Basketball Still On
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Tomorrow's pre-game clinic with the NAU women's basketball program has been cancelled and will be reschedule for a date later this year. Youth 12 & under are still admitted FREE with a paying adult and are encouraged to stay after the game to get FREE posters and autographs from all their favorite players.

January 5, 2012
Women’s Basketball Drops Big Sky Home Opener to Portland State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU shot 53% in the second half and outscored Portland State 49-39 in the final period, but the Vikings built a 20-point halftime lead and withstood a late Lumberjack rally to earn an 84-74 win. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-3 in the Big Sky and 5-10 overall while the Vikings, who were picked to win the conference in both preseason polls, moved to 1-1 in league play and 9-5 overall.

January 3, 2012
Women’s Basketball to Open Big Sky Home Slate Thursday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-9, 0-2 BSC) will play its first home games in 25 days this week, opening its home Big Sky schedule Thursday vs Portland State (8-5, 0-1 BSC) before hosting Eastern Washington (7-8, 1-1 BSC) on Saturday, with both games to tip at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 at home this season but have not played in Flagstaff since Dec. 10.

December 31, 2011
Women’s Basketball Closes 2011 with 77-71 Loss at Northern Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. – NAU played Northern Colorado close, trailing by just a single possession with less than two minutes to play, but UNC sophomore D’shara Strange scored 29 points and the Bears held on late for a 77-71 win on New Years Eve in Greeley. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-2 in the Big Sky and 5-9 overall while Northern Colorado improved to 9-5 and won its conference opener.

December 29, 2011
Women’s Basketball Outlasted by Sacramento State in Double-Overtime
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Amy Patton narrowly missed a triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high eight assists as Sacramento State outlasted NAU in a wild Big Sky opener for a 91-85 double-overtime win. The Lumberjacks played their second double-overtime game of the season after having one such game through the program’s first 37 seasons, dropping to 5-8 overall, while the Hornets improved to 6-8.

December 28, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Tip Big Sky Play on the Road
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a 10-day holiday break, the NAU women’s basketball team (5-7) opens Big Sky play this week at Sacramento State (5-8) on Thursday and at Northern Colorado (7-5) on Saturday. Sacramento State was picked to finished last in both Big Sky preseason polls while Northern Colorado was picked second by the media and third by the coaches. Both games can viewed for free on Big Sky TV.

December 19, 2011
Women’s Basketball Stymied in 70-51 Loss at Utah State
LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore Khyra Conerly scored a season-high 16 points, but Utah State got 21 points and 10 rebounds from senior Ashlee Brown and made 24 of 31 free throws as a team in a 70-51 victory on Monday in Logan, Utah. NAU will enter Big Sky play with a 5-7 record while Utah State defeated the Lumberjacks for the second consecutive season and improved to 6-5.

December 17, 2011
Women’s Basketball Defeated at Utah Valley, 73-56
OREM, Utah – Utah Valley shot 57% in the first half in building a 16-point halftime lead, and NAU shot just 36% and went 1-13 from three-point range for the game to drop a 73-56 decision at Utah Valley on Saturday in Orem, Utah. The Lumberjacks, who defeated Utah Valley 73-59 in Flagstaff on Nov. 23, dropped to 0-5 on the road and 5-6 overall while the Wolverines improved to 5-4 on the season.

December 14, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Close Non-Conference Season in Utah
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-5) opens a season-long four game road trip this weekend, closing non-conference play with games at Utah Valley (4-4) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Utah State (5-4) on Monday at noon. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 at home this season but 0-4 on the road, looking to build some momentum away from Flagstaff before starting Big Sky play at Sacramento State on Dec. 29.

December 13, 2011
Frost Named Big Sky Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
OGDEN, Utah – NAU sophomore guard Amanda Frost, who scored a career-high 24 points to help the Lumberjacks push Nebraska to double overtime on Saturday, has been named Big Sky Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. The award is the first for Frost and the first weekly honor for the Lumberjacks since January 2010.

December 10, 2011
Women’s Basketball Forces Nebraska to Double OT, Falls 97-88
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sophomore Amanda Frost scored a career-high 24 points and the NAU women’s basketball team forced Big 10 power Nebraska to double overtime, just the second double overtime game in NAU program history, before dropping a 97-88 decision on Saturday afternoon in Rolle Activity Center. NAU lost for the first time at home this season, moving to 5-5 overall, while Nebraska, which has defeated two ranked teams this season, improved to 9-1.

December 8, 2011
Big Basketball Doubleheader This Saturday in Lumberjack Country
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – This Saturday, December 10th at the Rolle Activity Center is a day you won’t want to miss as NAU women's basketball takes on Big Ten opponent Nebraska at 1:35 p.m. and the NAU men square off against CSU Bakersfield at 6:35 p.m.

December 7, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Host Big 10 Team Nebraska on Saturday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (5-4) hosts its highest-profile opponent of the season on Saturday when it welcomes in Nebraska (8-1) from the Big 10 for a 1:35 p.m. matinee in Rolle Activity Center. NAU will be hosting a team from the Big 10 conference for the first time in program history and will host a school from a major conference for the first time since facing Oregon State in Flagstaff in 2009.

December 5, 2011
NAU Athletics Toy Drive Continues at Basketball Games This Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fan's coming to NAU basketball games this week are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for FREE admission to support local Flagstaff community members in need around the holiday season.

December 5, 2011
Women’s Basketball Media Guide Now Available for Download
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2011-12 Northern Arizona women’s basketball media guide is now available as a digital book and for download and printing as a PDF. The full color guide contains coach and player biographies and statistics, media information, academic honors, 2010-11 team stats and box scores, 2010-11 Big Sky statistics and rankings, team and individual career and season history and records, all-time results and honors, and NAU and Flagstaff information.

December 4, 2011
Women's Basketball Home to Host Cal State Fullerton Sunday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NAU women's basketball team (4-4) will look to continue its superb play in Flagstaff on Sunday when they host Cal State Fullerton (3-3) at 2:05 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center. Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for FREE admission to support local Flagstaff community members in need around the holiday season. The game will be broadcast live on 105.1 FM The Big Talker.

December 4, 2011
Davis’ Double-Double Leads Women’s Basketball to 64-54 Win
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Aubrey Davis totaled career highs with 12 points and 18 rebounds, the highest single-game rebounding total for NAU since 2007, and junior Amy Patton recorded 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lumberjacks past Cal State Fullerton, 64-54, on Sunday in Rolle Activity Center. NAU improved to 5-0 at home and 5-4 overall while the Titans, who lost by just 13 points to No. 24 Gonzaga on Friday, dropped to 3-4.

December 1, 2011
Patton Earns Weekly Honor; Women’s Basketball Heads to San Jose
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a championship in the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic, the NAU women’s basketball team (4-3) returns to action with a game at San Jose State (0-6) at 8 p.m. Thursday before returning home to host Cal State Fullerton (3-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks, who are 4-0 at home this season, will be looking for their first road win of the season in northern California.

December 1, 2011
Women’s Basketball Outlasted by San Jose State, 74-64
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sophomore Shay May recorded her first-career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds, but NAU committed a season-high 32 turnovers and was outscored 50-34 in the second half as San Jose State recorded a 74-64 win on Wednesday night in San Jose. The Lumberjacks saw their season record drop to 4-4 while the Spartans earned their first win of the season to improve to 1-6.

November 26, 2011
Women’s Basketball Wins Classic with 72-56 Victory Over Kent State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU forced 31 Kent State turnovers and recorded 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 30 more field goal attempts for the Lumberjacks than the Golden Flashes, in cruising to a 72-56 win in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic. The Lumberjacks went 2-0 in the tournament to take the title and improve to 4-3 on the season while Kent State went 0-2 in Flagstaff and dropped to 1-4 overall.

November 25, 2011
Women's Basketball to Host Kent State Saturday for Classic Title
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team (3-3) will look to win the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic when it hosts Kent State (1-3) at 2:05 p.m. Saturday in Rolle Activity Center. NAU defeated Utah Valley, 73-59, on Wednesday in the first game of the tournament, while Kent State lost to Utah Valley, 46-45, on Friday. The Lumberjacks are 3-0 in home games so far this season, having outscored their opponents 72.0-56.0.

November 23, 2011
Patton Leads Women’s Basketball Past Utah Valley, 73-59
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Amy Patton recorded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds and NAU got 13 points from junior Tyler Stephens-Jenkins in her season debut to record a 73-59 win over Utah Valley on Wednesday night in the first game of the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic. Junior Aubrey Davis added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lumberjacks, who evened their season record at 3-3 while Utah Valley dropped to 1-2.

November 22, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Host Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a challenging road trip, NAU (2-3) returns home to host the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic, the eighth-consecutive season that the Lumberjacks have hosted a Thanksgiving tournament. The Lumberjacks will open play against Utah Valley (1-1) at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday before hosting Kent State (1-2) at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. Utah Valley and Kent State will meet in a neutral site game on Friday at 2:35 p.m.

November 20, 2011
Women’s Basketball Defeated by Iowa State, 65-41
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State limited NAU to 29% shooting and outrebounded the Lumberjacks 49-28 to score a 65-41 win in front of 7,335 fans on Sunday in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones, who are receiving votes in both national top-25 polls, held NAU to just one field goal over the final 13:54 of the first half and improved to 3-0 while the Lumberjacks dropped to 2-3.

November 18, 2011
Women’s Basketball Defeated at South Dakota, 73-56
VERMILLION, S.D. – NAU got double-digit scoring efforts from senior Caty Huntington and junior Amy Patton, but the Lumberjacks went just 3-14 from the free throw line and South Dakota received 30 points and eight rebounds from senior Amber Hegge to record a 73-56 win over the Lumberjacks on Friday night. NAU moved to 2-2 on the season while the Coyotes won their season opener.

November 16, 2011
Men's and Women's Basketball Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –All ticket types for the Northern Arizona University Men’s and Women’s Basketball season are on-sale now!

November 15, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Host Adams State, Travel to Midwest
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fresh off a home win over UC Riverside, the NAU women’s basketball team (1-1) will play its third game in five days on Monday against Adams State (1-0) at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center before heading to the Midwest for games on Friday at South Dakota (0-0) and Sunday at Iowa State (1-0). Tuesday’s game is Military Appreciation Night, with a buy one-get one ticket offer for any military member with valid ID.

November 15, 2011
Balanced Attack Leads Women’s Basketball Past Adams State, 76-50
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Aubrey Davis and redshirt sophomore Patricia Gortarez each scored career highs and were two of four Lumberjacks to score in double-figures as NAU cruised to a 76-50 win over Adams State on Tuesday night in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks won for the second time in three days on their home court, improving to 2-1 on the season, while Adams State dropped to 1-1.

November 13, 2011
Patton Leads Women's Basketball to 67-59 Win over UC Riverside
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior guard Amy Patton notched her first double-double of the season with game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds in the Northern Arizona women's basketball team's first win of the season, 67-59 over UC Riverside Sunday afternoon at the Rolle Activity Center. Patton's 13 rebounds are tied for the second-highest total of her career, which she accomplished twice during her freshman season.

November 11, 2011
Women's Basketball Starts Slow, Drops Opener 84-60 to Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team kicked off its 2011-12 season Friday night at the Coors Events Center, but could not come away with a win, falling 84-60 to Colorado. Despite playing the Buffaloes' even in the second half, the Lumberjacks were ultimately done in by a poor first half and 29 total turnovers in the game.

November 9, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Open at Colorado, Host UC Riverside
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team will open its 2011-12 season this weekend, playing at Pac-12 school Colorado on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and hosting UC Riverside on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center. NAU opens its regular season on the road for the fourth consecutive season, playing at a Pac-12 school for the second consecutive year after opening at Arizona State in 2010-11.

November 8, 2011
NAU-TV Basketball Coverage in HD Starts Nov. 15
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - NAU-TV will again partner with NAU Athletics and televise 16 men’s and women’s basketball games from the Northern Arizona University campus in 2011-12. NAU-TV has upgraded its coverage to full high definition this season, while broadcasting all their events online and distributing to Fox Sports Arizona, Fox College Sports and local Flagstaff cable.

November 4, 2011
Women’s Basketball Records 79-66 Exhibition Win over Azusa Pacific
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior guard Amy Patton scored a game-high 22 points and sophomore guard Amanda Frost scored 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting in her NAU debut to lead the Lumberjacks to a 79-66 exhibition victory over defending NAIA national champion Azusa Pacific. The Lumberjacks went 9 for 20 from three-point range, with Patton, Frost and junior Tyler Stephens-Jenkins each hitting three shots from long range in the victory.

November 3, 2011
Women’s Basketball to Host Exhibition Friday vs Azusa Pacific
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team will open its season on Friday when it will host defending NAIA national champion Azusa Pacific in an exhibition game at 6:35 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks return eight letter winners and welcome six newcomers and two redshirts who will see their first NAU action against the Cougars. Admission for the game will be free.

October 26, 2011
Women’s Basketball Preparing for 2011-2012 Season
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The NAU women’s basketball team is into its fourth week of practice in preparation for the upcoming season, which will open with an exhibition game against defending NAIA national champion Azusa Pacific next Friday, Nov. 4, in Rolle Activity Center. The 16-member squad is evenly split with eight returning letter winners and eight players that have yet to see game action as Lumberjacks.

October 18, 2011
Women’s Basketball Picked Sixth, Seventh in Big Sky Preseason Polls
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky coaches have picked the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team to finish sixth in the conference while the media picked NAU to finish seventh in the preseason polls released by the conference on Tuesday. The Lumberjacks return three starters and eight letter winners from their team that finished seventh in the Big Sky last season and narrowly missed a berth in the Big Sky Championship.

October 17, 2011
Quartet of NAU Basketball Players Honored by College Sports Madness
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – College Sports Madness named incoming men’s basketball freshman Danny Cheek preseason Big Sky Freshman of the Year while three returning NAU players were named to the men’s and women’s All-Big Sky preseason teams. Men’s basketball junior Gabe Rogers was named to the All-Big Sky second team and junior Stallon Saldivar was named to the fourth team, while NAU women’s basketball junior Amy Patton earned All-Big Sky second team honors.

October 13, 2011
Women’s Basketball Releases 2011-2012 Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A home game against Big 10 power Nebraska on Dec. 10 highlights the 30-game 2011-2012 NAU women’s basketball schedule released by head coach Laurie Kelly. The Lumberjacks will also play against two other power conference schools with games at Colorado and Iowa State among their 13 non-conference games. The season tips off with a home exhibition contest against defending NAIA national champion Azusa Pacific on Nov. 4.

September 28, 2011
Where Are They Now? Basketball Star LeBlanc Back in Flagstaff as MD
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – When last we saw Jessica LeBlanc on the court at NAU in 1999, she was putting the finishing touches on a career in which she was a three time All-Big Sky selection, the conference’s Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Sixth Player, a winner of the Marie M. Rolle team MVP award, and scored 1,450 points, which is still the second highest career point total in program history.