This week we feel like we are in summer basketball camp. We are back to the basics, especially on the defensive end of the floor, after two close home losses over the weekend. We lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Northern Colorado, 86-82, on Thursday, and another close one to North Dakota, 91-83, on Saturday.
After our first eight Big Sky Conference games, in conference we are scoring an average of 78 points per game (3rd in Big sky), shooting 45% field goal (2nd in Big Sky), 38% three-point field goal (4th in Big Sky), and 79% free throw (1st in Big Sky). On the defensive end, we are giving up 86 points per game (11th in Big Sky), on opponents’ 47% field goal shooting (10th in Big Sky), and opponents’ 39% three-point field goal shooting (10th in Big Sky).
We take our renewed defensive effort on the road this week, heading to Ogden, Utah on Thursday to take on Weber State and then to Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday to play Idaho State. Tune in to Stayson Isobe’s audio call of both games at www.nauathletics.com and/or catch the video feed at www.WatchBigSky.com.
SPEAKING OF BASKETBALL CAMP
Our 2014 summer basketball camp dates were recently announced. Please mark your calendars for the following dates: NAU Lumberjack Day Camp (Girls ages 8-16) - June 9th-12th; NAU Lumberjack Team Camp (High School Girls Basketball Varsity and JV Teams) - June 13th-15th; NAU Lumberjack Elite Camp (High School aged girls) - Sunday, August 3rd. More information can be found on our website at http://www.nauathletics.com/information/camps or by contacting Assistant Coach/Camp Director Karlie Burris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-523-9982.
NOT FOR WOMEN ONLY
Come one, come all! Our 2nd Annual NAU Women’s Basketball Wine Down will be held at our next home game, Thursday, February 6th versus Sacramento State. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., floor level of the Skydome at the True Blue Lounge. Participants will be treated to massages, wine, beer and snacks. The Wine Down will be held in conjunction with Play for Kay Day for Breast Cancer Awareness. Wear pink and get a $3 discounted ticket. Tip-off versus Sac State that night is at 6:30 p.m.
NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORT DAY
The NAU athletics department will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day for the second straight year. The celebration begins with a Youth Sports Symposium held in conjunction with the NAU men’s basketball game against Southern Utah on Saturday, February 8th. The celebration will continue the following weekend with a meet and greet and halftime recognition at the NAU women’s basketball game against Eastern Washington on Saturday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. The clinic on February 8th begins at 3:00 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center and is open to all youth, both boys and girls, in 1st-8th grade and requires pre-registration. Click here for more information and to register online.
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on this week’s road swing to Weber State and Idaho State: “We are going to improve our defense this week. We are going to play together as a team. We are going to be hungry and go in with the mindset that we’re not losing.”
Our goals for the 2013-2014 season:
Win the Big Sky Championship,
Maintain a team GPA of 3.0 or higher,
Perform 150 hours of community service.
Freshman Catelyn Preston (Oregon City, OR) keeps tabs on important dates and numbers for our program. Drumroll please . . .
Days until spring semester grades are posted = 112
Days until the Big Sky Championship = 46
Hours of community service performed to date = 143
Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 6th place, 71.3%
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS
Friends of NAU Women’s Basketball, the Preston family (Oregon City, Oregon) show their Lumberjack Spirit from Portland, Oregon.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKET CENTRAL
Next Home Game: WINE DOWN and BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY Thursday, February 6 vs. Sacramento State. 6:30 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome
Season Tickets: Season Tickets start at just $50! Take a look at the 2013-14 season ticket brochure by clicking here or call (928) 523-0639 for more information.
Single Game Tickets: Come check us out for a game! Single game tickets are just $5. Purchase tickets online by clicking here or by calling (928) 523-5661.
Thanks for your interest in, and support of, NAU Women's Basketball. Until next week please:
2. Wear the Blue and Gold with pride (especially on Friday).
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4. Make it a great week to be a Lumberjack!
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University