THE MADNESS OF MARCH
After two gut-wrenching losses last weekend to Idaho State and Weber State, we need two road wins and some luck this weekend to achieve our goal of making the Big Sky Tournament. We close out the Big Sky regular season at Montana State Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. and at Montana Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. You can 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.
The top seven teams in the league advance to next week’s Big Sky Tournament. Current Big Sky standings: North Dakota 15-4, Southern Utah 13-5, Montana 12-6, Eastern Washington 11-7, Sacramento State 10-8, Idaho State 9-9, Montana State 8-10, Northern Colorado 8-11, Northern Arizona 6-12, Portland State 5-13, Weber State 3-15. You gotta love this time of year!
THE CHOP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
This past weekend was one for the ages for NAU Athletics. Congrats to Andy Johns, Nikki Huffman and the NAU swimming and diving team as they captured their first ever Western Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. Congratulations are also in order for the NAU women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams as both teams won the Big Sky Indoor Championship over the weekend in Pocatello, Idaho. And a big shout out to Jack Murphy and the NAU men’s basketball team as they kept their playoff hopes alive by winning two critical road games, including a thrilling and historic overtime victory over conference leader Weber State. What a great day to be a Lumberjack!
OUR WEEK IN PHOTOS
Our lone senior, Amanda Frost (Riverside, CA) shares her thoughts on heading into our last two regular season games with playoff hopes still alive: “I still have hope that we’ll make the playoffs. We’re just going to go out and play as hard as we know how, and get better.”
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 = 77
Days until the Big Sky Championship = 10
Hours of community service performed to date = 182
Free throw percent and Big Sky FT rank = 5th place, 73.1%
RAVEN AND ERIKKA'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
WEAR THE BLUE AND GOLD - SHARE THE PHOTOS
Friend of NAU Women’s Basketball, Gabe, shows his Lumberjack Spirit from Flagstaff, Arizona.
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).
3. If you know of someone not receiving this newsletter who you think might enjoy receiving it, please send me their email address and I will add them to the email list.
4. Make it a great week to be a Lumberjack!
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern Arizona University