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December 2, 2013

Banks, Frost Earn Big Sky Player of the Week Honors

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. & OGDEN, Utah – Following the Northern Arizona women's basketball team's first victory of the season, a pair of Lumberjacks were rewarded for their performances on Monday with Player of the Week honors. Junior Erikka Banks was named the Big Sky Player of the Week by the conference office and senior Amanda Frost received the conference's weekly award from College Sports Madness.

Banks played a big role in helping the Lumberjacks dominate the glass as they outrebounded Utah Valley by a 46-30 margin. The Fresno, Calif. native pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds, equaling the sixth-highest single-game total in school history. She was active on the offensive glass, grabbing six of the team's 20 offensive boards, which was pivotal in helping NAU to a 20-5 advantage in second chance points. Banks also shot 5-of-12 from the field and made 9-of-10 at the free-throw line as part of her 19 points, allowing her to record her first double-double of the season and second of her career.

Frost was outstanding as she posted her third double-digit scoring effort in as many games to begin the season. She poured in a career-high 30 points to lead all players on Saturday, eclipsing her previous best of 27 points last season at Southern Utah. Frost, the team's only senior from Riverside, Calif., continued her hot offensive start by shooting 10-of-21 and hitting four of her seven attempts from three-point range. She also knocked down all six of her free-throws during her career offensive showing in the team's 80-66 victory last Saturday. Frost also added a team-high four steals during the Lumberjacks' strong performance on the defensive end as well.

Frost continues to lead the Big Sky with 21.7 points per game and is averaging three made triples per game, also tied for tops in the conference, while shooting 41 percent from long distance. Banks is the only player in the Big Sky averaging double-digit rebounds at 13.3 per game and averaging a double-double along with her 10.3 points per game. Both players are in the top-five in the conference in free-throw percentage with Banks third at .938 and Frost fifth at .923.

The Lumberjacks (1-2) are back on the road this week with games at UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Marymount this Thursday and Saturday respectively.