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January 20, 2014

Frost Earns Two Big Sky POTW Honors After Stellar Week

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OGDEN, Utah – Senior Amanda Frost had one of the finest weeks in Northern Arizona women's basketball program history last week and was honored with a pair of Big Sky Player of the Week awards on Monday. The conference office named her Co-Player of the Week with Montana State's Jasmine Hommes while Frost also received College Sports Madness' Big Sky Player of the Week honor for the second time this season.

Frost helped the Lumberjacks to a 2-1 record in their three-game slate a week ago across three different states, exploding for 30.3 points per contest. She also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, connecting on 50 percent of her attempts from long distance and shooting 88.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The senior from Riverside, Calif. began the week pouring in a career-high 34 points last Monday as the Lumberjacks rallied back from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat Southern Utah, 82-77. During NAU's second half comeback, Frost scored 25 of her 34 points and 11-for-19 for the game, setting a new career-high for field goals made. She also hit 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

After scoring 29 points in NAU's loss at Eastern Washington on Thursday, which included a 10-for-11 performance at the free-throw line, Frost finished the week with 28 points in the Lumberjacks' 88-67 victory at Portland State, their first in Portland since 2006, on Saturday. Frost shot 10-of-18 from the field while coming up one assist shy of her first career double-double. Her nine assists was a new career-best and she added five rebounds. For the week, she played 118 of 120 possible minutes and hit at least three three-pointers in every game.

"Anybody that has seen us play knows that Amanda is a big part of what we do," said head coach Sue Darling. "You know she's going to score points, but it was nice to see her with nine assists (against Portland State)­­. Even more importantly, she is the heart and soul of our team. She's the kid that makes us go, so I'm very happy and proud of her."

Frost now leads the Big Sky in scoring at 21.8 points per game and is averaging a conference-high 25.7 points in league play. She is shooting 90.4 percent from the charity stripe and .382 from beyond the three-point arc while also averaging 2.3 steals per game which ranks fifth in the conference. Frost has scored at least 20 points in eight of her last nine games.

The Lumberjacks are home this week and will host Northern Colorado on Thursday and North Dakota on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 6:30 p.m. in the Skydome.