Women's Basketball Trio Honored by College Sports Madness
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The all-conference awards continue to roll in for senior Amanda Frost, junior Erikka Banks and freshman Brittani Lusain as the Northern Arizona women's basketball trio was honored by College Sports Madness on Wednesday. The website's Big Sky All-Conference honors come two days after the three Lumberjacks were rewarded by the Big Sky Conference office for their play this season.
Frost picked up her second Big Sky first team selection of the week as she was picked on Madness' five-player first team. NAU's lone senior led the Big Sky in scoring with 22.5 points per game and a set a school record with 652 total points scored this season. That single-season scoring total is fifth-most in conference history. Frost was among the conference's top three-point shooters, shooting 37.6 percent for the season from long distance, and displayed an ability to do more than just shoot finishing second in the conference in steals at 2.5 per game and tied for 10th in assists per game during league play at 3.8. She led the conference in both 20-point games (19) and 30-point games (6) and her 38-point performance at Montana State on March 6 was the highest scoring game by any player in the conference this season.
Banks was named to the College Sports Madness Second Team after averaging 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Banks, an honorable mention selection by the conference, thrived in her first season as a full-time starter, leading the team in rebounding and filling the role as NAU's second-leading scorer. She ranked 11th in the Big Sky in scoring and wrapped up her junior season as the Big Sky's third-leading rebounder. Banks was a highly efficient scorer, leading the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 59 percent and tying for seventh in free throw percentage at 81.6 percent. She led the team with six double-doubles and her highlights included a 19 rebound game at Utah Valley on Nov. 30, the second-best total in the conference this season, and a 17-for-19 showing at the free-throw line en route to a career-high 31 points versus Eastern Washington on Feb. 15.
After being voted the Big Sky's Outstanding Freshman on Monday, Lusain also earned Freshman of the Year by the website in addition to being named to the fourth team. Lusain contributed in a variety of ways, putting up a season average line of 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She led all Big Sky freshmen in each of those categories. She scored in double-figures in 16 of the last 18 games of the season and posted 21 double-digit scoring games ranking behind only Frost on the team. She was also second on the team in double-digit rebounding games behind Banks. Lusain came close to a triple-double on a number of games and recorded five double-doubles. On Dec. 5, Lusain dished out 13 assists at UC Santa Barbara, which marked the second-best assist total in the conference this season.