2014-15 NAU Women's Basketball News
December 16, 2014
Women's Hoops Fall Short to Pepperdine, 66-63, on Field Trip Day
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball started the second half fast, but Pepperdine rallied and held on for a 66-63 victory to spoil NAU's second annual Field Trip Day in the Skydome. In front of a season-best crowd of 803 boosted by hundreds of local schoolchildren, the Lumberjacks' late effort was stymied by the Waves as they fell to 4-5 this season.
December 15, 2014
Women's Basketball Hosts Pepperdine, CSUN in the Dome This Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will look to return the favor to both Pepperdine and CSUN this week after suffering road defeats to the two teams last season. NAU (4-4) hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday at 12 noon followed before welcoming in CSUN on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be played in the Walkup Skydome.
December 13, 2014
Lumberjack Rally Falls Short to Ducks in Eugene, 59-47
EUGENE, Ore. – After a nearly 90 minute power outage, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team responded by shooting lights out to begin the second half, but came up short in a 59-47 defeat to Oregon on Saturday in the Matthew Knight Arena. Sophomore Brittani Lusain led the Lumberjacks with 14 points and junior Mariah Willadsen chipped in 12 points in the loss, as NAU (4-4) fell shy after closing within one point after halftime.
December 11, 2014
Women's Basketball Travels to Eugene to Face Oregon
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After their longest break between games this season, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team hits the road to face Pac-12 foe Oregon on Saturday in the Matthew Knight Arena at 3 p.m. Flagstaff time. The game will be the Lumberjacks' first since defeating Loyola Marymount on Dec. 3 and their third road contest of the season.
December 3, 2014
'Jacks Tame Lions, 82-64, with Huge Second Half
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team shot 57.6 percent in the second half and erased a two-point halftime lead to run away with a 82-64 victory over Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks (4-3) had four players in double-figures led by senior Raven Anderson, who posted a near triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds a career-best nine assists, in winning their Skydome opener this season.
December 1, 2014
Women's Hoops' Skydome Debut on Wednesday Versus Loyola Marymount
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team will open the month of December in the Walkup Skydome for the first time this season on Wednesday, in the first game of the NAU basketball doubleheader. The Lumberjacks will host Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the NAU men's team hosting UTSA at approximately 7:30 p.m.
November 29, 2014
Banks' Double-Double, NAU's Bench Play Sparks 61-43 Win over Fort Lewis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Erikka Banks posted a double-double and the Lumberjacks received exceptional bench play as the Northern Arizona women's basketball team seized control at the end of the first half and took off in a 61-43 victory over Fort Lewis College on Saturday. Banks notched 16 points and 12 rebounds, while the NAU bench scored 30 points, helping NAU even its record to 3-3.
November 27, 2014
Lumberjacks Return Home Saturday to Host Fort Lewis College
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After a loss at UT Arlington on Wednesday, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team (2-3) will return to the friendly confines of their own home this Thanksgiving weekend and will look to feast on Fort Lewis College, this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. The game will be the Lumberjacks' final in the Rolle this season before moving into the Walkup Skydome for next Wednesday's home matchup against Loyola Marymount.
November 26, 2014
Women's Hoops Falls to UT Arlington, 80-62
ARLINGTON, Texas – Turnovers and fouls plagued the Northern Arizona women's basketball team on Wednesday night, leading to a halftime deficit and an eventual 80-62 loss to UT Arlington as their record dropped to 2-3.
November 25, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Give Back to the Community in Operation Christmas Child
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona student-athletes are always giving back to the community of Flagstaff and this past weekend, the freshmen class held Operation Christmas Child to start spreading the holiday cheer.
November 25, 2014
Women's Basketball Makes Quick Trip to UTA on Wednesday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team looks to make it two in a row on Wednesday when they travel to UT Arlington for a 6 p.m. tip-off at UTA's College Park Center. The Lumberjacks are coming off a 67-49 victory on Sunday at home versus UC Santa Barbara and they defeated UT Arlington last season at home, 85-65.
November 23, 2014
Women's Hoops Never Trail in 67-49 Win over UCSB
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Sunday and never looked back, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 67-49, for the second straight year to even their season record to 2-2. The Lumberjacks never trailed in the game and shot a season-best 44.9 percent from the field and 95.2 percent from the free-throw line in an efficient team performance on both ends of the court.
November 19, 2014
Women's Basketball Defeated by UTEP, 82-58
EL PASO, Texas – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team stuck with UTEP in the second half, but a 22-point halftime deficit was too much for the Lumberjacks to overcome in an 82-58 loss to the Miners in the Don Haskins Center. Sophomore Rene Coggins led the Lumberjacks with a career-best 22 points as NAU fell to 1-2 this season.
November 17, 2014
Women's Hoops Travels to UTEP, Host UCSB This Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After two games at home, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team will head out on the road for a quick road trip - its first of the season - on Wednesday at UTEP with tip-off at 7 p.m. The Lumberjacks will then return home for their fourth game in nine days to begin the season on Sunday, Nov. 23 versus UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.
November 16, 2014
Women's Basketball Falls Short to Western New Mexico, 58-54
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Raven Anderson was a force inside finishing with 22 points, two points shy of her career-high, but the Northern Arizona women's basketball team was unable to complete an undefeated opening weekend, falling to Western New Mexico 58-54 on Sunday.
November 14, 2014
NAU's Dominating Defensive Effort Leads to Season Opening Win
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women’s basketball team clamped down defensively and shut down UC Irvine on their way to a 66-35 season opening victory Friday night in the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks, who allowed 79.3 points per game a year ago, held the Anteaters to just 21.3 percent shooting to open the season 1-0 for the first time since 2007 after six consecutive season opening defeats.
November 12, 2014
Women's Hoops Net Colorado Pair on Signing Day for 2015-16
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's team reached out to the state of Colorado for their two newest Lumberjacks as head coach Sue Darling and her staff received National Letters of Intent from Alyssa Rader and Kaleigh Paplow on Wednesday. Both Rader and Paplow will be freshmen when they join the 'Jacks for the 2015-16 season.
November 12, 2014
'Jacks Host UC Irvine, Western New Mexico in Season Opening Weekend
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team welcomes hoops season to Flagstaff on Friday, Nov. 14 with their 2014-15 season opener versus UC Irvine at 5:30 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks will then host Western New Mexico on Sunday at 2 p.m. to conclude the opening weekend of play.
November 3, 2014
Lumberjacks Go Coast-to-Coast in 84-53 Exhibition Win
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team led wire-to-wire in an all-around sharp performance Monday night, defeating New Mexico Highlands, 84-53, in their lone exhibition game before officially starting the 2014-15 season. Senior Erikka Banks led four Lumberjacks in double-figures with 17 points in just 20 minutes of action.
November 1, 2014
Women's Hoops Takes to the Court Monday in Exhibition
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Before the Northern Arizona women's basketball team officially opens the season on Nov. 14 versus UC Irvine, the Lumberjacks will host New Mexico Highlands in their only exhibition contest in the Rolle Activity Center on Monday, Nov. 3. Admission is free for all fans with tipoff at 5 p.m.
October 31, 2014
Timeout with Madi Austin
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Madi Austin brings National Championship experience to the Lumberjacks this season after helping Mesa Community College win the NJCAA Division II National Championship. Last season, Austin was the Thunderbirds’ second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and led the team in rebounds with 6.9 per game on her way to receiving NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American honors. She was also a two-time All-Region, All-Conference and National Championship All-Tournament selection prior to coming to NAU. Take a look at the junior forward from Scottsdale, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 30, 2014
Timeout with Erikka Banks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Erikka Banks was one of the Big Sky’s top players last year as she enjoyed a breakout campaign in her first season as a starter. She earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors and is a preseason all-conference selection by College Sports Madness heading into her final season. Banks averaged 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last season and was one of four players in the conference to rank in the top-10 in scoring and rebounding while setting a new school record by shooting 59 percent from the field. Take a look at the senior forward from Fresno, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 29, 2014
NAU Athletics Posts 85 Percent Graduation Success Rate
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Northern Arizona Athletics Department posted a school-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate, as released by the NCAA national office Tuesday. It was the highest of the three state universities, and tied for the best in the Big Sky Conference.
October 29, 2014
Timeout with Taylor Leyva
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Taylor Leyva may not have put up numbers that showed in the box score last season, but she was one of the Lumberjacks’ most important players playing in all 29 games and earning 17 starts as a true freshman. Averaging just 0.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game, Leyva was the team’s glue-player providing steady play and making the right decisions recording more assists than turnovers. Take a look at the sophomore guard from Pueblo West, Colo. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 28, 2014
Timeout with Tori Lloyd
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Tori Lloyd is the lone freshman on this year’s Lumberjack squad after starting all four years at Dobson High School. A two-year captain, Lloyd was a Mesa All-East Valley Region and All-Section first team selection and helped her high school team rank No. 18 nationally – the top ranked team in the state of Arizona according to MaxPreps – and an undefeated section championship. Take a look at the freshman guard from Mesa, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 27, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Spread Message During Red Ribbon Week
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics participated in the annual Red Ribbon Week throughout the community last week, from Oct. 20-24. A total of 134 student-athletes participated in Red Ribbon Week visiting local schools, speaking with Flagstaff’s youth and interacting with them in athletic activities.
October 27, 2014
Timeout with Bradlee Cotton
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Bradlee Cotton appeared in 16 games as a true freshman last season and brings hard work to the court. She grabbed five rebounds on the offensive glass and worked just as hard off the court, earning a Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award and a Big Sky All-Academic selection. Take a look at the sophomore forward from Denver, Colo. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 24, 2014
Timeout with Catelyn Preston
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Catelyn Preston was a sparkplug for the Lumberjacks last season as one of three players to appear in all 29 games. She averaged 3.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game bringing energy off the bench while also earning seven starts. Take a look at the sophomore forward from Oregon City, Ore. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 23, 2014
Timeout with Rene Coggins
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rene Coggins shouldered a big load as a true freshman for the Lumberjacks last season, leading the Big Sky with 36.5 minutes player per game and logging 40 minutes or more in 11 games. She knocked down 32 three-pointers, second-most on the team, and recorded 70 assists, third-most on the team with averages of 7.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Take a look at the sophomore guard from Mesa, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 22, 2014
Big Sky Women's Basketball Polls Released
OGDEN, Utah – In the Big Sky preseason polls released on Wednesday by the conference office, the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team was picked 10th by the conference coaches and media. The Lumberjacks received 37 points in the coaches poll and 39 points in the media poll.
October 22, 2014
Timeout with Shay Young
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Shay Young will finally have the opportunity to take the court in the NAU blue and gold this season. Last season, she redshirted after transferring to Flagstaff following one season at New Mexico State where she played as a true freshman. Take a look at the redshirt sophomore forward from San Diego, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 21, 2014
Timeout with Monique Mulder
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Monique Mulder enters her first season with the Lumberjacks after spending the last two seasons at New Mexico Junior College where she was an All-WJCAC honorable mention selection. She led the team in steals and helped her team to the NJCAA Division I National Championships after winning its conference and region, averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals last season. Take a look at the junior guard from Antioch, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 20, 2014
Timeout with Raven Anderson
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Raven Anderson begins her final season as one of the Lumberjacks’ two seniors on this year’s roster. She was the team’s fourth leading scorer at 9.9 points and third-leading rebounder at 5.4 rebounds per game last season while also averaging 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. She shot 54 percent from the field which ranked third in the Big Sky and was the fifth-best single season field goal percentage in school history, and finished the season on a tear averaging 16.8 points, 10.6 rebounds while shooting 64.7 percent over her last five games. Take a look at the senior center from Tempe, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 17, 2014
Timeout with Mariah Willadsen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Mariah Willadsen joins the Lumberjacks following two seasons at Mesa Community College where she was a two-time first team All-Region and two-time all-conference player. Last season, she helped lead the Thunderbirds win the NJCAA Division II National Championship by averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Take a look at the junior guard from Mesa, Ariz. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 16, 2014
Timeout With Brittani Lusain
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Brittani Lusain enters 2014-15 as the reigning Big Sky Outstanding Freshman after averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Her averages led all conference freshmen in each category except rebounds, which she finished second among first-year players. Take a look at the sophomore guard from San Diego, Calif. before the Lumberjacks take the court on Nov. 3 with their home exhibition against New Mexico Highlands.
October 15, 2014
Banks Named Preseason Big Sky Second Team by College Sports Madness
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coming off a breakout season, senior Erikka Banks was named to College Sports Madness' Preseason Big Sky All-Conference Second Team. Banks was a second team selection by College Sports Madness last season as well as an honorable mention all-conference player by the Big Sky coaches.
October 5, 2014
High Energy Fills First Women's Basketball's Practice
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team completed their first practice of the 2014-15 season Sunday morning. The two-hour practice in the Rolle Activity Center was a spirited session as the team came together for the first time after individual training sessions over the last month.
October 3, 2014
Women's Hoops Open Practice on Sunday
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After a summer complete with hard work in the weight room and the hard wood, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team will put it all together for the first time on Sunday with their first official practice. The Lumberjacks will open the door to the 2014-15 season at 11 a.m. in the Rolle Activity Center, less than a month until their exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands on Monday, Nov. 3.
September 30, 2014
Women's Basketball Releases Challenging 2014-15 Schedule
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head women’s basketball coach Sue Darling announced her team’s 2014-15 schedule on Tuesday, filled with 16 home dates beginning with their season opener versus UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 14. The 16 home games is the team’s most in a season in five years. Game times for this year’s home schedule will be available at a later date.
September 2, 2014
NAU Assistant Participates in WBCA Leadership Workshop
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – One of a coach's many duties is to lead and last week, NAU assistant women's basketball coach Robyne Bostick had the unique opportunity to learn from a few people who know a thing or two about leadership – the United States Marine Corps. Bostick traveled to Parris Island, S.C. last week for the inaugural WBCA Assistant Coaches Leadership Workshop in partnership with the United States Marine Corps and came back to Flagstaff with valuable knowledge.
August 22, 2014
NAU Student-Athletes Welcome Incoming Lumberjack Freshmen
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Nearly 200 Northern Arizona student-athletes helped greet the incoming NAU Class of 2018 over the last two days in partnership with Welcome Back Jacks. The student-athletes along with a number of student groups at times battled the rainy Flagstaff weather and volunteered to assist the new freshmen and their families move into their new home for the upcoming school year.
August 14, 2014
Where Are They Now: Aubrey Davis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Aubrey Davis personifies the cliché – good things come to those who work hard. During her women's basketball career at NAU, Davis started at the bottom and by the time she left, she made it to the top.
July 31, 2014
Where Are They Now: Lindsey Foster
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In life, everything is about timing. Being at the right place at the right moment with the right people often dictates opportunities. What people do with those opportunities will dictate success.
July 25, 2014
Where Are They Now: Peggy Kennedy
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After wrapping up her Lumberjack playing career in 1979 that remains one of the most illustrious until this day, Peggy Kennedy worked a variety of professions. Through it all, from professional basketball player to high school teacher, every decision Kennedy has made along the way has been perfection.
July 11, 2014
Where Are They Now: Kim Winkfield
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Kim Winkfield spent her Lumberjack career dishing out dimes. NAU's all-time leader in assists at the end of her career, Winkfield's court sense helped her tremendously in setting up her teammates for easy buckets. Given her ability to assist, maybe it is no coincidence that today Winkfield is working in customer service, trading in the basketball court for the trade show industry.
July 4, 2014
'Jacks Coaching Staff, Rene Coggins Chill for Charity
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's basketball team is officially in and a part of the ever growing #Chillin4Charity campaign. Last week, the NAU coaching staff and sophomore guard Rene Coggins were issued challenges and earlier this week, the challenges were accepted and completed as evidenced by the videos below.
July 3, 2014
Where Are They Now: Col. Rebecca Seeger
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – People make a difference in lives of others in a variety of ways every second of every day. Through 30 years of service in the Air Force, Col. Rebecca Seeger dedicated herself to serving her country.
June 27, 2014
Where Are They Now: Laura Dinkins
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – During her Lumberjack playing career, Laura Dinkins was relentless as one of the program's premier defensive stalwarts. Her drive was matched by few and it led her to not only an accomplished collegiate career, but a successful professional career overseas.
June 27, 2014
Coach Darling & Staff to Take on #Chillin4Charity Challenge
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The sun is out and summer is in full force, but women’s basketball coaches across the country are cooling off for a great cause. What started off as a Cold Water Challenge has evolved into the viral #Chillin4Charity social media campaign in support of the Kay Yow Foundation and the Northern Arizona women’s basketball staff has been called out.
June 23, 2014
Amanda Frost Headed to Puerto Rico to Begin Pro Career
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A lifetime of hard work and dedication to her craft will finally pay off for Amanda Frost as the former Lumberjack All-American's dream of becoming a professional basketball player is right in front of her. Last week, Frost agreed to play for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico to start her professional career and will immediately begin with the team next month.
June 20, 2014
Where Are They Now: Cristina Willis
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Cristina Campisano used to vacation in the White Mountains of Arizona every summer growing up, so coming to NAU was not much of a stretch for the San Diego, Calif. native.
June 13, 2014
Where Are They Now: Julie Hanks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It is no question that Julie Hanks left her mark at NAU during her playing career. An NAU Hall of Famer, Hanks left as the program's all-time leading scorer in 1986 and is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished players in school history. Yet as exceptional as she was on the hardwood in the mid-1980s, Hanks remains as dedicated as ever to the game nearly 30 years later.
June 5, 2014
Where Are They Now: Beth Hopper
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In 2004, a hoops player from Tennessee made the trip out west to finish her basketball career at Northern Arizona University.