Opponent: Youngstown State (Monday, Nov. 28/6:30 p.m.)
Location: Rolle Activity Center - Flagstaff, Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona women's basketball team hosts Youngstown State at 6:30 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center in the first of four straight home games, marking their longest homestand of the season. NAU hopes the return home is a remedy to its recent struggles, as the Lumberjacks have dropped three straight since opening the season with a pair of victories. The 'Jacks defeated Antelope Valley, 109-60, on Nov. 13 in their lone home game thus far this fall.
Follow the Action:
- Monday's game versus Youngstown State will be streamed for free online at watchbigsky.com.
Promotions: Monday's game will be a White Out. All fans are encouraged to wear white and the first 50 students will receive a free white t-shirt.
Robyne Bostick's Opening Thought: "It's going to be nice to be on our home court because our last three games didn't go as well as we would've like to. We're trying to be a little more cafeful with the ball and we're emphasizing limiting unforced turnovers. We also want to get back to rebounding the ball well. We did a good job during our first two games and against Lamar, we didn't. We want to have that hunger to get back the rebounding margin."
Previewing The 'Jacks: NAU suffered their third consecutive loss, 75-60, to Lamar on Wednesday. They turned the ball over a season-worst 24 times in the defeat and fell to 2-3 this season. Senior Rene Coggins had the hot hand against Lamar, hitting a career-high seven three-pointers on her way to a career-best 26 points. She leads the team with 13.8 points per game and is shooting 42.4 percent from behind the arc. Redshirt junior Olivia Lucero and senior Brittani Lusain are also averaging double-figures per game at 12.8 and 10.4 points per game respectively behind Coggins. Lusain and Lucero are also among two of NAU's top three rebounders. Lusain is pulling down a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game, while Lucero ranks third at 6.4 per game. Sophomore Kaleigh Paplow is second at 7.0 per game off the bench. The 'Jacks are averaging 67.6 points per game as a team and are allowing only 60.8 to their opponents. Lamar was the first team this season to score more than 60 against NAU.
Scouting Youngstown State: Youngstown State picked up an 84-62 win over Tiffin at home on Nov. 23, which pushed its record to 2-3 this season. After starting the season with three losses, the Penguins have won their last two games including a 102-94 win over Big Sky opponent, Sacramento State. The Penguins garnered a fourth-place ranking in the preseason Horizon League poll after winning 21 games last season and advancing to the WBI semifinals. Sarah Cash was selected to the Preseason All-Horizon League First Team and Indiya Benjamin was voted to the second team. Cash comes off the bench in reserve and is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game in just 14.6 minutes per action. She is shooting a robust 66.7 percent from the field and is pulling down 3.6 rebounds per game. Benjamin leads Youngstown State in assists with 23 and is averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Bostick on Youngstown State: "Youngstown State is a very solid team. They are going to be a challenge for us because they have some solid inside players. They have a lot of depth and they go deep into their bench, so we're going to have to come out ready to play."
- NAU and Youngstown State will be meeting for the first time in school history.
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