Opponent: CSUN (Thursday, Dec. 1/11:00 a.m.)
Opponent: Denver (Saturday, Dec. 3/11:00 a.m.)
Location: Walkup Skydome - Flagstaff, Ariz.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A busy week continues for the Northern Arizona women's basketball team as they will move inside the Walkup Skydome for the first time this season, Thursday versus CSUN at 11 a.m. The game will be the team's Fourth Annual Field Trip Day game designed for the community's youth with NAU holding a 2-1 record in past years. The 'Jacks will then host Denver on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Skydome prior to the men's basketball game at 2 p.m.
Follow the Action:
- Thursday's game versus CSUN will be televised live by NAU-TV and shown live on local Flagstaff cable on Suddenlink channels 4 and 104. It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego and Fox College Sports Pacific. Check your local listings for channel information.
- Both games will be streamed for free online at watchbigsky.com.
Promotions: All fans will receive free pom poms at Thursday's Field Trip Day game. On Saturday, first 250 students and kids will receive free blinky necklaces. In conjunction with the men's basketball doubleheader, an $8 ticket will be good for both the women's and men's games. FUSD and FITKIDS can receive a discounted $6 ticket at this link.
Robyne Bostick's Opening Thought: "Last night was great to get back to the way we know we're capable of playing. We rebounded well and got back to pushing the ball in transition which helped us be more aggressive offensively. Being back in the Skydome will be fun environment especially with Thursday being our Field Trip game."
Previewing The 'Jacks: NAU put an end to their three-game losing streak with a 70-49 victory over Youngstown State Monday night to even its record to 3-3. Redshirt junior Olivia Lucero and senior Bradlee Cotton posted the best scoring games of their careers at 23 and 10 respectively. Senior Rene Coggins also chipped in 10 points. Lucero leads the team and ranks eighth in the conference in scoring at 14.5 points per game. She is also 13th in free throw percentage at 80.8 and is adding 6.8 rebounds per game. Coggins ranks second behind Lucero on the team with 13.2 points per game. Her team-high 16 three-pointers made is tied for third-most in the conference. Senior Brittani Lusain is the Big Sky's fourth-leading rebounder at 8.2 per game - the highest of her career. The Lumberjacks rank second in the Big Sky in both total rebounding (45.3 per game) and rebounding margin (+7.0) and are first in scoring defense (58.8 points per game) and scoring margin (+9.2).
Scouting CSUN: CSUN was one of five teams to receive a first-place vote in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll and finished sixth in the coaches' vote. The Matadors were voted fifth in the media poll. They have alternated wins and losses through their first six games and are 3-3 this season. Last week, they split their two games of their own Thanksgiving Tournament, defeating Detroit, 76-67, and narrowly falling to No. 19 Michigan State, 63-59. Preseason All-Big West selection and last year's conference Freshman of the Year, Channon Fluker, paces the Matadors. Fluker, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She is also averaging 2.5 blocks per game. Serafina Maulupe is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 per game and has made a team-best 11 three-pointers.
Bostick on CSUN: "CSUN is a good all-around team who has a lot of balance both inside and outside. They are another team with a strong post presence and for us to be in a position to win we're going to have to play with the same energy and effort we had last night."
Scouting Denver: Denver was picked eighth of nine teams in the Summit League Preseason Poll. The Pioneers are 2-4 this season with both of their victories at home over Air Force and Cal State Fullerton. Last week, Denver dropped two games to Grand Canyon and Northern Iowa at the GCU Tournament and will play at Colorado State before making the trip to Flagstaff. Samantha Romanowski was named to the Grand Canyon All-Tournament team and is leading the Pioneers in scoring at 13.4 points per game. She is shooting 39.3 percent from the field. Jacqlyn Poss ranks second with 12.5 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting and is the team's leader in minutes played at just under 30 per game. She is also averaging 4.0 rebounds per game.
Bostick on Denver: "Denver is a team who was just out here in Arizona at a tournament at Grand Canyon and they're making the trip back out to play us. We want to run the ball in transition and play the type of defense we had last night. When we play tough defense we're going to be hard to beat and it's a matter of doing that consistently."
- NAU and CSUN will be meeting for the 25th time in school history. NAU leads the all-time series 15-9. CSUN won the last meeting, 77-71, on Dec. 18, 2014 in Flagstaff.
- NAU and Denver will be meeting for the fifth time in school history. The all-time series is tied 2-2. Denver won the last meeting, 46-41, on Dec. 16, 2009 at home.
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