NAU women host Portland St., E. Washington on FOX Sports Arizona
FEB 12, 2014 9:42p ET
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Returning home after a tough loss at Southern Utah on Monday, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team returns home for a pair of games to close out the week. The Lumberjacks will host Portland State, looking for the season sweep, on Thursday at 12 p.m. and will then welcome in Eastern Washington to the Walkup Skydome on Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. NAU enters Thursday's game one win behind Portland State for ninth place in the Big Sky standings.
The Lumberjacks dropped their third consecutive game, 93-59, to the Thunderbirds Monday night in Cedar City. Southern Utah shot 64.6 percent from the field and held Northern Arizona to 38.6 percent shooting. Freshman Brittani Lusain led the Lumberjacks with 18 points and five assists while equaling her career-high with four steals. Senior Amanda Frost tallied 11 points and freshman Catelyn Preston added 10 points. NAU failed to make a three-pointer for just the second time this season in the loss.
TV Coverage: Both games will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports Arizona. Thursday's game will also be televised live on FOX College Sports Pacific.
Coach Sue Darling Quote of the Week: "We have to figure out who we are and we're still trying to find our way, so it's been frustrating. But at the end of the day, when I look them in the eye I still see a fire and great hope. I give credit to Southern Utah the other night and they wanted it more than we did. We're in a rough spot right now, but there's still plenty of hope and plenty of time and we're going to get it done."
Series History: NAU defeated Portland State, 88-67, on Jan. 18 in one of its best shooting performances of the season. The Lumberjacks shot 66.7 percent in the first half and put up 57 first half points, their highest scoring half of the season, and finished the game at 53.3 percent. Amanda Frost scored a game-high 28 points and missed her first double-double with a career-high nine assists. Erikka Banks recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Rene Coggins scored 11 points. NAU snapped its seven-game losing streak to the Vikings and have a narrow 20-18 all-time edge.
The Lumberjacks lost to Eastern Washington, 92-68, on Jan. 16 despite a game-high 29 points from Frost. The Lumberjacks struggled offensively shooting just 32.2 percent for the game and fell behind by 19 points at halftime. NAU cut its deficit in the second half from 28 to 17 with under six minutes remaining, but would not get any closer. Brittani Lusain scored 15 points off the bench and Coggins and Banks each had nine points. Eastern Washington leads the all-time series 32-24 after the win and has won three of the last four in Flagstaff.