Women’s basketball goes 0-2 in California trip
BY ELIZABETH SEARS—
Despite a solid first half, the Northern Arizona University (NAU) women’s basketball team fell to Pepperdine University 74-51 on Dec. 21 in the conclusion of its two-game road trip.
“It was a tale of two halves. We played solid defense, and did some nice things in the first half,” said head coach Sue Darling.
The Lumberjacks led at halftime 30–29, but fell apart in the second half. NAU started the game with a 9–2 run and led by as many as eight in the first half, but was unable to carry this momentum into the second half.
“Pepperdine came out and hit a couple shots at the 15 or 16 minute mark and kind of put us on our heels a little bit,” Darling said. “We started going away with what had been working for us in the first half. It went downhill from there.”
The Waves went on an 18–0 with about 11 minutes left in the second half and led 68–45 with four and a half minutes left.
Despite scoring 30 points in the first half, the Jacks only scored 21 points in the second, while the Waves scored 45 points. The Lumberjacks had 24 turnovers, 16 of them in the second half.
“We were in the game and went away from our scout report defense and turned the ball over way too much in the second half,” Darling said. “It was a very poor work performance offensively and defensively.”
Senior guard Amanda Frost led the Lumberjacks with 25 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Freshman guard Brittani Lusain added three points, eight assists, and eight rebounds. Junior center Raven Anderson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Lumberjacks are now 3–5 overall and will host Long Island University, Brooklyn on Dec. 30. This will be NAU’s last non-conference game before the Lumberjacks kick off Big Sky Conference (BSC) play against University of Montana on Jan. 2.
“We need to get in post-Christmas shape and really continue to work on solid defense and especially taking care of the ball,” Darling said.