Adding experience to its 2014-15 roster was a goal for the Northern Arizona women’s basketball team and they took another step in that direction on Tuesday with the addition of Monique Mulder, a transfer from New Mexico Junior College.
Mulder, a 5-foot-3 point guard, will be a junior this upcoming season after two years at NMJC.
“We’re very excited to add Monique,” said head coach Sue Darling. “She’s a winner and a very talented point guard. She has the ability to break her defender down and get into the lane and either finish or dish it off. I also like her ability to play defense, she has the ability to ball up against an offensive player with the best of them. Monique brings the whole package.”
Mulder was an integral part in leading the Thunderbirds to the NJCAA Division I National Championships after New Mexico Junior College won its conference and regional championship this past season, finishing with a 25-6 record.
On an NMJC team in which only one player averaged double-figure points and no player played more than 20 minutes per game, Mulder averaged 6.5 points in 18.5 minutes per game this past season. As the Thunderbirds’ starting point guard, Mulder averaged 3.3 assists per game and led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.5.
She also averaged 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 35.4 percent from the field. Mulder posted eight double-figure scoring games with a season-high of 18 in addition to 12 games with at least four assists.
TRACK AND FIELD
Northern Arizona’s Brian Shrader was named the Big Sky Conference men’s track athlete of the week, while Julia Viberg was named to the same award for women’s field.
Shrader, a junior from Flagstaff, finished second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:49.26 at the Payton Jordan Invitational this past weekend.
His time is the top time in the Big Sky Conference and ranks 20th in the West Region.
Viberg, a sophomore from Olofstrom, Sweden, had an incredible day in the women’s discus throw at the Double Dual in Tucson. Viberg’s mark of 184-02 (56.13m) was tops in the event, a new lifetime best, and qualifies her for the European Championships.
Her throw ranks first in the Big Sky Conference and eighth in the West Region.