For the first time in two decades, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team will have a home game versus Arizona when the two teams collide today at 6:30 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center.
The game will be the first of two for the Lumberjacks this week at home as they open a three-game homestand -- their final before opening conference play -- with NAU also welcoming Cal Poly to Flagstaff on Saturday at 3 p.m.
NAU, now 2-4 this season, has reached 70 points in four of six games so far. The Lumberjacks are leading the Big Sky with 80.5 points per game, but their defense has also come along in their last three games, with their last three opponents -- Boise State, Antelope Valley and Denver -- shooting only a combined 26 percent from the field.
Although the Lumberjacks continue to be led by redshirt senior Olivia Lucero, who ranks sixth in the Big Sky with 18.5 points per game, redshirt senior Kenna McDavis has totaled two straight double-doubles. She continues to average a double-double this season with 17.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She ranks ninth in the conference in scoring and is the conference leader in rebounding, with the bulk of her boards coming on the defensive end, where she ranks third in the nation with 9.3 per game.
Arizona has lost five straight since opening the season with two wins to stand at 2-5. The Wildcats, who were voted 11th by both the media and coaches in the preseason Pac-12 poll, most recently fell to San Diego State, 78-67, at home on Sunday. JaLea Bennett leads the Wildcats with 15.9 points per game and has eclipsed 20 points in each of her last two contests. She is one of four players scoring in double-figures for Arizona.
Cal Poly brings a 3-3 record into a five-game road trip starting in Flagstaff. The Mustangs have won their last two games, 88-83 over San Francisco and 77-44 over Cal State Monterey Bay. Cal Poly was tied for fourth in the Big West Media Poll and sixth in the Coaches Poll. Lynn Leaupepe, a Preseason All-Big West selection, paces the team in scoring at 17.2 per game while shooting 48.1 percent from the field. Leaupepe also leads the Mustangs with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Both games will be televised live by NAU-TV and will be available on Suddenlink channels 4 and 104. Thursday's game will also be shown live on Fox Sports Arizona Plus as well as Fox College Sports Pacific. Fans can also watch it on the FOX Sports GO app or FOXSportsGO.com. Saturday's game will be live on Fox Sports West in addition to Fox Sports Arizona and Fox College Sports Pacific. Additionally, the games will also be available for free at pluto.tv or the Pluto TV app on Channel 239.
SWIM AND DIVE
Redshirt junior Monique King picked up her first career WAC Swimmer of the Week award from the conference office on Tuesday following her performance at last week's Texas Invitational. She is the third Lumberjack to be honored this season by the WAC, but the first NAU swimmer.
After the Texas Invite, King now ranks first in the WAC in both the 500 and mile freestyle. In the mile, King recorded the highest individual finish by an NAU swimmer of the meet, finishing with a career-best time of 16:42.36 to place 14th. She posted a time of 4:50.40 in the 500 to place 27th overall. Her time also vaulted her into third on NAU's all-time performance list.
King also set a new season-best in the 200 free at 1:51.54 in addition to swimming on the Lumberjacks' 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay. Both relays recorded season-best times as well.