The Northern Arizona women's basketball won its second straight game Monday night in Tuba City by knocking off the University of Antelope Valley 104-49.
The Lumberjacks (2-3) dominated the Pioneers from tipoff, building a 75-28 lead through three quarters before coasting through the fourth for the victory. Northern Arizona held Antelope Valley to single digits in two different quarters and allowed the Pioneers (5-5) to shoot just 22 percent from the field.
Three players posted double-doubles to lead the way for the Jacks: Kenna McDavis (16 points, 13 rebounds), Kaleigh Paplow (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Khiarica Rasheed (13 points, 13 rebounds). Northern Arizona cleaned up on the glass, outrebounding Antelope Valley 70-35 while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Olivia Lucero (14 points), Lauren Orndoff and Tate Tsingine (10 apiece) also scored in double figures.
Next up, the Lumberjacks head to Colorado to take on the University of Denver. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
SWIM AND DIVE
The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team will send 10 swimmers to the prestigious Texas Invitational starting Wednesday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The four-day meet running through Saturday in Austin, Texas will feature four top 25 teams: No. 2 Texas, No. 8 USC, No. 22 Arizona and No. 25 UCLA.
"We're bringing a select group of swimmers based on their chances of swimming at night (in the finals)," said head coach Andy Johns. "An opportunity to swim at night in that facility against that level of competition is special. Some of the best teams of the country will be there, and it's going to be a great experience for our girls."
A total of 12 women's teams and 11 men's teams will compete. Along with the four nationally-ranked women's squads, four top 25 men's teams will be there.
For the 10 Lumberjack swimmers, the Texas Invitational will be a large measuring stick for what it will take to potentially qualify – and compete – at the season-ending NCAA Championships.
While a number of NAU's usual suspects – seniors Roni Houck, Kimmy Richter and Alina Staffeldt and junior Andrea Schmidt – will take their shots in the pool, so will several freshmen. Niamh McDonagh, Sam Milewski, Sarah O'Connor and Elisa Rodriguez will look to make their mark, as will redshirt junior Monique King and junior Sarah Takach.
NAU is in position to make a splash in the distance freestyle events as well as the butterfly. NAU's distance trio of Richter, King and Milewski is among the top 20 seeded times in the mile, while also being seeded well in the 500 free. The three swimmers will also compete in the 200 free.
Staffeldt is in the top 20 of the 100 and 200 butterfly and will be accompanied by Schmidt in both events. Both swimmers will join Houck and Rodriguez in the 50 free. Houck and Rodriguez will anchor NAU in the sprint freestyle events including in the 100.
O'Connor is the lone backstroker making the trip and is the top 30 in both backstroke events entering the meet.
NAU will also enter teams in all five relays – the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley.
"We're hoping to do lifetime-bests and gain confidence, along with the experience," Johns said. "If they can race against that competition, they can race against anybody."
The meet will get started on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with the 800 freestyle relay. The first individual events will take place on Thursday.
Prelims on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will start at 9 a.m. with the finals following each evening at 5 p.m. There will be five finals heats in the 50 free and four heats of finals in the 100, 200, 400 and 500-yard events.