Lumberjacks head coach Loree Payne announced Wednesday the 2020-21 incoming freshman class for the women's basketball team upon receiving letters of intent from a trio of out-of-state players.

Northern Arizona will welcome twins Olivia and Nyah Moran out of Riverside, California, and Shira Patton out of Houston to the program.

"We're super excited about this class," Payne said. "These three players fit our system really well and they absolutely will be able to come in and contribute right away to help our program to be successful."

The Lumberjacks received commitments from the Moran twins out of King High School. Although both are 5-foot-11 left-handed guards, they offer different skill sets.

"They're both very versatile and can play anywhere from the 1, 2, 3 and 4," Payne said.

Last season, Olivia averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 43% from the field. She was a threat on the perimeter, draining 74 3-pointers in 27 games at a 36% clip, and the All-CIF First Team honoree knocked down nine 3-pointers in a game.

Meanwhile, Nyah averaged 11.4 points per game as a junior. She shot 51% from the field, and while she only made 12 3s, she was effective in limited attempts, hitting 39% from behind the arc. Nyah was an all-league honoree as a freshman and last season was named an Inland Sports All-Area honorable mention.

Both sisters were also proficient rebounders, with Olivia averaging 8 boards per game and Nyah at 7.7 per game last season. They helped their team win back-to-back league championships on their way to a second-place finish in the CIF Southern Section.

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Patton will join the Lumberjacks from Cypress Ranch High School. She is an accomplished two-sport athlete, having also won a district championship in the high jump in addition to competing on her school's standout relay team.

Patton averaged 8.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game and was a starter during her team's district championship season. Patton helped her team reach the regional quarterfinals. She shot 43% from the field and connected on 31 3-pointers while shooting 36% from long distance.


The Lumberjacks reached a new best mark in the final Oracle ITA Division I National Fall Rankings that were released Wednesday. Sophomore Adrianna Sosnowska and freshman Mimi Bland are No. 25 in the doubles rankings and senior Chiara Tomasetti is No. 57 in the singles rankings -- both of which represent the highest marks in program history.

Sosnowska and Bland completed the fall season with a 10-3 record, including a 1-1 performance at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships where the pair defeated Georgia's Eleni Christofi and Vivian Wolff. Christofi and Wolff were ranked No. 19 at the time and finished the fall ranked No. 7.

Sosnowska and Bland's development in the fall was evident at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships, where they reached the final as an unseeded team. Sosnowska and Bland knocked off Colorado's Sara Nayar and Monica Malinen, ranked No. 31 at fall's end, in the semifinals to advance to the championship match. The Lumberjack duo then earned an at-large bid to the fall championships and proved why they belonged with their victory over Georgia's tandem.

Tomasetti earned her highest ranking of her career, moving up 14 spots from No. 71 in the preseason. Tomasetti successfully defended her ITA Mountain Regional singles championship and made her second consecutive appearance at the fall championships en route to a 13-5 fall campaign.

Tomasetti picked up a pair of nationally ranked wins over Pennsylvania's No. 63 Iuliia Bryzgalova and Colorado's No. 65 Sara Nayar. Her win against Bryzgalova at the Oracle ITA Masters is a standout victory considering Bryzgalova's No. 12 ranking in Wednesday's release. Tomasetti also defeated Kentucky's Lesedi Jacbos, now ranked No. 59, in her lone victory at last week's season-ending championships.

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