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Northern Arizona senior wide receiver Elijah Marks has been recognized as a member of the STATS FCS All-America Third Team announced on Tuesday.

Marks, who was previously honored with Associated Press Second Team All-America status, is the 133rd Lumberjack to earn All-America accolades.

The senior receiver totaled a career-best 1,170 receiving yards on 71 receptions while helping lead the Lumberjacks to their first FCS Playoff appearance since 2013 following a 7-4 regular-season record.

The yardage total ranked eighth nationally and was the third-highest single-season performance in NAU program history, behind only Emmanuel Butler's 1,208 yards in 2015 and Clarence Moore's 1,184 in 2003.

He also ranked fourth among FCS national leaders with 117.0 receiving yards per game and seventh in receptions per contest at 7.1.

Marks, who was a 2017 All-Big Sky first team selection, ranked fifth nationally with 151.5 all-purpose yards per game and his career total of 3,761 sits sixth in NAU annals.

The Goodyear native also finished his Lumberjack career ranked among the program's leaders in receiving yards (2,359), receptions (150) and receiving touchdowns (20).


After shooting 51.6 percent in the first half, the Northern Arizona women's basketball team's field-goal percentage dipped to 28.2 percent in the second as NAU fell to CSUN, 78-69, Monday night in the Matadome. The Lumberjacks will take a 3-8 record into the start of conference play on Dec. 28.

CSUN shot 52.9 percent in the decisive third quarter and scored the first six points to break a 37-37 halftime tie, and the Lumberjacks played from behind the rest of the way. NAU misfired on its first eight shots of the second half and despite a strong finish to the third quarter, the Lumberjacks went into the final frame down five, 57-52.

Redshirt senior Kenna McDavis, who finished with a team-high 17 points, knocked down a three with 6:45 left to prompt a CSUN timeout. With the Matadors' lead trimmed to 58-57, CSUN connected on two triples to push its advantage back out to seven and led by as many a dozen to keep NAU at a distance in the final period.

While the Lumberjacks' offense hit a snag in the second half, they were in sync prior to the intermission. Yet they went into halftime even on the scoreboard due to a Matador 12-2 run to close the game's first 20 minutes, which negated a 9-for-13 showing from the field by the Lumberjacks in the second quarter.

Spurred by eight second quarter points from freshman Lauren Orndoff, NAU led by as many as 10 minutes with three minutes left in the first half. Redshirt senior Olivia Lucero turned a steal into a fast break layup to put NAU ahead 35-25 before CSUN's run.

The run was the second pivotal one by the Matadors, with the first lead coming in the opening period. After NAU hit six of its first nine shots, including a pair of three-point plays by McDavis and Paplow, to take a 15-7 lead, CSUN finished the quarter on a 9-2 run to close to 17-16 by the end of the period.

McDavis made four 3-pointers for the second consecutive game to lead four Lumberjacks in double-figures in the scoring column. Lucero and Orndoff scored 14 and 11 points respectively. Carroll added 10 points along with her career-best performance on the glass to record her second career double-double.

The Lumberjacks' 47 rebounds were their third-highest total of the season, but they shot 38.6 percent to the Matadors' 42 percent clip.

The Lumberjacks will open the Big Sky slate on Thursday, Dec. 28, in Missoula, Montana versus Montana at 7 p.m. NAU will then wrap up the first weekend of conference play at Montana State on Saturday, Dec. 30.

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