The Northern Arizona women's basketball team added a new member to its roster Tuesday, with head coach Loree Payne announcing Nina Radford as the newest piece to the program. Radford played the recently completed season at UC Santa Barbara.
"We're very excited to add Nina to the Lumberjack family," Payne said. "Her athleticism and versatility will give us a lot of options in terms of getting up and down the floor. Coming from the Northwest, we got to see her a lot in high school. She's going to be a great fit here at NAU."
Radford is transferring on the heels of her only season at UC Santa Barbara, where she appeared in 20 games as a true freshman. She averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in just over 10 minutes of action per game. Radford shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range, a clip that was third among players with at least 20 long-range attempts on the team.
Radford, a 6-0 forward, registered her best game against UAB, totaling eight points, five rebounds and two assists in a season-high 25 minutes. She scored at least seven points in five games, and made her collegiate debut in Flagstaff when NAU and UC Santa Barbara met on Nov. 10 in their season openers. Radford knocked down a 3 for her only field goal in 17 minutes versus the Lumberjacks.
The Portland, Oregon, product played at Grant High School, where she was classmates with current Lumberjacks freshman Khiarica Rasheed. Radford and Rasheed teamed to lead Grant to three consecutive Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) championships. Grant advanced to the second round of the state championships during Radford's sophomore and junior years, and made it to the semifinals during her senior year.
Radford was a two-time PIL Player of the Year as a sophomore and senior, earning All-State accolades both seasons. As a senior, she shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent at the free-throw line. Before suffering a season-ending injury during her junior season, Radford averaged 16.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and three assists per game.
Radford joins incoming freshmen Sentia Bryant, Morgan Gary and Regan Schenck – all of whom signed National Letters of Intent in November – as part of NAU's incoming class for the 2018-19 season.
TRACK AND FIELD
Northern Arizona throwers Brooke Andersen and Parker Joens were named the Big Sky Conference men's and women's field athletes of the week after the track and field program competed at Arizona State's Sun Angel Classic over the weekend.
Andersen continued her strong start to the outdoor campaign as she posted a best mark of 69.99 meters (229' 7") to place second in the women's premiere hammer throw event at ASU on Friday.
The only athlete to beat her in the event was NCAA recorder holder Maggie Ewn of Arizona State, who broke the collegiate record with a 74.53-meter performance.
Andersen has not recorded a mark of less than 68.63 meters at a meet this outdoor season and already shattered the Northern Arizona and Big Sky record in the hammer with a toss of 70.98m to open the season back on March 16. It is her third athlete of the week honor so far this season.
Jones had a solid weekend as well as he placed third in the men's shot put (16.44m) and seventh in premiere discus event (52.50m) at the Sun Angel Classic.
He is ranked second in the discus and fourth in the shot put on the Big Sky's performance list.
The Lumberjacks will have a week off before returning to action with three different meets during the week of April 18-21. Part of the team will be at the Azusa Pacific University California Invitational, some athletes will be at the Mt. Sac Relays while others will compete at Long Beach State University's Beach Invitational.