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  • SUU Women's Basketball at Sacramento State and Northern Arizona
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    Published - 01/07/14 - 09:54 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Senior guard Andrea Jones. SUU Photo
    Senior guard Andrea Jones. SUU Photo
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    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Southern Utah (7-4, 1-1 BSC) continues its conference opening road trip this week as the Thunderbirds are scheduled to play their first four Big Sky games of the year away from home. SUU split its first two road contests with a 75-63 win at Northern Colorado followed by a 71-68 defeat to North Dakota. Up next is a trip to Sacramento State (10-1, 2-0), which is off to a strong start after most recently taking back-to-back wins over Montana and Montana State. The matchup, which will take place this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (MT), is set to feature the league’s top two scoring offenses. Southern Utah then visits Northern Arizona (3-8, 0-2), which lost last week to the Bobcats and the Lady Griz, next Monday at 6:30 p.m. The game at NAU is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona. Complete coverage of T-Bird basketball can be found at www.suutbirds.com.

    At 10-1 overall Sacramento State is off to its best start in program history. Along with wins over UM and MSU in conference play, the Hornets have also knocked off San Diego State, Oregon and Saint Mary’s. The Sac State offense makes 14.5 3-pointers a game to lead the Big Sky in scoring at 93.4 ppg, a mark that ranks third among the nation’s top-scoring units. Senior guard Alle Moreno leads five Hornet players averaging double-digit scoring totals with 16.9 ppg. Head coach Bunky Harkleroad took over this past offseason after Jamie Craighead left to take over the program at San Jose State, another team the Hornets beat this year. SUU and Sacramento State split their two meetings in 2012-13 to keep the all-time series even at 10-10.

    Northern Arizona has lost its last five and is scheduled to visit Sacramento State this week before returning home to host the Thunderbirds next Monday. Senior Lumberjack guard Amanda Frost ranks second in the Big Sky in scoring with 20.9 ppg while junior Erikka Banks is third in rebounding at 8.5 rpg. NAU holds the conference’s third-highest shooting average with a 41.7 field goal percentage, just ahead of Southern Utah’s mark of .416 percent. Head coach Sue Darling is in her second season in Flagstaff where she holds an overall record of 10-21. Northern Arizona swept SUU last year and currently holds a 16-10 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.

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