After a tightly contested game, NAU broke their two-game losing streak and held on to win 76-72 against Montana State University in the Walkup Skydome March 2
Both teams went scoreless until the 7:30-minute mark when NAU sophomore guard Jacey Bailey hit a spin, reverse layup. From there the game continued to go back and forth until MSU took a 5-point lead with 4 minutes to go in the quarter.
That didn’t last long as NAU started to go on a 14-0 run to end the quarter that was sparked by back-to-back Bailey 3-pointers. NAU had a 19-10 lead heading into the second quarter, however, this lead had a short life span. MSU started rebounding the ball efficiently and taking advantage of NAU turnovers. MSU outscored NAU 24-9 in the quarter taking a 36-28 lead at the half.
NAU brought the ball back up with 1:04 left in the game and kept possession until the 24-second mark. They were able to get a total of 3 offensive boards during this time as well as one free throw and a layup courtesy of sophomore guard Caitlin Malvar.
Turning point: After being down for most of the first quarter, NAU was able to turn it around and had a 14 point rack-up that was charged by back-to-back 3s by Jacey Bailey. The run ended up giving them a 9 point lead at the end of the quarter.
Prime Performer: Bailey shot 9-20 from the field with five of those being from beyond the arc and came away with 23 points, close to her season high. She also was a menace on the boards by grabbing 12 rebounds capping off a double-double and showed her presence defensively by getting a block and a steal.
Quotable: “[My teammates and coaches] have my back the whole season and they built my confidence up and they kept telling me to shoot the ball so I kept shooting,” Bailey said.
What’s Next: NAU hosts the University of Montana March 4 in the Skydome.
NAU head coach Loree Payne said that rest and recovery are what's in store for the Lumberjacks.
"We have some kids that are a little beaten up right now, and then being able to bounce back and put together another 40-minute performance,” Payne said.