The NAU women’s basketball team completed a weekend doubleheader at Eastern Washington University Sunday afternoon. The Lumberjacks still missed a handful of their players, but that hasn’t affected the start to this season as they swept the Eagles on the road.
The first half was similar to their first meeting and the Lumberjacks’ offense was red hot early on. They pulled out to an early 23-10 lead after the first quarter due to a plethora of turnovers from Eastern Washington. Junior guard Regan Schenck and senior transfer guard JJ Nakai, once again, filled the stat sheet for NAU as they led the team in scoring.
By the end of the first half, both women were already in double-digit points and Schenck continued to be a reliable floor general as she added five rebounds and four assists in the half.
However, NAU’s offense went cold in the second half and were only able to score nine points in the third quarter, shooting a meager 13.3% from the field. Eastern Washington was able to keep within striking distance of the Lumberjacks with a significant contribution from sophomore forward Alexyss Newman, who had seven points in the third quarter.
While the Eagles fought hard to mount a comeback in the fourth, NAU’s offense found their rhythm again and made their lead too much for Eastern Washington to overcome. The Lumberjacks pulled away late and defeated the Eagles 69-55.
Redshirt senior guard Jacey Bailey led the way in the final frame as she completed a double-double performance with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Nakai led the Lumberjacks in scoring with 21 points and made four 3-pointers in the winning effort.
Schenck came just shy of a triple-double as she finished with an impressive line of 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Senior transfer guard Miki’ala Maio added 11 points in the victory.
NAU moves to a 3-1 overall record and is now 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference. Next up, the Lumberjacks will head down to Phoenix and take on in-state rival Grand Canyon University (3-0 overall, 0-0 WAC) in a non-conference duel on Wednesday.