ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Saturday, December 5, 2009 4:35 p.m. (CT)
Rolle Activity Center (1,066) Flagstaff, Arizona
Radio: KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
Television: DirecTV channel 686 and Dish Network channel 415.
TIPPING IT OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. to take on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona in a 4:35 p.m. (CT) game at Rolle Activity Center. The game may be heard on KWHF 95.9 FM "The Wolf" and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. Satellite subscribers may tune in to the Fox Sports Arizona telecast on DirecTV channel 686 or Dish Network channel 415. LiveStats will also be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will attempt to halt a five-game slide when the Red Wolves take the court Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff. A-State posted back-to-back wins over Kansas State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff before suffering defeats to Missouri State, Louisiana Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, Seton Hall and Saint Louis. The Lumberjacks opened the season on a five-game skid before defeating Siena 71-62 to earn their lone win on the season. Oregon State handed Northern Arizona a 62-33 defeat one day after the Lumberjacks defeated Siena.
THE NORTHERN ARIZONA SERIES: Arkansas State holds a 1-0 advantage over the Lady Lumberjacks in the series. In the only meeting between the two teams, ASU defeated Northern Arizona 71-40 in Jonesboro during the 2008-09 season.
THE COACHES: Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer is in his 11th season at the helm of the Red Wolves program. Boyer holds a career record of 170-141 and has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, including three of the past five years. Boyer is assisted by Tanya Ray, Rebecca Peoples and Jennifer Sullivan. Now in her seventh year at Northern Arizona, Laurie Kelly is 197-136 as head coach of the Lumberjacks.
NAU CONNECTION: Arkansas State assistant coach Rebecca Chilton-Peoples spent one year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona, coaching the Lumberjacks during the 1999-2000 season. A native of Buckeye, Ariz., Peoples worked with perimeter players and helped with team defense and under her direction, the 2000 Lumberjack recruiting class was named the top class in the Big Sky Conference.
BOYER CLIMBING: With 89 Sun Belt Conference victories, ASU head coach Brian Boyer is now fourth all-time in Sun Belt Conference wins. Boyer trails FIU head coach Cindy Russo, who is in third place with 94 wins to her credit. Former Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore tops the list with 135 SBC victories. With 168 overall victories to his credit, Boyer is in second place on the Arkansas State all-time wins list, trailing only Jerry Ann Winters, who finished with 196 victories in 11 seasons at ASU.