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At the end of five championships in eight women’s programs sponsored by the Big Sky Conference, Northern Arizona claimed the Big Sky Women’s Sports Cup for the second consecutive year and the 10th in school history.
The All-Sports Cup 10 in Northern Arizona earned a tie with Weber State for the most Women’s All-Sports Cup in league history. In addition to winning for the second straight year, the Lumberjacks have now claimed the honor for the fourth time in the last five it has handed out. The trophy was not awarded in 2019-20 because of COVID-19.
“Congratulations to the student athletes, most importantly, for earning this incredible recognition,” said Intercollegiate Athletics Vice President Mike Marlow. “Certainly coaches and support staff have a critical and necessary role in any trophy that NAU Athletics wins. I know Lumberjacks everywhere are proud of the dedication and continuous effort shown by NAU student athletes.”
The award recognizes the best school in the Big Sky based on its performance in a sponsored conference sport. Points are awarded only in conference -sponsored sports. Points are awarded based on regular season standings in basketball, football, soccer, tennis, softball and volleyball, and based on tournament results / conference championships in all other sports. The institutional score is calculated by dividing the total points by the number of Big Sky -sponsored sports that are institutionally sponsored.
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Northern Arizona posted a score of 9.57 to top the Women’s All Sports Cup standings, surpassing Weber State’s runner-up score of 8.00. Montana State was in third place with a score of 6.41.
The cross-state women started the banner year for the Northern Arizona women’s team by winning their third consecutive conference title in the fall. In addition, cross -country and track and field programs have just begun, as the Lumberjacks continue to dominate the indoor and outdoor championship conference.
After successfully defending her Big Sky Indoor 2020 title – a conference indoor meeting not held in 2021 – the Northern Arizona women defended their indoor title two weekends ago with a conference record of 244 points. This is the seventh women’s track and field and cross-country program to sweep three league titles during the season and the first since 2017-18.
Also lifting the Big Sky title trophy were the women’s golf and tennis teams in April. The golf team recorded the fourth-lowest 54-hole championship score in Big Sky history to win its first conference title since 2015. The women’s tennis team shared a conference regular season title before rolling out to a third consecutive tournament title and next NCAA Tournament appearance. .
The women’s basketball, football and volleyball teams all excel in regular season games and qualify for their respective conference tournaments. The football team is tied for third place in the regular season standings, while women’s volleyball and basketball are tied for fourth place.
Women’s basketball then ran in the Big Sky tournament, advancing to her first championship game appearance in the program in 15 years as a fourth seed.
Although she was not included in the All-Sport Trophy standings, the swimming and diving team won its ninth WAC Championship in February, giving the school six all-time champions on the women’s team.
This year’s trophy victory followed four straight victories from 1996 to 2000 and wins in 2005-06 and 2013-14 before the Lumberjacks are now fourth of their last five since 2016-17.