Week Two Brings More Non-Conference Challenges For Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 2
The second week of the Big West women's basketball season brings enticing matchups to the hardwood, highlighted by UC Riverside's trip to Stanford and CSUN's participation in the Preseason WNIT.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
UC Davis had a familiar foe to open the 2017 season in Washington State, the same team that ended the Aggies record-setting 2016-17 campaign. This time around UCD posted a victory over the Cougars, evening up the all-time series at 2-2 and posting its first win over Wazzou since a 77-38 win in the Pavilion on November 14, 2010. The win was also the first regular season win for UCD over a Pac-12 foe since a defeat of USC on the road on December 21, 2012.
LIVING BEYOND THE ARC
UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara made a living beyond the three-point arc in victories last weekend. The Aggies rained a school-record tying 17 treys against Washington State, while the Gauchos nailed 14 buckets from deep against Northern Arizona. UCDs 17 makes are tied for the third-most in the NCAA so far in the young season, while UCSB is tied for eighth.
THE NEW SQUAD
UC Irvine has 10 newcomers on the roster this season, five freshmen and five transfer redshirts. Eight of those players, including four in a starting role, saw action in the Anteaters wild 87-84 home win over Utah State. The eight combined for 71 points, 10 assists and 31 rebounds in the season-opening win.
HOMECOMING, BIRTHDAY, CAREER-HIGH
Hawaii sophomore Julissa Tago had quite the day in her return to her home state of Oregon. Tago poured in a career-high 28 points on her birthday, accounting for more than half of the Rainbow Wahine points in a loss to Portland. Tago recorded the first 20-point scoring effort of her collegiate career, nailed a personal-best four three-pointers and surpassed her previous scoring high by 11 points.
MERRY MERRI AT THE BEACH
Long Beach State freshman Emma Merriweather was a highly touted recruit for the Beach and did not disappoint in her first career game. Merriweather put up a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Pepperdine, with six of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. She also played 34 minutes against the Waves, one of two players to surpass the 30-minute mark.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch became the 138th member of the Big West 1,000-point club in the Aggies win over Pepperdine, scoring 27 points to give her 1,012 and counting in her career. She is the 18th player and fourth-fastest in program history to achieve the feat. Several players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. CSUNs Channon Fluker (984), UC Riversides Michelle Curry (883), Cal Polys Lynn Leaupepe (789), UC Davis Rachel Nagel (737), Hawaiis Sarah Toeaina (730) and UCDs Dani Nafekh (662) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
7.5 - Assists per game by Hawai'i junior Tia Kanoa over her first two games with the 'Bows.
12 - Free throws made by UC Santa Barbara freshman Sarah Bates against Northern Arizona, four shy of the conference record.
18 - Points scored by Cal State Fullerton freshman Triann Thompson in her first collegiate game against Santa Clara
19 - Points scored in the final 2:38 by UC Irvine in its comeback win over Utah State
FOLLOW ALONG ALL SEASON