Week Three Matchups Look To Break Logjam
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11
Week three in the women's basketball conference schedule is about separation as teams look to establish themselves after the first two weeks. Six clubs have recorded at least two wins over the first couple of weeks, setting up an exciting slate.
WEEKLY PRIMER (Saturday, January 20)
UC Davis (14-3, 4-0 Big West) at Cal Poly (9-7, 3-1 Big West)
The top two scoring teams in conference play clash as the Mustangs lead the way with 79.5 points per contest and the Aggies aren't too far behind at 75.3.
UC Santa Barbara (6-11, 3-2 Big West) at Long Beach State (2-16, 0-4 Big West)
Rematch of last season's Big West Tournament championship game won by the Beach. UCSB is tops in the Big West in threes per game (8.8) and threes attempted per game (24.8) while ranking second in three-point percentage (35.5).
Hawai'i (8-10, 1-4 Big West) at UC Irvine (10-8, 2-2 Big West)
These two played just a week ago with the Anteaters coming away with a 74-67 win. UH head coach Laura Beeman is two wins away from 100 for her career.
UC Riverside (6-13, 3-2 Big West) at CSUN (9-9, 2-2 Big West)
ESPN3 will broadcast the matchup as UCR is looking to grab its season-best third win in a row. CSUN is second in the Big West in conference play in field goal defense (37.7) and allowed Cal State Fullerton to shoot just 28.3% the last time out.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Hawai’i head coach Laura Beeman is closing in on a career milestone. Beeman is just two wins away from 100 for her career, a run that has included a Big West regular season crown and a Tournament title over her five-plus seasons. The ‘Bows will be on the mainland for their next two contests, visiting UC Riverside and UC Irvine.
SNAPPING MORE STREAKS
UC Irvine continues its dramatic turnaround in year two of the Tamara Inoue era, recording its 10th win of the season last week. The Anteaters have reached double digit wins for the first time in four years and this marks the fastest the program has reached double-digit wins in a season since the 2010-11 campaign.
MUSTANGS FILLING IT UP
Conference play has seen Cal Poly explode on the offensive end on the way to a 2-1 record. The Mustangs are averaging 79.7 points, shooting 44.3% from three-point land and hittong on 76.5% from the free throw line against league foes. Leading the way is senior guard Dynn Leaupepe who is averaging an eye-popping 30.0 points per game during conference action.
SHE’LL JUST DO IT ALL
UC Riverside guard Lauren Holt has been the rock in the Highlander lineup. The senior is averaging 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and nearly a steal in 33.7 minutes per game. Holt has scored in double figures in 11 straight and has hit two or more threes in eight of those contests.
THAT (NEAR) TRIPLE DOUBLE LIFE
Long Beach State guard Ma’Qhi Berry nearly had a historic day for the Beach in last week’s loss to Cal State Fullerton. The freshman just missed out on a triple double, putting up 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes. The rebound total marked a personal best while her assists were one off her career high.
THE SUPER SUB
Cal State Fullerton guard Hannah Thompson has been a revelation as a reserve, making her a top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. The junior is averaging 15.1 points and shooting 48.0% (24-50) from three-point land. Seven of her 11 double-figure scoring games have come in a reserve role and the Titans are 5-3 when Thompson enters the game off the bench.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch, CSUN junior Channon Fluker and UC Riverside senior Michelle Curry became the 138th,139th and 140th members of the Big West 1,000-point this season, as they all crossed the milestone during non-conference play.
Several players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. UC Davis’ Pele Gianotti (996), Hawai’i’s Sarah Toeaina (950), Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe (894), UC Davis’ Rachel Nagel (893), CSUN’s Tessa Boagni (835) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (768) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
13 - Consecutive wins by UC Davis against Big West foes, a program record.
53.4 - Field goal percentage of Hawai'i's Sarah Toeaina, third-best in the Big West and tops among guards.
65 - Threes made by UC Santa Barbara's Sarah Porter and Sarah Bates, the most by a pair of teammates in the conference.
68 - Points scored by UC Irvine's Morgan Green over her first three games as an Anteater.
The Big West Tour sponsored Fox PrimeTicket, Smile Generation and GEICO returns for 2018, running January 10th through March 3rd. Over the course of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the eight Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prizes from the Big West spin wheel.
The Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2018 season, the event's ninthth year at the Anaheim-based arena. The tournament runs March 8-10, with the women's first and second rounds March 6-7 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym and the women's semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 9-10. The entire men's tournment will be played at Honda Center March 8-10. For more information on the 2018 Big West Tournament please visit: www.bigwesttournament.com.
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