Aggies Still In the Lead Nearing Midway Point Of Big West Play
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 12
UC Davis has maintained its position atop the Big West standings, entering a two-game week with a 5-0 mark. The Aggies will host Cal State Fullerton before taking on second place UC Santa Barbara, a team they defeated on the road a week ago.
(Saturday, January 27)
CSUN (11-9, 4-2 Big West) at UC Irvine (12-8, 4-2 Big West)
CSUN's Channon Fluker leads the league in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (11.9). UCI's Morgan Green is averaging 22.7 points per game in conference play.
UC Santa Barbara (7-11, 4-2 Big West) at UC Davis (16-3, 6-0 Big West)
The last time out, the Aggies held the Gauchos to just 7-of-28 from three-point land in a seven-point win.
Cal Poly (10-8, 4-2 Big West) at Cal State Fullerton (7-12, 2-4 Big West)
The Mustangs' Lynn Leaupepe is averaging 28.2 points on 48.8% shooting in conference play. The Titans are 5-3 at home as they look to snap a three-game losing streak.
UC Riverside (6-15, 3-4 Big West) at Hawai'i (8-12, 1-6 Big West)
The Highlanders' Lauren Holt is coming off a career-high 33 points against UCI. UH's Sarah Toeaina scored her 1,000th career point in her last game and has scored in double figures in five straight.
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 next two games are at home against CSUN and UC Riverside, giving Beeman a chance to achieve the feat in front of the home fans.
LIVING AND DYING BY THE THREE
UC Santa Barbara had an up and down weekend from three-point land last week. The Gauchos went 7-of-28 from three in a seven point loss to league-leading UC Davis, then followed that up with a 13-for-31 showing from deep in a 16-point win over Long Beach State. UCSB leads the Big West in three pointers made (161) and attempts (456), while ranking second in percentage (35.3).
1,000 REASONS WHY SHE’S A SCORER
UC Davis forward Pele Gianotti became the second Aggie to reach the career 1,000-point plateau this season, reaching the milestone in a win over UC Santa Barbara last week. The senior needed just four points coming into the week for the achievement, becoming the 19th player in program history to reach 1,000 points. This is also the third time in UCD history that teammates have reached the milestone in the same season, as it also occured in the 1995-96 and 2002-03.
GREEN IS MONEY
UC Irvine guard Morgan Green has been a difference maker in just five games in an Anteater uniform. Green is averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.0 assists per game. The junior is also shown a keen shooting eye with a 44.3% clip from the field, 37.0% from three-point land and 80.0% from the foul line. Green has also shown she doesn’t need much of a breather as she is averaging 36.6 minutes per game, third-most in the league during conference play.
HUNT-ING FOR OFFENSE
Long Beach State freshman Naomi Hunt had herself a day in the loss against UC Santa Barbara last week. The forward scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting which included a 5-for-6 showing from beyond the arc. She also added five rebounds and four steals in 35 minutes off the bench.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch, CSUN junior Channon Fluker, UC Riverside senior Michelle Curry and UCD’s Gianotti became the 138th,139th, 140th and 141st members of the Big West 1,000-point club this season.
Several players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. Hawai’i’s Sarah Toeaina (990), UC Davis’ Rachel Nagel (921), Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe (914), CSUN’s Tessa Boagni (845) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (787) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
15 - Consecutive wins by UC Davis against Big West foes, a program record.
29.2 - Scoring average in conference play by Cal Poly's Dynn Leaupepe, tops in the league.
43 - Career double-doubles by CSUN's Channon Fluker in 78 career games.
94 - Assists by Tia Kanoa of Hawai'i, tops in the Big West.
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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