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ICYMI: January 22-28, 2018


ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!

1. Big Wins In Men’s Volleyball

No. 5 UC Irvine downed No. 6 BYU, 3-2 (25-16, 24-26, 25-18, 21-25, 15-13), for the second straight-day at the Bren Events Center Saturday. Full Story

The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team pulled out a heart-stomping four-set win over nemesis No. 2 UCLA Friday in front of a raucous crowd of 4,748 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19. Full Story

2. #BigWestCares: 11th Annual Coin Drive Set To Kick Off This February

Now in its 11th year, the Big West Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is prepped to begin the annual Coin Drive this February.  The Coin Drive is a group effort as each school’s SAAC collects coins during the month of February to donate to a charity of its choice. Full Story

3. Hawai’i’s Toeaina Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone

Breaking up the joy of having a senior star reaching a major career milestone, the CSUN Matadors (11-9, 4-2 Big West) pulled away from the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team (8-12, 1-6 Big West) in the fourth quarter on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, dealing the Rainbow Wahine their third consecutive conference loss. Full Story

4. Staying Strong: Daeja Smith’s Journey Through Adversity

Athletes are told that how they respond to adversity ultimately shows what kind of person they are. Some shrink and run away while others embrace the challenge and forge ahead with renewed vigor.  For Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball player Daeja Smith, her collegiate career has been one long test in adversity. The redshirt junior’s career started well enough…she appeared in 32 games her freshman season in 2014-15, averaging 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 18 minutes per contest. She even found herself among the starting five 23 times. Full Story

5. Tour Diaries: UC Davis Featuring TJ Shorts II

We sat down with UC Davis junior guard, TJ Shorts II, and he talks his journey to playing DI basketball after many overlooked the 5 foot nine Tustin native.  Full Story