Bertsch Powers Aggies To 20-Win Plateau
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN BERTSCH, UC DAVIS
Junior • Forward • Santa Rosa, Calif. • Santa Rosa HS
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa HS) captured her second Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award – and the third of her career – as she continued her streak of double-digit scoring performances in every game this year.
• Bertsch averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 blocks per game as the Aggies handled Cal Poly (85-77) and CSUN (72-46) at home to maintain first place in the Big West with a 10-1 record.
• The two wins also upped the overall Aggie record to 20-4, making this year’s club the quickest in the program’s Division I history to reach the 20-win plateau. On the heels of a 25-win campaign a year ago, the Aggies have now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2009-11.
• Bertsch contributed a team-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting against the Mustangs. It was her 14th 20-point game of the season – and a school record-tying 32nd of her career.
• The 6-foot-4 forward helped UC Davis avenge its only conference loss with 17 points, two rebounds and two steals in just 21 minutes against CSUN. Bertsch scored 13 of her game-high 17 in the second half, finishing 8-of-11 from the field.
• With 65.5% (19-of-29) shooting, Bertsch set a program Division I record with 211 field goals made – a mark that ranks third on the all-time single-season list.
• Bertsch’s 43 points also moved into her third on the school’s all-time scoring list. Her 24 straight games with double-figure points also establishes a program Division I record, surpassing her own mark of 23 straight from Feb. 18, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017.
• She also blocked a career-high tying six shots against Cal Poly, coming within one of the school’s single-game record.
Others nominated: Dynn Leaupepe (Cal Poly); Hannah Thompson (Cal State Fullerton); Tessa Boagni (CSUN); Shanaijah Davison (Long Beach State); Morgan Green (UC Irvine); Michelle Curry (UC Riverside); Drew Edelman (UC Santa Barbara)