A Look Back At The 2017-18 Women's Basketball Season
Big West Women's Basketball 2017-18 Final Weekly Release
AROUND THE BIG WEST
HISTORY MAKING WIN
CSUN completed a Cinderella run in the Big West Tournament, winning its third title in five years. The fifth-seeded Matadors were the second-lowest seed to win the Tournament and the first team under the current format to win four games in five days. CSUN is now 3-0 in Big West title games under Jason Flowers, having also won in 2014 and ‘15.
FLUKER’S RECORD SETTING SEASON
CSUN’s Channon Fluker had a year to remember that was full of individual achievements. This season junior passed the 1,000 point barrier, recorded her 50th career double-double, picked up her 1,000th career rebound and set a single-game Big West and school record with 13 blocks against Seattle on December 30. Fluker can become just the fifth player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks and just the second to have done so in consecutive seasons. Former UC Santa Barbara great Mekia Valentine was the first in the 2009-11 seasons. Fluker’s achievements led her to being named Big West Player of the Year for the second straight season, something that has only been done five times in the league annals.
BACK-TO-BACK FOR THE AGGIES
For the second consecutive season, UC Davis clinched the outright Big West regular season title and #1 seed at the Big West Tournament. The Aggies are the first back-to-back outright regular season champion since UC Santa Barbara did the same from 2007-09. UCD has a record of 28-4 in conference play over the last two seasons, the most the program has picked up over a two-season period in its Big West tenure and the most since the Gauchos went 30-2 over the 2007-09 campaigns.
CHEF CURRY WITH THE SHOT
Excuse the Drake reference but UC Riverside’s Michelle Curry deserves it after her Big West Tournament quarterfinal performance against UC Irvine. Curry dropped a career-high 40 on the Anteaters, becoming just the fourth player ever to score that many in a Big West Tournament game. She also is the first Highlander to score that many points in a Division I game and set Tournament records for free throws made (18) and attempted (21). The previous Tournament record for made free throws (14) was set back in 1985 and equaled in 1992, tying it for the oldest indivdual record in tourney history.
ZOT ZOT ZOT
UC Irvine came into the season with 10 new players and ended it as one of the most improved teams in the NCAA. The Anteaters finished 18-14, a 13-win improvement from the 2016-17 campaign and the most victories for the ‘Eaters since a 19-win season in 1994-95. The club also posted its best start to conference play (9-2) in program history, 10 victories in league outings for the first time since 1997-98 and its third place finish in the league standings was the best in seven years.
MIMNAUGH’S HISTORICAL RUN
Cal Poly’s 17 wins this season pushed head coach Faith Mimnaugh closer to a major milestone. Mimnaugh ended the season with 293 victories as a Big West coach, just seven shy of becoming just the second coach to tally 300 wins in league history.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch, CSUN junior Channon Fluker, UC Riverside senior Michelle Curry, UC Davis senior Pele Gianotti, Hawai’i senior Sarah Toeaina, UC Davis senior Rachel Nagel, Cal Poly senior Lynn Leaupepe and CSUN senior Tessa Boagni became members 138-144 of the Big West 1,000-point club this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
1 - UC Davis became the first team in Big West history to host a WNIT game.
12 - Career Big West Player of the Week awards won by CSUN's Channon Fluker, one shy of tying for the most in league history.
61.4% - Career field goal percentage by UC Santa Barbara's Drew Edelman, setting a new Big West record.
154 - Assists by Hawai'i's Tia Kanoa, leading the Big West in her first season with the 'Bows.
289 - Threes made by UC Davis this season, setting a Big West and program record.
1,636 - Career points by Cal Poly's Dynn Leaupepe, finishing her career inside the top 25 all-time in Big West history.
FOLLOW ALONG ALL SEASON