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Lathan Strings Together Three Straight 20-Point Games
Cal State Fullerton junior Iman Lathan (Temecula, Calif./Nevada) averaged 23.7 points over three games to nab Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors.
The 5-9 guard has reached the 20-point benchmark in five of seven games this season.
Lathan led the Titans in scoring in all three games as they went 2-1 overall.
She recorded 26 points on 9 of 12 shooting in Monday’s 97-49 victory over Whittier. She also had seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes of action.
Lathan registered 22 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal as the Titans toppled Montana for the first time in program history, 72-56, on Wednesday. Her game-high 22 points came on 10-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.
Despite 23 points from Lathan in Sunday’s contest against Loyola Marymount, CSF fell 77-62. She chipped in with seven rebounds and a steal.
For the week, Lathan averaged 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in addition to leading the Titans in scoring. She also got to the free throw line extensively, making 17 of her 27 attempts.
Others nominated: Dynn Leaupepe (Cal Poly); Serafina Maulupe (CSUN); Jewelyn Sawyer (Long Beach State); Dani Nafekh (UC Davis); Shereen Sutherland (UC Irvine); Michelle Curry (UC Riverside)
Dawson Career-High, Buzzer Beater Nets Weekly Award
A career high in points and a game-winning buzzer beater lifted CSUN junior Tavrion Dawson (Long Beach, Calif./Gardena Serra HS) to Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades.
The 6-8 forward helped the Matadors shed a three-game losing streak with a dominant performance in Saturday’s 79-76 victory against Idaho State.
Dawson scored 28 points on a sizzling 10-of-14 shooting effort. In a back-and-forth affair, he hit a game-winning three-point bucket at the buzzer. He also notched a driving lay-up with a minute to play to give CSUN a one-point lead.
He made 7-of-8 shots from the foul line to help the Matadors erase a 13-point second half deficit. He keyed a 20-3 run with 10 of his career-best 28 points taking place during that juncture.
Dawson ranks No. 4 in the Big West in free throw percentage (.868), making 33 of his 38 attempts this season.
He added six rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes as he made his first start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Others nominated: Kyle Toth (Cal Poly); Lionheart Leslie (Cal State Fullerton); Brynton Lemar (UC Davis); Ioannis Dimakopoulos (UC Irvine)
ICYMI: November 28 - December 4
ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell Concludes SAAC Tour
This fall, Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell visited each of the nine Student-Athlete Advisor Committees to learn how they #LeadBig on the respective nine campuses. Check out the photos on Facebook here!
2. UC Irvine's Mckenzie Piper and Darius Graham of UC Davis Nominated for Allstate WBCA Good Works Team
The Allstate NABC and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams® recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport. Read the full stories below.
3. Hawai'i Completes Run In NCAA Tournament
The No. 12 Hawai'i women's volleyball team defeated USA in five grueling sets to open the NCAA Tournament, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 16-25, 15-13 at the Sports Arena in Minneapolis, Minn before falling to No. 1/No. 2-seeded Minnesota in the second round, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. Read the full story here
4. UC Santa Barbara Leads Commissioners Cup After Fall Season
Defending Commissioner’s Cup champion UC Santa Barbara started the defense of its title with an impressive fall, resulting in the top spot in the Cup standings. Read the full story here
5. CSUN Alumna Beth Allen Earns LPGA Card
Lemar Scores Career High In Win Over Rival
Averaging 13.5 points over four games and helping his team to a 2-2 record, UC Davis senior Brynton Lemar (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine HS) earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades.
The 6-4 guard scored a career-high 23 points to lift the Aggies to an 81-72 victory over Causeway rival Sacramento State on Monday at the new Golden 1 Center in the Capital City. He made 7-of-13 floor shots, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and drained all but one of his seven free throw attempts to lead the way. He also contributed six rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot.
Lemar went on a personal scoring spree of 14 straight points midway through the second half to keep the Hornets at bay.
In three games at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, Lemar keyed a 64-58 win against Drake after posting 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. He had three treys for the second time during the week and again dished out fie assists.
For the week, Lemar was potent from three-point range, hitting 7-of-13 attempts for 53.8%. He also sparkled at the charity stripe, shooting 86.7% on 13-of-15 shooting.
Lemar totalled 12 rebounds, 15 assists and three steals over the four contests.
Others nominated: Jaylen Shead (Cal Poly); Tre’ Coggins (Cal State Fullerton); Gabe Levin (Long Beach State); Jaron Martin (UC Irvine); Dikymbe Martin (UC Riverside); Noah Allen (Hawai‘i)
Fluker Named All-Tournament at Thanksgiving Classic
CSUN sophomore Channon Fluker (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) garnered All-Tournament Team honors at the home Thanksgiving Classic en route to Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors.
The 6-4 center averaged a double-double of 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds to help the Matadors gain a 1-1 split.
She led CSUN with 18 points and added eight rebounds and five blocks in a 76-67 win over Detroit in the tournament’s opening game. Fluker’s five rejections tied a career high in the victory. She made 9-of-15 shots from the field.
Fluker was dominant in a 63-59 loss to No. 19 Michigan State in the championship game. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Spartans in 35 minutes of action. Fluker knocked down 8-of-18 floor shots and was 7-of-8 at the foul line.
For the week, she shot 51.5 percent (17-of-13) from the field. She has 15 blocks on the season.
Others nominated: Hannah Gilbert (Cal Poly); Daeja Smith (Cal State Fullerton); Gigi Hascheff (Long Beach State); Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis); Sabrina Engelstad (UC Irvine); Rejane Verin (UC Riverside)