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    Women's Basketball


    Green Is Money In Big West Sweep


    1/15/2018

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    MORGAN GREEN, UC IRVINE

    Junior • Guard • San Jose, Calif. • Michigan State

    ➜ Green averaged 28.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists as the Anteaters recorded a road win against Hawai‘i (74-67) and a home triumph over UC Santa Barbara (77-74).

    ➜ Green’s exploits helped UCI snap an eight-game skid against UH and give the program its first road victory in the series since 1995.  The ‘Eaters also ended a five-game losing streak to the Gauchos.

    ➜ In just her second game of the season, Green dropped a career-high 31 points on the Rainbow Wahine.  She made 9 of 15 floor shots, including five three-point field goals, and hit on 8 of 9 from the free throw line.

    ➜ The Michigan State transfer added five rebounds, two assists, a block and a team-best five steals against UH.

    ➜ It was the first 30-point performance by a UCI player since Camille Buckley in 2014.

    ➜ The 5-7 guard returned less than 24 hours after arriving back on the mainland to collect a game-high 25 points in the three-point win over the Gauchos.  Green added six rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal as UCI garnered its 10th victory – the first time in four years the program earned double-digit wins.

    ➜ For the week, Green shot 50.0 percent (17 for 34) from the field, 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (15 of 18) from the free throw line.

    Others nominated: Dynn Leaupepe (Cal Poly); Hannah Thompson (Cal State Fullerton); Channon Fluker (CSUN); Shanaijah Davison (Long Beach State); Pele Gianotti (UC Davis); Sarah Bates (UC Santa Barbara); Makenna Woodfolk (Hawai‘i)

    Men's Basketball


    Levin Keys Long Beach State Sweep


    1/15/2018

    MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    GABE LEVIN, LONG BEACH STATE

    Senior • Forward • Oak Park, Ill. • Loyola Marymount

    ➜ Gabe Levin earned his second career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor after leading the team in scoring in a pair of wins over CSUN (80-70) and UC Riverside (75-68).

    ➜ The 6-7 forward averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks over the two games, helping the Beach improve to 3-1 in Big West play and into a tie for second place.

    ➜ Levin established a career high with 29 points in the CSUN win.  He made 10 of 15 floor shots and canned 9 of 10 at the foul line.

    ➜ Levin added nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot against the Matadors in 35 minutes of play.

    ➜ He had 18 points at UC Riverside, marking the ninth time this year he has led or tied for the team lead in scoring.

    ➜ Chipped in eight rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks versus the Highlanders in 32 minutes.  His eight boards helped the Beach outrebound UCR by a wide margin of 54-30.

    Others nominated:
    Kyle Allman (Cal State Fullerton); Chima Moneke (UC Davis); Evan Leonard (UC Irvine); Mike Thomas (Hawai’i)

    Men's Volleyball


    Long Beach State Produces Clean Sweep In Men's Volleyball Awards


    1/15/2018

    A Long Beach State trio reaped the rewards of helping their team defeat two ranked opponents on the road.

    JOSH TUANIGA, LONG BEACH STATE – PLAYER OF THE WEEK

    Junior • Setter • Long Beach, Calif. • Huntington Beach, Calif.

    ➜ Long Beach State junior Josh Tuaniga earned his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week award after directing the offense to a .417 attack percentage in road sweeps over No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

    ➜ The 6-3 setter averaged 10.17 assists per set with 32 helpers against Lewis and 29 more versus Loyola-Chicago.

    ➜ Tuaniga also contributed offensively with six kills on 10 attempts without committing an error.

    ➜ He added two aces, 13 digsand six blocks for the week.

    ➜ With Tuaniga running the offense, No. 2 Long Beach State is hitting .418 on the year.

    Others nominated: Karl Apfelbach (UC Irvine); Stijn van Tilburg (Hawai‘i)

    NICK AMADO, LONG BEACH STATE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Senior • Middle Blocker • Aliso Niguel, Calif. • Orange Coast College

    ➜ Long Beach State senior Nick Amado picked up his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honor as a frontline stalwart for the Beach, averaging 1.67 blocks per set in a road sweep of No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

    ➜ The 6-foot-6 middle blocker notched a career-high seven blocks in the 27-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Flyers.  He also chipped in three kills.

    ➜ Against the Ramblers, Amado recorded three more blocks to give him 10 for the week.

    ➜ Amado hit an impressive .667 against Loyola with nine kills and just one error in 12 attempts.  Overall, Amado hit .375 (12-3-24) for the week.

    Others nominated: Scott Stadick (UC Irvine); Dalton Solbrig (Hawai‘i)

    SIMON ANDERSON, LONG BEACH STATE – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Middle Blocker • Middlefart, Denmark

    ➜ Long Beach State middle blocker Simon Anderson secured his second consecutive Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award with a strong all-around performance in a pair of road victories.

    ➜ Anderson hit .800 (13-1-15) from his middle blocker spot while averaging 2.17 kills, 0.50 aces and 1.17 blocks per set as the Beach won in three sets at No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.

    ➜ He put down eight kills in eight attempts against the Flyers, to go along with three aces and four block assists.

    ➜ Anderson knocked down five more kills against the Ramblers in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 effort, committing just one error in seven swings for .571 efficiency.

    ➜ Added one assist, two digs and three block assists to help the Beach improve to 6-0 overall.

    Others nominated: Vlad Pesic (UC San Diego); Joel Schneidmiller (UC Irvine)

    Women's Basketball


    Leaupepe Explodes For Career-High 40 In Win


    1/8/2018

    DYNN LEAUPEPE, CAL POLY
    Senior • Guard • Camarillo, Calif. • Camarillo HS

    ➜ Leaupepe’s 40 points is tied for No. 6 nationally for highest total in a Division I game this season.  It is the first 40-point game by a Mustang since Dec. 21, 2011 – when Kristina Santiago netted 44 against San Diego State.  The school record of 46 was set in 1982 by Laura Buehning.

    ➜ The 5-9 guard drained 12 of 19 floor shoots, including three treys, and went 13 of 16 at the free throw line to keep the Mustangs in the game, and help overcome a 13-point fourth quarter deficit.  That was Cal Poly’s largest comeback win since Nov. 23, 2014.

    ➜ Added 10 rebounds against the Highlanders to post her first double-double of the season.  Had two assists and two steals in 35 minutes of action.

    ➜ Leaupepe dropped 30 points on rival UC Santa Barbara in a 73-68 loss.  She had 12 made field goals (in 27 attempts) and hit all but one of six free throw attempts.

    ➜ She now has six 20-point games, three 30-point games and one 40-point game to her credit this season.

    ➜ Leaupepe moved to within six points of the career 1,300-point milestone and to No. 11 all-time at Cal Poly in career rebounds (513).

    Others nominated: Jade Vega (Cal State Fullerton); Tessa Boagni (CSUN); Ma’Qhi Berry (Long Beach State); Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis); Yazzy Sa’Dullah (UC Irvine); Drew Edelman (UC Santa Barbara); Sarah Toeaina (Hawai‘i)

    Men's Basketball


    Allman Helps Cal State Fullerton To 2-0 Big West Start


    1/8/2018

    KYLE ALLMAN, CAL STATE FULLERTON
    Junior • Guard • Brooklyn, N.Y. • High School For Construction Trades, Engineering And Architecture

    ➜ Kyle Allman collected his second career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award after averaging 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a pair of Cal State Fullerton victories.

    ➜  Allman posted his third 30-point game of the season, scoring 30 exactly in a 101-97 road win in overtime against Cal Poly.

    ➜ He made 10 of 17 floor shots against the Mustangs and drained 10 of 15 from the free throw line.

    ➜ Allman added a career-high nine rebounds to go along with two assists, one steal and two blocked shots versus Cal Poly.

    ➜ In a 68-65 home win over UC Riverside in the Big West opener, Allman garnered 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting, chipping in six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    ➜ The guard shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) from the field and connected at 72.2 percent (13 of 18) from the charity stripe.

    Others nominated: Victor Joseph (Cal Poly); Gabe Levin (Long Beach State); TJ Shorts II (UC Davis); Eyassu Worku (UC Irvine); Leland King II (UC Santa Barbara); Mike Thomas (Hawai’i)

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