The Madness Begins For Women's Hoops
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Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Central
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2016 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 18
After a final dramatic week of Big West play and a coin toss, the seeds are set for the 34th annual Big West Women's Basketball Tournament. The run to the title begins Tuesday at Bren Events Center at UC Irvine and concludes Saturday with the championship game live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
First round action starts at 6pm Tuesday, March 8 in Bren Events Center as #5 UC Santa Barbara takes on #8 UC Irvine followed by two-time defending Tournament champion #7 CSUN taking on #6 Cal Poly at 8:30 pm. The following day, #3 Long Beach State and #4 UC Davis take the court at the 49ers take on the lowest remaining seed at 6:00 pm, while the Aggies take on the highest remaining seed at 8:30 pm.
The scene shifts to Honda Center for semifinal action on Friday, March 11. Top-seeded UC Riverside, fresh off an undefeated run through conference play, will take on the lowest remaining seed from the quarterfinals at 12:00 pm. #2 seed Hawai'i then follows that matchup with a game against the highest remaining seed at 2:30 pm.
The two semifinal winners will then tangle for the crown at 3:00 pm Saturday live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket hoping to book a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
All games through the semifinal round will be available live on ESPN3. For more information, including ticket prices and the full schedule, can be found at the link above.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (14-15, 7-9 Big West)
For Openers: Cal Poly secured the No. 6 seed in the Big West Tournament, matching up against two-time defending Tournament champion No. 7 CSUN in the first round.
Super Dynn: Sophomore guard Dynn Leaupepe spent most of the season as a reserve, but her last seven games have come in a starting role. Leaupepe is averaging 15.0 points per game as a starter, connecting on at least two three-pointers in four of those seven games.
Success In The Tourney: Last year’s quarterfinal loss marked the first time that Cal Poly did not win a game in the Tournament since 2010. It also snapped a seven-year string of semifinal appearances.
The Numbers Game...4: Cal Poly has made four Big West Tournament championship game appearances in the last four seasons.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (3-27, 1-15 Big West)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton wrapped up its season last weekend, losing out on the No. 8 seed in the Big West Tournament due to a coin flip tiebreaker.
What A Debut: Freshman forward Michelle Berry had a tremendous rookie season for the Titans, averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. Berry started her freshman season with a 38-point explosion against Portland State, the second-highest scoring output by a Big West player this season. Berry is also tied atop the Big West with 12 double-doubles.
Do It All Sami: Junior guard Samantha Logan did just about a bit of everything for CSF this season, averaging 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists this season. Logan also filled it up beyond the arc, ranking second in the league in three-pointers made with 67.
The Numbers Game...6.6, 21.2: Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in three-pointers made per game (6.6) and attempted per game (21.2).
CSUN (7-23, 5-11 Big West)
For Openers: CSUN goes into the Big West Tournament at the No. 7 seed, facing off against Cal Poly in the first round Tuesday. The Matadors are the two-time defending Big West champion.
Beast In The Paint: Freshman center Channon Fluker is having a standout rookie season, averaging 13.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She is the only player averaging a double-double in the league and is tied for the top spot in double-doubles with 12.
These Are The Facts: Last season, Matadors became the fifth team to win the title as a #2 seed and just the second since the end of the divisional era in 2006. CSUN’s 9-6 record in the Tournament makes it one of five current Big West members to post a .500 or better winning percentage in the league’s postseason derby.
The Numbers Game...80.0%: Senior forward Jasmine Johnson is one of four players in the Big West to shoot 80% or better from the foul line, ranking third at 80.0%.
LONG BEACH STATE (23-7, 12-4 Big West)
For Openers: Long Beach State is the No. 3 seed in the Big West Tournament, earning a bye to the quarterfinals. The Beach will play the lowest remaining seed Wednesday at Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine.
First Time Since: The Beach that the program hasn’t seen in a while. The club has won 20 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1990-92. The 49ers also have reached double digit wins in conference play for the first time since 2005-06, while their 12 league wins are the most since they won 13 in 2004-05.
History Of The Beach: LBSU is one of two teams all-time to earn 30+ wins at the Big West Tournament. They are also second among the current membership in Tournament championships with four.
The Numbers Game...20: Junior guard Raven Benton attemped 20 free throws in the season finale against CSUN, just five three throw attempts shy of the Big West single game record.
UC DAVIS (17-12, 10-6 Big West)
For Openers: UC Davis claimed the No. 4 seed in the Big West Tournament, earning a bye to the quarterfinals. The Aggies will take on the highest remaining seed Wednesday at Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine.
Not Too Shabby: The Aggies have had a solid run of success within its first decade of Big West Tournament, posting
eight wins, three championship game appearances and one tourney title in eight appearances. The club’s championship at the No. 4 seed in 2011 is the second lowest by a title winning club in Tournament lore.
Added Dimension: Senior forward Celia Marfone leads the Big West in three-point field goal percentage at 40.0% (38-95), the lone player in the league at the 40% mark. Marfone had previously not connected on better than 33.3% from three in any of her first three seasons, and had a total of 37 made threes entering the 2015-16 campaign.
The Numbers Game...10, 12: UC Davis’ 10 league wins are its most since 2011, while its 17 wins is the most for the club since 2012.
UC IRVINE (4-26, 1-15 Big West)
For Openers: UC Irvine will enter the Big West Tournament at the No. 8 seed, a result of a coin toss tiebreaker against Cal State Fullerton. The Anteaters will take on No. 5 UC Santa Barbara in the first round Tuesday at Bren Events Center.
Final Go-Round: Junior forward Mokun Fajemisin will forgo her final season, making 2015-16 her swansong with the ‘Eaters. Fajemisin leads the Big West in blocks (2.0) is also averaging 9.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Still Perfect: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton has hit 44 consecutive free throws, including going an impressive 40-for-40 from the line in conference play. Overall, Cheung-Sutton has connected on 86.7% from the foul line, ranking second in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...1995: UC Irvine’s lone Big West Tournament title came in 1995.
UC RIVERSIDE (23-7, 16-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Riverside is the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament, the first time since 2006-07 that the Highlanders enter the tourney in the top slot. The team has a bye to the semifinals at Honda Ceter, playing the lowest remaining seed Friday at 12pm.
The All-Time Best: Senior guard Brittany Crain has scored 2,277 points in her career, the most in UCR program history and the fourth-most in Big West history. Crain reaching the top five is notable since no Big West player has reached the top five scorers in league history since 2000. She is also just the fourth player in conference history to record at least 2,200 career points.
Expect A Tight One: The Highlanders are used to doing things the hard way in the Big West Tournament. The program’s average margin of victory in the championship game is 2.7 points. UCR is also the only club in Tournament history to win multiple titles after playing three games in as many days in the double bye format.
The Numbers Game...23: UC Riverside’s 23 wins are the most for the program in its DI era.
UC SANTA BARBARA (11-19, 8-8 Big West)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara is the No. 5 seed in the Big West Tournament, its highest at the postseason tourney since 2013. The Gauchos will take on No. 8 UC Irvine in the first round of the Tournament at Bren Events Center on the campus of UCI.
Gold Standard: UC Santa Barbara is tops in Tournament history in wins (44) and championships (14). The program also made a conference record 13 consecutive trips to the championship game from 1997-2009.
UCSB “D”: The Gauchos reestablished themselves as a tough defensive outfit, ranking third in the Big West in points allowed per game (63.1). The team was even better in conference play, ranking second in the league allowing just 61.8 points per game.
The Numbers Game...8: UC Santa Barbara’s eight wins in conference play are the most for the club since 2012-13 (11).
HAWAI'I (19-10, 12-4 Big West)
For Openers: Hawai’i enters the Tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a bye to the semifinals at Honda Center Friday afternoon. The ‘Bows will take on the highest remaining seed at 2:30 pm.
Coming On Strong: UH started the conference season just 3-3, but has turned it on since then having won nine of 10. The lone loss during that stretch was a road loss to regular season champion UC Riverside.
Swiss Army King: Senior guard/forward Destiny King has done it all for the Rainbow Wahine, starting all 29 games and averaging 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes. King has done it all without being a big three-point threat, in fact King has not attempted a three-pointer in her last 11 games.
The Numbers Game...4: The Rainbow Wahine have won at least 10 games in Big West play in each of the four seasons since their return to the league.
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