Final Week Of Regular Season Has Seven Seeds Up For Grabs
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 17
The final week of the Big West regular season has just one certainty...UC Davis is the champion. The remaining Tournament spots are up for grabs as teams battle for byes and positioning in a packed week.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
ALL HAIL THE KING
For the second consecutive season, UC Davis has clinched the outright Big West regular season title and the #1 seed in next week’s Tournament. The Aggies are the first back-to-back outright regular season champion since UC Santa Barbara did the same from 2007-09. Two more wins would also give UCD a record of 29-3 in conference play over the last two seasons. It would be the most the program has picked up over a two-season period and the most since the Gauchos went 30-2 over the 2007-09 campaigns.
FLUKER NEARING EXCLUSIVE COMPANY (AGAIN)
A year ago, CSUN center Channon Fluker became the first player in over 25 years to lead the league in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. This year the junior is on the verge of another exclusive club as she is just nine rebounds shy of 1,000 for her career. Fluker would become just the ninth player in league history to achieve the feat and the first since Kemie Nkele wrapped up her career in 2009. At her current career pace of 11.4 rebounds per outing, Fluker has a chance to catch former Hawai’i rebounder extraordinare Judy Mosley who has the all-time record of 1,441, a record that has stood since Mosley finished her distinguished career in 1990.
NO DAY AT THE BEACH
Three weeks ago, Long Beach State found itself on the outside looking in at the Big West Tournament picture, but these times are a changin’. The Beach has won four of its last six games, including a current three-game win streak, to vault itself into the conversation for a seed as high as six. Freshman Shanaijah Davison has been the key in LBSU’s four wins as she is averaging 22.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and is shooting 45.3% from the field and 42.9% from three-point land in those victories.
EDELMAN STAYS HOT
UC Santa Barbara’s Drew Edelman has continued her hot play of late, as she recorded a career-high tying 27 points to go along with 14 rebounds in a senior day win over UC Riverside last week. Edelman has been unstoppable since February 1, averaging 21.9 points and 11.4 rebounds. The senior has also recorded six of her 11 double-doubles during that time.
THOMPSON MOVING ON UP
Cal State Fullerton guard Hannah Thompson is moving up on the program single season three-pointers list. Thompson has a Big West-leading 67 threes, putting her in a tie for fifth on the Titan single season list. Sitting atop that list is Big West single-season threes queen Autumn Hollyfield who hit 110 threes in the 1993-94 campaign. No other player in league history has hit 100 shots from deep in a single season.
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 and Cal Poly senior Lynn Leaupepe became members 138-144 of the Big West 1,000-point club this season.
A couple of players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. CSUN’s Tessa Boagni (950) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (843) still have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
14 - UC Davis has won 14 straight games against conference foes at home.
21.2 - Combined rebound average of CSUN's Channon Fluker and Tessa Boagni, tops in the Big West.
38.3 - Minutes per game in conference play by Hawai'i's Sarah Toeaina, tops in the Big West.
140 - CSUN's Channon Fluker has set a single season school record with 140 made free throws (and counting).
The Big West Tour sponsored Fox PrimeTicket, Smile Generation and GEICO returns for 2018, running January 10th through March 3rd. Over the course of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the eight Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prizes from the Big West spin wheel.
The Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2018 season, the event's ninthth year at the Anaheim-based arena. The tournament runs March 8-10, with the women's first and second rounds March 6-7 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym and the women's semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 9-10. The entire men's tournment will be played at Honda Center March 8-10. For more information on the 2018 Big West Tournament please visit: www.bigwesttournament.com.
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