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Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by MemorialCare Bracket
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 18
The bracket for the 2018 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament presented by MemorialCare is set and the action will begin Tuesday at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.
The first round slate on Tuesday starts at 6pm with a matchup between #8 Hawai'i and #5 CSUN. That will be followed at 8:30 pm by defending Tournament champion #7 Long Beach State against #6 UC Riverside.
The two winners will advance to the quarterfinals to face off against #3 UC Irvine and #4 UC Santa Barbara. The lowest remaining seed will take on the Anteaters at 6:00 pm, while the highest remaining seed will square off against the Gauchos at 8:30 pm.
After a day off, the quarterfinal winners will join #1 UC Davis and #2 Cal Poly at Honda Center for the semifinal round. The regular season champion Aggies will take on the lowest remaining seed at 12:00 pm, while the Mustangs await the highest remaining seed at 2:30 pm.
All games through the semifinal round will be shown live on ESPN3.
Championship Saturday will see the semifinal winners clash at 4:00 pm on FOX #PrimeTicket for the Tournament crown and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
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 at the Big WestTournament. 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.
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 record. Fluker became just the fifth player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks and is 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.
LEAUPEPE SCORING BINGE
Cal Poly senior Dynn Leaupepe has had no peer in the scoring column this season, leading the league at 21.0 overall and 25.0 during conference play. The guard could become the first Cal Poly player to lead the league in scoring since Kristina Santiago in 2012. Leaupepe would also be just the third Mustang to lead the league in scoring.
GREEN JOINS UCI GREATS
UC Irvine junior Morgan Green earned first team All-Big West honors this season, the first Anteater to appear on the top conference list since Camille Buckley in the 2013-14 season. Green’s numbers aren’t eligible for the overall league leaderboard, but in conference play she ranked second in scoring (23.2) and first in free throw percentage (.851), made threes (50) and made threes per game (3.3).
TOEAINA LEAVING HER MARK
Hawai’i senior Sarah Toeaina was named first team All-Big West for the second consecutive season, becoming just the second UH player to accomplish the feat. Toeaina joins former ‘Bows great Judy Mosley who gained first team access in 1989 and ‘90.
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 (989) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (850) still have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
1 - Times the top seed in the Big West Women's Basketball Tournament has won the title in the last seven years.
4 - A four-seed has advanced to the championship game in each of the last two seasons.
6 - Schools that have won the Big West Women's Basketball Tournament since 2010.
14 - Tournament championships won by UC Santa Barbara, the most in league history.
FOLLOW ALONG ALL SEASON