Let It Rain: Women's Hoops Set For Season Opening Week
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 1
Another season of Big West women’s basketball tips off Tuesday with a litany of matchups dotting the week one slate. Leading the way on Tuesday is UC Santa Barbara which is playing an early morning matchup on the road against Utah Valley. Elsewhere later in the day, defending Big West Tournament champion CSUN is on the road at Idaho on the season’s first day, while Cal Poly and Hawai’i will open in front of their home fans against Academy of Art and Pepperdine, respectively.
Week one will also see a pair of matches against ranked foes. The first matchup is a regional battle between two-time defending Big West regular season champion UC Davis and #7 Stanford in Maples Pavilion on Wednesday. That’s followed two days later by a matchup of Cal Poly and #8 Oregon State in Corvallis.
Big West Celebrating 50/35
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long, the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all conference sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
Player of the Week
Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week selections will take place each Monday during the regular season, with the first award announced on Nov. 12.
Media, Coaches Name Their Preseason Favorites
The coaches and media split their favorites for the upcoming women’s basketball season as CSUN and UC Davis each earned top billing in preseason voting.
The Aggies, the defending Big West regular season champion, earned the top spot in the media poll, gathering 171 points and 12 first place votes in the 20-member panel. The Matadors, who are the defending Big West Tournament champion, claimed top billing from the coaches with six first place votes and 77 points.
Media, Coaches Agree On Preseason All-Stars
The media and coaches also chose a six-woman All-Conference team, with the same players appearing on both lists. CSUN’s Channon Fluker and Serafina Maulupe, UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch, UC Irvine’s Jordan Sanders, Long Beach State’s Shanaijah Davison and Cal State Fullerton‘s Daeja Smith were the six named to both lists.
Mimnaugh Nears 300
Cal Poly’s Faith Mimnaugh enters her 22nd season at the helm of the Mustangs on the verge of league history. Mimnaugh stands at 292 victories, eight shy of becoming just the second coach in league history to claim 300 victories.
The Race For 2K
Two players enter the 2018-19 season with 2,000 points squarely within their grasp. UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch enters the campaign with 1,668 points, while CSUN’s Channon Fluker enters the season with 1,607 points. Only seven players have crossed the 2K mark in scoring in league history, the last being former UC Riverside great Brittany Crain in the 2015-16 campaign.
On The Way To 2K
Here’s a look where UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch and CSUN’s Channon Fluker stand on the league’s all-time scoring list, and who they will pass, on their way to 2,000 points.
Player, Team Years Games PPG Points
18. Kristen Mann, UC Santa Barbara 2001-05 115 14.8 1,700
19. Erin Buescher, UC Santa Barbara 1997-00 94 18.1 1,697
20. Pauline Jordan, UNLV 1987-90 98 17.2 1,688
21. Teresa Jackson, UNLV 1990-93 120 13.9 1,669
22. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 100 16.7 1,668
23. Selena Ho, Pacific 1998-02 110 15.0 1,651
24. Dynn Leaupepe, Cal Poly 2014-18 118 13.9 1,636
Sydnee Fipps, UC Davis 2011-15 118 13.9 1,636
26. Dana Wilkerson, Long Beach State 1988-91 134 12.2 1,635
27. Ofa Tulikihihifo, CSUN 2002-05, 06-07 101 16.2 1,632
28. Angela Christian, UNLV 1984-87 123 13.3 1,631
29. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 94 17.1 1,607
Fluker, Smith Land On Lisa Leslie Watch List
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced the watch list for the 2019 Lisa Leslie award and two Big West players appeared on the 20-player watch list. Cal State Fullerton’s Daeja Smith and CSUN’s Channon Fluker earned their way onto the list recognizing the top center in Division I women’s basketball. The Lisa Leslie Award selection award committee is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com. The winner of the award will be announced on an ESPN platform during the 2019 Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
Returning All-Conference Selections
^Channon Fluker, CSUN, Sr., C
#Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis, Sr., F
# - Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
^ - Three-time All-Big West First Team selection
Daeja Smith, Cal State Fullerton, Sr., C
Shanaijah Davison, Long Beach State, So., G
Naomi Hunt, Long Beach State, So., F
Jordan Sanders, UC Irvine, So., F
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