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Hawai'i Hosts Bank of Hawai'i Classic To Highlight Week 2 Action


Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 2


The second week of women's hoops action is highlighted by the first tournament of the season as Hawai'i hosts the Bank of Hawai'i Classic. The Rainbow Wahine face Portland and Seattle in the first of three tourneys the club will compete in this season.

Elsewhere UC Irvine looks to continue its hot start at home against UNLV and on the road against Pepperdine, while the upstart Titans of Cal State Fullerton play its home opener against San Diego State on Thursday after its third straight road contest to start 2018-19 against Cal Baptist.

More games are also slated against the Pac-12 as USC, Utah and Washington State will face challenges against UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and UC Davis, respectively. That will up the number of games against Pac-12 opponents to eight so far.


Big West Celebrates 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.

• Last week UC Irvine won its season opener by 74 points, just six points shy of tying the all-time Big West record. The record is held by the 1986-87 Long Beach State squad who beat an opponent by 80 points twice that season. That Beach team still holds the record for points scored in a half in a regular season and conference game (80), total points in a regular season and conference game (149), most points scored in a conference season (1,809), most points scored in a season (3,488), highest points per game average in conference play (100.5) and highest points per game average in a regular season (98.8).

• With current Cal Poly coach Faith Mimnaugh closing in on 300 career victories in the Big West, the only coach above her is the legendary Mark French who coached UC Santa Barbara from 1987-2008. French won 438 games, 264 of which came in conference play. He also led the Gauchos to 13 regular season titles, 12 Big West Tournament championships and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

No Sophomore Slump
Long Beach State sophomore guard Shanaijah Davison was voted to the league’s preseason All-Conference team by the coaches and media and did not disappoint in her season debut. Davison dropped a career high 34 in 34 minutes against Cal Baptist, adding six assists, five rebounds and three steals in a tight loss.

Another Year, Another Good Start
Cal State Fullerton opened the season with a comeback win on the road against Seattle, the second consecutive season that the Titans have opened the year with a win. This marks the first time since the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns that CSF had come away victorious in back-to-back season openers.

Bertsch’s Big Week
UC Davis forward Morgan Bertsch saw her team open the season 0-2 but the senior added two more impressive accolades to her resume. In the season opener against Stanford, Bertsch blocked two shots to tie former Aggie great Paige Mintun atop the program career list. Two days later, she rejected a career-high tying five shots against Pacific to stand alone at the top of the ledger. The game against the Tigers also saw Bertsch score 31 points to move her to the top of the UCD career scoring list, passing Carol Rische. The record of 1,711 points had stood at the top of the Aggie career scoring list for 35 years before Bertsch broke it.

Logging Early Mileage
UC Riverside began the season with three consective road games in three different time zones to open the schedule. The Highlanders began the season with a short trip to Los Angeles to play USC. Three days later the squad played Brigham Young in the altitude of Provo, Utah. Two days after that, the Highlanders played in Stillwater, Okla., against Oklahoma State. UCR plays its home opener Thursday against Southern Utah, followed by another home contest against Coastal Carolina on Sunday.

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
12. Yvette Roberts, Fresno State    1986-89    113    15.7    1,778
13. Lindsay Taylor, UC Santa Barbara    2000-04    121    14.6    1,767
14. Ashlee Guay, CSUN    2011-15    129    13.7    1,761
15. Megan Richardson, Cal State Fullerton    2008-12    122    14.2    1,742
16. Shayla Bradshaw, Cal State Fullerton    1992-96    109    15.9    1,734
17. Kristi Rohr, UC Santa Barbara    1996-00    125    13.8    1,720
18. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis    2015-pres.    100    16.7    1,715
19. Kristen Mann, UC Santa Barbara    2001-05    115    14.8    1,700
20. Erin Buescher, UC Santa Barbara    1997-00    94    18.1    1,697
21. Pauline Jordan, UNLV    1987-90    98    17.2    1,688
22. Teresa Jackson, UNLV    1990-93    120    13.9    1,669
23. Selena Ho, Pacific     1998-02     110     15.0     1,651
24. Channon Fluker, CSUN    2015-pres.    94    17.1    1,640

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.

^Channon Fluker, CSUN, Senior, Center
#Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis, Senior, Forward

# - Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
^ - Three-time All-Big West First Team selection

Player    Year    Position
Daeja Smith, Cal State Fullerton, Senior, Center

Player    Year    Position
Shanaijah Davison, Long Beach State, Sophomore, Guard
Naomi Hunt, Long Beach State, Sophomore, Forward
Jordan Sanders, UC Irvine, Sophomore, Forward

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