Tournament Play Dots Thanksgiving Week For Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 3
Thanksgiving week on the Big West women's basketball schedule means tournament play as seven events dot the landscape. Four of those tournaments will be held in home venues as Cal Poly hosts the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic, CSUN hosts the Warner Center Marriott Thanksgiving Classic, Long Beach State hosts the Beach Classic Presented by Southland Credit Union and Hawai'i hosts the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
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.
• As the pursuit of 2,000 points continues for CSUN’s Channon Fluker and UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch, lets look back at the pioneer of the 2K point club, Long Beach State’s Penny Toler. Toler played at LBSU from 1987-89 and scored 2,193 points in only 101 games. Her point total ranks fifth all-time in league history but Toler remains the lone player in Big West history to hit 2,000 career points in only three seasons.
• Year one of women’s basketball in the then Pacific Coast Athletic Association came in 1983-84 with UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UNLV comprising the league. The Lady Rebels and Anteaters both put up impressive debut seasons as they won 24 and 20 games, respectively, and UNLV earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Highlanders Bounce Back
UC Riverside started the season with three road losses in tough environments, but the Highlanders shook that off to win back-to-back games at home. UCR will have to get used to the road as its next seven in a row and eight of its next nine contests are away from the SRC Arena. The club won’t play another home against until December 28 against New Mexico state, its final non-conference home game before Big West play.
Happy To Be Back
UC Santa Barbara’s Coco Miller missed all of last season due to injury but has played well in her return to the court this season. Miller is averaging 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, having started all four contests for the Gauchos. She has scored in double figures in two of her last three games, including a season-best 20 against Loyola Marymount. Miller has also resumed her status as an iron woman, playing 39 or more minutes in three of four games so far.
Hot Start From The Kiwi
Cal State Fullerton freshman Amiee Book was highly touted coming into this season and has not disappointed so far. The forward is averaging 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and is shooting a robust 64.9% from the floor and 57.1% from deep. Book has scored in double figures in every game so far in her collegiate career and has played no fewer than 26 minutes in every contest off the bench.
New Role, New Devin
Cal Poly senior Devin Stanback was a key cog in the rotation a year ago, averaging 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. With so many newcomers to the roster, the forward has been thrust into a leading role on the club this year. Stanback is averaging 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 20.6 minutes per outing. A major factor in her success has been increased efficiency on the offensive end. Stanback is shooting 55.6% from the floor and 50% from three-point land this season. A year ago, she shot 46.5% from the field and didn’t attempt a three-pointer.
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
12. Yvette Roberts, Fresno State 1986-89 113 15.7 1,778
13. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 104 17.0 1,768
14. Lindsay Taylor, UC Santa Barbara 2000-04 121 14.6 1,767
15. Ashlee Guay, CSUN 2011-15 129 13.7 1,761
16. Megan Richardson, Cal State Fullerton 2008-12 122 14.2 1,742
17. Shayla Bradshaw, Cal State Fullerton 1992-96 109 15.9 1,734
18. Kristi Rohr, UC Santa Barbara 1996-00 125 13.8 1,720
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. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 98 17.0 1,664
24. Selena Ho, Pacific 1998-02 110 15.0 1,651
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, 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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