Finals Week Sets Up Light Women's Hoops Schedule
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 6
This week in Big West women's basketball is a light one due to finals as just 11 games, three of them in home arenas, dot the schedule. UC Davis and UC Riverside are the lone clubs with multiple games as they account for four of the 11 contests. The Aggies face off against regional rivals with a road game against San Francisco and a home contest againt Saint Mary's. The Highlanders will spend a few days in Hawai'i as they participate in the Maui Classic. The club is slated to face Texas A&M and Eastern Washington on the trip.
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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 weekend, CSUN senior center Channon Fluker moved into second place all-time on the league’s career rebounding list with 1,200 career boards. The all-time leader is Hawai’i’s Judy Mosley with 1,441 rebounds from 1987-90. Mosely was the only player in league history to reach 1,200 career rebounds and led the league in boards in three of her four seasons with the Rainbow Wahine.
• Speaking of individual season leaders, back in 1984 a familiar face led the league in a host of categories. Cheri Graham of UC Irvine was atop the league in scoring (20.5), field goal percentage (.559), free throw percentage (.837), and rebounding (8.6). She is the only player in league history to lead the league in those four categories in a single season.
Morgan’s Game Is About Buckets
UC Davis forward Morgan Bertsch had an efficient offensive weekend, putting up 68 points in only 47 minutes across two contests. Bertsch scored a single-game program record 40 points against Sacramento State, also tying the Aggie single game mark with 16 made field goals. The senior’s 40-point game broke a 25-year old school record and is just the second 40-point showing by a men’s or women’s UCD player in school history. Corey Hawkins of the men’s team also dropped 40 against Hawai’i in 2013.
Mo Minutes, Mo Production
UC Santa Barbara junior Natalia Bruening played a total of 443 minutes over her first two seasons behind a veteran frontcount. The junior has made her mark this season with an increase in minutes, averaging 11.1 points, shooting 53.7% from the floor, 7.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 28.7 minutes per outing. Bruening, who has started all nine Gaucho games this season, has recorded four straight double-figure scoring games and collected a career-best 16 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield on November 9.
Cal State Fullerton ended its east coast trip last week with a pair of wins, upping its win streak to a league-high four. It’s the longest winning streak for the program since 2014 and upped their overall record to 6-4. That also marks the best 10-game start for the progream since the 1990-91 season.
Another Fab Freshman
A year ago Long Beach State unleashed two impact freshmen in Shanaijah Davison and Naomi Hunt. This year the Beach has another one in guard Justina King. The true freshman is averaging 10.6 points, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes per game. King leads the league in minutes per game and total minutes played (358), a sign of the importance she has for the Beach lineup just 10 games into her career.
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
1. Anita Maxwell, New Mexico State 1992-96 119 21.9 2,601
2. Judy Mosley, Hawai’i 1987-90 114 21.8 2,479
3. Genia Miller, Cal State Fullerton 1987-91 118 20.5 2,415
4. Brittany Crain, UC Riverside 2012-16 119 19.5 2,326
5. Penny Toler, Long Beach State 1987-89 101 21.7 2,193
6. Alli Nieman, Idaho 1996-00 113 18.9 2,140
7. Kemie Nkele, UC Riverside 2004-09 122 16.9 2,062
8. Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly 2007-10, 2012 121 15.9 1,953
9. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
10. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 108 17.1 1,912
11. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 103 17.0 1,786
12. Toni Thomas, Cal State Fullerton 2005-09 127 14.1 1,786
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