Holiday Break Leads To Light Women's Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
The holiday season has a light slate on tap for women's basketball but the schedule is still chock full of festive matchups. League-leading UC Irvine looks to continue its league-best start in the Pacific Northwest, while Cal State Fullerton aims to continue its league-high five game winning streak with a tough home matchup against Pacific. Hawai'i is even back on the mainland this week, heading to Las Vegas for the Dual in the Desert hosted by UNLV.
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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.
• UC Davis’ Kourtney Eaton is close to getting on a list that may be one of the hardest to crack in league history. Eaton’s 468 assists puts her just 46 assists shy of sole possession of 10th place on the all-time league list. Since the 1999-200 season, only two players have ended their career in the top 10 list. Long Beach State’s Reta Sula (1997-01) is ninth on the ledger and CSUN’s Ashlee Guay (2011-15) is seventh.
• A couple of schools have win streaks going after slow starts but they both have a long way to go before catching the all-time leader. During the 1999-2000 season, UC Santa Barbara won 26 games in a row on its way to a 30-win campaign.
Stocking Stat Stuffer
Cal State Fullerton forward Carolyn Gill stuffed the stat sheet in the Titans win over Antelope Valley. The sophomore put up 20 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and no turnovers in 39 minutes. Gill’s point total is a career-high while the 16 rebounds matched her career best. Her outstanding line led the Titans to their fifth straight win, the longest for the program since a five-game run from January 19-February 2, 2008.
Aggies Little Helper
UC Davis senior Kourtney Eaton has made assists an artform, passing her head coach Jennifer Gross as the all-time leader in the category. Monday’s final assist for the guard was an even bigger one on two fronts. First it was a pass that led the game-winning bucket by Morgan Bertsch, extending the UCD win streak to a season-best four. Secondly, the assist from Eaton gave her the most by an Aggie basketball player (men’s or women’s) in school history with 468.
Unwrapping An Early Gift On Monday Morning
Cal Poly didn’t have to wait until after Christmas to unwrap forward Hana Vesela and the junior did not disappoint. Vesela put up 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 28 minutes in her debut in a Mustang uniform. Vesela led Cal Poly to its first road win of the season after four losses in games away from Mott Gym.
The Grinch That Blocks Shots
UC Riverside junior Marina Ewodo has been a grinch for opposition in the paint this season, ranking second in the league in blocks per game (2.4) and total blocks (24). Ewodo is also the only player in the league to record 20 blocks, 20 assists and 10 steals thus far this season.
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. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 112 17.4 1,948
10. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
11. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 103 17.0 1,808
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