UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton & Long Beach State Still Unscathed In League Play
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11
The next round of conference play sees UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State looking to continue their hot starts. UCI has the toughest road (literally) with two away contests against UC Riverside and UC Davis. The Titans have a tough road trip at UC Davis before taking on Cal Poly at home. The Beach opens the conference weekend at home against Cal Poly then hits the road to the Central Coast to take on UC Santa Barbara.
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.
• UC Santa Barbara is a charter member of Big West women’s basketball and arguably its most successful. The Gauchos have won 606 games since the inception of women’s hoops in the conference, 355 of those coming against league opposition. Both figures are the best in league history. UCSB is the only club to have won 600 games during Big West membership and one of two to have won 300 conference games.
• UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch became the eighth player in Big West history to reach 2,000 points last week, and now she’s chasing more history for the Aggie program. Among the current Big West membership, UC Davis is the only club to not have a player lead the league in scoring. Bertsch currently leads the Big West in points per game at 24.1.
Like A Good Neighbor, Saiki Is There
UC Irvine junior Lauren Saiki currently leads the league in assists at 6.3 per game. Saiki would be the first UCI player to achieve the feat since Raelyn Cheung-Sutton lead the league in helpers in back-to-back seasons from 2014-16. If Saiki keeps up her current average, it would be the highest per game average for the league’s assists leader since CSUN’s Tonicia Tademy recorded 6.6 assists per game during the 2008-09 season.
Woodfolk Snaps The Slump
After recording just six points and 12 rebounds over her previous three contests, Hawai’i junior forward Makenna Woodfolk snapped out of it to help the ‘Bows top UC Davis. Woodfolk shook off foul trouble to put up 19 points and four rebounds in just 22 minutes. Before the mini-slump Woodfolk was developing into one of the best frontcourt players in the league. She had scored in double figures and pulled down at least five rebounds in six straight games.
999 Points On the Wall
A good ‘ol statistical oddity has Serafina Maulupe on the verge of a major accomplishment. The guard has 999 points in her CSUN career, just one shy of becoming the 146th player in Big West history to reach 1,000 points. Technically, Maulupe has already recorded 1,000 points for her career if you count her career total from Virgina Tech in 2013-14.
CSUN’S Channon Fluker is about as intimidating as they come in the middle, leading the Big West and NCAA in blocks per game at 3.6.and ranking tops in the league and second in the nation in total blocks with 58. The senior is also moving up the Big West career charts in both categories. Her 257 total blocks is seventh all-time while her 2.3 blocks per game is eighth on the Big West career list.
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. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 115 17.7 2,030
9. Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly 2007-10, 2012 121 15.9 1,953
10. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
11. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 110 16.9 1,862
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