Aggies, Matadors Clash For First On ESPN3
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 12
An early conference season first place clash is in the works for this week as UC Davis travels to CSUN Thursday. The matchup of the 2017-18 regular season and Tournament champions will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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 Davis has been a contender for the Big West title since joining the league for the 2007-08 campaign. That Aggie club was led by Jessica Campbell, the first UCD player to be named first team All-Big West. That team also made it to the Big West Tournament title game, the second team in league history to make the championship game in its first year in the conference.
• CSUN’s Channon Fluker has won back-to-back Big West Player of the Year awards, but there was a time two players earned the honor in back-to-back seasons. In 1988 San Diego State’s Chana Perry and Long Beach State’s Penny Toler were named co-Player of the Year, then the same two players claimed the award the following season. There have been three years in which co-Players of the Year were awarded, all of them coming from 1988-1990.
Home Is Where The Heart Is (In Conference)
Home court advantage is alive and well so far in conference play. Over the last two weeks home teams are 10-2 in league action, punctuated by a 7-1 showing last weekend. In all only four of the nine Big West teams have recorded a road win over the first three weeks of conference play.
The Matador Wall
CSUN put on a defensive clinic in last weekend’s win over Hawai’i. The Matadors held the Rainbow Wahine to just 22% (12-54) from the floor, 13% (3-23) from three-point land and just 29 points. The point total was close to the Big West record for fewest allowed in a game, which was set by CSUN on Valentine’s Day of 2015. The Matadors held UC Santa Barbara to 21 points on that day.
Serafina Shoots For 1,000
CSUN saw some more history in that game against UH as graduate Serafina Maulupe became the 13th CSUN women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 career points. She is the second player to get to 1,000 points this season, following Cal State Fullerton center Daeja Smith who accomplished it a week prior.
A New Batch Of Titans
Cal State Fullerton has the league’s third-best record at 10-6, a place it has not been in quite a while. This current edition of Titans isnot only the first to record a 10-win season since 2014-15, but also the fastest to 10 wins since the 1990-91 season. That year CSF won 25 games and nabbed an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. That 25-win season is the most by the Titans as a member of the Big West.
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. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 117 17.8 2,084
8. Kemie Nkele, UC Riverside 2004-09 122 16.9 2,062
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. 112 16.8 1,876
BY THE NUMBERS
9 - Hawai'i posted a season-low nine turnovers in the win over UC Davis.
31 - UC Riverside's Jannon Otto scored a career-high 31 points in last week's win over UC Irvine.
50.0 - Cal State Fullerton's Aimee Book leads the Big West in three-point percentage, hitting 50.0 % of her attempts from downtown.
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