Defending Regular Season Champs Regain First Place
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 13
Defending Big West regular season champion UC Davis finds itself in familiar territory this week...first place. The Aggies, owners of a 5-1 mark to this point of conference play, return to the Pavilion this week to take on Long Beach State and second place CSUN. The league schedule will also have a game live on the airwaves on ESPN3 this weekend as UC Santa Barbara visits UC Riverside.
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.
• Pacific’s Selena Ho (1998-2002) may have the claim of best shooter in Big West history. Ho is the only player in conference history to appear in the career top 10 list for free throw percentage (5th - 82.3) and three-point percentage (6th - 40.6) and is tied for the league’s all-time lead in career threes with 271. Her 90.1% from the foul line in the 2000-01 campaign is still the single season Big West record. In all, Ho led the league in free throw percentage twice (2001-02) and three-point percentage once (1999).
• Basketball is about running and three-point shooting now, but the top scoring team in league history did it without the benefit of a three-point line. The 1986-87 Long Beach State squad averaged 98.8 points per game one year before the three-point line was adopted in NCAA women’s basketball. The squad was even better in conference play, averaging a mind-boggling 100.5 points over 18 games. That Beach team also holds the Big West record for largest margin of victory, topping two different foes by opponent by 80 points in a span of 14 days in January of 1987.
No Sunshine and Rainbows on Defense
After scoring just 29 points in a home defeat to CSUN, Hawai’i turned up the defensive pressure on the road to snatch a pair of wins last weekend. The ‘Bows held Cal Poly to 54 points, then turned up the defensive heat even more in allowing just 35 points to UC Santa Barbara. That was the fewest points the program had allowed in a game since giving up the same number to UC Irvine on January 30, 2016.
Bombs Away in the Bren
UC Irvine put on a three-point shooting clinic in its home win against Cal Poly last weekend. Senior guard Andee Ritter set single-game school records with eight threes made and 21 attempts from beyond the arc. That was part of a 15-of-34 effort from three-point land, tying a program record for three-pointers made in a game. Sophomore guard Haleigh Talbert was also a marksman from deep, hitting 4-of-5 from deep on her way to tying a career-high with 14 points.
Last week in this space, much was made about all the home teams winning in recent weeks. Well the road teams got their revenge last week as they won seven of the eight contests. Not only did the road teams win but they won in convincing fashion, posting victory by an average of 15.9 points.
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. 119 17.8 2,120
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. 114 16.7 1,909
BY THE NUMBERS
6 - UC Riverside's Jannon Otto has six 20-point games this season..
69 - CSUN's Channon Fluker recorded her 69th career double-double in the win over Long Beach State.
80 - 80% of the minutes played by Long Beach State this season have been by freshmen and sophomores.
147 - Cal State Fullerton's Jade Vega became the 147th player in Big West history to score 1,000 career points.
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