Titans, Anteaters Meet In Key Midseason Clash
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 14
Two teams that have turned the tide of their recent history meet on ESPN3 this weekend as Cal State Fullerton visits UC Irvine in a key conference showdown. The second place Anteaters stand just 1.5 games ahead of the Titans in the league standings and both clubs enter the game over .500. CSF has been a battle tested squad this season as it has recorded a 5-4 mark away from home, while the 'Eaters are tied with UC Davis for the best home record at 8-1.
The mid-season log jam is taking place in the standings as UCI is glancing over its shoulder at CSUN (5-3), UC Riverside (4-3), Hawai'i (4-3), CSF (3-4) and Long Beach State (3-4). All of those clubs are looking up at the Aggies who lead the Big West with a 7-1 mark.
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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.
• No one will go undefeated in conference play this season something that has only happened nine times in league history. UNLV was the first to accomplish the feat, going unbeaten against conference foes in 1983-84 (4-0) and 1984-85 (8-0). Long Beach State was next up with undefeated runs in 1985-86 (14-0), 1987-88 (18-0) and 1988-89 (18-0). UC Santa Barbara achieved the feat the next three times, going unscathed through league play in 1998-99 (15-0), 1999-00 (15-0) and 2001-02 (16-0). The most recent undefeated champion was UC Riverside in the 2015-16 season (16-0).
• Last week’s discussion of top shooter ever centered on Pacific’s Selena Ho, but one player had one of the greatest three-point shooting seasons that would be difficult to be replicate. Cal State Fullerton’s Autumn Hollyfield stands atop the Big West single-season three-pointers made list with 110 in only 27 games, the only player in league history with more than 100 makes from deep. Hollyfield’s total is 15 more than the next best total and 23 better than the most recent entry to the top 10 single season list (Andee Ritter, UCI - 87, 2016-17).
Fluker Named To Defensive POTY Watch List
CSUN’s Channon Fluker added another accomplishment to her illustrious career as she was one of 15 players named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watchlist. The senior leads the NCAA in blocks per game (3.7) and blocks (81), while ranking in the top 30 in the NCAA in defensive rebounds per game (26th - 7.0), rebounds (15th - 238) and double doubles (7th - 15). Fluker now has a chance to be named to the semifinal list which will be released later this month.
Re-Write The Scouting Report
Hawai’i got a big boost from an unexpecting source in its home win over Cal Poly last weekend. Sophomore Jadynn Alexander posted just her second double-figure scoring game of the season with 15 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Alexander was 5-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-3 from three-point land and 3-for-4 from the floor in her career-high scoring effort. Alexander’s other double-figure scoring game (10) came at home on November 24 against Florida Gulf Coast.
UC Riverside lost a big time scorer in Michelle Curry but Jannon Otto has proven to be a capable replacement. Otto is averaging 14.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32.8 minutes per game. In conference play the junior has been even better, averaging 19.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists while shooting 56.2% from the floor and 84.6% from the foul line. Otto has put up 20+ points in each of her last three games and five times in her seven conference games.
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. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 121 17.9 2,164
7. Alli Nieman, Idaho 1996-00 113 18.9 2,140
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. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 116 16.7 1,941
11. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
BY THE NUMBERS
6 - UC Davis' Kourtney Eaton hit six three-pointers to power the Aggies to their sixth win in a row.
20 - Cal Poly's Dye Stahley ranks in the top 20 in program history in assists (8th) and steals (T-19th).
83 - UC Riverside is shooting 83% from the free throw line in conference play.
702 - Of the 800 minutes played by UC Santa Barbara this season, Coco Miller has played 702 of them.
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