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Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 15
Two teams in the logjam in the middle of the standings face off this weekend on ESPN3 as CSUN travels south to take on Cal State Fullerton. Both teams look to jumpstart a run in the second half of the season as the race seeding for the upcoming Big West Tournament gets more intense by the week.
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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 is three wins away from its third straight 20-win season but the program is a long way from the Big West record. UC Santa Barbara won 20 or more games in 10 consecutive seasons from 1995-2005. During that stretch the Gauchos won the regular season or division title in each year and made the NCAA Tournament in all but one season.
• Former Hawai’i great Judy Mosley is the Big West all-time leader in total rebounds with 1,441 but she didn’t accomplish something that current player Channon Fluker is on the verge of. Fluker can become the first player in Big West history to lead the league in rebounds per game in four seasons, consecutively or otherwise. Fluker is also just 115 rebounds shy of Mosley’s record, giving her a shot at one of the older records in the books.
Score Smarter Not Harder
UC Davis forward Morgan Bertsch found a way to be more efficient in her scoring output this season. The senior is actually shooting a career-low 50.4% from the floor but has already made (122) and attempted (146) more free throws than in any other season of her career. In addition to shooting a career-best 83.6% from the stripe, Bertsch has hit 56.3% (18-32) from three-point land. The accuracy really stands out when you consider that coming into this season she was a combined 4-for-11 (36.4%) from downtown over her first three seasons.
Trying Out The Deeper Line
UC Irvine forward Jordan Sanders is already one of the league’s best scorers with a 20.5 scoring average but lately she’s shown signs of expanding her range. Sanders has seven three-point attempts, with four makes, in her last three games. In her previous 47 games, the sophomore had attempted nine threes with three successful attempts. While she figures out the kinks from the three-point line, Sanders is shooting just fine from the field (49.5%) and the free throw line (80.0%).
Like She Never Left
After missing two games in late January, Cal Poly’s Dye Stahley returned to her usual workload and then some. The guard started and played 31 minutes to shake off the rust in a road game against Hawai’i, then put in a hard day’s work in an overtime home win over Long Beach State. The senior played all 45 minutes in the contest, scoring 23 points and adding nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block.
Shooters Gotta Shoot
When it comes to shooting, a freshman might have the rest of the league beat in that category. Cal State Fullerton’s Aimee Book is the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in field goal shooting (49.7) and three-point shooting (42.7). Book doesn’t qualify for the league leaders in free throw shooting but for good measure she’s shooting 78.3% from there too.
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. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 123 18.0 2,212
6. Penny Toler, Long Beach State 1987-89 101 21.7 2,193
7. Alli Nieman, Idaho 1996-00 113 18.9 2,140
8. Kemie Nkele, UC Riverside 2004-09 122 16.9 2,062
9. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 117 16.8 1,964
10. Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly 2007-10, 2012 121 15.9 1,953
11. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
BY THE NUMBERS
5 - UC Riverside is on a season-high five game win streak.
10 - UC Irvine's Andee Ritter is 10 three-pointers away from becoming the all-time program leader (199).
18.3 - Long Beach State's Shanaijah Davison is averaging 18.3 points per game in February.
45 - UC Irvine has 329 free throws this season, 45 more than the next-best team despite being tied for the fewest games in the league.
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