Aggies Inching Closer To Regular Season Title & Top Seed
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 17
This week could see the first domino fall in the 2019 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament picture as UC Davis is one win away from claiming a share of the Big West title. A sweep of the weekend would give UCD its third straight outright regular season championship.
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.
• The first regular season champion in PCAA/Big West history was former member UNLV. Back in 1983-84. That year the Runnin’ Rebels went 4-0 in league play as part of a 24-7 campaign. Two UNLV players were named to the league’s inaugural All-PCAA first team in Rochelle Oliver and Misty Thomas.
• The Big West will debut an All-Defensive team this season but several players have been named Defensive Player of the Year on multiple occasions since its inception in 2001. UC Irvine’s Angie Ned (2006-07) was the first player to win the honor multiple times. UC Riverside’s Kemie Nkele (2005, 09) bookended her career with DOY awards, while Long Beach State’s Jewelyn Sawyer (2016-17) is the most recent player to double up.
Aggies on the Verge
UC Davis is on the cusp of its third straight Big West regular season title, a feat that has not been accomplished since UC Santa Barbara won at least a share of six straight titles from 2001-06. The Aggies can make history with a win in either of their two games this week, with victory also netting them the #1 seed in the upcoming Big West Tournament.
Ice Bath Needed
Cal Poly and UC Riverside needed double overtime to settle their game in San Luis Obispo last week, with the Highlanders pulling out the victory. Two players decided they wanted to get the full experience of the marathon contest as Cal Poly’s Dye Stahley and UC Riverside’s Keilani Cooper played all 50 minutes. Stahley recorded nine points, four rebounds, six assists and six steals while Cooper scored a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals.
Speaking of Cooper, she has gone from role player to standout in her second season with the Highlanders. After averaging just 9.3 minutes per game in her freshman campaign a year ago, Cooper is an every-game starter for the Highlanders averaging 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.1 minutes. The guard has upped her output in conference contests, averaging 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 34.7 minutes per outing.
UC Davis is once again filling it up from three-point land at an efficient pace. The Aggies lead the league in three-pointers made (212), made per game (8.5), attempts (577) and percentage (36.7). The three pointers per game and percentage also both rank 25th nationally.
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 and beyond 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. 125 18.1 2,262
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. 120 16.9 2,023
10. Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly 2007-10, 2012 121 15.9 1,953
BY THE NUMBERS
2 - Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh is two wins away from 300 for her career.
72 - Wins by UC Davis since the start of the 2016-17 season, the most in the Big West.
378 - Free throws made by UC Irvine this season, 53 more than the next highest team in two less games.
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