36th Annual Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Field Set
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2019 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Pacific Surfliner
Big West Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Pacific Surfliner Bracket
The madness is set for Big West Women's Basketball as the 2019 Tournament field is set. Pacific Surfliner is the presenting sponsor for the 36th Tournament in league history, as play is set to begin Tuesday at UC Irvine.
Tuesday's action will see No. 8 UC Santa Barbara taking on No. 5 UC Irvine at 6:00 pm to kick off the postseason derby. That game will be followed by No. 7 Long Beach State and No. 6 Cal State Fullerton at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday's action will again begin at 6:00 pm as No. 3 UC Riverside takes on the lowest remaining seed. Defending Tournament champion No. 4 CSUN will take on the second-lowest remaining seed at 8:30 pm.
The scene shifts to Honda Center on Friday, March 15 for the semifinals. No. 1 UC Davis will hit the floor against the lowest remaining seed at 12:00 pm, while No. 2 Hawai'i will take on the second-lowest remaining seed at 2:30 pm. The semifinal winners will then look to book their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday as the championship game is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
The entire Tournament will also be broadcast live on ESPN3. Ticket and other information can be found in the link above.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 19
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.
• Over the 35 years of the Big West Tournament, nine schools have won the right to climb the ladder and cut down the nets. The most frequent celebrator is UC Santa Barbara, a 14-time champion and the only program to have a title in each decade of Big West women’s basketball.
• 35 champions mean 35 most valuable player honorees but one of them was actually from the losing team. In 1996 Hawai’i defeated Pacific for the title but the MVP went to the Tigers’ Kate McAllister.
UC Davis has now won three straight conference regular season crowns, the longest run in the league in post divisional play since UC Santa Barbara won at least a share of six straight titles from 2001-06. UCD has also won 20+ games in each of the last two-plus seasons, including a school-record 28 games a year ago.
Helping Hand and Slight of Hand
Cal Poly’s Dye Stahley is on the verge of a double that has only been seen once in league annals. The guard currently leads the Big West in assists per game (5.0) and steals per game (2.3). If the season ends with her atop both lists she would be only the second player to lead the league in both categories, joining Idaho’s Leilani Mitchell who did it on two occasions (2003-05).
Two Records, One Senior Day
UC Irvine’s Andee Ritter picked the perfect day to cement her legacy, Senior Day. In the regular season finale against Cal State Fullerton Ritter connected on three three-pointers to give her 199 for her career, passing Kathy Lizarraga’s 27-year old school record. Ritter also picked up two steals to push her career total to 189, passing former program leader Megan Stafford for the top spot.
Welcome Back Titans
Cal State Fullerton is back in the Big West Tournament for the first time since 2015 hoping to duplicate some of its success from then. That year the Titans advanced to the semifinal round before falling to top-seeded Hawai’i.
Zot Zot Win
UC Irvine has reached 18 wins for the second straight year, marking the most wins for the program in back-to-back seasons since 1983-85 (41). If UCI can win one more game, it will record its first 19-win campaign since 1994-95.