This Week In Big West Women's Basketball
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10-11 WBB Release 2
Stellar Debut For Peacon
Danielle Peacon scored a Pacific freshman record 33 points in the Tigers' 94-86 victory over Sacramento State. She became the third freshman to hit 30 points in a game in the history of Pacific's program, topping 31 points by Julie Szukalski (Feb. 28, 1987 vs UNLV) and Kim McDonald (Jan. 17, 1978 vs Stanford). The 2010 Northern Nevada Player of the Year from Reed High School in Sparks, Nev., also recorded a game-high 18 rebounds to complete a double-double in her first collegiate game.
CSUN Says Aloha To 2010 Season
Cal State Northridge, who was idle in the opening weekend of the 2010-11 season, begins its quest for the title this week. The Matadors entertain Pepperdine Wednesday, Nov. 17 before traveling to the Hawaiian Islands to participate in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic on the campus of the University of Hawaii. At the event, the Matadors will face Hawaii (Nov. 19), Oregon State (Nov. 20) and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 21).
Against The Best
UC Davis opened the 2010-11 season posting a pair of victories and hope to carry that success through this weekend where it takes on 15th-ranked UCLA. The Aggies make the trek to SoCal on Friday to battle the Pepperdine Waves before tackling the Bruins in a Sunday matinee. UC Davis is the second Big West school to face UCLA this season with UC Santa Barbara falling victim to the Bruins (66-52) last Sunday.
Cal Poly, UC Davis Start Season Streaking
Both Cal Poly and UC Davis begin the 2010-11 season with some impressive home-game win streaks on the line. The Mustangs ended last season riding a nine-game win streak at Mott Gym, while the Aggies won their final eight contests at The Pavilion. UC Davis upped its streak to nine after opening the home portion of its 2010-11 schedule with a victory over Washington State Cougars. The Aggies hit the road for a pair of contests and then returns to The Pavilion for a three-game homestand. Cal Poly's first opportunity to extend its streak to double-digits is November 19 when it entertains Loyola Marymount.
Leaving Mark In The Big West
Cal State Fullerton's Lyndsey Grove and UC Riverside's Brittany Waddell currently rank one-two in the Big West record book for career free throw percentage. Grove's .847 clip places her atop the rest of the field and is followed by Waddell and her .824 percentage. Grove and Waddell were both perfect from the charity stripe in the 2010-11 opening weekend.
Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago is the only Big West women's basketball player that enters the 2010-11 season as a member of the 1,000-point club. A handful of players are eyeing the elite list and should reach the milestone this season. UC Davis' Paige Mintun has accumulated 939 career points, 921 of which occurred during her time competing in the Big West Conference. Megan Richardson, from Cal State Fullerton, is the second closest to the 1,000-point mark with 857 points. Teammates Lauren Chow and Lyndsey Grove are also closing in on the milestone with 753 and 737 points, respectively. Sandwiched between the Fullerton trio is UC Riversides Brittany Waddell and her 791 point tally.
Media Selects UC Davis To Repeat As Conference Champion
UC Davis was selected to repeat as Big West women's basketball champion for the 2010-11 season, as voted on by the media in the Big West women's basketball preseason poll. The Aggies captured 16 of a possible 25 first-place votes and 210 total points. They were followed by second place Cal Poly, who received four first-place nods and 183 points. Sitting one point back in third place is last seasons Big West tournament champion UC Riverside with two first-place selections and a point total of 182.
Garnering the fifth slot in the preseason poll with 113 points is Cal State Fullerton, who begins its second season under the guidance of Marcia Foster. UC Irvine earned the sixth spot after acquiring 96 points and was followed by Long Beach State (84), Pacific (51) and Cal State Northridge (42).
Honda Center To Become Official Home Of Big West Basketball Tournament Beginning in 2011
Honda Center has announced a five-year partnership with the Big West Conference to host its annual men's and women's post-season basketball tournament beginning in 2011. The Big West and Honda Center have teamed up for "March Madness" and "The Road To The Final Four" on numerous occasions including mens basketball regionals in 1998, 2001 and 2003 and first and second round action in 2008. In addition, the Big West and Honda Center were selected as host of the 2011 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball West Regional.
New Era At Cal State Northridge With Flowers Hire
During the spring Jason Flowers was hired as head coach of the Cal State Northridge Matadors. Flowers is very familiar with the Big West Conference having held stints as an assistant coach at both UC Riverside and Long Beach State.
Flowers helped mold UC Riverside into an exceptional basketball program as an assistant coach the past two seasons. In 2009-10, the Highlanders earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament following their championship performance at the Big West Tournament. A year earlier, UC Riverside enjoyed a magical season in Flowers' coaching debut as an assistant. The Highlanders chalked up 19 wins, a 14-2 league mark (the 14 wins are the most Big West wins in school history), produced the school's first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked Top-25 team, recorded a school record 13-straight wins and earned a berth in the WNIT.
While at LBSU, Flowers helped coach the 49ers to the 2005-06 Big West Championship, and developed 11 players into all-conference performers including the 2006 Big West Conference Player of the Year.
Mimnaugh Looking To Join Elite Club
Cal Poly Head Coach Faith Mimnaugh is just 11 conference wins away from reaching 100 Big West victories, a feat only four other league coaches have accomplished. The Mustangs, who return a majority of their players from 2009-10, tallied 11 conference wins last season, making the magic number within reach this season.
CSF's Chow Shooting Her Way Into The Record Books
Senior guard Lauren Chow is inching her way into the Big West annals with her impressive three-point shooting. Over the course of her collegiate career, Chow has drained 145 buckets from long range. She needs just 19 three-pointers to crack the Big West's top 10, a feat that is well within reach since she averages 47.6 three-pointers a year. In 2007-08, Chow registered 77 baskets from behind-the-arc to rank sixth in the Big West single season list.
Aggies Simpson Retiring After Season
Sandy Simpson, UC Davis' all-time winningest women's basketball coach who has been named coach of the year in three different conferences, will retire at the end of the upcoming 2010-11 season with associate head coach Jennifer Gross being named as his permanent replacement.
Simpson, who played for legendary Aggie mens coach Bob Hamilton, has longtime roots with the UC Davis women's program having coached with mentors Pam Gill-Fisher (1977-81) and Jorja Hoehn (1991-98) before assuming reins on a permanent basis in 1998.
Since then, he has compiled an impressive overall record of 227-144 (.612), led UC Davis to a third-place finish at the 1997 NCAA Division II Championships, Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) berths in 2008 and this past winter, and last season's Big West Conference regular-season title.
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