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Matadors Host Holiday Tournament

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Matadors Host Holiday Tournament
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team entertains a trio of talented nonconference opponents this week at the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at The Matadome on Nov. 26 and 27. The Matadors host Wichita State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wyoming in a two-day, four-game tournament with both days starting at 5:00 p.m.

Turkey Day Tourneys
While Cal State Northridge has the luxury of playing at home over the holidays with its home tournament, four other Big West members take to the road for Turkey Day Tournaments. After opening with three-straight home games, the Pacific Tigers visit Southern Utah before competing in the UNLV Hyatt Place Lady Rebel Round-Up over the holiday weekend. The Tigers face Rutgers in the opening round and either Oregon State or UNLV in the second matchup. Cal State Fullerton is also staying on the west coast with an invitation to compete in the Colliers International Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The Titans tackle host California in first round action and follow that up with a showdown against Tulane or Portland State.

UC Riverside heads to the midwest for the Maggie Dixon Classic where it faces Morgan State and either DePaul or Northwestern. While the Highlanders brave the cold in the Windy City, Long Beach State packs its bathing suits for a trip to the Aloha State for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii. The eight-team tournament features host Hawaii, Long Beach State, No. 14 North Carolina, Gonzaga, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina Central and Washington State.

Win After Win After Win
Both Cal Poly and UC Davis begin the 2010-11 season with some impressive home-game win streaks on the line. The Aggies won their final eight contests at The Pavilion and then upped their streak to nine after opening the home portion of its 2010-11 schedule with a victory over the Washington State Cougars. After a pair of road contests, UC Davis returns to the Pavilion this week to kick off a three-game home stand.

Cal Poly entered the season riding a nine-game home streak but unfortunately the Mustangs fell to Loyola Marymount, 77-58, in their home opener.

Gobbling Up The Competition
After two weeks of play, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis sit atop the Big West with 3-1 records. The Titans struggled out of the gates, suffering a 80-70 loss to Eastern Washington. They regrouped and have since won three straight outings.

UC Davis started the season in full throttle as it won three straight, by an average margin of victory of 24, before dropping its first contest to nationally ranked UCLA. The Bruins defeated the Aggies, 65-49, in a Sunday matinee.

Henton's Presence Felt On LBSU Squad
Freshman Brandi Henton has already made an impact on the Long Beach State women's basketball team. In just her fourth game of her young collegiate career, she drained a career-best 30 points. It marked the first time a 49er has scored 30 points in a game since 2008. Her 30 points was the third-highest single-game performance in the Big West Conference so far this season. Henton is also one of six athletes to recorded a double-double this season (25 points, 11 rebounds).

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 959 career points, 941 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 890 points. Teammates Lauren Chow and Lyndsey Grove are also closing in on the milestone with 769 and 762 points, respectively. Sandwiched between the Fullerton trio is UC Riversides Brittany Waddell and her 795 point tally. Cal Polys Kristina Santiago was the only Big West player to enter season as a member of the 1,000-point club, but suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of the season.

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 Men's Basketball West Regional.

Close, But No Cigar
Last week the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos played back-to-back overtime contests for the first time since the 1995-96 season. On Nov. 18, UC Santa Barbara fell to Portland State, 69-66, in extra time. Three days later the Gauchos played Idaho to a double-overtime, 64-63 loss.

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.

In 2009-10, the Highlanders earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament following their championship performance at the Big West Tournament. A year earlier, the Highlanders chalked up 19 wins, a 14-2 league mark, 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 17 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.

Cal Poly Takes Huge Hit To Lineup
Cal Poly's top returner Kristina Santiago, tore her ACL in the first two minutes of the 2010-11 season and will miss the rest of the year due to her injury. The 2009-10 Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Year will undergo surgery and spend the next few months rehabilitating her knee. The senior is eligible to apply for a medical redshirt. The Mustangs will rely heavily on 2009-10 All-Big West second team member Rachel Clancy. Last season, the senior paced the league with an impressive .450 three-point percentage, while tying for fourth with 1.7 three-pointers made. She also concluded last season tied for 13th in scoring with an 11.3 average and 12th in rebounding at 5.4 RPG.

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 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 seasons Big West Conference regular-season title.