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Women's Basketball

Big West Women's Basketball Ready For The Spotlight

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The start of the journey to postseason begins this weekend as all 10 Big West women's basketball teams hit the floor for their season openers. The action will stretch all the way from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest as clubs look to start their season with victories against difficult non-conference foes.


• Cal State Northridge is labeled the preseason favorite to win the Big West title this season, but the voting shows the race will be a tight one. The Matadors garnered six first place votes and 161 points overall, but Pacific was only two points behind and picked up five first place mentions. Defending Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara picked up 153 points and three first place tallies, while Cal Poly (127 pts.) and Long Beach State (116) each picked up a first place vote and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

• The first weekend of play will feature all 10 Big West clubs, but only Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and Pacific will play two contests. The 49ers are the lone club to play in front of their fans all weekend as they take on Sacramento State and Iona. Cal Poly is the only club taking on a squad from a BCS league as the Mustangs travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a tilt against Oklahoma State.

• UC Riverside won’t be taking the easy way in its 2012-13 slate as the Highlanders play 15 games against teams that reached postseason play last year. UCR kicks off the campaign at home against Sweet 16 participant Gonzaga and also plays Utah State, Princeton and Washington State in its non-league ledger.

• A $.32 stamp, a future President named Bill Clinton and Jerry Maguire. What do they all have in common? They were all in the news the last time Hawai’i was a Big West member. Well 16 years later the Wahine have returned to the California shores of the league. UH has fond memories of its previous 12 seasons in the league, picking up 230 wins, 128 conference wins, three Big West Tournament Championship game appearances and one Tournament title.

• The Big West graduated a number of talented seniors across the league, so a youth movement is in play will have its day this season. Nowhere will this be more evident than at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans have five freshmen among their six newcomers in a 13-woman roster, putting them in a tie for sixth in the country for most inexperienced club. Even the preseason favorite in the Big West, Cal State Northridge, will have to go with a youthful roster. The Matadors have four freshmen and five newcomers overall among its roster of 13 players.

• The sideline at UC Irvine will have a “new” face as Doug Oliver begins his tenure as the head coach of the Anteaters. Oliver, who has nearly 40 years of coaching experience, was UCI’s lead assistant a year ago and was an assistant with the men’s squads in the two seasons prior to that.

• For the eighth year, institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV, For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules.

BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s ten member institutions. Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Conference Championships.