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Women's Basketball

Time To Feast On Food and Women's Hoops

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Family and friends won't be the only thing Big West fans are thankful for this week as there are plenty of options for viewing women's basketball both home and on the road.


• Big West fans will have a plethora of options this week on and off the dinner table as all 10 teams have intriguing matchups. There are seven holiday tournaments on the docket to choose from (locations and Big West participating teams in parentheses):

- Puerto Vallarta Tourney of Hope (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - UC Santa Barbara)
- NMSU Thanksgiving Tournament (Las Cruces, N.M. - UC Irvine)
- Cal Poly Holiday Tournament (San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Cal Poly)
- Houston Baptist Tournament (Houston, Texas - UC Davis)
- Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic (Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge)
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown (Honolulu, Hawai’i - Hawai’i)
- Cal Classic by Doubletree (Berkeley, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton)

• After opening the season with 53 points in a home loss to Gonzaga, UC Riverside has picked up the offense during the course of its three-game win streak. The Highlanders have scored 248 points in those three victories, an average of 82.7 per contest.

• Pacific’s start to the 2012-13 season has it seek a place it hasn’t been in a long time. The last time the undefeated Tigers opened up 4-0 was the 1986-87 season. The best start in program history was a 9-0 showing during the 1980-81 season. If the club is to equal that showing, it will have to get past national powers Florida and Stanford as well as regional rivals Santa Clara, Fresno State and San Jose State.

• There have been some big-time foes tipping off against Big West clubs in the first two-plus weeks of the season, but no one has had to face the gauntlet Cal Poly and Hawai’i have endured. The Mustangs (2) and Wahine (2) have accounted for all four of the league’s games against ranked foes. The only scheduled game against a ranked team this week is Long Beach State’s visit to consensus #1 Stanford, but Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge could face ranked teams in their respective tournaments.

• If the early returns are any indication, it’s going to be extremely difficult to score on Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara this season. The Matadors and Gauchos are tied atop the league in scoring defense, allowing a meager 49.3 points per game. While UCSB ranks in the top half of the league in field goal percentage allowed, CSUN leads the Big West with an amazing 27.3% field goal defense.

• For the second consecutive week, a Big West club knocked off a Pac-12 opponent. This time it was Long Beach State defeating Washington at home last Sunday. The 49ers win over the Huskies was the first for the program over a Pac-12, or formerly named Pac-10, institution since downing Washington State in 2007.

• 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.