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Women's Basketball

League-Leading Pacific Faces Tough Test This Week

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12-13 WBB Release 5.pdf

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This Week in the Big West - December 3-9, 2012


This week's women's basketball schedule is highlighted by a couple of road contests for league-leading Pacific as the Tigers play SEC foe Florida, a squad the Tigers defeated at home a year ago.


• Big West teams have been compeitive up and down the board as the league owns a 35-35 record in non-conference play. Last week’s slate featured two wins over Pac-12 clubs, and overtime victory and one team (Pacific) extending its undefeated run to seven with a pair of wins over regional rivals.

• Speaking of the Tigers, Pacific is the lone unbeaten in the Big West and is 7-0 for the first time since the 1980-81 season. An undefeated string that long to start the season has been a rare sight in the league. The last time a club opened up 7-0 as a member of the Big West was UC Santa Barbara back in 1987-88. The best start by the current membership is a pair of 11-0 showings by Hawai’i in the 1989-90 and 1991-92 seasons.

• UC Irvine’s Kelly Meggs came through when it mattered most for her club, draining a three with a little over 1:02 remaining in overtime to give the Anteaters a win over Seattle. Meggs had a season-best 12 points in the win and is second on the teams in three-pointers made with eight.

• Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh won her 200th game last week, a Mustangs to a road victory over Nevada. Mimnaugh’s 200 wins over 15-plus seasons have made her the all-time winningest coach in Cal Poly history and also makes her one of three coaches in Big West history with 200 or more wins.

• There may not be a team in the league that relies on the three-pointer more than UC Davis. The Aggies have taken 297 shots through five games, with 102 of them coming from downtown. UCD is making its fair share of those shots with a 34.3% conversion rate and seven made threes a game.

• Long Beach State notched another marquee win this season when it downed Arizona last weekend at the Walter Pyramid, the second win for the program over a Pac-12 school this season. The 49ers haven’t beaten two Pac-12 (formerly the Pac-10) schools in a single season in 13 years. This also marks the best seven-game start for LBSU (4-3) since the 2005-06 campaign.

• 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.