Women's Hoops in Final Stages of Nonconference Play
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This Week in the Big West - December 17-23, 2012
Women's Basketball Release No. 7
The schedule is back to its normal pace as every team is back in action following a break for finals. The 10 squads will use this week for a “final” tuneup prior to the start of conference play.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• Long Beach State and UC Davis will play in two of the last non-conference tournaments on the 2012-13 slate. The 49ers host the Beach Classic which features Sam Canisius, Albany and Sam Houston State. LBSU will open against the Golden Griffiths Friday and play either the Great Danes or Bearkats Saturday. Meanwhile, the Aggies will be down in Los Angeles for the Women of Troy Classic hosted by USC. UCD will open up against the host Trojans Friday and could play either Cal State Bakersfield or Duke Saturday.
• UC Santa Barbara gave the Big West it’s sixth win over a Pac-12 school this season thanks to a 54-46 win at Washington, its first win over a team from the Pac-12 (formerly Pac-10) since 2009. The conference had only four wins in 18 chances against the Pac-12 during regular season a year ago. To this point of the 2012-13 season, the Big West has posted a 6-10 record against Pac-12 opposition.
• Speaking of UC Santa Barbara, senior Gaucho forward Sweets Underwood has had an impressive showing in her three games in December. Underwood is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds, while shooting 61.7% from the field and 81.8% from the free throw line. During this time, Underwood has won the last two Big West Player of the Week awards and led UCSB to a 2-1 record in the month.
• UC Riverside has been impressive on the road so far this season, going 3-0 against Pepperdine, Cal State Bakersfield and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Highlanders face their toughest test on the road this week as the club heads to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners of Oklahoma.
• Cal Poly must be glad to finally get back on the court after a 14-day hiatus, but the club fell to San Diego State in its return to action. The Mustangs will have plenty of chances to knock off the rust as they have two home games this week against a couple of West Coast Conference foes in San Francisco and Loyola Marymount.
• A look at the top 10 scorers shows the youth movement that’s going on in the Big West. Nine of the top 15 scorers in the league are either freshmen or sophomores, including three of the top five. The highest scoring underclassman is UC Davis sophomore Sydnee Fipps at an impressive 18.7 points per outing.
• 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.