Women's Hoops Set For Conference Season
Files associated with this release:
12-13 WBB Release 9.pdf
A heavily anticipated conference schedule begins Thursday with four games, followed by five more Big West showdowns Saturday. Defending regular season champion Cal Poly begins its title defense on the road against Long Beach State and UC Irvine. Meanwhile, defending Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara will play the same two opponents as the Mustangs looking to get off to a fast start.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• A quick look back at the preseason media poll shows that the race to the Big West Tournament could be a tight one. Cal State Northridge was selected as the favorite, but Pacific and UC Santa Barbara were right behind the Matadors. In all, five teams received first place votes in the preseason poll.
• With its league-best 10-2 record heading into Big West play, Pacific is looking to achieve highlights it hasn’t seen in a few years. The last double-digit win campaign in league play for the Tigers came in 2003-04, which was also the last time the club earned a top three seed in the Big West Tournament. In addition, the 10 wins Pacific has amassed in non-conference play marks the first time the program has done that since joining the Big West in the 1984-85 season.
• Speaking of Pacific, they enter conference play with a bang as the club put up 102 points in a shellacking of Cal State Bakersfield. The point total is the most in the Big West since UC Davis put the same point total against San Jose State on December 21, 2010.
• UC Santa Barbara’s defense has been as stout as ever this season as the Gauchos rank at or near the top in the league in several categories. UCSB ranks first in points allowed (56.5), fourth in field goal percentage allowed (37.8%) all while committing only 15.5 fouls per game. As good as the Gaucho defense has been, the offense has struggled as the club averages only 50.3 points per game. UCSB is the only team in the league to allow less than 60 points a game and score less than 56 points per outing.
• Hawai’i shook off a long layoff against Division I competition by hosting the Bank of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Invitational last weekend. The Wahine played well during the tournament, defeating Long Island and Cincinnati and losing to Alabama by one point. Kamilah Martin earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds, the third time this season she has earned All-Tournament accolades.
• 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.