Round Two of Conference Play Sees Early Leaders Pitted Against One Another
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This Week in the Big West - January 7-13, 2013
Three teams passed their first Big West tests with flying colors as Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and Pacific went unbeaten last weekend. The 49ers and Matadors won twice, while the Tigers picked up a win in their lone game of the week. LBSU and CSUN play this week against one another while Pacific makes the trip to the Central Coast to take on Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• The first RPI report was a good one for the Big West as two clubs rank in the top 100 of the index. Pacific checks in at #23, while Cal State Northridge is ranked #56.
• Hawai’i played its first Big West contests in 16 years last weekend, splitting a pair of road contests. The Wahine fell to Cal State Fullerton in their return to the league, then bounced back with a win over perennial power UC Riverside. The loss to the Titans dropped UH to 11-2 all-time in Big West openers.
• UC Riverside’s Tre’Shonti Nottingham is one of the nation’s elite scorers as she ranks 26th in the country at 19.7 points per outing. Lately Nottingham has been in an uncharacteristic slump as she’s scored just 21 points in her last two outings. Nottingham hasn’t let the two-game scoring slump affect her as she’s collected 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 77 minutes over those contests.
• Cal State Fullerton’s Tailer Butler opened up Big West play with an eye-popping performance against Hawai’i. Butler scored a career-high 27 points on the strength of seven threes in 23 minutes off the bench. The seven threes was just one shy of the school record set by Autumn Hollyfield on November 26, 1993 against Arizona. Butler’s point total was also the most by a Titan off the bench since former sharpshooter Lauren Chow had 28 on November 17, 2007 against San Jose State. Butler’s teammate Chante Miles also had a remarkable game, scoring 20 points, dishing out seven assists and picking up seven steals while playing all 40 minutes.
• UC Irvine’s unusual hex at home continued last week as the Anteaters fell to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. UCI has dropped all six of its home games this season, but is a solid 3-4 on the road. The ‘Eaters will look for continued road success as they play their next three away from the Bren Center, then look for their first home win of the season January 19 against UC Riverside.
• Cal Poly’s Ariana Elegado showed her touch from downtown is as good as anyone in the league as she hit six threes against UC Irvine last Sunday. Elegado ranks third in the league in made threes (29) and in three-point percentage (.414)
• 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.