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Women's Basketball

Preseason League Favorites Clash To Highlight Women's Hoops Slate

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12-13 WBB Release 11.pdf


This week’s Big West schedule has a matchup of the preseason favorites as Cal State Northridge heads north to play Pacific, the first of two conference showdowns between the two.


• The latest RPI report still has the Big West in good standing as Pacific is #29 and Cal State Northridge is #54. Cal Poly has a chance to give the league three top 100 squads as they sit just outside that threshold at #104.

• Cal Poly and Hawai’i have had similar starts to conerence play as both dropped their openers but rebounded to win three in a row. The Mustangs fell to Long Beach State but then defeated UC Irvine, UC Davis and Pacific. The Wahine fell to Cal State Fullerton in their return to the Big West, but have since downed UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

• It’ll be hard to top the Cal Poly/Pacific game last weekend in Mott Gym, a triple overtime thriller won by the Mustangs 96-95. Here are some facts from the game:

- Four players fouled out, with three more finishing with four fouls.
- Only 11 three pointers were hit between the two clubs (PAC - 5, CP - 6)
- No one played the full 55 minutes, but the Tigers’ Kendall Rodriguez led all players with 53 minutes. Her teammate Erica McKenzie played 52 while the Mustangs’ Kayla Griffin recorded 50.
- Of the nine double-figure scorers in the game, only two went over 20 points (one each for both teams)

• Last weekend saw three players record career-best point totals in victories. Cal Poly had two of those players as Brittany Woodard had 21 in a win over UC Davis, while Molly Schlemer poured in 28 in the triple overtime win against Pacific. Meanwhile just down the road from San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara’s Melissa Zornig had 24 points in a win over UC Davis.

• It’s a block party around the Big West as five clubs average 4.1 rejections or better. The leader is Cal State Northridge, which checks in at 4.7 swats per game, a figure good for 44th in the country. In fact, the Matadors, Long Beach State (4.4), UC Riverside (4.4), Pacific (4.2) and Cal Poly (4.1) all rank in the top 90 in the country.

• UC Santa Barbara’s Sweets Underwood is quietly having a season like none other around the league. Underwood is the only player in the Big West averaging 10+ points (11.1) and 8+ rebounds (8.6), while shooting at least 50% from the field (51.1) and 75% from the free throw line (76.1).

• 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.