Women's Hoops Race Heats Up At Midway Point
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The halfway point of the women’s hoops conference season comes this week with Pacific out in front thanks to its 6-1 mark. Right behind the Tigers are Cal State Northridge and Hawai’i with 5-3 marks, while three more teams check in at 4-3.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
• Cal State Northridge opened up the season with a 4-0 record, but have struggled since with three losses in its next four games. CSUN reached a lowpoint during this stretch with a season-low 37 points against UC Santa Barbara, but snapped out of the funk with a double overtime win against Cal Poly.
• UC Santa Barbara’s defense has been the key to its success this season as the club leads the Big West and ranks 37th in the NCAA in points allowed per game (54.5). The Gauchos “magic number” has been 60 this season. When they hold clubs below that number, the team is 7-4. When teams get 60 or more, UCSB is just 1-7.
• Pacific owns the league’s best record at 16-3 and is in position to rewrite the program record book. With 11 regular season games remaining, the Tigers are four wins shy of tying the program record for wins in a season set in the 1994-95 campaign.
• UC Davis had a tough start in Big West play with an 0-3 mark, but the Aggies have turned it around with three wins in their past four conference games. One of the main catalysts has been the play of sophomore sensation Sydnee Fipps. She has averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals over the last four.
• UC Irvine is in the middle of the pack in points allowed per game at 63.5 an outing, but the Anteaters make teams earn their points the hard way. UCI has allowed 269 free throws this season, the lowest figure in the league. In fact, the club is the only team in the league to allow fewer than 313 free throw attempts.
• Hawai’i’s Kalei Adolpho is one of the most impressive two-sport athletes in the Big West. Adolpho spent her fall playing for the Wahine’s nationally-ranked volleyball team, starting in all 29 matches that she played and registering 161 kills and 101 blocks. Once volleyball season ended, Adolpho put on the basketball shoes and has started in all 11 games she has appeared in for Laura Beeman’s squad. Adolpho is averaging 4.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.5 minutes 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.