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Women's Basketball

Three Teams In The Hunt For Top Seed At Women's Tournament

Files associated with this release:
12-13 WBB Release 18.pdf

3/5/2013

2013 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament - March 12-13, 2013 at the Bren Events Center; March 15-16 at Honda Center

It all comes down to the final weekend with three teams, Pacific (13-4), Cal Poly (12-4) and Hawai’i (11-5) all in the race for the regular season title and top overall seed in the Big West Tournament.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• While seeding up and down the board can make anyone’s eyes blurry, the race for #1 is the most intriguing. Cal Poly is the only club that controls it’s own destiny, two wins and the Mustangs are #1. Pacific would need a win and a loss by Cal Poly or Hawai’i for the top slot. Hawai’i would need Cal Poly to lose twice and Pacific to lose once in order to gain the #1 seed. A three-way tie at the top favors the Mustangs in the tiebreaker, as does any tie with the Tigers or Wahine.

• With the focus at the top of the league, the race for the #8 seed will also come down to the end. Cal State Fullerton (5-11), UC Irvine (5-11) and UC Riverside (4-12) all have a chance for the final spot in the postseason derby. It will literally be a difficult road for all three clubs as they will all play their final two games this week away from their respective home venues. A litany of tiebreaker scenarios make wins a must for this trio this week, with no club having a significant edge in any scenario.

• Pacific’s program record 23 wins potentially has the Tigers in territory that hasn’t been seen in a while around the Big West. The last time a regular season champion had 20+ wins in the league was UC Davis (21) in 2009-10. Further, the last time a club won 23 games and the regular season crown was the 2007-08 UC Santa Barbara squad. If the Tigers can get to 24 wins, it will be the most victories entering the Big West Tournamen since the 2002-03 UCSB club also had 24 entering the league tourney.

• Cal State Fullerton finally broke through against UC Santa Barbara last week, downing the Gauchos for the first time since 1995. The win snapped what was a 40-game losing streak to UCSB, the second longest skid to a conference opponent in Division I women’s basketball. It also snapped a 17-game home losing streak to UCSB and the 38 points allowed by the Titans is the lowest allowed in Big West play this season.

• Cal Poly had a first half against UC Riverside that was eye-popping to say the least. The Mustangs shot 54% from the field, hit seven of ten three-pointers and only had four turnovers in a 50-point outburst. 10 different players scored in the half, led by Kayla Griffin’s 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

• UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps was a long-range bomber over the weekend in her two games, nailing nine threes in 16 attempts. She spent most of her time outside of the arc, as she had 22 field goal attempts for the weekend.

• 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.
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