UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara Look To Maintain Perfect Marks
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This Week in the Big West - November 11-17, 2013
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 2
UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara are looking to continue their season-opening momentum against tough opposition this week, as the Anteaters start a long road trip while the Gauchos welcome a Pac-12 foe.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Defending Big West Tournament champion Cal Poly dropped its first two games of the 2013-14 campaign, playing them at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago, Ill. The Mustangs were downed in their season opener by Duquesne, 84-69, and dropped a tight game against Harvard, 83-76.
Ervin’s In Midseason Form: Jonae Ervin got her senior season off to a sizzling start last weekend in Chicago. Ervin averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 steals at the Maggie Dixon Classic. She also shot 57.1% from downtown, 90.9% from the foul line and 45.2% from the field over her 76 minutes of court time.
The Numbers Game...3: Third-ranked Stanford is up next for the Mustangs, the highest ranked opponent on Cal Poly’s schedule. Following the game against the Cardinal, the Mustangs will play their season opener against New Mexico State.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: The Daron Park era opened up with a loss against South Dakota last weekend, a 66-57 setback at Titan Gym.
Friendly Confines: Cal State Fullerton is one of two teams (UC Santa Barbara) to open their 2013-14 season with two games at home. Titan Gym has already seen the homestanding club take on South Dakota, with Fresno State up next on the docket Saturday night. After these two home games, CSF won’t play again in front of their home fans until December 4 against San Diego.
The Numbers Game...30: Of the 57 points scored by Cal State Fullerton against South Dakota, 30 of them came from the reserves. The Titans’ double-figure scorers both were non-starters as Kathleen Iwuoha had a team-high 14 points, while Chante Miles added 12.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge’s season-opening four-game road trip got off to a rough start with two losses last week. The Matadors dropped their season-opener to Sacramento State 92-73, then fell to Montana State by an 85-69 score.
Smooth Transition: Mikayla Thielges last organized basketball game was in high school. After playing four years of softball for Cal State Northridge, Thielges made a big impression on the collegiate hardwood last weekend. She averaged 6.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game over the weekend.
The Numbers Game...25.6%: The Matadors could only muster 4-for-16 from beyond the arc against the Hornets, then registered just 6-for-23 on threes against Montana State. In all CSUN shot just 25.6% from the three-point line over it’s first two games.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State battled #9/9 California on the road, but could not pull off the upset in a 70-51 loss.
Meneses Returns: Hallie Meneses returned to the court for the first time in a year against the Golden Bears. She played 29 minutes and handed out five assists before fouling out.
Kim’s Debut: The 49ers have several highly touted freshmen, but Anna Kim stood above all of them against California. Kim scored 11 points, pulled down four rebounds and handed out two assists in 20 minutes. She also knocked down a couple of threes and shot 4-for-7 overall in her collegiate debut.
The Numbers Game...1: Long Beach State goes into the 2013-14 season with just one senior on its roster. Jade Wilson battled through injuries a year ago but is expected to be a key cog for the 49ers push toward the Big West title.
For Openers: UC Davis played two tight games over the first weekend, dropping a home decision to USC, 64-55, and a road contest to former Big West rival Pacific, 86-78.
Salvatore Returns: Brianna Salvatore made her return to the hardwood after missing a majority of the 2012-13 season due to injury. After shaking off some rust in 20 minutes against the Trojans, Salvatore broke out against the Tigers with 18 points in 30 minutes off the bench. She hit a trio of three pointers, all three of her free throw attempts and recorded four rebounds and three steals in an all-around effort against Pacific.
Fipps is Money at the Foul Line: Sydnee Fipps shook off a rough shooting start from the field over the first two games with some clutch shooting at the free throw line. Fipps went 19-for-22 from the charity stripe over the first two games, bouyed by a 17-for-20 showing against Pacific.
The Numbers Game...78: UC Davis topped 70 points for the fifth time in its last 21 games when it dropped 78 on Pacific.
For Openers: Year two of the Doug Oliver era began with a tight home win over South Dakota by a 68-64 score. The Anteaters won despite being outrebounded by a 52-37 tally while shooting just 25.9% from the field.
‘Eaters Cash in From the Stripe: UC Irvine may have only shot 25.9%, but the Anteaters more than made up for it at the free throw line. The squad shot 33-for-42 from the charity stripe, a solid 78.6%. Leading the way was Kelly Meggs’ 5-for-6 effort and Jennifer Tsurumoto’s 6-for-8 performance.
White Hits the Floor: Jazmyne White returned to the floor after a lengthy absence due to injury. In her 32 minutes, White scored four points, pulled down five rebounds, recorded three assists and blocked two shots in a stellar all-around effort.
The Numbers Game...2002: For the first time since November 25, 2002, UC Irvine won its season opener. Back then the Anteaters downed Centenary, 72-56.
For Openers: UC Riverside opened up its season at the Hawkeye Challenge, but went 0-2 against a difficult slate. The Highlanders opened with a 70-56 loss to homestanding Iowa, then dropped an 89-54 decision to Dayton.
Crain Does it All Against the Hawkeyes: Brittany Crain’s offseason work was put to the test in the season opener against Iowa and she responded. Crain scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while going almost all 40 minutes. Crain also had enough legs to hand out a couple of assists and went 8-for-9 from the foul line.
Roadtrip!: They won’t be driving everywhere but UC Riverside is embarking on a long roadtrip to start the season. All six of the Highlanders’ games will be away from the SRC, meaning the club won’t play a home game until December 3 against Cal State Bakersfield.
The Numbers Game...40.0: UC Riverside pounded the glass over its first two games, averaging 40.0 rebounds per outing. The Highlanders won the rebounding battle against Iowa in the opener and pulled down more offensive rebounds than Dayton.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara knocked off Occidental in its season-opener by a 76-54 score. Three double figure scorers and a 42-27 rebounding edge keyed the Gaucho victory.
Nesbit Scores and Dishes: Nicole Nesbit led the offensive charge with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but she also previewed what could be a stat stuffing season. Nesbit pulled down six rebounds, tallied six assists, recorded three steals and had only one turnover in 28 minutes.
This Looks Familiar: UC Santa Barbara led the league in scoring defense a year ago at 52.9 and by the looks of its opener, opposing teams are in for a long 40 minutes. Occidental scored 54 points on 33.3% shooting and committed 20 turnovers.
The Numbers Game...0-for-8: UC Santa Barbara went 0-for-8 from the three point line against Occidental, the lone Big West club not to hit a shot from deep during the opening weekend.
For Openers: Hawai’i had an up and down trip to the state of Arizona last weekend. The Wahine dropped an 84-44 decision to Arizona State, but bounced back the next day with a 74-66 win over Northern Arizona.
Jackson’s Near Doubles: Kamilah Jackson looks to be warming up for another double-double caliber year after the first weekend of play. Jackson had 11 points and six rebounds against Arizona State, then upped that to 17 points and eight rebounds against Northern Arizona.
The Super Sub: Ashleigh Karaitiana was a consistent performer off the bench for Hawai’i over the first weekend of play. She averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 30.5 minutes per game.
The Numbers Game...6: After opening up with two games in Arizona, Hawai’i will play its next six games in the friendly confines of the Stan Sheriff Center. The Wahine host back-to-back three-game tournaments and won’t leave the islands until a December 13 game at Oregon State.