Women's Basketball Takes On Busy Non-Conference Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 3
The Big West women's basketball schedule is packed with non-conference action as at least one team will be in action every day this week. The schedule takes fans from the Golden Coast to the Big Apple as the third week of the season takes off.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly went 1-1 last week, dropping a road contest to #3/5 Stanford before topping New Mexico State in the 2013-14 home debut.
Grabbing The Miss: Cal Poly is shooting an uncharacteristic 36.6% from the field, but the Mustangs have been very good at rebounding their own misses. The club is second in the Big West with 17.5 offensive rebounds per outing.
Hope They’re In Shape: Jonae Ervin and Ariana Elegado are so important to Cal Poly’s success that they rarely come off the court. Ervin leads the Big West in minutes per game at 36.8, while Elegado ranks fourth at 33.5 minutes per outing.
The Numbers Game...28 & 13: Molly Schlemer had a career-best double-double in the win over New Mexico State. She posted 28 points and 17 rebounds to power the Mustangs over the Aggies.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped its second straight game last week, a 68-57 setback against Fresno State. The Titans will now hit the road for their next four contests starting with an east coast swing against Albany and Columbia.
Role Reversal: After the reserves outscored the starters 30-27 in the opener against South Dakota, the Titan starting unit put up 46 of the 57 points against Fresno State.
Instant Impact: Kathleen Iwuoha is one of those aforementioned reserves and if she keeps up this pace, a Sixth Woman of the Year award may be in her future. Iwuoha is the Titans’ second-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game and co-leading rebounder at 5.5 per outing. She is also shooting 58.8% from the field and 75.0% from the line.
The Numbers Game...57: CSF scored exactly 57 points in each of its first two games. It is the lone club in the league that has yet to break 60 points in a game this season.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge evened up its record with an impressive pair of road victories. The Matadors downed Clemson 69-53, then took down Georgia Southern by a 70-58 count.
Second Time’s The Charm: Facing an ACC opponent for just the second time in school history, the Matadors led wire-to-wire for its impressive win over Clemson and first over an ACC opponent. CSUN has also defeated a BCS opponent in each of the previous two campaigns (UCLA - 2012, West Virginia - 2011).
Cinnamon Was Sweet: Cinnamon Lister showed why she was a highly anticipated transfer during the two game southern road swing. Lister drained four threes on her way to a game-high 24 points against Clemson, then added three more treys and a team-best 19 points in the win over the Eagles.
The Numbers Game...17: Mikayla Thielges pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds against Georgia Southern. That was just two shy of tying for second in a single game in CSUN history.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: The 49ers wrapped up their three-game road swing to open the season against Nevada and San Francisco last week. Long Beach State dropped a 91-61 decision against the Wolfpack, then bounced back against the Dons with an 85-82 double overtime win.
That’s Some Turnaround: The 91 points scored by Nevada were the most allowed by the 49ers since they gave up 93 against Pacific on January 12, 2012. Two days later, the 85 points are the most scored by LBSU since an 80-point effort on February 16, 2013 against UC Riverside.
These Freshmen Are Alright: Freshmen leaders have been the story for Long Beach State so far this season. Bree Throop led the club in scoring against Nevada with 11 points, then Raven Benton poured in a team-best 22 against USF. Benton was also the team’s top rebounder against the Dons.
The Numbers Game...3: Long Beach State had a season-best three double figure scorers against San Francisco.
For Openers: The tough early-season schedule continued at #3/5 Stanford last week for UC Davis, resulting in a 66-48 loss.
To Live And Die By The Three: If there’s one thing the Aggies are known for, its for not being shy to hoist up a few threes. The club is second in the Big West with 22.3 three pointers attempted per game and are second in the league with 6.3 three-point makes per outing.
See You For The Holidays: After the Aggies play at home against San Jose State next Tuesday, they won’t play another home game until December 21 against Houston Baptist. In all, UC Davis will play its next six games on the road including a tilt against the current top-ranked team in the land, Connecticut.
The Numbers Game...38.5%: UC Davis held Stanford to just 38.5% from the field, the second lowest shooting day for the Cardinal this season. The only club to hold Stanford to a lower shooting percentage was top-ranked Connecticut.
For Openers: UC Irvine started a nine-game road trip with visits to Pepperdine and Nevada last week, splitting the two road contests. UCI was handed its first loss of the new season against the Waves, 76-59, then bounced back with a win over the Wolfpack, 86-72.
She’ll Have A Double-Double: Camille Buckley is off to a sizzling start in her senior season, averaging 13.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. She is one of only two Big West players to be averaging a double-double in the early part of the season.
Stepping It Up: Vanessa Aguilar is averaging 9.7 points per game this season, scoring 29 total points over the season’s first three games. She scored just 43 points in sparse playing time a year ago, appearing in 16 games.
The Numbers Game...35.1%: UC Irvine leads the Big West in field goal percentage defense allowing teams to shoot just 35.1%. The club also leads the league in blocks at 4.7 per game.
For Openers: UC Riverside evened up its record with a pair of impressive road wins. The Highlanders topped San Jose State 105-74, then kept up the high octane offense in a 90-80 victory over Santa Clara.
Century Club: After scoring a combined 110 points in its first two games, UC Riverside dropped 105 in one game against San Jose State. The Highlanders shot 54.5% from the field, had three players top 20 points, two players with double-digit rebounds and recorded 31 assists on 42 made baskets.
Maximum Efficiency: Brittany Crain scored a career-best 37 points against Santa Clara by only going 9-for-13 from the field. Crain supplemented her scoring by hitting 16 of her 20 free throw attempts and hitting three of five from downtown. And for good measure she also recorded eight steals, seven rebounds and two blocks while playing all 45 minutes.
The Numbers Game...1993: UC Riverside’s 105 points were the most in the program’s Division I era. It was also the most in a victory since the club scored 106 against Cal State Stanislaus on December 4, 1993.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara had just one game a week ago, a hard fought 51-49 home loss to Arizona.
Zornig Contributes All Over: Melissa Zornig had a solid all-around stat line in a physical game against the Wildcats. Zornig scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists during her 37 minutes of play. The six rebounds tied two others for team high honors, while her five assists led the Gaucho effort.
Control The Rock: UC Santa Barbara does a masterful job of shortening the game and not beating themselves. The Gauchos lead the league in turnovers per game at 13.5 and are the league’s top shooting team at 43.8%. The club is also second in rebound margin at +3.5 and third in assists at 14.0 per outing.
The Numbers Game...52.5: UC Santa Barbara is allowing just 52.5 points per game, tops in the Big West and nearly 15 points better than second place Cal State Fullerton.
For Openers: Hawai’i had a very good showing at its Bank of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Classic, going 2-1 and finishing as the tournament runner-up. The Wahine dropped Washington State, 77-66, and Mississippi, 79-63, before falling to West Virginia, 59-56.
Jackson Named MVP: Kamilah Jackson gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about as she averaged a double-double in the three game tournament to garner MVP honors. She started with 21 points and 15 rebounds against the Cougars, upped that to 30 points and 10 rebounds against the Rebels, then finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Mountaineers.
Pound Them On The Glass: Hawai’i is one of the top teams in the league when it comes to rebounding. The Wahine allow their opponents to grab 33.4 rebounds per game, the best figure in the Big West and have a+2.5 edge in the rebounding department.
The Numbers Game...1000: Kamilah Jackson became the second Wahine player to surpass 1,000 career rebounds and 1,000 career points last week.