Tournament Play Dots Big West Women's Basketball Holiday Schedule
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 4
Turkey and family aren't the only things to be thankful for this week as six tournaments dot the Big West women's basketball slate.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly split a pair of games against regional foes last week, downing Nevada at home, 82-57, and falling to Saint Mary’s on the road by a 77-69 count.
Schlemer’s Paint: After going off for 28 points and 17 rebounds against New Mexico State, Molly Schlemer continued her stellar play in the post against the Wolfpack and Gaels. Schlemer put up 15 points and nine boards against Nevada, then followed that up with nine points and eight rebounds against Saint Mary’s.
Ball of Fire: Diminutive guard Ariana Elegado stood tall over the past week, averaging 19.0 points, five assists and four rebounds per game. She also canned a Big West season-best six threes against the Wolfpack.
The Numbers Game...5.17: Jonae Ervin leads the Big West with 5.17 assists a game and her 31 total assists are eight more than the second-best total.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton split its East Coast swing last week, falling at Albany by a 71-49 score, then bouncing back for a win at Columbia, 80-54.
First Win For Park: First year head coach Daron Park picked up his first career win as a head coach with the club’s win over Columbia. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak to start the season.
Offensive Explosion: The Titans led by as much as 28 points on the way to a season-best 80 points against the Lions. The point total was the most for the club in a road win since putting up 81 on December 22, 2011 against San Jose State.
The Numbers Game...9 & 10: Freshman Samantha Logan just missed the first double-double of the season for a Titan player, picking up nine points and 10 rebounds against Columbia.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge had only one game last week, an 82-66 setback against Brigham Young in the Matadors’ home opener.
A Lot of Cinnamon: Cinnamon Lister led CSUN in scoring for the fourth time this season with a 20-point showing against the Cougars. Lister nailed a career-best five threes and is averaging 17.2 points per game.
Hoops First, Then Turkey: Cal State Northridge will welcome three clubs to the San Fernando Valley for the Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. The Matadors will host Hampton, Utah State and Santa Clara for the two-game tourney Friday and Saturday.
The Numbers Game...17: Camille Mahlknecht is just 17 blocks shy of setting the Matador career record for blocks. At her current pace of 2.6 blocks per game, Mahlknecht could set the record sometime in late December.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State won its second straight game last week, a solid win over Loyola Marymount, 76-66, in the 49ers’ home opener.
More Offense Please: After scoring 112 points for an average of 56.0 points per game in their first two games, the 49ers have put up 161 points at an average of 80.5 over their last two.
Balanced Effort: A balanced scoring effort from Long Beach State carried the club past the Lions. Seven players scored between six and 16 points and all but one player recorded a field goal. Of the four double-digit scorers, two apiece came from the starters and reserves.
The Numbers Game...3: After having just one player average double-digit points a year ago, Long Beach State has three players putting up double figures. Lauren Spargo leads the way at 12.2, freshman Raven Benton is at 11.5 and last year’s leading scorer Alex Sanchez is putting up 10.2 an outing.
For Openers: UC Davis was off last week, but returns to action with three contests this week. The Aggies will play San Jose State at home Tuesday, then travel to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic Friday and Saturday.
So Hot Right Now: After missing most of last season due to injury, Brianna Salvatore’s 2013-14 season is off to a sizzling start. Salvatore is averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.0 minutes per game. She is shooting an amazing 76.9% from the floor and and incredible 83.3% from beyond the three-point line.
See You On The Road: 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 six games on the road after facing the Spartans 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 spent its time in the Rockies last week as the club split a pair of road contests. The Anteaters topped Denver, 78-73, then lost to Idaho by a 68-63 score.
Not In This Paint Or Anywhere Else: UCI’s much improved defense is causing headaches for the opposition. The squad is allowing opponents to shoot just 36.0% from the floor, the best figure in the league. The Anteaters are also tied for the lead in blocks at 4.0 per outing.
50? No Problem: UC Irvine scored 50 points in the first half against Denver last week. That was more than the Anteaters scored in 12 complete games a year ago.
The Numbers Game...8: Of the 25 total shots Madison McKenney took in two games last week (21 FG, 4 FT), she missed just eight of them. McKenney scored 37 total points, including a UCI-best 22 against the Vandals.
For Openers: UC Riverside will look to extend its two-game win streak in the last frontier this week, playing a pair of games at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
Pacing The Field: UC Riverside owns the top scoring offense in the Big West at 76.2 per game. The Highlanders are one of only two clubs in the conference that are averaging 70+ points per game.
Two-Way Threat: Brittany Crain is leading the Big West in scoring at 23.0 points per game, but is also the league leader in steals at 2.75 a game. She’s pulling off that tremendous feat in a Big West best 35.2 minutes per game.
The Numbers Game...0: UC Riverside has never played either of its prospective Wednesday opponents, Nicholls State or Georgetown. The club also has defeated Alaska Anchorage once in program history, way back on December 14, 1995.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara picked up a split of its road schedule a week ago, falling to Saint Mary’s, 89-79, then winning against Santa Clara, 67-62.
Zornig’s Career Weekend: Melissa Zornig averaged 18.5 points per game during the two contests, but it was her all-around praise that especially stood out. Zornig recorded a career-best nine assists against the Gaels, then set a career-high with eight rebounds against the Broncos.
War Of The Boards: UC Santa Barbara has an average height of 5-9, but it is one of the most prolific rebounding teams in the league. The Gauchos are only -1 on the boards this season and have only allowed the opposition to grab 34.2 rebounds per game.
The Numbers Game...79: The 79 points scored by UC Santa Barbara against the Gaels is the most for the club since a 76-point showing against Loyola Marymount on December 5, 2012.
For Openers: Hawai’i ends a 12-day layoff this week as it hosts the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The club will play Colorado State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Minnesota.
Jackson Making It Memorable: Kamilah Jackson’s senior season is off to a hot start as she ranks second in the league in scoring (18.8), third in rebounding (9.8), second in field goal percentage (.621) and ninth in steals (1.6).
King Of The Subs: Destiny King is one of UH’s top reserves, averaging 7.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and just under one assist a game in 23.0 minutes.
The Numbers Game...9: Hawai’i has nine players averaging double-digit minutes, ranging from 11.2 to 30.8. Also seven players have started at least one game.