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Women's Basketball

UC Davis To Battle Top-Ranked UConn In Fifth Week Of Women's Hoops

12/3/2013

Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 5

A packed non-conference slate, highlighted by UC Davis' trip to the Nutmeg State to take on consensus #1 UConn, is in store for the fifth week of the 2013-14 women's basketball season.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY

For Openers: Cal Poly went 2-0 during its Holiday Beach Classic, topping Akron, 84-74, and San Francisco, 76-65.

Double-Double The Fun: Two players posted double-doubles during the Mustangs’ win over the Zips. Molly Schlemer posted 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonae Ervin put up 14 points and 10 rebounds. Schlemer then picked up another double-double with a 21-point, 10-rebound effort against the Dons.

Helping (Not Hurting) Hand: Jonae Ervin has been a model of point guard play so far this season, leading the Big West and ranking 24th in the country in assist/turnover ratio at 3.15/1. She is also second in the conference in assists (5.1) and has only committed 1.6 turnovers per game.

The Numbers Game...4: Cal Poly is 4-0 at home this season and is 0-4 away from Mott Gym. The Mustangs have a home game next before a five-game road swing that takes them into conference play.

CAL STATE FULLERTON

For Openers: Cal State Fullerton spent its holiday weekend in Northern California at the SMC Hilton Classic, going 0-2 against Toledo and Alabama. The Titans fell to the Rockets by the tightest of margins, 59-58, and fell to Alabama by a 69-54 margin.

Chante Ups The Ante: Chante Miles has upped her all-around production in her junior year. The guard leads the Big West in assists (5.2) and is ninth in scoring (15.7), while ranking third in minutes played (34.5).

Freshman Star: Samantha Logan posted the first double-double of the season for Cal State Fullerton against Toledo, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. One day later, she picked up another double-double, recording 19 points and 11 rebounds against SEC foe Alabama.

The Numbers Game...64.5: Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 64.5 points per game.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

For Openers: Cal State Northridge hosted the Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic over the holiday weekend, going 0-2 against Santa Clara and Utah State. The Matadors fell to the Broncos by a 66-61 score, then lost to the Aggies, 75-67.

Block Party: Camille Mahlknecht leads the Big West and ranks 51st in the country with 2.1 blocks per game. Of the 19 blocks CSUN has posted this season, Mahlknecht is responsible for 15 of them.

In A Fong: Bernadette Fong recorded the first double-double of her young career against Utah State. The sophomore put up 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 12 minutes.

The Numbers Game...8.6: Mikayla Thielges is fifth in the Big West with 8.6 rebounds per game in just 24.1 minutes per outing. If you prorate her numbers per 40 minutes, Thielges would average 14.2 rebounds per game.

LONG BEACH STATE

For Openers: Long Beach State upped the longest win streak in the Big West to four thanks to a couple wins last weekend. The 49ers topped Pepperdine, 74-61, and Nebraska-Omaha, 77-61, to move to 4-2 on the season.

Golden Offense: LBSU has scored 74 or more points in four straight games. Thats the first time the club has recorded four straight 70+ point outings since a four game stretch from January 13-22, 2005.

Taketh Away The Ball: Long Beach State leads the Big West and ranks 48th nationally with 10.5 steals per game. Anna Kim (2.0), Alex Sanchez (2.0) and Jade Wilson (1.7) all rank in the top 10 on the league leaderboard in thefts.

The Numbers Game...2005-06:  Long Beach State is off to its best start since 2005-06, which was also a 4-2 record. That year the 49ers finished in a tie for the Big West regular season title and reached the semifinals of the Big West Tournament.

UC DAVIS

For Openers: UC Davis made a successful return to the court after a long layoff last week, going 2-1 which included a pair of games at the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic. The Aggies first downed San Jose State, 95-61, prior to the tournament. Then at the Classic, UCD lost a tight game to San Francisco, 69-67, and defeated Akron by a 71-58 score.

Scorching The Nets: The 95 points scored by UC Davis against the SJSU was the most for the program since December 21, 2010. That day the Aggies put up 102 points against these same Spartans.

Calling All Bombadiers: UC Davis put up a school record 39 threes against the Dons, a new single game school record. The Aggies haven’t been shy about putting them up from deep as they’ve attempted 93 3’s in their past three games.

The Numbers Game...40.9%:
  UC Davis is shooting 40.9% from three-point range in its last three games, hitting 38 of 93 from beyond the arc.

UC IRVINE

For Openers: UC Irvine continued its extended road trip with a 1-1 showing at the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Loyola Marymount. The Anteaters beat the hosts 63-60 in the opener, but then fell to North Dakota State, 64-61.

Don’t Go Anywhere: UC Irvine has had five of its seven games decided by five points or less. In those contests, UCI is a solid 3-2.

The Buckley Stops Here: Camille Buckley is one of three players averaging a double-double on the year, putting up 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. If she keeps up this pace, she’ll be the first Anteater since Mikah Maly-Karros in 2009-10 to average a double-double over the course of a season.

The Numbers Game...17.3: The Anteaters are the worst shooting team in the Big West, but they are among the best at collecting their misses. The squad is tied for first in offensive rebounds per game at 17.3.

UC RIVERSIDE

For Openers: UC Riverside spent the weekend at the Great Alaska Shootout, splitting its two contests. The Highlanders opened up with an 83-75 double overtime loss to Alaska Anchorage, then downed Nicholls State, 74-64.

The Highs And The Lows: UC Riverside is the top scoring team in the Big West at 75.7 points per game and owns the top scorer in the league in Brittany Crain at 19.0 points. Conversely, the Highlanders are allowing the most points per game in the conference at 76.7.

Annelise The Great: Annelise Ito has been a rock for UC Riverside in her first season for the program, averaging 12.3 points, shooting 45.3% from the floor, 84.2% from the free throw line and ranking fourth in the Big West with 9.0 rebounds per game. In the double overtime marathon against the Seawolves, Ito had an all-around line of 19 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

The Numbers Game...0: UC Riverside will finally play in front of its home fans this season this week. The squad was the lone club not to play a home game yet this season.

UC SANTA BARBARA

For Openers:
UC Santa Barbara split a pair of home games last week, downing Hampton, 66-62, and falling to San Diego State, 71-67.

She Has Whatever They Need: Melissa Zornig is turning into one of the top all-around players in the Big West in her senior season. She’s averaging 11.7 points, 3.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and shooting an impressing 89.5% from the foul line. Zornig also is one of just two players in the league with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Quantum Leap Offense:
UC Santa Barbara has put the offense into hyperdrive this season, averaging 67.3 points per game. A year ago, the Gauchos averaged only 51.3 points per game and topped 60 on just seven occasions in 33 games. They’ve already scored 60+ in five of their six games so far this season.

The Numbers Game...6.3: UC Santa Barbara has the best turnover margin in the league and its not even close. The Gauchos are +6.3 in that department, which second place coming in at +2.17.

HAWAI'I

For Openers: Hawai’i hosted the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown after a 12-day layoff, going 2-1 at the tournament. The Wahine opened up with an overtime loss to Colorado State, 65-60, won against Tennessee Chattanooga, 60-55, and downed Minnesota, 77-71 in overtime.

Beast Mode: Kamilah Jackson has placed the Wahine on her back lately, picking up six consecutive double-doubles. Those six double-doubles lead the Big West and rank third in the NCAA. Jackson is the only player in the top two in scoring (2nd), rebounding (2nd) and field goal percentage (2nd).

There’s More To The Show: Ashleigh Karaitiana and Shawna-Lei Keuhu. Karaitiana is averaging 10.2 points, shooting 41.9 from deep and is nearly collecting five rebounds a game. Keuhu is chipping in 10.0 points a contest, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in a solid all-around stat line for the Wahine.

The Numbers Game...1998: Hawai’i’s win over Minnesota was the first for the Wahine over a Big Ten school since a victory over Ohio State on December 14, 1998.

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