Matchups Against Pac-12 Squads Headline Women's Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 6
A couple of home contests against Pac-12 teams are on the agenda for Big West women's hoops teams this week. USC visits Cal State Northridge and Arizona State visits Cal State Fullerton to highlight the action.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly won its only game of the week, a 63-54 home matchup against Cal State Bakersfield.
Iron Woman: Diminutive guard Ariana Elegado was a workhorse against the Roadrunners, playing all 40 minutes. She scored a game-high 14 points, handed out five assists and picked up three rebounds to lead the club to victory.
Crash Those Offensive Boards: Cal Poly leads the Big West in offensive rebounds (153) and offensive rebounds per game (17.0). Of the Mustangs’ 409 total rebounds, 37.4% of them have come on the offensive end.
The Numbers Game...5, 3: Molly Schlemer has five double-doubles this season, the second-most in the Big West. Schlemer (16.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg) is also one of three players in the league averaging a double-double this season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton fell in its two games last week, a home setback to San Diego, 65-42, and a road loss to #20/12 Iowa State, 79-52.
The Family Fennelly: CSF assistant coach Steven Fennelly got a chance to return home and see family when the club visited Iowa State. Fennelly, an alum of ISU, is the son of Cyclone head coach Bill Fennelly and the brother of assistant coach Billy Fennelly.
Instant Iwuoha: Kathleen Iwuoha continued her fine play as a reserve against the Toreros. In 26 minutes, Iwuoha scored a team-best 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and pulled down four rebounds.
The Numbers Game...6.3: Samantha Logan’s 6.3 rebounds per game is the most of any freshman in the Big West and ranks 10th on the league leaderboard.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge’s losing streak reached a season-high five after a pair of losses last week. CSUN fell in road contests against Washington State, 68-59, and Eastern Washington, 73-53.
Long Time Coming: The Matadors have only one game this week, a home contest against USC. The two clubs have not squared off at CSUN since 1993.
Cinnamon Challenge: Cinnamon Lister has turned into an all-around force for the Matadors this season. She ranks sixth in the Big West in points (15.7), tops in three-pointers made (23) and ninth in assists (3.3).
The Numbers Game...14-17: Ashlee Guay, the Matadors’ leading scorer at 15.9 per outing, has scored between 14 and 17 points in each of her last seven games.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State went 1-1 at the ASU Classic last weekend, defeating Harvard, 72-67, and falling to host Arizona State in overtime, 74-67.
Streak Busted: The 49ers scored 70+ points in five straight games before scoring 67 against the Sun Devils. That was the longest streak since a five-game run from February 22-March 12, 2003.
23 Points Down, Five-Point Win: Long Beach State found itself down to Harvard by 23 points with 16:15 remaining but went on a 35-9 run to rally past the Crimson and win by five.
The Numbers Game...24: Alex Sanchez scored a career-high 24 points in the championship game of the ASU Classic, going 10-for-15 from the floor against Arizona State.
For Openers: UC Davis spent the weekend on the East Coast, but went 0-2 against Connecticut and Hofstra. The Aggies fell to the Huskies by a 97-37 count, then lost to the Pride, 76-57.
Doherty’s Pride-ful Effort: Alyson Doherty scored a career-high 24 points against the Pride, her first career 20-point game. She also added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.
See The Three, Be The Three: Kelsey Harris is laying claim to being the top three-point shooter in the Big West. In her last five games, Harris is 16-for-37 from deep, shooting a robust 43.2%. Harris leads the Big West in three pointers made per game (2.8) and three-point shooting percentage (36.1%). On the NCAA leaderboard, Harris ranks 43rd in threes made per game.
The Numbers Game...6: UC Davis has two games left on its current six-game road trip, the longest trip for the program since making the jump to Division I in 2007-08.
For Openers: UC Irvine went to snowy Montana for the Lady Griz Classic, going 1-1 over the weekend. The Anteaters downed Appalachian State, 85-77, then fell to host Montana, 71-48.
Aguilar Breaks Out: After scoring 18 points in her previous five games, Vanessa Aguilar put up a career-high 20 points against Appalachian State. She also recorded career-bests in field goals made (7) and three-pointers made (5).
The Highs and Lows: UC Irvine had season-bests against Appalachian State in field goal percentage (48.4%) and assists (22) and tied its season high in threes made (7). Against Montana, the Anteaters recorded season-lows in field goals made (18) and rebounds (31) and tied their season worst in assists (9).
The Numbers Game...60: The Anteaters are 5-2 when scoring 60 points or more and 0-2 when failing to reach that number. UCI is fourth in the league averaging 67.9 points per game.
For Openers: UC Riverside went 1-1 in two home contests last week, recording a win over Cal State Bakersfield, 85-66, and a loss against Pepperdine, 81-68.
Can’t Stop The Crain: Brittany Crain leads the Big West in scoring (19.0) and steals (2.6), while tying for seventh in rebounds (6.4). She also rarely leaves the court as she ranks second in minutes played per game (35.8) and has scored in double figures in every game this season.
Hadley Picks Up Steam: Natasha Hadley recorded her second double-double in three games against Pepperdine, scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hadley also almost equaled her career-high in points with 21 against the Roadrunners, and added eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Numbers Game...75.9: In a statistical oddity, UC Riverside is both averaging and giving up 75.9 points per game.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara split a pair of games last week, winning a road game against Pepperdine, 77-69, and losing a home contest to Northern Arizona, 79-56.
Double Trouble: Nicole Nesbit (18.4) and Destini Mason (14.4) are the highest scoring duo in the Big West, averaging 32.8 points per contest.
Taking Care And Cashing In: Melissa Zornig leads the Big West and ranks 12th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. She has a 3.63-to-1 figure. She also has been money at the foul line, shooting an impressive 93.1%. That figure ranks first in the Big West and 10th in the NCAA.
The Numbers Game...67.1: Like UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara is averaging the same amount of points its giving up, 67.1.
For Openers: Hawai’i was off a week ago and returns to action this weekend with a pair of road games against Oregon State and Pacific. They are the first games away from the islands since a pair of games in Arizona November 9 and 10.
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 sixth in the NCAA. Jackson now leads the Big West and ranks 22nd in the NCAA in rebounds (10.9)
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...26.7%: Hawai’i is allowing opponents to shoot just 26.7% from the three-point line, the best figure in the conference.