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Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
Long Beach State will host the Beach Classic this week in the Pyramid, headling a packed women's hoops slate that's back to normal after a break for finals.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: It was another light week for Cal Poly as the Mustangs faced off against a single opponent. The squad downed Pepperdine on the road by an 80-77 count to record its fourth-straight win.
Career-Best Effort: Redshirt freshman Maddison Allen had the best game of her young career against the Waves with 11 points and 11 rebounds. She also added four blocks in 28 minutes.
Perfect Night: Molly Schlemer went 8-for-8 from the field against Pepperdine for 16 points. She currently ranks second in the Big West in field goal percentage (54.0%).
The Numbers Game...24: Jonae Ervin entered the week 24th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, checking in a 3.07-to-1.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton lost its only game last week, an 81-55 setback at home to Arizona State.
Stepping Up At The Stripe: Chante Miles shot a career-high 11 free throws against the Sun Devils, knocking down 10 of those freebies. Miles is the Titans’ top free throw shooter at 78.6% on the season.
Iwuoha Matches Career-Best: Kathleen Iwuoha’s fourth start of the season saw her match her career-high with 15 points.
The Numbers Game...55.9: Iwuoha leads the Big West in field goal shooting at 55.9%.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge picked up a historic win over USC in its only game last week, a 65-64 victory in front of the Matador faithful.
Long Time Coming: CSUN edged by USC at home in a matchup that had not occured at the Matadome since 1993. The game featured 10 ties and 13 lead changes and the Women of Troy had a layup roll off the rim at the final buzzer. CSUN has now beaten a Pac-12 foe in consecutive seasons after going winless against the league from 1996-2012.
Guay Saves The Day: Ashlee Guay led the way against USC with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes. Guay is also the only player in the Big West in the top 6 in scoring, assists and steals.
The Numbers Game...4: Camille Mahlknecht has 146 blocks in her career, just four away from setting a new school record.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State dropped its second straight game last week, falling to San Diego by a 68-51 score at home. It was the first defeat at home for LBSU this season.
TURN-OVER: The 49ers forced an incredible 31 turnovers against the Toreros, the most a Big West program has forced in a game this season.
The Magic Number: Long Beach State failed to score 70+ points for the fourth time this season, all of which have resulted in losses. Conversely, the 49ers have won every game this season where they have surpassed 70 points.
The Numbers Game...7: Raven Benton has scored in double figures in each of her last seven games. During that stretch Benton is averaging 16.3 points per game and recorded 20 or more points twice.
For Openers: UC Davis’ long road trip continued in Moraga against Saint Mary’s, but the club fell to the Gaels, 88-71.
Fipps Breaks Out: After scoring 21 points combined in her two previous outings, Sydnee Fipps dropped 23 on 8-of-18 shooting against Saint Mary’s. It was Fipps’ third 20-point scoring game of the season, all of which have come on the road.
Almost Home: UC Davis has one more road trip remaining on the program-record six game swing. The Aggies won’t have to leave the friendly confines of the Pavilion very much after that as they will play five games in a row on their home court.
The Numbers Game...17: UC Davis entered the week ranked 17th in the NCAA in three pointers made per game (8.4). No one else in the Big West is over seven made threes.
For Openers: UC Irvine wrapped up a nine-game road swing with a high scoring loss to Sacramento State, 99-94.
That’s A Lot: The Anteaters’ 94 points are the most for the program since February 25, 1988. That day UCI put up 97 points in a home win over San Jose State.
Calling All Bombers: The Anteaters and Hornets combined to put up an incredible 75 threes, making 29 of them. UCI went 8-for-20, while CSUS made 21 on an NCAA record 55 attempts.
The Numbers Game...5: Camille Buckley put up 22 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double double on the season, the second most in the Big West. It was also her second straight double double after putting up 13 points and 10 rebounds against Montana.
For Openers: UC Riverside dropped its second game against a ranked opponent this season, an 87-43 loss to #25/22 Gonzaga on the road.
Offensive Outage: UC Riverside scored a season-low 43 points against the Bulldogs, the first time all season the prolific offensive club has been held below 54 points. The second half was UCR’s undoing as the club scored just 13 points on 19.0% from the field.
Protect The Rock: The Highlanders had committed 49 turnovers in their previous three games combined before registering 25 against Gonzaga, an average of 16.3 per game. In fact, UCR’s turnover number had decreased in each of those three contests from 19 to 17 to 13.
The Numbers Game...17.2: UC Riverside leads the Big West in assists at 17.2 a game. Five players are averaging 2.0 or more assists per game, led by freshman Simone DeCoud’s 4.2 per outing.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara dropped its only game of the week, a 73-64 loss to Kansas State in the Little Apple.
Nesbit Nears A Grand: Nicole Nesbit scored 15 points against the Wildcats, putting her just three shy of scoring 1,000 for her career.
Someone Close That Window: Melissa Zornig did something that she has not done all season long. Zornig, an 88.6% shooter from the foul line, missed two free throws for the first time all season.
The Numbers Game...33-111: UC Santa Barbara has hit 33-of-111 from three point range, the second fewest makes and the fewest attempts in the Big West.
For Openers: Hawai’i left the islands for a pair of road games, coming up with a split on the mainland. The Wahine fell to Oregon State, 76-64, then beat former Big West member Pacific, 81-70.
Impressive Streak Ends: Kamilah Jackson produced her seventh consecutive double double against the Beavers, recording game highs in points (22) and rebounds (11). Jackson’s string of double doubles ended against Pacific with 13 points and six rebounds in 23 foul plagued minutes.
King’s Ransom: Destiny King has gotten off to a strong start in her sophomore season, averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Since moving into the starting lineup four games ago, King has averaged 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and has shot 43.5% from the floor.
The Numbers Game...2-2: After going 5-6 in road games a year ago, Hawai’i is proving to again be a tough road team with a 2-2 record so far this season.