Final Week of Non-Conference Tune-Ups Await Women's Hoops Clubs
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 9
The New Year has the final week of non-conference play for the Big West women's basketball clubs, marking the final chance to ready themselves prior to conference play next week.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly lost its final non-conference game of the 2013-14 campaign, a 96-89 road loss to UCLA.
Schlemer’s Tuned Up: Molly Schlemer seems just about ready to dominate Big West foes after picking up a career-high 29 points to go along with 16 rebounds against the Bruins. Schlemer is averaging 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game heading into conference play.
Steady As She Goes: Ariana Elegado recorded 21 points against UCLA, giving her double figure points in all 13 Mustang games this season. She also hit a season-high five threes against the Bruins.
The Numbers Game...20.5: Kristen Ale is averaging 20.5 points per game off the bench in her last two games, upping her overall average to 9.2.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton had its two-game win steak snapped thanks to a 66-64 road loss to Boise State, its only game in a light week.
Iwuoha On A Tear: Kathleen Iwuoha recorded her first double double of the season against the Broncos with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Since scoring only three points and grabbing three rebounds against Iowa State on December 8, Iwuoha is averaging 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds over four games.
Miles Away From The Funk: Chante Miles was in a shooting slump prior to her last two contests, shooting just 26.5% (9-34) in a three game span. Since then, Miles is shooting a torrid 50.0% (13-26) and averaging 20.0 points.
The Numbers Game...5: Cal State Fullerton has committed 17 or fewer turnovers in each of its past five games and has three games of 15 or fewer turnovers as well in that span.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge had one game last week, a 96-61 loss to Oregon in the Pacific Northwest.
Sweet As Cinnamon: Cinnamon Lister has been an offensive force in her first season in the black and red, averaging 15.6 points and hitting 32 threes. She is coming off her best game as a Matador, recording career-bests in points (26) and threes (6).
Outdoor to Indoor: Mikayla Thielges, the former All-Big West softball player for CSUN, has made an immediate impact on the women’s hoops program. She ranks sixth in the Big West in rebounds per game (6.9) and is shooting 52.8% from the floor. She also recorded 17 rebounds against New Mexico State on November 18, tying for the most in the league this season.
The Numbers Game...4: Ashlee Guay is just six steals away from setting a school record in that category.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State lost a road contest to USC last week, 89-72. The 49ers were undermanned for the contest as only nine players dressed for the game.
Quothe The Raven: Raven Benton showed a healthy game against the Trojans, scoring a career-best 26 points. It was her 10th double figure scoring game and third 20+ point outing in her debut collegiate season.
Meneses Shakes It Off: Playing through an illness, Hallie Meneses scored six points and added seven assists in 22 minutes. She has been an excellent bench player since moving to a reserve role four games ago, averaging 10.8 points and 4.0 assists in 26.5 minutes.
The Numbers Game...10.5: Long Beach State is the top team in the Big West in the steals department, averaging 10.5 per contest. LBSU is the lone club in the league averaging double digit steals.
For Openers: UC Davis lost its lone game a week ago, an 84-78 home loss to archrival Sacramento State.
Fipps Makes It Easy: Sydnee Fipps scored 21 points against the Hornets, her fourth consecutive game scoring 20+ points. That is the longest 20+-point scoring streak in the Big West this season.
Harris Picks Up The Slack: Kelsey Harris has been a major offensive spark for the Aggies in her first season, averaging 11.2 points and shooting 39.5% from three-point land, 83.3% from the foul line and 4.8 rebounds per game. She is also coming off a career-high 19 points against Sacramento State.
The Numbers Game...36.9%: UC Davis has 97 made threes among its 263 made field goals, making three-pointers 36.9% of their converted field goals. That is the highest rate in the Big West.
For Openers: UC Irvine had a tough road loss to Washington in its only game last week, falling by a 72-69 count.
Ready To Roll: UC Irvine went just 4-8 in non-conference games a year ago, which included an 0-4 mark at home. This season, the Anteaters are a solid 6-7 against non-conference clubs, including a 2-0 home mark.
Buckley Looks To Bounce Back: The Anteater star has struggled over her past two games, averaging just 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. That is well below her season averages of 14.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.
The Numbers Game...17.5: Jennifer Tsurumoto has averaged 17.5 points over her last two contests, up from her season average of 13.4.
For Openers: UC Riverside went 0-2 at the San Diego Surf & Slam Tournament, falling to homestanding San Diego State, 58-57, and Kansas State, 74-42.
Tough Matchup: Annelise Ito has been a tough cover for teams this season, as she is averaging 11.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists while ago shooting 88.2% from the foul line. Ito was just named to the San Diego Surf & Slam Tournament All-Tournament team after averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Iron Woman: Brittany Crain missed her first two games of the season and her Highlander career last week. She has played in 40 straight games prior to last week’s contests.
The Numbers Game...2.1: UC Riverside leads the Big West in blocks but they also have only 2.1 of their shots blocked by the opposition. That is the second-fewest number in the league.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara picked up a split of a pair of games last week. The club defeated Seattle at home, 78-75, and lost at Utah, 66-57.
Three’s A Crowd: The Gauchos had three double figure scorers against the Redhawks. Nicole Nesbit led the way with 24 points, Melissa Zornig added 19 and Destini Mason had 12. The trio accounted for 70.6% of the scoring in the game.
Nesbit’s In Control: Nesbit scored 20+ points in back-to-back games for the second time this season during last week’s schedule. Those account for all four 20+ point outings Nesbit has had this season.
The Numbers Game...1: UC Santa Barbara attempted just one three-pointer against Utah, the second time this season the Gauchos attempted only a single shot from beyond the arc.
For Openers: Hawai’i didn’t have any games last week or any this week. The Wahine will play next on January 8 against defending Big West Tournament champion Cal Poly.
Don’t Stay Down Long: Kamilah Jackson scored a season-low five points in a season-low tying 23 minutes against USC. She bounced back with her seventh double double against Grand Canyon to the tune of 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Mason Picking It Up: Morgan Mason has seen an uptick in her minutes over the past three games and an uptick in production. Mason is averaging 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game in 26.3 minutes.
The Numbers Game...30.5%: Hawai’i is last in the Big West in three pointers made and attempted but rank third in three-point percentage at 30.5%.