Women's Hoops Set To Debut On ESPN3
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11
A Big West league matchup between Hawai'i and UC Riverside gets a little bigger this week as the two clubs will square off at the SRC Arena live on ESPN3.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly opened up 2-0 in Big West play thanks to an overtime road win at Hawai’i, 78-74, and a home win over rival UC Santa Barbara, 88-70. The Mustangs have won their first two conference games in four of the past five seasons.
30’s All Around: Cal Poly had a 30-point scorer in both of its games over the week. First senior Jonae Ervin put up a career-best 37 in the win over the Rainbow Wahine, surpassing her previous best of 33 set in 2011. Then against the Gauchos, both junior Ariana Elegado and senior Molly Schlemer surpassed the 30-point mark. Schlemer scored a career-best 37, while Elegado put up 30.
At The Buzzer: Junior Taryn Garza collected a miss off a scramble at the end of regulation and scored at the buzzer to extend the game to overtime. Garza finished the day with seven points and nine rebounds, four coming on the offensive end.
The Numbers Game...31: Senior Jonae Ervin set a new program career record for assists with her 391st against UC Santa Barbara, surpassing the standard that Laura Buehning set 31 years ago.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton continued its recent hot streak with an 82-78 win at UC Riverside in the Big West opener for both teams. CSF has now won four of its last five contests following a five-game losing skid.
See The Three: The Titans hit nine of their 21 three-point attempts, the most makes for the squad since hitting 11 in 40 tries December 8 at Iowa State.
80 With A Side Of Victory: Cal State Fullerton scored 80 or more points for the second time this season in the win over UCR, improving to 2-0 in those contests. The Titans’ other 80-point showing came against Columbia on November 22.
The Numbers Game...5: Junior Tailer Butler scored a season-high 19 points in the win over the Highlanders, her first double digit scoring day of the season. Included in that were five made threes, the most by a Titan in a game this season.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge opened up its Big West schedule with a road split last week, defeating UC Davis, 56-52, and falling to Hawai’i, 54-44. The two games marked only the second time all season that the Matadors failed to crack 60 points in back-to-back games.
Stealing Her Way In: Junior Ashlee Guay picked up four steals against the Aggies, setting a new program career record. Guay finished the game with 216 career thefts, surpassing the 213 steals that former Matador great Bridgette Ealy recorded over her illustrious tenure.
Its Been A While: CSUN’s win over the Aggies in Davis was the first for the program since February 26, 2005.
The Numbers Game...2.4: Junior Camille Mahlknecht isn’t just one of the top shot blockers in the Big West, she’s among the best in the country. Mahlknecht leads the Big West and ranks 28th in the NCAA with 2.4 blocks per game.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State had a pair of exciting games to start off conference play, winning in overtime at home against UC Irvine, 84-75, and losing at UD Davis 63-60.
That’s So Raven: Freshman Raven Benton had an outstanding effort in the win over the Anteaters, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing a career-best 15 rebounds. It was Benton’s second double double on the season and 13th double figure scoring game.
Shade Of Jade: Senior Jade Wilson had an all-around stat line against UCI, scoring 10 points and adding a career-high 13 rebounds. Wilson also added five steals and three assists in the victory.
The Numbers Game...62: Long Beach State collected a season-high 62 rebounds against UC Irvine, easily surpassing its previous season-best of 50 in a win over San Francisco on November 17. The 62 boards are also the most since the club pulled down 66 against Oregon in 2010.
For Openers: UC Davis opened up its Big West schedule with a split of home games. The Aggies lost to Cal State Northridge, 56-52, then topped Long Beach State, 63-60.
Returning to Form: Sophomore Alyson Doherty’s return to the starting lineup resulted in a double double against the Matadors. She scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double double of the season.
Picking It Up On The Boards: Junior Sydnee Fipps had 10 rebounds against the 49ers, marking the third time in her past four contests that she collected double digit rebounds.
The Numbers Game...6: Thanks to injuries, UC Davis has used six diffrent starting lineups, including three different starting units in each of the last three games.
For Openers: UC Irvine went 1-1 over its first two Big West contests, losing in overtime to Long Beach State, 84-75, and beating UC Riverside at home, 90-78.
The Offense is Jelling: UC Irvine has scored 90+ points on three occasions this season, the most in the Big West and the most in a single season in program history. The only other times that UCI has surpassed 90+ points twice in a season were the 1979-80 and 1983-84 campaigns. The Anteaters are the second-highest scoring team in the league this season at 72.4 points per game a year after tying for eighth at 53.9 per contest.
Thats A First: Last week senior Jennifer Tsurumoto accomplished something that no other player in UCI history has done. Tsurumoto’s 30 and 31 points against LBSU and UCR, respectively, marked the first time an Anteater had scored 30 points in back-to-back games.
The Numbers Game...1: UC Irvine is only one win shy of matching its win total from last season.
For Openers: UC Riverside ended a long layoff with a pair of losses in its first two conference games. The Highlanders lost to Cal State Fullerton at home, 82-78, and fell to UC Irvine on the road, 90-78. UCR returns home looking for a win in front of its home fans and a national audience as the club plays Hawai’i on ESPN3.
A Welcome Return: Sophomore Brittany Crain returned with two strong games after missing the first two games of her collegiate career. Crain averaged 23.5 points on 56.7% (17-30) shooting and also pulled down 8.0 rebounds and dishing out 2.0 assists. Crain played her usual heavy load as she logged 40 minutes in both contests.
Looking To End The Streak: UC Riverside has lost 10 straight Big West games dating back to last season. Its last conference win came on February 9 at Cal State Fullerton. The club has also lost 13 straight conference home games with its last home victory coming against Long Beach State on February 4, 2012.
The Numbers Game...4.6: UC Riverside picked up 11 blocks in the two games last week, upping their overall per game average to 4.6 per game. That figure leads the Big West and is 43rd in the NCAA.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara dropped its Big West opener on the road, an 88-70 setback to rival Cal Poly.
Free Mason: Senior Destini Mason scored a career-high 24 points against the Mustangs, shooting 10-for-17 from the field and hitting four of her five three-point attempts.
Season High From Deep: Thanks in large part to Mason and fellow senior Melissa Zornig, the Gauchos matched their season high with nine threes made and shot a season-best 56.2% (9-16) from beyond the arc.
The Numbers Game...18.3: A year after allowing just 52.9 points per game, UC Santa Barbara is allowing opponents to score 71.2 points, a difference of 18.3 points.
For Openers: Hawai’i ended a 15-day layoff with a pair of home games to open the Big West schedule. UH fell in a heartbreaker to Cal Poly, 78-74, but bounced back to defeat Cal State Northridge four days later, 54-44. UH will play its next game on the airwaves as it visits UC Riverside live on ESPN3.
No Rust Here: Senior Kamilah Jackson showed no ill effects from the long layoff, scoring 17 points and collecting 16 rebounds against the Mustangs. It was her league leading ninth double double of the season.
They Picked It Up: Senior Shawna-Lei Kuehu and junior Ashleigh Karaitiana led the Rainbow Wahine to a key win over the Matadors. Both shared team high honors with 14 points, with Kuehu added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes. Karaitiana had nine rebounds, an assist and a block in 27 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...3: Hawai’is tied for the league lead with three overtime games this season. UH is 1-2 in those contests.