Cal Poly, Hawai'i Face Road Tests In Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 13
League leading Cal Poly (5-1) and second place Hawai'i (4-1) face two tough road contests this week as they look to separate from the rest of the pack. The Mustangs play UC Davis and UC Irvine, while the Rainbow Wahine are on the mainland to play Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly moved to a league-best 5-1 against conference foes thanks to a pair of home wins last week. The Mustangs defeated Cal State Fullerton, 69-65, then downed UC Riverside, 89-72.
That Doesn’t Happen Much: The contest against CSF marked only the fifth time all season that Cal Poly failed to score 70 points. The squad improved to 2-3 in such contests.
Unexpected Surprise: Senior Nwamaka Ofodu recorded a career-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting against the Titans, her first double digit scoring game of the season. She also added four rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 30 minutes.
The Numbers Game...8: Cal Poly has won all eight of its home games this season, the most victories at home in the Big West. The program has been among the most successful teams in the league at home in recent times, posting a 30-7 record at Mott Gym since the 2011-12 season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton split a pair of Big West games on the road last week, falling to Cal Poly, 69-65, and defeating UC Santa Barbara, 67-62.
Writing A New Chapter: Cal State Fullerton snapped a 22-game losing streak in Santa Barbara with the win over the Gauchos. The last time the Titans defeated UCSB on the road was February 12, 1991. The victory was the second straight for CSF over UC Santa Barbara, this after the Gauchos won 40 in a row over the Titans.
Couldn’t Quite Pull It Off: Cal State Fullerton started out just 1-for-12 from the field against the Mustangs, resulting in a 19-3 deficit. The Titans clawed their way back in it and outscored Cal Poly 62-50 the rest of the way, shooting 24-for-54 from the floor.
The Numbers Game...5: Cal State Fullerton had a season-best five double figure scorers in the win over the Gauchos, led by senior Alex Thomas and junior Tailer Butler each putting up 16.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge came away with a split at home last week, losing to UC Irvine, 83-73, and defeating Long Beach State by a 77-54 count. The split moved CSUN to 4-2 in the Big West.
Bombs Away: Junior Ashlee Guay scored a career-high 32 points against UCI, helped by a school record eight three-pointers. Guay broke the program mark that she shared with two other players. She added 21 more points against LBSU, adding five more makes from beyond the arc.
Upping The D: The Matadors are allowing 68.8 points per game on the season, but have been more stingy during Big West play. CSUN is allowing just 60.8 points against its conference foes, the second-best number in the league.
The Numbers Game...8, 9: Guay is only eight assists away from setting a new CSUN career record. She is also just nine points shy of 1,000 over her tenure with the Matadors.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State lost its only game last week, a 77-54 road loss to Cal State Northridge. The defeat dropped LBSU to 2-3 in Big West play.
Offensive Outage: After putting up a combined 174 points against in its previous two games, Long Beach State managed just 54 against the Matadors. That’s the lowest offensive output for the team since a 57-point showing against Florida State in on December 21.
Spotlight On Madison: Freshman Madison Montgomery led the scoring effort against the Matadors with 10 points. It was her sixth double figure scoring game of the season and second in her last three games.
The Numbers Game...7: Junior Hallie Meneses has recorded at least five assists in seven games this season. She had seven assists and only two turnovers in 27 minutes against CSUN.
For Openers: UC Davis lost its only game last week, a 64-50 setback on the road to Hawai’i. The loss dropped the Aggies to 3-2 in the Big West and snapped their three game winning streak.
Sydnee Just Keeps Rolling: Sydnee Fipps scored 17 points against the Rainbow Wahine, extending her consecutive double digit scoring streak to 10. Fipps’ scoring string has pushed her within 18 points of the 1,000-point mark, which would make her the 16th UCD player to reach the milestone.
Not Your Average Kelsey: Before scoring just five points against UH, junior Kelsey Harris has been on fire for the Aggies. Harris is averaging 13.0 points on 47.8% (33-69) shooting, including a 41.7% (20-48) clip from the three-point line.
The Numbers Game...75.7: UC Davis is the league’s top free throw shooting team at 75.7%. The Aggies have three players shooting 80% or better and two more that shoot at least 75%.
For Openers: UC Irvine hit the road for a pair of Big West contests last week, beating Cal State Northridge, 83-73, and losing to Hawai’i, 85-59.
Camille Mode: Senior Camille Buckley had her first double double in over a month against the Matadors, scoring 31 points to go along with 21 rebounds. Buckley’s scoring total was a career-best while the rebounds were a Big West season high and one off her career best.
She Knows The Way To The Line: Senior Jennifer Tsurumoto has turned into the league’s most prolific free throw shooter. She is first in the Big West in free throws made (101), third in attempts (124) and fourth in percentage (81.5).
The Numbers Game...0: The Anteaters are one of two Big West teams to not have lost a game at home this season. The four victories at the Bren Events Center is also more than the club managed a year ago.
For Openers: UC Riverside fell to 0-6 in the Big West after losing a couple of games in the Central Coast. The Highlanders lost to UC Santa Barbara, 74-61, and to Cal Poly, 89-72.
Streak Ends For Crain: Sophomore Brittany Crain managed only nine points against the Mustangs, snapping a string of 26 consecutive double figure scoring games. The streak was the longest in UCR’s Division I history.
Not In This House: UC Riverside has blocked at least two shots in all but three games this season. Coincidentally the club leads the league in blocks per game (4.4).
The Numbers Game...12, 14: UC Riverside has dropped a program record 12 straight games. The club has also lost 14 straight contests in Big West play dating back to last season.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara split a pair of Big West home games last week, beating UC Riverside, 74-61, and losing to Cal State Fullerton, 67-62. The win against UCR was the first conference win for UCSB this season and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Zornig Leads The Offense: Senior Melissa Zornig led the scoring punch for UCSB last weekend, averaging 15.0 points per game. She scored a season-high 20 against the Titans, including a season-high tying four threes.
Onome Knocks Them Down: Freshman Onome Jemerigbe has been automatic from the foul line lately. Jemerigbe is a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe over her last four games.
The Numbers Game...55: UC Santa Barbara picked up a season-high 55 rebounds against the Highlanders, with 21 of them coming on the offensive end.
For Openers: Hawai’i kept pace at the top of the Big West standings with a pair of home wins last week. The Rainbow Wahine downed UC Davis, 64-50, and defeated UC Irvine, 85-59, to move to 4-1 in the conference.
Easy To Score In There: UH dominated the paint against both of its opponents. The Rainbow Wahine scored 26 of their 64 points in the paint against the Aggies, then put up 50 of their 85 points against the Anteaters in the lane.
Five Is Nice: Five players scored in double figures against UCI, the first time that has happened for UH since a win over Denver on November 19, 2011.
The Numbers Game...4-1: Hawai’i is off to a 4-1 start in conference play, the best since the 1999-2000 team started off 9-1 under Vince Goo in the WAC.