Play 4 Kay Headlines First Week of February For Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 14
A special cause highlights this week as one game will participate in Play 4 Kay, the initiative by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Cal State Northridge heads to Cal State Fullerton to kick off the Big West participation in Play 4 Kay.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly kept its position atop the Big West standings with a pair of road wins last week. The Mustangs defeated UC Davis, 81-72, and UC Irvine, 84-79 to move to 7-1 at the halfway mark of its conference schedule.
Safe To Say She’s Rolling: Senior Molly Schlemer was dominant over the weekend, averaging 28.5 points and shooting 67.5% from the floor. Schlemer missed only 13 of her 40 shots over the two games and added 8.0 rebounds per game
Now That’s A Line: Junior Ariana Elegado filled in nicely for injured guard Jonae Ervin with a monster game against UCI. Elegado scored 21 points, handed out 13 assists and pulled down six rebounds in 37 minutes. The 13 helpers tied a career high.
The Numbers Game...3: Cal Poly recorded its third straight game of shooting 50% or better from the field against the Anteaters.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton fell to 3-3 in the Big West with a home loss to rival Long Beach State, 83-64.
Shoooter: Junior Tailer Butler attempted 15 three-pointers against the 49ers, tying the Big West single game season high. Butler hit four of those attempts, off her season average 36.8% from beyond the arc.
Thomas Delivers: Senior Alex Thomas has been on fire over her last seven games, averaging 19.1 points. The past seven games have accounted for seven of her 11 double figure scoring contests this season.
The Numbers Game...41: Cal State Fullerton attempted a program and Big West single game record 41 three-pointers against LBSU. CSF broke the league record of 40 set by former Big West member New Mexico State against Texas-San Antonio on December 31, 1990.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge won a pair of tough Big West games last week, defeating UC Riverside on the road, 71-61, and outlasting Hawai’i at home, 75-72 in overtime.
Grand Entrance: Junior Ashlee Guay scored 13 points against UCR, moving her into the 1,000-point club over her Matador career. She becomes the 10th player in program history to achieve the milestone.
Finally Got There: Junior Janae Sharpe scored a career-high 27 points against the Rainbow Wahine. It marked the first 20-point game of her CSUN career, besting the previous five occasions where she scored 19 points.
The Numbers Game...1: Cal State Northridge defeated Hawai’i for the first time in program history. The Matadors had dropped six previous matchups in the series.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State moved to 4-3 in Big West play thanks to a pair of wins last week. The 49ers dropped Hawai’i at home, 74-72, and won on the road against Cal State Fullerton, 83-64. The win over UH snapped a two game losing streak.
Now That’s A Career Effort: Senior Jade Wilson provided the offense against UH, scoring 24 points on 8-of-13 from the floor. Wilson’s previous top scoring effort was an 11-point showing which she recorded twice a year ago.
Four Means A Win: The 49ers have an easy formula when it enters a game, get four players in double figures. LBSU is 7-0 when four players score 10 or more points in contest.
The Numbers Game...5: Long Beach State has five games this season of 80+ points, going 4-1 in those contests.
For Openers: UC Davis split a pair of home games against the Central Coast Big West schools last week. The Aggies lost to league-leading Cal Poly, 81-72, but rebounded with an 82-70 win over UC Santa Barbara. The split moved UCD to 4-3 in league play.
Toe-to-Toe: Sophomore Alyson Doherty more than held her own against reigning Big West Player of the Year Molly Schlemer of Cal Poly. Doherty scored 20 points, pulled down six rebounds, handed out two assists and had two steals in 34 minutes. Doherty continued her hot play against the Gauchos with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.
Fipps Gets 1,000: Junior Sydnee Fipps had her ninth 20-point game of the season with 21 against the Gauchos. That puts Fipps over the 1,000-point plateau for her career, the 16th UCD player to achieve that milestone.
The Numbers Game...31: The Aggies hit 31 free throws against UCSB, the most for the program since the same number against San Jose State on November 16, 2011.
For Openers: UC Irvine came away with a home split last week against its Big West opponents, beating UC Santa Barbara, 77-60, and losing a tight contest to Cal Poly, 84-79.
A Lot Of Spinazze: Senior Lauren Spinazze had quite the night against UCSB, putting up career highs in points (12) and rebounds (9). It was Spinazze’s first double figure scoring game of the season.
Buckley Pouring It On: Senior Camille Buckley has been in a force in the paint her four three games, averaging 24.0 points and 17.5 rebounds. In that span, she has one 30-point game and two 20+ rebound contests. Her 26 boards against Cal Poly set a school record, tied the high in the country this season and was just one off tying the Big West single game mark.
The Numbers Game...1: For the first time this season, senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto didn’t reach double figures in scoring in back-to-back games.
For Openers: UC Riverside fell to 0-7 in the Big West thanks to a 71-61 loss to Cal State Northridge at home. It was the Highlanders’ only game last week and extended its losing streak to 13.
This Is New: Sophomore Brittany Crain had her second straight nine-point game against CSUN, the first time in her career that she has gone back-to-back games without scoring double figures. Crain also fell out of the overall scoring lead in the Big West as her 18.5-point average is just .1 behind leader Molly Schlemer of Cal Poly.
Annelise Double: Sophomore Annelise Ito came away with her third double double against the Matadors, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Her three double doubles are tied for third in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...16.0: UC Riverside is forcing 16.0 turnovers per game during Big West play, up from its season average of 15.5 per outing.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara’s losing streak hit three games after a pair of road Big West losses last week. The Gauchos lost to UC Irvine, 77-60, and UC Davis, 82-70. UCSB now stands at 1-6 in the league standings.
Clair Settling In: Junior Clair Watkins has picked up her play in the frontcourt of late, averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over her last two contests. Those numbers are up from her season averages of 4.7 points and 4.7 rebounds.
You Can Go Home: Senior Melissa Zornig played in front of family and friends against UCI, scoring 12 points, hitting three from downtown and picking up three assists. Zornig is from nearby Coto de Caza.
The Numbers Game...14.3: UC Santa Barbara leads the Big West and ranks 43rd in the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game (14.3). The Gauchos have only committed 23 turnovers in their last two games.
For Openers: Hawai’i lost a pair of tight road games last week in Big West play, falling to Long Beach State, 74-72, and Cal State Northridge in overtime, 75-72. The losses dropped UH to 4-3 in the Big West.
Bounce Back: Senior Kamilah Jackson had a rare off game against LBSU, scoring just two points and picking up a rebound before fouling out in only eight minutes. Jackson picked it back up against CSUN with 23 points, 13 rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes.
Record Setting Ashleigh: Junior Ashleigh Karaitiana had a career-best day against the Matadors, pouring in a personal-best 28 points while playing all 45 minutes. Included in that was a UH single-game record six three-pointers.
The Numbers Game...4: Hawai’i is in the middle of a four-game road trip, its longest road swing of the season. UH will stay on the mainland during its four-game jaunt away from the islands.