League Leaders Set To Face Off This Week In Women's Basketball
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 15
Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge, the current leaders atop the Big West standings, will play their second matchup of the conference season this week. The Mustang/Matador game will be in Mott Gym, a place Cal Poly hasn't lost all season.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly stayed atop the Big West with a tight 62-60 home win over Hawai’i. The Mustangs are now 8-1 in league play and 9-0 at home.
Odessey to 1,001: Senior Molly Schlemer scored 20 points against the Rainbow Wahine, putting her at 1,001 points for her career.
Girl On Fire: Junior Ariana Elegado recorded her second straight 20-point outing with 25 against UH. Elegado is averaging 18.3 points during conference play, up from her 15.5 point per game average in non-conference play.
The Numbers Game...81.6: Cal Poly leads the Big West during conference play with a 81.6 scoring average. The Hawai’i game snapped a three-game string of 80+ point games for the Mustangs.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton split its home conference games last week, beating UC Riverside, 60-57, and losing to Cal State Northridge, 76-54. CSF is now 4-4 in Big West games, just one win shy of their total from 2013.
You Can Call It A Comeback: Facing an 18-point halftime deficit, the Titans rallied and pulled out a three-point win over the Highlanders. CSF outscored UCR 42-21 in the second half, holding them to just 32.1% from the floor.
Thomas Delivers: Senior Alex Thomas kept her recent hot streak going with 24 points against UC Riverside. It was her second straight 20-point scoring game in a row and bested her previous career-best of 23 set on January 18 against UC Davis.
The Numbers Game...10.9: Thomas is averaging 19.5 points per game during conference play, up from her 8.6 point per game average in 13 non-conference games.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge went 1-1 in Big West games last week, losing to UC Davis at home, 82-74, and beating Cal State Fullerton on the road, 76-54.
Bench Power: Junior Camille Mahlknecht picked up her second double double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds against UCD. Mahlknecht also posted two blocks, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes off the bench.
Guay Leads The Way: Junior Ashlee Guay is all over the leaderboard in Big West play, ranking fifth in scoring (18.1), sixth in field goal percentage (.455), sixth in assists (3.9), second in free throw shooting (.882), second in three-point percentage (.475) and tops in threes made (29).
The Numbers Game...7: Junior Cinnamon Lister has 60 made threes on the season, just seven shy of setting a single-season program record.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State is now 5-4 on the Big West season thanks to a split of games a week ago. The 49ers fell to UC Irvine on the road, 78-58, then came back to win at home over UC Riverside, 65-52. LBSU has won three of its past four despite numerous injury concerns.
Takeaway Jade: Senior Jade Wilson had six steals against UCI, matching the season-best for the 49ers this season. Wilson has recorded at least one steal in each of her last seven games.
Raven Bounces Back: Freshman Raven Benton had the typical highs and lows of a first year player last week. Benton scored just six points on 1-of-9 shooting in 15 foul plagued minutes against the Anteaters, then came back with a 19-point, eight-rebound effort in 25 minutes against UCR.
The Numbers Game...8-0: Long Beach State is 8-0 when four players reach double figures.
For Openers: UC Davis moved to 5-4 in Big West action after a road split. The squad dropped Cal State Northridge, 82-74, then fell in a tough overtime contest to UC Irvine, 79-73.
Scorch The Nets: The Aggies scored 82 points against CSUN thanks to blistering shooting performance in all facets. UCD shot 60.0% (24-40) from the field, 50.0% (9-18) from three-point land and hit 89.3% (25-28) from the free throw line.
Five Is Nice: Five players scored in double figures against CSUN, the first time the Aggies have accomplished that since January 2, 2011 against...Cal State Northridge.
The Numbers Game...14: Sophomore Molly Greubel recorded a school record 14 assists against the Anteaters, breaking a record that had stood since March 10, 1990. Greubel was also the first Aggie with double-digit assists since 2004.
For Openers: UC Irvine won both its Big West games at home last week, moving to 5-4 in league play. The Anteaters defeated Long Beach State, 78-58, and outlasted UC Davis in overtime, 79-73.
Tongue Twisting Game: Junior Methlyn Onogomuho was dazzling against the Aggies, putting up career highs in points (20) and rebounds (13). This came one game after she recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds against LBSU.
Dominate That Glass: Senior Camille Buckley picked up 21 rebounds against the 49ers, her third 20+ rebound game of the season. Buckley leads the Big West and ranks 21st in the NCAA in rebounding (10.8).
The Numbers Game...2: UC Irvine won back-to-back conference games for the first time since February 16 and 21, 2013.
For Openers: UC Riverside fell to 0-9 in the Big West with a pair of road losses last week. The club fell to Cal State Fullerton, 60-57, and to Long Beach State, 65-52. UCR has lost 15 games in a row.
Back to 20: Sophomore Brittany Crain put up 20 points against the 49ers, her first such game since January 18 against Hawai’i. The four game run was her longest 20-point drought of the season.
Simone The Starter: Freshman Simone DeCoud has picked up her play since being reinserted into the starting lineup five games ago. DeCoud is averaging 12.8 points, 3.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds over that span.
The Numbers Game...2: For only the second time this season, UC Riverside failed to hit a three-pointer in its game against LBSU. The only other time was a loss to Alaska Anchorage on November 26.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost its fourth in a row last week, a 63-60 setback to Hawai’i at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos are now 1-7 in Big West action.
Zorning Zeroes In: Senior Melissa Zorning is one of the league’s top three-point shooters, canning 37.4% from beyond the arc. She is leading the Big West during conference play with a 57.1% conversion rate from three-point land.
Freshman No More: Freshman Onome Jemerigbe has three double-digit scoring games this season, two of which have come in the last four games. She made a career-best four field goals against UH and canned both of her free throw tries.
The Numbers Game...43.6: UC Santa Barbara is hitting on 43.6% (34-78) of its three-point attempts during Big West play, the best figure in the league.
For Openers: Hawai’i picked up a split of road Big West games last week, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 63-60, and losing to Cal Poly, 62-60. UH is now 5-4 in conference play.
Clutch At The Stripe: The Rainbow Wahine are shooting a solid 70.3% from the foul line this season, and exceeded that number in the tight win over UCSB. UH hit 22-of-24 from the line in the victory, a 91.7% showing.
Playing Like A King: Sophomore Destiny King was an all-around force all week long for Hawai’i. King had 10 points and three rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes aginst the Gauchos. She then followed that up with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes against the Mustangs.
The Numbers Game...+5.3: Hawai’i leads the Big West in rebounding margin at +5.3. UH’s margin is 4.0 better than second place UC Irvine.