Pair of ESPN3 Showdowns Highlight Women's Hoops Action
Big West Women's Basketball Release No. 16
Two games get the ESPN3 treatment on the women's basketball docket this week. UC Davis heads to the Pyramid to take on Long Beach State Thursday, then league-leading Cal State Northridge travels to Orange County to take on UC Irvine Saturday.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly went a surprising 0-2 in Big West home games last week. The Mustangs lost to Cal State Northridge, 83-57, and Long Beach State, 85-72. The two losses were the first at Mott Gym for the club this season.
First Time In A Long Time: Cal Poly dropped back-to-back conference games for the first time since January 24 and 26, 2013. The club also lost two in a row at home in Big West play for the first time since a five game home losing string from January 18-March 6, 2008.
Jonae’s Return: Senior Jonae Ervin returned from injury against the Matadors and went scoreless with one assist in 10 minutes. She was back to her normal self against the 49ers, scoring 17 points and handing out nine assists in 35 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...6: Cal Poly’s 57 points against CSUN was its lowest in Big West play and six points higher than its season low of 51 against Stanford on November 15.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton went to 5-5 in the Big West with a split of road games last week. The Titans pulled out a close 65-62 win over UC Davis, then dropped a 65-52 decision to Hawai’i.
Thomas Filling It Up: Senior Alex Thomas put up 22 points against UCD, then set her career-best with 25 points against UH. She now has six 20-point outings during Big West play, accounting for all of her 20-point showings this season.
Thomas Again: Thomas went 15-of-19 from the foul line against the Rainbow Wahine, setting career-highs in both areas. She was one shy of the school single-game record for made free throws and three short of the Titan single-game mark.
The Numbers Game...0: Cal State Fullerton went 0-for-14 from the three-point line against Hawai’i, the first time since December 9, 2005 against Fresno State that CSF failed to convert at least one three-pointer in a game.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
For Openers: Cal State Northridge went 2-0 to grab first place in the Big West. The Matadors defeated Cal Poly on the road, 83-57, then returned home to down UC Santa Barbara, 78-54.
A Couple Of Firsts: CSUN picked up a couple of achievements over the successful weekend. The squad defeated Cal Poly on the road for the first time since 2005, then picked up a win at home over UC Santa Barbara for the first time since 1984.
Mahlknecht’s House: Junior Camille Mahlknecht had a record-breaking game against UCSB. Mahlknecht grabbed a school Division I single-game record 22 rebounds, and tied the Matador DI single-game mark for offensive rebounds with 12. Mahlknecht also added five blocks to raise her career total to a program record 201
The Numbers Game...67: Junior Cinnamon Lister has 67 made threes on the season, a single-season CSUN record that had stood since the 1998-99 campaign.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State stands at 6-5 in Big West play after a split of road games in the Central Coast last week. The 49ers lost to UC Santa Barbara, 80-69, then defeated Cal Poly, 85-72.
Clark Becomes Super Woman: Junior Ella Clark recorded a career night in LBSU’s victory over the Mustangs. She picked up career highs in points (23) and steals (4) and was the sixth 49er to record 20 or more points in a game this season.
Raven’s Third: Freshman Raven Benton picked up her team-leading third double double of the season against UCSB, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...10.1: Long Beach State leads the Big West and ranks 34th in the NCAA with 10.1 steals per game. The 49ers also force 20.3 turnovers per contest, tops in the Big West and nearly three turnovers better than second place.
For Openers: UC Davis dropped to 5-5 in league play after losing its only game of the week, a home setback to Cal State Fullerton by a 65-62 score.
Twos? No Time For That: Junior Sydnee Fipps scored 20 points against the Titans, doing the bulk of that scoring from beyond the three-point line. Fipps hit six threes in 11 attempts, while taking and making her only two point attempt of the night. Fipps also didn’t attempt a free throw for just the third time in 23 games.
Honoring Genevieve: The Aggies’ home game Saturday against Hawai’i is their annual “Pink Game”. The program will don pink jerseys that have a patch and name plate honoring former player Genevieve Costello, who passed away to breast cancer in 2013.
The Numbers Game...2: UC Davis makes its ESPN3 debut this week, playing in a road game against Long Beach State. It’s actually the second televised game for the Aggies this season, following a contest at top ranked Connecticut on December 5 that was also aired on ESPN3.
For Openers: UC Irvine lost its only Big West game a week ago, an 87-75 setback on the road to UC Riverside. The loss evened the Anteaters’ conference record to 5-5.
Nothing New Here: Senior Camille Buckley was her usual dominant self against UCR, picking up 28 points and 15 rebounds for her 11th double double on the season. Buckley is averaging 17.0 points and a conference-best 11.0 rebounds per game, but has been even better in Big West play with 20.0 points and 13.2 rebounds per outing.
The Other Big: Senior Jasmine Bernard occasionally gets lost in Buckley’s shadow but has put together a fine season. Bernard is averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 15.1 minutes per game. She has also hit double figures in three of her past four games.
The Numbers Game...5: UC Irvine’s offense has been clicking of late as the club has scored at least 75 points in each its past five games.
For Openers: UC Riverside went 1-1 last week, losing to Hawai’i on the road by a 67-54 count, then coming back home to defeat UC Irvine, 87-75. The win over UCI was the first in conference play for the Highlanders.
Streaks Snapped: UCR snapped a number of streaks with its win over the Anteaters. The squad had lost a program record 16 games in a row, 18 straight in league play and 16 consecutive at the SRC Arena.
Brittany Back To 20: Sophomore Brittany Crain scored 21 points against UH and 22 more against UCI, upping her consecutive 20-point outings to three. Its her longest streak since a four game 20-point run from January 9-18.
The Numbers Game...7, 19, 53: Down by seven at the half against UC Irvine, UC Riverside outscored its opponent by 19 in the second half to come away with the win. In all, the Highlanders outscored the Anteaters 53-34 in the second half.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara snapped a four-game losing streak with home win over Long Beach State, 80-69. The Gauchos couldn’t make it back-to-back wins as they fell to Cal State Northridge on the road, 78-54. The loss to the Matadors was the first for UCSB in the Matadome since 1984.
Five Is Nice: UC Santa Barbara had five double figure scorers against the 49ers, the first time that has happened under Carlene Mitchell. All five double digit scorers were starters as the unit scored all but eight of the Gauchos’ 80 points.
80 Is Tops: The Gauchos scored a season-high 80 points against LBSU, topping its previous best of 78 against Seattle on December 28. UCSB is 5-4 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
The Numbers Game...8: Senior Melissa Zornig has hit at least two threes in eight consecutive games. During that span, Zornig is shooting a blistering 52.4% (22-42) from beyond the arc.
For Openers: Hawai’i improved to 7-4 in the Big West thanks to a pair of home wins last week. The Rainbow Wahine downed UC Riverside, 67-54, and Cal State Fullerton, 65-52.
Back To Kamilah: Senior Kamilah Jackson recorded her 12th double double of the season against UCR, picking up 13 points and 14 rebounds. It was her first double double in four contests.
Mason Putting In Work: Junior Morgan Mason had a productive weekend in UH’s return to the islands. Against UCR, Mason recorded a career-best in points (15) and assists (3), while tying her career-high in rebounds (7). One game later against CSF, Mason scored 11 points, pulled down five rebounds and added an assist.
The Numbers Game...1/27/11: Hawai’i played without Jackson against the Titans, the first time since January 27, 2011 that the Rainbow Wahine played a game without their star forward.