Hawai'i Embarks On Seven-Game Homestand, Home Dates Dot Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 2
A plethora of home games are on the docket for Big West women's hoops this week, led by Hawai'i's home matchup against No. 14 California. That game kicks off a seven-game home stand for the Rainbow Wahine.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly opened up the season with a single game last weekend, a 67-56 setback against Fresno State. The Mustangs will look for a sweep of a pair of WCC clubs this week as they travel to Loyola Marymount and host Portland in their home opener.
Sister Sister: Freshman Twin sisters Dynn and Lynn Leaupepe had a solid debut for the Mustangs against the Bulldogs. Dynn logged a start and recorded 15 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes, while Lynn came off the bench and chipped in nine points, five rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes.
Cold From Deep: Cal Poly, one of the league’s top three-point shooting teams a year ago, struggled from beyond the arc against Fresno State. The Mustangs shot just 26.3% (5-19) from downtown, after leading the Big West in three-point shooting percentage last year at 34.3%.
The Numbers Game...13: Senior forward Taryn Garza collected a career-best 13 rebounds against Fresno State.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton kicked off its 2014-15 campaign at home but couldn’t get a win over Montana State, falling by 63-47 score. The Titans will have a pair of games this week as they travel south to take on San Diego before coming back home for a weekend matchup against Villanova.
Expect More Of The Same: Senior forward Kathleen Iwuoha nearly put up a double double against the Bobcats, scoring seven points and collecting 11 rebounds. Iwuoha led the team in double doubles a year ago with four.
Miles Ahead: Senior Chante Miles led the Titan offense with 12 points and added six assists, three rebounds and three steals while playing all 40 minutes. Last season Miles played seven games in which she did not sub out of the contest.
The Numbers Game...5: Of the eight players that logged minutes against Montana State, five of them were making their debut performances for Cal State Fullerton.
For Openers: CSUN opened its Big West title defense with a pair of home wins over Idaho and Sacramento State. The Matadors downed the Vandals, 67-50, then defeated the Hornets, 81-66. CSUN has a difficult slate against a pair of WCC clubs in a road game at Brigham Young and a home contest against Portland.
Shoot the J: CSUN was on fire against Sacramento State, hitting on a blistering 68.3% (28-of-41) of its field goal tries. The shooting percentage set a program Division I record.
998 On the Board: Senior Janae Sharpe scored 25 points against Idaho and added 16 more against Sacramento State, giving her 998 points for her career. Two more points and Sharpe will be the second active CSUN player with 1,000 career points joining fellow senior Ashlee Guay.
The Numbers Game...0: CSUN has never defeated Brigham Young, dropping the previous four contests between the two.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State picked up an impressive pair of victories last week, an 85-73 win over Seattle and a 74-62 road win over San Diego State. The 49ers look to continue the momentum this week as the club takes on Pac-12 foe USC in the friendly confines of Walter Pyramid.
All-Around Alex: After struggling through most of last season due to injury, senior Alex Sanchez is off to a hot start. The do-it-all guard averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 24.0 minutes per game off the bench in the two wins last weekend.
The Depth Is There: Long Beach State will lean once again on its depth and the results of the first two games back that up. Of the 10 players that logged minutes in the first two contests, all have scored with seven of them reaching double figures.
The Numbers Game...10: Long Beach State won its first two games to start a season for the first time since 2004-05, a span of 10 years.
For Openers: UC Davis faced the two-time defending champion, top-ranked Connecticut at home in its season opener last week, falling to the Huskies by a 102-43 final. It is the second straight season the Aggies have taken on UConn, falling last season in Storrs, Conn.
There Will Be 3s: The Aggies take on two regional rivals this week in Sacramento State and Saint Mary’s, but its the Causeway Cup matchup against the Hornets that is sure to turn heads. Last season CSUS put up 1,171 threes while UCD put up 729. So far this season the Hornets have attempted 93 from downtown in two games, while the Aggies put up 28 threes in their lone game against UConn.
496 And Its Hers: Senior Sydney Fipps is on a record setting pace as she entered 2014-15 “just” 496 points away from becoming UCD’s all-time leading scorer. After scoring 512 points as a sophomore and 548 as a junior, Fipps seems a safe bet to surpass Carol Rische’s (1979-83) 1,711 career points.
The Numbers Game...4,712: The announced attendance against UConn set a program record, topping the previous mark of 4,675 against Chico State on January 23, 1999.
For Openers: UC Irvine split its Arizona road trip last weekend, falling to Northern Arizona by a 66-35 score and beating Grand Canyon, 54-53. The Anteaters will play in a pair of home games this week against Pepperdine and San Jose State.
Mo From Mokun: Sophomore Mokun Fajemisin had a big day against the Antelopes, scoring a career-hgh 21 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds. She shot 7-of-13 from the floor and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Defend, Defend, Defend: UC Irvine’s offensive struggles haven’t spilled over to the defensive end as the club was been strong on that end of the floor. The ‘Eaters lead the league in scoring defense (59.5) and field goal percentage defense (.311).
The Numbers Game...3: UC Irvine has hit only three shots from beyond the arc over its first two games of the season. A year ago, the Anteaters averaged 6.2 made threes a contest.
For Openers: UC Riverside began the season with a home victory over Santa Clara, 80-69. The victory snapped a four-game losing skid and a six-game non-conference losing streak, both dating to last season.
Crain Style: Junior Brittany Crain picked up right where she left off last season, scoring 29 points and adding eight rebounds. Crain hit 10-of-12 from the field and committed only one turnover in 40 minutes.
Super Soph: Sophomore Simone Decoud, last season’s Freshman of the Year, showed she has no plans to endure a sophomore slump. Decoud scored 19 points, pulled down six rebounds and hit 9-of-11 from the foul line in her 28 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...25: The Highlanders forced 25 Bronco turnovers, eight more than per game average UCR forced a year ago.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost its first two games of the season, a 71-58 setback on the road to Nevada and a 47-44 loss to Idaho. The Gauchos will look to bounce back in a pair of games this week, a home date against Santa Clara and a road contest against Northern Arizona.
Watkins The Glass Cleaner: Senior Clair Watkins was a force on the glass over the first two games, nabbing eight rebounds against Nevada and 11 against Idaho.
Gaucho D: UC Santa Barbara struggled on defense last year but put some some vintage numbers against the Vandals. The Gauchos allowed just 34.0% from the field and forced 18 turnovers in the tight loss. The team also held Idaho to less than 50 points after allowing each 2013-14 opponent to surpass that number.
The Numbers Game...25: UC Santa Barbara picked up 25 offensive rebounds over its first two games.
For Openers: Hawai‘i opened up with a pair of wins on the mainland, defeating Colorado State in overtime, 63-58, and toppling Denver, 60-58. It’s the first time the Rainbow Wahine start 2-0 since the 2002-03 season.
Hanging On The Island: The ‘Bows will have an extended stay at home at the club plays its next seven games at the Stan Sheriff Center. The seven-game homestand includes games against nationally-ranked foes California, North Carolina and Stanford.
Mason’s Clutch Weekend: Senior Morgan Mason had a clutch weekend to lead the ‘Bows to both wins. Against the Rams, Mason hit a three in overtime to give UH a late four point lead. The Pioneers saw even more of Mason as she scored the Hawai’i’s final 12 points of the game as part of a 23-point effort.
The Numbers Game...0: Hawai’i has never started a season 2-0 on the road until this year.