Teams Resume Busy Slates Following Exam Breaks
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 6
The Big West women's hoops schedule gets a bit busier this week as the nine teams head back to the court for extra tune up prior to conference play.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly had a single game last week, an overtime defeat to Saint Mary’s at home by a 65-64 score. The Mustangs have a busy week ahead with games against New Mexico State, New Mexico and Colorado State on the road.
Elegado Matches Season High: Senior Ariana Elegado matched her season high with 21 points against the Gaels. Elegado also sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer with just 0.6 left on the clock.
Fast Hands: Cal Poly has shown it has active hands on the defensive end as the club ranks second in the Big West with 9.9 steals per game. The squad also forces 22.5 turnovers per contest, second best in the league.
The Numbers Game...+3.1: Cal Poly has dominated the offensive glass against its foes this season, registering a +3.1 advantage.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped its lone game a week ago, a 57-52 road loss to Fresno State. The game wrapped up a season-long six game road string for the Titans, resulting in a 3-3 record.
Titans Protect The Rock: CSF went into the game against the Bulldogs averaging 18 turnovers per game, but committed a season-low six in the tight loss. It was the first time this season that the Titans won the turnover battle.
Miles On A Streak: Senior Chante Miles scored 12 points in the loss to Fresno State, her seventh straight game of double figure scoring. That is just two off her career-best streak of nine from November 8, 2013 to December 14, 2013.
The Numbers Game...69: Cal State Fullerton has hit 69 threes this season, the second best figure in the Big West.
For Openers: CSUN lost a tight game on the road in overtime to USC by an 85-74 margin, its only game last week. The Matadors will stay on the road this week with matchups against Northern Arizona and San Diego State.
Top 10 To Come: Senior Ashlee Guay is making her way into Big West lore as she needs only nine steals to crack the league’s top 10 career list. Guay is sitting at 248 career thefts and counting.
Sharpe-er Image: Senior Janae Sharpe has nailed 300 career free throws, only the third player in school history to hit that many. Sharpe is also fifth in career assists (314), giving CSUN’s active roster the program’s all-time leader in helpers (Guay) and the player with fifth-leading assists total.
The Numbers Game...59.2: CSUN is allowing just 59.2 points per game, the best figure in the Big West and the lone team in the conference allowing less than 60 points per game
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State topped No. 17 California in its only game of the week, a 58-56 decision in overtime at the Walter Pyramid. The Beach will look to continue its six-game win streak with a trio of home games this week. The squad plays LSU Tuesday, then hosts Florida Atlantic and Pacific as part of the Beach Classic.
DEEE-FENSE: LBSU was a defensive force against the Golden Bears, putting up some eye-popping numbers. The 49ers allowed them to shoot just 40.3% from the field, 0-for-10 from three, forced a season-high 31 turnovers and picked up a season-high 16 steals. The 31 turnovers also led to a season-best 22 points off turnovers.
Gas Was Cheap Then: Long Beach State is 8-1 for the first time since its Final Four team of 1986-87. The win over Cal was also its first over a ranked foe since 2005-06.
The Numbers Game...3: Long Beach State picked up its third win over a Pac-12 program in the past three years.
For Openers: UC Davis dropped both of its games last week, road contests against San Jose State, 89-75, and Arizona State, 72-51. The Aggies will wrap up a three game road swing next Monday against No. 7 Stanford.
Lucky 7’s: Freshman Dani has registered three seven-assist games in her last five outings.
The Sydnee-Alyson Show: Senior Sydnee Fipps and junior Alyson Doherty provided stellar lines in the loss to the Spartans. Fipps scored 22 points, pulled down six rebounds and added three steals, while Doherty put up 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her league-leading third double double of the season.
The Numbers Game...4: Senior forward Sydnee Fipps is only four 20-point outings away from equaling Staci Stevens’ program record.
For Openers: UC Irvine dropped a home matchup against San Diego in its only game last week by an 87-64 score. The Anteaters have one more home game this week Tuesday against Bakersfield before heading to West Lafayette, Ind., for three games at the World Vision Classic hosted by Purdue.
Top Efforts: Sophomore Shereen Sutherland scored 17 points and freshman Tierra Hicks put up 10 points against the Toreros, career-highs for each in the scoring column.
Raelyn Dishes With The Best Of Them: Junior Raelyn-Cheung-Sutton is averaging a team-leading 3.56 assists per game, ranking her sixth in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...2: Senior Methlyn Onogomuho and sophomore Mokun Fajemisin have each put up two double doubles on the season.
For Openers: UC Riverside lost its first game of the week on the road to UCLA by a 57-43 score, but then bounced back with an 81-55 win over Loyola Marymount. The win over the Lions snapped UCR’s season-high three game losing streak.
Not Just Offense: UC Riverside has shown they aren’t just an offensive juggernaut, ranking second in the Big West in opponents’ field goal percentage (37.4). UCR is also tops in the league in scoring margin at +8.8.
Akilah’s Big Night: Junior Akilah Martin scored a career-high 18 points off the bench against LMU, hitting on 4-of-5 from three point land and 6-of-10 overall.
The Numbers Game...15: UC Riverside hit a school record 15 three-pointers against the Lions, shattering the previous mark of 11 that was reached on five occasions. The most recent of those came on February 15, 2014 against UCI.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara fell in its only game of the week, a 66-44 setback at home against Pepperdine. The Gauchos have a single game this week at home against LSU.
Onome Means Efficient: Onome Jemerigbe was efficient in her 32 minutes of action against the Waves. The sophomore scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, handed out two assists and grabbed a steal. She also shot 4-of-8 from the field and hit three of her four free throw attempts.
Brance Steps Up, Knocks It Down: Senior Kristine Brance is who the Gauchos want at the free throw line, knocking down 83.3% (20-24) from the stripe. That number is third in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...2.2: Senior Clair Watkins is second in the Big West in blocks per game at.2.2, one of two players in the league to average better than two blocks an outing.
For Openers: Hawai‘i wrapped up its seven-game homestand with a win over BYU-Hawai’i, 92-40. The Rainbow Wahine will return to the mainland this week for a game against Loyola Marymount.
That’s A Lot Of Points: UH’s 92 points was the most for the program since a 97-point showing in an overtime win over SMU on March 9, 2001.
Record Setter: Senior Shawna-Lei Kuehu scored 15 points to become the 15th Rainbow Wahine player to amass over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
The Numbers Game...9: Hawai’i held BYU-Hawai’i to a program record nine field goals, a school record. The previous low was 11 against San Jose State on January 31, 1996 and against Cal State Fullerton on March 9, 2013.