Holiday Week Offers Light Slate Of Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
The holiday week will have just six games scheduled for Big West women's hoops, highlighted by 9-2 CSUN heading east to the city of Brotherly Love.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly’s losing streak stretched to four games with three losses last week. The Mustangs lost to New Mexico State, 79-65, New Mexico, 84-68, and Colorado State, 65-63. Cal Poly will be off until January 3 when it returns to its home court against Bakersfield.
Elegado Lets It Fly: Senior Ariana Elegado was a three-point marksman last week, hitting on 55.6% (15-of-27) of attempts over the three games. Elegado’s 204 career treys are 10th in Big West history, while her seven makes against the Lobos was a season-best.
Right Kind Of Ale: Usually known for her offense, senior Kristen Ale is having a career year passing the ball. Ale picked up a personal-best eight assists against the Rams, part of the 4.3 helpers per game she put up over the Mustangs’ three games a week ago.
The Numbers Game...11: Cal Poly has 11 days between its last game and its next against Bakersfield.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton split its two games at Titan Gym last week, a win over North Dakota State, 86-79, and a loss to Albany by a 71-49 margin. CSF doesn’t have a game this week, playing next at home on December 31 against UMKC.
First Home Win: Cal State Fullerton picked up its first home win of the season over the Jackrabbits, only the third game in Titan Gym this season for the club.
Miles Does It All: Senior Chante Miles was nearly unstoppable with 31 points against NDSU, but she also showed her passing ability with a season-high eight assists and only two turnovers in 38 minutes of action.
The Numbers Game...19: The Titans matched their season high with 19 offensive rebounds against the Great Danes.
For Openers: CSUN bounced back from only its second loss of the season with a pair of road wins last week. The Matadors downed Northern Arizona, 77-71, and San Diego State, 65-54. The two wins pushed the program to its best start (9-2) in its Division I history.
She Can Go Home: San Diego native Ashlee Guay had an excellent game back in her hometown against the Aztecs. The senior scored 17 points and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals over 37 minutes in the victory. Her two steals give her 257 for her career, just two shy of breaking into the top 10 in Big West history.
Step Up, Knock It Down: The Matadors convert freebies from the foul line at an impressive clip, leading the Big West and ranking 27th in the NCAA in free throw percentage at 75.1%.
The Numbers Game...2: Senior Camille Mahlknecht leads the Big West in both rebounds per game (8.9) and blocks per game (2.7).
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State upped its win streak to nine games with three impressive wins last week, all coming at home. The 49ers topped LSU, 59-44, Florida Atlantic, 85-60, and Pacific, 53-43. The last two games were part of the Beach Classic. The wins improved LBSU to 11-1 on the season, its best start since the 1986-87 campaign.
Threes Hard To Come By: LBSU have been masterful at defending the three-pointer, allowing teams to hit on just 22.3% of their attempts. The 49ers have been even better defending the three-point line over their last four games, allowing the opposition to hit just 12.1% (8-66).
That’s So Raven: Sophomore Raven Benton supplied the offense in the win over the Tigers, scoring 18 points in 25 minutes off the bench. It was only the second time Benton came off the bench but she is averaging 15.5 points per game in those contests.
The Numbers Game...10.3: Long Beach State leads the Big West with a +10.3 scoring margin.
For Openers: UC Davis fell in a tightly contested game to No. 15 Stanford, 71-59, in its only game last week. The Aggies fall to 0-2 against ranked foes, having lost their season opener to then top-ranked Connecticut.
Alyson Is Back: Junior Alyson Doherty scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added a pair of blocked shots in the loss to the Cardinal. Doherty is averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on the season, just nine months after a major knee injury.
In Her Sights: Senior Sydnee Fipps scored 13 points against Stanford, moving her career point total to 1,393 which is fourth on the all-time on the UCD list. She is just 21 points shy of third and 46 shy of second.
The Numbers Game...44.6: UC Davis leads the Big West and ranks 37th in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 44.6%.
For Openers: UC Irvine faced a four-game schedule last week, going 1-3 in the busy schedule. The squad started the week with a tight home loss to Bakersfield, 68-66, then headed to the World Vision Classic hosted by Purdue. UCI dropped the first game to the homestanding Boilermakers, 69-44, lost to Wright State, 80-42, then finished up with a win over Denver, 63-55.
Irene Loves Roadrunners: Sophomore Irene Chavez would probably like every opponent to be Bakersfield. Chavez scored a career-best 21 points in the the matchup on December 3, then put up 16 points and hit all four of her threes against CSUB in the rematch on December 16.
Mokun Is All-Tournament: Sophomore Mokun Fajemisin was named to the Vision Classic All-Tournament team after an outstanding run. She capped the tourney with a 20-point, 10-rebound effort in the win over the Pioneers.
The Numbers Game...10: UC Irvine snapped a 10-game losing string with the win over Denver.
For Openers: UC Riverside split a pair of home games to move to 7-4 on the season, losing a tight matchup to Washington, 74-71, and defeating San Diego State, 64-54. UCR will take a break for the Christmas holiday before traveling to the Cyclone Challenge hosted by Iowa State December 29 & 30.
Almost Half: Sophomore Brittany Crain dropped 31 points on the Aztecs, nearly half of the 64 points the Highlanders scored against SDSU. It also marked her fourth 30-point game of the season.
Annelise Tames The Huskies: Junior Annelise Ito put up 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against the Huskies, falling just two shy of her career-high point total. It was also her first 20-point showing of the season.
The Numbers Game...18: UC Riverside came into the week ranked 18th in the NCAA and leading the Big West by converting on 38.3% of its three-point attempts.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara was defeated in its only game last week, a 78-45 setback against LSU. The Gauchos will be off until December 28 when they travel to Stanford.
Makala The Super Sub: Freshman Makala Roper set a career-best with 12 points against the Tigers, hitting on 5-of-14 from the field and adding a pair of threes in 26 minutes off the bench.
Turnovers The Story: The Gauchos committed a season-high 27 turnovers against LSU, just the second time this season the squad has recorded 20+ turnovers.
The Numbers Game...2.1: Senior Clair Watkin is second in the Big West and 46th in the country in blocks per game at 2.1.
For Openers: Hawai‘i went back on the mainland for a pair of games and came away with a 1-1 record. The squad defeated Loyola Marymount, 85-76, then lost to Bakersfield, 78-69. The Rainbow Wahine will return home for a matchup against Hawai’i Pacific next week.
The Highs In The Low: Hawai’i may have lost its first road game of the season against the Roadrunners, but several players picked up career bests. Junior Destiny Mason put up her best in points (15), senior Morgan Mason recorded her top single game effort in assists (8) and sophomore Briana Harris tied her career-high in rebounds (5).
Good When It Counts: In UH’s win over the Lions, the club sank 17 of it’s last 19 free throw attempts. The accuracy from the line helped the team overcome a six point deficit with five minutes to go.
The Numbers Game...3: Hawai’i won its first three road games of the season for the first time since 2005-06.