LBSU Looks To Extend Lengthy Win Streak Against CSUN
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This Week In The Big West - January 19-25, 2015
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11
Highlighting an exciting week of women's hoops is a matchup between defending Big West champion CSUN and current league leader Long Beach State. The 49ers are looking to extend an incredible 15-game win streak.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly split a pair of conference home games last week, starting with an 85-74 loss to Long Beach State and ending with a 63-54 victory over CSUN. This week the Mustangs hit the road for a pair of matchups against Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.
Getting It Dynn: Freshman Dynn Leaupepe had the best game of her collegiate career against the 49ers. She set a career-high with 27 points and equaled her personal best in rebounds (11) and steals (3) while only playing 26 minutes.
Making It Tough: The Mustangs have allowed just 61.2 points per game during its hot start to conference play. The squad allowed 70.3 points per game to their non-conference opposition.
The Numbers Game...2,047: Cal Poly had 2,047 fans watch its game against defending Big West champion CSUN, the second most in program history.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton went 1-1 in its Big West road games last week, defeating UC Irvine, 62-51, before falling to UC Davis, 64-59. The Titans will entertain the Central Coast squads this week in the friendly confines of Titan Gym.
Record Breaking Defense: CSF was a defensive wall in the first half against UCI, allowing just 12 points on 5-for-27 shooting. It is the fewest points allowed in a half in program history, topping the 13 points the 1970 team gave up to Cal Western on February 19, 1970.
Don’t Forget The Butler: Senior Tailer Butler is off to a tremendous start in conference play, averaging 14.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She is also hitting 3.3 threes per contest, the second-best figure in the league.
The Numbers Game...14: Senior Chante Miles has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games.
For Openers: CSUN split its two Big West games last week, the second week in a row the club went 1-1 against conference opposition. The Matadors defeated UC Santa Barbara, 81-46, and lost to Cal Poly, 63-54. CSUN will look to end the one-up, one-down string this week with a pair of road games against UC Irvine and league-leading Long Beach State.
Filling It Up: Senior Camille Mahlknecht was a stat stuffer off the bench against the Mustangs. She scored six points, pulled down 13 rebounds, blocked one shot, picked up two steals and one assist in 23 minutes.
Tessa Adjusting Nicely: Freshman Tessa Boagni has adjusted to the American collegiate game well, averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game. The New Zealand native has increased her production in her three Big West games, averaging 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 24.7 minutes.
The Numbers Game...26: CSUN recorded a season-best 26 assists against UCSB.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State has now won 15 games in a row after a pair of road victories last week. LBSU topped Cal Poly, 85-74, and UC Santa Barbara, 81-44. The Beach has a single game this week, a home encounter Saturday against defending Big West champion CSUN.
Scoring Point Guard: Usually the facilitator of the offense, senior Hallie Meneses shouldered the scoring load against the Mustangs. She scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-11 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line. It was just her second 20-point game, the previous one coming at UC Riverside in 2012.
Feed The Raven: Sophomore Raven Benton is emerging as a go-to player during conference play, averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, while shooting 54.8% from the floor and 41.2% from three-point land.
The Numbers Game...9: Senior Alex Sanchez is just nine points away from 1,000 points for her career.
For Openers: UC Davis moved to 3-1 on the Big West season with a pair of home wins last week. The Aggies topped UC Riverside, 70-61, and Cal State Fullerton, 64-59. UCD has just one game this week, a home contest against Hawai’i Thursday.
Sydnee Outclassed Herself: Senior Sydnee Fipps tied a career-high with 29 points against the Highlanders, hitting on 10-of-15 from the floor, 5-of-9 from deep and 4-of-6 from the foul line. Fipps also pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds for her first double double of the season and fifth of her career.
Dani, Dani Dani: Freshman Dani Nafekh scored a career-high 17 points against the Titans to lead UCD to the win. It was the first double digit scoring game of her collegiate career.
The Numbers Game...10-4: UC Davis is 10th in the NCAA in three-pointers made per game (8.6) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.393)
For Openers: UC Irvine lost its lone game last week, a 62-51 setback against Cal State Fullerton. UCI will look to snap a three-game losing skid this week as it hosts both CSUN and Hawai’i in the Bren Events Center.
New Year, New Irene: Sophomore Irene Chavez has turned into a top offensive weapon for UCI since the New Year. She is averaging 15.0 points, scored in double figures in three of her four contests and has shot 47.6% (10-21) from three-point land since January 1. Chavez also put up a career-best 22 points against the Titans.
All Around Mokun: Sophomore Mokun Fajemisin appears on several lists among the Big West leaders. She is 13th in scoring (11.1), second in rebounding (7.3), third in blocks (1.39) and third in free throws made (62).
The Numbers Game...33, 42: UC Irvine posted the season’s top free throws made (33) and attempted (42) figures against Concordia on January 4.
For Openers: UC Riverside dropped back-to-back games for the first time since early December last week, falling on the road to UC Davis, 70-61, and Hawai’i, 69-58. UCR will look to snap the losing skid this week with a pair of home games against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Number 6: For the sixth time this season, junior Brittany Crain surpassed the 30-point plateau. Crain put up 34 points in the loss to the Aggies, marking the second time this season she recorded 30-plus points in back-to-back games. Crain is tops in the Big West and fifth in the nation in scoring at 23.6 points per game.
Ito Returns: Junior Annelise Ito returned from injury to post two solid games in the losses. Against UCD, Ito scored 11 points and added five rebounds in 28 minutes. In an identical 28 minutes against the Rainbow Wahine, Ito nearly delivered the same line with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Numbers Game...9: The Highlanders are ninth in the NCAA and lead the Big West with a 1.34 assist to turnover ratio.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost a pair of Big West games last week, falling at CSUN, 81-46, and at home to Long Beach State, 81-44. UCSB will seek its first win of the season on the road this week with contests against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
Roping In A Career High: Freshman Makala Roper scored a career-high 15 points against the 49ers, hitting on three of her five attempts from beyond the arc.
Lending A Helping Hand: Sophomore Onome Jemerigbe seems to know exactly how many assists she wants to hand out per game. Jemerigbe has recorded five assists in each of her last four games after reaching that number just once in the previous 12 games.
The Numbers Game...25: Roper has hit 25 of the 38 three-pointers UCSB has made this season.
For Openers: Hawai’i returned home for its first Big West in front of the home fans and responded with a 69-58 win over UC Riverside. It was a short trip back home for UH as it heads back to the mainland this week for games against UC Davis and UC Irvine.
King Is Wild: Junior Destiny King recorded a career-high 17 points against the Highlanders, but she also put up nine rebounds, a career-best six steals, four assists and a block in a personal-high 39 minutes.
Return From Injury: Seniors Ashleigh Karaitiana and Shawna-Lei Kuehu returned to the court from injury and each aided in the win. Karaitiana had 15 points, nine rebound and four assists in 35 minutes as a starter, while Kuehu had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...+5.1: Hawai’i is plus-5.1 on the glass this season, tops in the Big West.