ESPN3 Showdown Features Titans Visiting League-Leading Long Beach State
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This Week In The Big West - January 26-February 1, 2015
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 12
Big games dot the women's hoops landscape this week, highlighted by an ESPN3 showdown between Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State in the Walter Pyramid Saturday.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly picked up a split of its Southern California conference road trip last week, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 57-48, and falling to UC Riverside, 82-78. The Mustangs will return home for its two Big West games this week, as they face off against UC Davis and UC Irvine.
Pouring Out The Ale: Senior Kristen Ale led the club to the win over the Titans with 20 points and four assists. It was her first 20-point scoring game of the season.
Clutch At The Line: Senior Ariana Elegado has been nearly automatic at the free throw line against conference foes, shooting 93.8% (15-16) which is tops in Big West play.
The Numbers Game...444: Senior Taryn Garza has collected 444 rebounds in her collegiate career, including at her previous stop at former Big West member Pacific.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton went 1-1 at home against its Central Coast opposition last week, losing to Cal Poly, 57-48, and defeating UC Santa Barbara, 54-50. The Titans’ lone matchup this week is a big one, a road game at league-leading Long Beach State Saturday live on ESPN3.
Kathleen Returns: Senior Kathleen Iwuoha returned to the CSF lineup against the Gauchos after a three-game injury absence. Iwuoha put up 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes off the bench.
No Fouls: Head coach Daron Park’s club is one of the stingiest teams around, ranking third in the Big West by allowing 61.4 points per game. Cal State Fullerton also doesn’t give up many free points allowing just 13.9 free throw attempts per contest and fouling the opposition only 15.3 times per outing.
The Numbers Game...16: Senior Chante Miles has scored in double figures in 16 consecutive games.
For Openers: CSUN picked up two big wins last week on the road, defeating UC Irvine, 72-63, and Long Beach State, 67-52. The Matador win over the 49ers snapped LBSU’s 15-game win streak. CSUN will look to keep the momentum this week with a home game against UC Riverside and a road trip to Hawai’i.
Back Among The First Five: Senior Camille Mahlknecht started both games for CSUN last week and delivered two efficient lines. Against the Anteaters, Mahlknecht put up eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes. Two days later, she recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds against LBSU. She also added a pair of blocks and steals in 25 minutes.
CSUN’s Jazzy J: Junior Jasmine Johnson was a force on the glass over the two contests, averaging 10.0 rebounds off the bench. That included a career-high 15 rebounds against UCI.
The Numbers Game...350: Senior Janae Sharpe is second in career assists in program history, having recorded 350 helpers over her three-plus year career.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State lost its only game of the week, a 67-52 setback at home to defending Big West champion CSUN. The loss snapped the 49ers’ 15-game win streak and was their first loss in conference play this season. LBSU will look to rebound with a pair of games this week, a road contest against Hawai’i and an ESPN3 televised home contest against Cal State Fullerton.
It’s Going In: Junior Devin Hudson has only attempted 34 shots in five conference games, but the center has converted at a league-leading clip of 52.9%.
Thats What Long Beach Does: Despite the loss LBSU did what it does best against the Matadors, take it away and force mistakes. The 49er defense recorded 13 steals and forced 22 turnovers, building on its league-leading 11.2 steals and 23.4 turnovers forced per game.
The Numbers Game...7: Senior Alex Sanchez is just seven points away from 1,000 points for her career.
For Openers: UC Davis lost its only game last week, a 58-53 setback to Hawai’i. The Aggies will hit the road this week for a pair of games in the Central Coast against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
Doherty’s Double: Junior Alyson Doherty recorded her Big West best fifth double double against UH. Doherty scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
Year Of The Marfone: Junior Celia Marfone has been relentless on the boards since the New Year, averaging 9.7 rebounds per game in her six games. Marfone has recorded double digit rebounds in five of the six games that UCD has played since the New Year.
The Numbers Game...33.1%: UC Davis is allowing teams to shoot just 33.1% during league play, the top figure in the Big West.
For Openers: UC Irvine fell in a pair of home Big West games last week, losing to CSUN by a 72-63 score and Hawai’i by an 85-50 final. UCI hits the road this week for a pair of games in the Central Coast, first against UC Santa Barbara and then against Cal Poly.
Merrill’s Top Effort: Sophomore Ashley Merrill had her best game as member of UCI against the Matadors, scoring 12 points and grabbing three rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Chavez The Shooter: Sophomore Irene Chavez is averaging 2.2 made threes per contest during Big West play, the best on the team and tied for sixth in the league.
The Numbers Game...3.6, 4.6: UC Irvine is second in the Big West in blocks per game at 3.6 per contest. Against league foes, the Anteaters are leading the conference with 4.6 blocks per game.
For Openers: UC Riverside picked up a pair of impressive home wins last week, beginning with an 89-74 win over UC Santa Barbara and culminating in an 82-78 win over Cal Poly. The Highlanders visit CSUN in their lone game of the week.
80-80 Vision: UC Riverside’s offense was in high gear against its two foes last week, averaging 85.5 points per game. They were the first back-to-back 80-point games for UCR since the first two games of the season.
Another Return: A week after UCR welcomed back junior Annelise Ito from injury, the club welcomed back sophomore Simone DeCoud to the lineup against Cal Poly. DeCoud, last season’s Freshman of the Year, recorded 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes off the bench.
The Numbers Game...3: Freshman Michelle Curry leads the team and is tied for fifth in the Big West with three double-double this season.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara had a pair of tough defeats last week, falling on the road to UC Riverside, 89-74, and Cal State Fullerton, 54-50. The Gauchos return to the Thunderdome this week for league contests against UC Irvine and UC Davis.
Crash Course in Ropes: Freshman Makala Roper scored a career-high 23 points against the Highlanders, hitting five three-pointers in the process. Roper had 17 of those points in the second half and leads the Gauchos during conference play with 10.8 points per game.
Conference Leader: Sophomore Onome Jemerigbe leads the Big West during conference play with 5.6 assists per game. She has recorded at least five assists in every Big West game so far this season.
The Numbers Game...3: Senior Kristine Brance hit a season-high three three-pointers against the Titans. She came into the game having hit five threes all season.
For Openers: Hawai’i won a pair of road games last week to move to 3-2 on the Big West season. The Rainbow Wahine beat UC Davis, 58-53, and topped UC Irvine, 85-50. UH will return home to begin a four-game homestand at the Stan Sheriff Center, beginning with games against Long Beach State and CSUN this week.
King Is Wild (Again): One game after scoring a career-high 17 against UC Riverside, junior Destiny King matched that output against UCD. King added nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 35 minutes.
Upping The Offense: The Rainbow Wahine have picked up the offense pace this season, averaging 70.2 points which ranks second in the Big West. That is up from the 64.1 average the club registered a year ago.
The Numbers Game...11: Hawai’i had 11 players log double digit minutes against the Anteaters, all of which recorded at least one point.