Hawai'i, winners of five in a row, eye first place as it hosts Central Coast foes UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The five-game run is the team's longest in over eight years.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY For Openers: Cal Poly moved into sole possession of first place thanks to a pair of home victories last week. The Mustangs downed UC Davis, 72-64, and UC Irvine, 74-58, to move to 6-2 in league play. Cal poly hits the road for a single game this week, an encounter with surging Hawai’i.
Elegado The All-Around Threat: Senior Ariana Elegado has been an all around menance during conference play, ranking fourth in points per game (14.5), tops in assists (42), second in assists per game (5.3), fourth in three-pointers made (14) and tops in free throw percentage (94.4%).
Garza On The Glass: Senior Taryn Garza picked up a career-best 14 rebounds against the Aggies, giving her 458 over her collegiate career.
The Numbers Game...11: Eleven players made it into the scoring column for the Mustangs against UCI.
CAL STATE FULLERTON For Openers: Cal State Fullerton lost its only matchup of the week, a tough 74-70 setback on the road to Long Beach State. The Titans, who have dropped three of four, face a pair of road games this week against UC Riverside and CSUN.
More For Chante: Senior Chante Miles scored 25 points against the 49ers, her 17th consecutive double figure scoring game. Miles played the full 40 in the game, the 10th time this season she has gone without a rest.
They Do What They Do: Cal State Fullerton has shown that no matter the opponent, they’ll still use the three-pointer as a weapon. CSF ranks second in the Big West in three-pointers made (8.1), tops in attempts (24.1) and fourth in percentage (33.5%). In conference play, they have nearly identical numbers with 8.2 makes per game, 24.2 attempts and a 33.8% conversion rate. Those numbers rank second, first and second, respectively.
The Numbers Game...123: Miles, fellow senior Tailer Butler and sophomore Samantha Logan have combined to hit 123 of the 153 threes the Titans have hit this season.
CSUN For Openers: CSUN fell in a pair of contests last week, dropping its conference record to 4-4. The Matadors fell at home to UC Riverside, 68-56, and on the road to Hawai’i, 64-49. This week CSUN travels to UC Davis and hosts Cal State Fullerton.
Looking To Join Elite Company: Senior Camille Mahlknecht leads the Big West in rebounds per game (7.9) and blocks per game (2.1). If she ends the season as the leader in both categories, she would be the first since former UC Santa Barbara great Mekia Valentine accomplished the feat in the 2010-11 season.
Offensive Struggles: CSUN has struggled with scoring in its eight Big West games, averaging 60.5 points a game. That is nearly eight points less than its average in non-conference play (68.1).
The Numbers Game...15: Senior Ashlee Guay needs 15 more three-pointers to become the all-time program leader. She currently stands at 154.
LONG BEACH STATE For Openers: Long Beach State suffered just its third loss of the year thanks to a 72-64 road setback against Hawai’i. The 49ers ended their two-game slide in the next game, a 74-70 win over Cal State Fullerton. LBSU hits the road again for two matchups this week, heading to rival UC Irvine Thursday and UC Riverside Saturday.
Raven Bounces Back: Sophomore Raven Benton had a nightmare against UH, scoring just five points and turning it over four times in 21 minutes. She had a completely different outing against the Titans, scoring a team-best 20 points to go along with only two turnovers in 20 minutes.
Sanchez Is Grand: Needing only seven points to reach 1,000 for her career, senior Alex Sanchez got there after scoring 10 against the Rainbow Wahine. She is the 22nd player in school history to reach the milestone.
The Numbers Game...4: Long Beach State has forced 20+ turnovers in each of its last four games.
UC DAVIS For Openers: UC Davis went 1-1 in its Central Coast trip last week, losing to Cal Poly, 72-64, and defeating UC Santa Barbara in overtime, 60-54. This week UCD returns home for a pair of games, facing off against CSUN and UC Irvine.
Comeback Ags: The Aggies were down nine with just over four minutes remaining in regulation against UCSB but responded with a 12-0 run that saw the game head into overtime. From there UC Davis outscored the Gauchos 12-6 to grab the road win.
Doubles For Sydnee: Senior Sydnee Fipps picked up her second double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Mustangs.
The Numbers Game...70.8%: UC Davis is second in the Big West during conference play with a 70.8% conversion rate from the foul line. Despite the high percentage, the team has the second-fewest attempts in the league.
UC IRVINE For Openers: UC Irvine picked up its first conference win of the season with a 61-58 road triumph over UC Santa Barbara. The ‘Eaters couldn’t make it two in a row though, falling to Cal Poly by a 74-58 margin. UCI hosts rival Long Beach State in a Thursday matinee then heads off to UC Davis for a Saturday tilt.
Shereen Shall Lead Them: Sophomore Shereen Sutherland led the way for UCI against UCSB, scoring 16 points and pulling down nine rebounds in 34 minutes. Sutherland’s line came in just her fifth start as an Anteater and was a bounceback from a two-point, two-rebound showing against Hawai’i in her previous game.
Raelyn Lends A Helping Hand: Junior Raelyn Cheung-Sutton has been a steady option at the point guard spot, ranking second in the Big West in assists per game (4.5) and leading in total assists (99).
The Numbers Game...5: UC Irvine has two players tied for the league lead in double doubles (5) as senior Methlyn Onogomuho and sophomore Mokun Fajemisin share the spot with two others.
UC RIVERSIDE For Openers: UC Riverside won its only game of the week, a 68-56 victory over defending Big West champion CSUN. UCR, which improved to 4-3 in the Big West with the win, opens a three-game homestand this week with matchups against Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State .
Passing Coach: Junior Brittany Crain poured in 29 points against the Matadors, her 30th straight double figure scoring game. Crain now has 1,439 points in her career, passing former Highlander and current assistant coach Seyram Bell for fourth on the all-time UCR list.
They Share It: The Highlanders share the ball unlike no other in the league, ranking first with 15.9 assists per game. That number is one assist more than the second place and makes UCR the only club to record at least 15 assists a game.
The Numbers Game...17: UC Riverside is only four wins shy of equaling its win total from the past two seasons combined.
UC SANTA BARBARA For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost a pair of tight home games last week, falling to UC Irvine, 61-58, and UC Davis in overtime, 60-54. UCSB hits the road in search of its first win this week, facing off against Hawai’i.
Smooth Jasmine: Junior Jasmine Ware had her best game of the season against the Anteaters, putting up 21 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in 33 minutes.
Onome From Deeeep: Sophomore Onome Jemerigbe had 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes against the Aggies. However, everyone will remember the 30-footer Jemerigbe nailed with 3.8 seconds in regulation to send the game to overtime.
The Numbers Game...2.1: Junior Jasmine Ware is second in the Big West during conference play with 2.1 steals per game.
HAWAI'I For Openers: Hawai’i upped its winning streak to a season-high five thanks to a pair of home wins last week. The Rainbow Wahine defeated Long Beach State, 72-64, and CSUN, 64-49. UH will host two more games this week, facing off against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Segovia’s Double: Senior Shawlina Segovia led the way against the Beach with a big double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in a personal-best 33 minutes.
Gone Streaking: The ‘Bows five-game win streak is not only their longest of the season, but their longest under head coach Laura Beeman. It’s also the longest for the program since an eight-game run in the 2006-07 season.
The Numbers Game...3.4: Hawai’i leads the Big West and ranks 34th in the NCAA with a +7.2 rebound margin.