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Women's Basketball

Seedings and Pairings Set For 2015 Women's Tourney, First Round Begins Tuesday

Links associated with this release:
2015 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Page

3/7/2015

2015 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 18

The seeds are set and the matchups are finalized as the 2015 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament is set to begin Tuesday night at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

The first game of the day will be a 6:00 pm matchup between No. 5 UC Davis and No. 8 UC Irvine. Following that game will be No. 6 UC Riverside and No. 7 Cal State Fullerton at 8:30 pm.

The highest remaining seed of the first day of play will take on No. 3 Cal Poly in a 6:00 pm showdown at Titan Gym. The other first round winner takes on No. 4 Long Beach State following the first game at 8:30 pm.

The two advancing clubs will then head to Honda Center for the semifinals on Friday, March 13. The lowest remaining seed takes on No. 1 Hawai'i at 12:00 pm, with the highest remaining seed set to take on No. 2 CSUN after that matchup.

The two semifinal winners will then play in the championship game at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 14.

The 2015 Big West Women's Tournament will also be broadcast coast to coast as the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown live on ESPN3/WatchESPN. The championship game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

More information, including game recaps, schedules and ticket prices can be found at the above link.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

CAL POLY
For Openers: Cal Poly won its season finale at home last week, downing rival UC Santa Barbara, 84-63. The Mustangs will open the Big West Tournament as the #3 seed, playing the lowest seeded club after the first round of games.

Seniors Will Lead: Cal Poly’s senior trio of Kristen Ale, Ariana Elegado and Taryn Garza led the way against the Gauchos with a combined 41 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals. Elegado tied her season high with 24 points, Garza produced an 11-point, 12-rebound double double and Ale added six points and has now hit at least one three-pointer in 21 games.

Fire It Up: The Mustangs don’t get shy when it comes to putting up shots, ranking first in the league in field goal attempts per game (63.4). The club makes more than its fair share of those as they rank second in makes (25.0).

The Numbers Game...12:
Cal Poly had a season high 12 players score against UCSB.

CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton split its final week of the regular season, defeating UC Irvine at home, 66-54, and falling to Hawai’i, 61-38. The Titans wil be the #7 seed at the Tournament, facing off against #6 UC Riverside Tuesday.

You’ve Heard This Before: Senior Kathleen Iwuoha picked up her league-leading eighth double double against the Anteaters, putting up a monster line of 21 points and 18 rebounds. The 18 boards was a career-high and the second most in the Big West this season. Iwuoha currently leads the Big West in rebounding at 8.2 a contest.

They Make You Earn It: Cal State Fullerton may struggle on offense, but the club makes the opposition earn every bucket. The Titans rank fourth in the Big West in points allowed per game at 62.9.

The Numbers Game...25: Senior Chante Miles saw her career-long 25-game double digit scoring string come to an end against UH. She ranks second in the Big West and 31st in the country in scoring at 19.7 points per game.

CSUN
For Openers: CSUN, winners of seven in a row, will enter the Big West Tournament as the #2 seed after winning its home finale last week. The Matadors downed Long Beach State, 77-61, for their 21st win of the season.

A New Standard: After winning the Big West Tournament a year ago as the #1 seed, CSUN will look to do the same from the #2 slot. This marks the first time the program has recorded a top-two seed in back-to-back Tournaments.

Guay On The Glass: Senior Ashlee Guay picked up a double-double against the 49ers, scoring 20 points and picking up an impressive 13 rebounds. The point guard set a career-high with her effort on the glass and is averaging 5.1 boards on the season.

The Numbers Game...21: CSUN has matched its Division I wins mark with 21 this season. The last Matador club to win this many games was the 1998-99 edition.

LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Shorthanded Long Beach State claimed the #4 seed and a bye to the quarterfinals after going 1-1 to close out the regular season. The 49ers lost on the road to CSUN, 77-61, and defeated UC Riverside at home, 76-66.

Nearly A Triple Double Effort: Senior Hallie Meneses had an outstanding game on Senior Night against UCR, putting up 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Meneses was also the key cog in a defensive effort that limited the Highlanders’ Brittany Crain, the league’s scoring leader, to eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Madison’s Paint: Sophomore Madison Montgomery picked up the slack in the post against the Highlanders, putting up 15 points, collecting a career-high 11 rebounds and adding three steals.

The Numbers Game...52.2: Meneses has been dialed in from three-point range over her last three games, hitting on 52.2% (12-23) of her tries over that span. Interestingly enough, Meneses has hit four threes in every game.

UC DAVIS
For Openers: UC Davis dropped its two road games to finish up the regular season, falling to UC Riverside, 61-56, and UC Irvine, 71-62. The Aggies, who ended the regular season on a five-game losing streak, begin their Big West Tournament Tuesday against #8 UC Irvine.

Fipps In Elite Company: Senior Sydnee Fipps was honored as a first team All-Big West selection, the third time in her career she has claimed a place on the first team. Fipps is the second UCD player to achieve that feat (Paige Mintun - 2009-11) and the 18th in league history.

Doherty Picks Up The Slack: Playing without leading scorer Fipps against the Anteaters, Doherty put up a big effort in the loss. She scored 27 points and hit 11 free throws, both personal bests.

The Numbers Game...5: Senior Kelsey Harris connected on five threes against UCR, the fourth time this season that Harris has connected on that many from beyond the arc.

UC IRVINE
For Openers: UC Irvine finished up the regular season with a split of its two contests, a road loss to Cal State Fullerton, 66-54, and a home win against UC Davis, 71-62. The Anteaters will go into the Big West Tournament as the #8 seed, facing off against a familiar opponent...#5 UC Davis.

Brittany Breaks Out: Freshman Brittany Glassow picked a great time for her first double figure scoring game of her career, putting up 10 points against UCD. Glassow had previous scored at least eight points on five occasions this season before finally getting into double figures.

Raelyn Upping Her Game Part III: One game after not scoring or recording a shot from anywhere in the loss to CSF, junior Raelyn Cheung-Sutton bounced back with 17 against the Aggies. Sutton connected on 3-of-4 from three-point land as part of a 5-of-8 shooting afternoon.

The Numbers Game...2.13: Sophomore Mokun Fajemisin leads the Big West with 2.13 blocks per game.

UC RIVERSIDE
For Openers: UC Riverside went 1-1 last week, starting the week with a 61-56 home win over UC Davis and a 76-66 loss at Long Beach State. The Highlanders claimed the #6 seed in the Big West Tournament, opening up the postseason against #7 Cal State Fullerton.

Crain’s Struggles: Junior Brittany Crain is averaging 22.1 points a game but the league’s leading scorer has struggled of late. Crain scored seven on 2-for-10 from the field against the Aggies, then scored eight on 3-of-9 shooting against the 49ers. Those are the first two times all season that Crain had failed to score in double figures.

The Turnaround: UCR has enjoyed a bounceback season and it has resulted in a return to the Big West Tournament. The club has won 17 games this season after winning 22 in the past three seasons combined. The Highlanders also won eight conference games after winning nine over the last three years.

The Numbers Game...24: Junior Annelise Ito scored a career-high 24 against the Aggies, then matched it in the following game against LBSU.

UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara dropped its final two games of the season last week, a 60-36 home loss to Hawai’i and an 84-63 road loss to rival Cal Poly.

Not Used To This: UCSB lost 27 games for the first time in the history of the program and registered its fewest wins (2) in program lore. The previous marks were a 3-25 record set back in 1983-84.

Onome Led The Way:
Sophomore Onome Jemerigbe was the top player for UCSB this season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals. Jemerigbe finished the season on a strong note, scoring 14 points against UH and registering nine assists against the Mustangs.

The Numbers Game...41: UC Santa Barbara registered a season-high point total in a half with 41 points in the first stanza against Cal Poly.

HAWAI'I
For Openers: Hawai’i ended the season with two more wins, upping its total to 22 on the season. The ‘Bows topped UC Santa Barbara on the road, 60-36, then downed Cal State Fullerton at home, 61-38. The Rainbow Wahine earned the #1 seed in the Big West Tournament for their efforts, claiming a double bye into the semifinals on Friday.

Party Like Its 1998: The ‘Bows last won a conference title in the 1997-98 season when it shared the WAC Pacific Division crown with a 13-1 record. Previous to that, the last time UH won a conference title was actually the Big West title in 1993-94. That was the second of back-to-back crowns.

Update On The Streak: The ‘Bows have won 14 in a row, the longest streak under head coach Laura Beeman. Its also the longest streak since former coach Vince Goo led the 1997-98 club to 19 consecutive wins.

The Numbers Game...20: Hawai’i has won 20 games for the first time the 2001-02 team won 23 contests. It is also the most under current head coach Laura Beeman.

The seeds are set and the matchups are finalized as the 2014 Big West Women's Basketball Tournament is set to begin Tuesday night at the Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State.

The first game of the day will be a 6:00 pm matchup between No. 5 UC Davis and No. 8 UC Santa Barbara. Following that game will be No. 6 Long Beach State and No. 7 Cal State Fullerton.

The highest remaining seed of the first day of play will take on No. 3 Hawai'i in a 6:00 pm showdown at the Pyramid. The other first round winner takes on No. 4 UC Irvine following the first game.

The two advancing clubs will then head to Honda Center for the semifinals on Friday, March 14. The lowest remaining seed takes on No. 1 Cal State Northridge at 12:00 pm, with the highest remaining seed set to take on No. 2 Cal Poly after that matchup.

The two semifinal winners will then play in the championship game at 1pm on Saturday, March 15.

The 2014 Big West Women's Tournament will also be broadcast coast to coast as the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals will be shown live on ESPN3. The championship game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

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