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Tournaments Highlight Women's Hoops Feast Week


Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 3

The Thanksgiving holiday will bring many tasty matchups in women's hoops, highlighted by Hawai'i taking on #2 South Carolina in the Stan Sheriff Center.


For Openers: Cal Poly went 1-1 in the Bay Area last week, defeating San Francisco, 62-61, and losing to California, 82-57. The two games were the last of a four-game road swing for the Mustangs, their longest road trip of the season.

Thankful For Sanchez: Senior guard Lisa Marie Sanchez was clutch at the right time for Cal Poly against the Dons, hitting a three-pointer with 15.8 seconds left to give her club a four-point lead. It was all part of a 16-point effort for Sanchez, one off her career-high set in the previous game against Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Efficient Outing: Sophomore guard Dynn Leaupepe had a solid all around stat line against the Golden Bears, with 12 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. She was able to do all of that in just 14 minutes of play.

The Numbers Game...11: Senior guard Beth Balbierz and Sanchez have both hit 11 threes so far this season, tying them for second in the league.

For Openers: Cal State Fullerton had a busy week but was unable to come away with a win over its three contests. The Titans fell on the road to Pepperdine, 81-75, before dropping back-to-back home contests to Weber State, 60-40, and in overtime to Wyoming, 61-56.

Doubles For Berry: Freshman Michelle Berry picked up her first career double-double against the Waves, scoring 21 points and collecting 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was also Berry’s third straight 20-point scoring effort.

Gabriel’s Impact: Senior Karima Gabriel has been a force in the paint for the Titans, averaging 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. She has scored in double figures in two of her last three games and has two or more blocks in all but one game this season.

The Numbers Game...1.000: Freshman Dani Craig is one of three players in the Big West with at least nine free throw attempts and no misses (11-11).

For Openers: CSUN had two road games last week, falling to Idaho, 106-50, and Eastern Washington, 70-59. The Matadors will look to get back on the winning side this week as it hosts the Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

New Zealand’s Finest: Sophomore Tessa Boagni put up a career-high 21 points against the Eagles, the first time in her collegiate career that she amassed 20 or more points in a contest.

No Fluke Here: Freshman Channon Fluker has been solid off the bench for CSUN, averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds  and 1.3 blocks per game in 18.3 minutes.

The Numbers Game...9.3: CSUN is second in the Big West with 9.3 steals per game.

For Openers: Long Beach State went 1-1 in its road swing last weekend, defeating Houston, 47-41, and falling to LSU, 59-53. The 49ers will again be on the road this weekend, heading to Las Cruces, N.M., for the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic hosted by New Mexico State.

Long Time Coming: The win over the Cougars gave LBSU a 3-0 record for the first time since the 1985-86 season. Junior Jewelyn Sawyer lead the Beach to the win, recording her second career double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Crash The Glass Raven: Junior Raven Benton recorded seven rebounds against the Tigers, six of them coming on the offensive end.

The Numbers Game...39: Long Beach State scored 39 points in the second period against Portland State, the second-most points scored in a period so far this season in Division I.

For Openers: UC Davis won a pair of games last week to even its record to 2-2, defeating San Diego State on the road, 65-54, and Air Force at home, 66-40. The Aggies will be in Oregon this weekend for its next two contests, taking on Portland State and Portland.

Pele’s Big Night: Sophomore Pele Gianotti put up a career-high 19 points against the Aztecs, shooting 7-of-11 fro the field and hitting five of her eight threes. Gianotti helped UCD snap a two-game losing streak to SDSU.

Aggies Share: UCD recorded 19 assists on 24 baskets against SDSU, then followed that up with 17 assists on 22 baskets against AFA. In all, the Aggies have recorded assists on 73% of their made field goals (54-74).

The Numbers Game...26: The Aggies’ 26-point win against the Falcons was the largest margin of victory for the club since beating UC Riverside on March 6, 2014.

For Openers: UC Irvine went 1-1 on the road over the weekend, picking up a win over Southern Utah, 63-58, and losing the Southern Utah, 72-52. This weekend UCI won’t have to travel far for its games, heading to Los Angeles for the LMU Thanksgiving Classic.

Little Bit of This and That: Senior Raelyn Cheung-Sutton was all over the court in the ‘Eaters win, posting 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. The assists were a career-best, while the rebounds tied her top effort.

First of Many: Junior Mokun Fajemisin posted 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Runnin’ Rebels, the first double-double of the season for the forward.

The Numbers Game...15.7: UC Irvine is the best in the league on the offensive glass, averaging 15.7 offensive rebounds per outing.

For Openers: UC Riverside lost a pair of games to Pac-12 opponents last week, falling to #21 California, 64-58, and #7 Oregon State, 86-65. UCR doesn’t have a game this weekend, returning to action December 1 at home against Loyola Marymount.

Big Opponent, Big Game: Junior Réjane Verin had two big games against the Pac-12 foes. Against the Golden Bears, Verin had the first double-double of her Highlander career with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and added five steals, four assists and a block. Against the Beavers, Verin scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals while playing all 40 minutes.

Sweet Shooters: UCR has been on fire from the field so far this season, leading the Big West in field goal shooting (42.9), three-point shooting (37.5) and ranking fourth in free throw shooting (71.8).

The Numbers Game...18.3: UC Riverside leads the Big West in assists with 18.3 per game.

For Openers: UC Santa Barbara went 1-2 last week, defeating CSU Bakersfield, 61-60, losing to Oregon on the road, 79-51, and falling to Texas-Rio Grande Valley, 62-60. UCSB heads on the road this weekend, facing off against Wyoming and Pepperdine.

Going To Kali, Kali: Freshman Kali Jones was unstoppable on both ends in the Gaucho win over the Roadrunners. She put up 13 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, grabbed three steals and blocked two shots in 39 minutes.

Reserve II: Sophomore Makala Roper has continued her torrid play off the bench, scoring 21 points in the close loss to the Vaqueros. She hit 8-of-15 from the field including three from downtown in 30 minutes.

The Numbers Game...9.0: UC Santa Barbara is third in the Big West in steals per game with 9.0.

For Openers: Hawai’i went 1-1 in two home games last weekend, defeating Loyola Marymount, 65-51, and losing to Washington State, 62-52. UH will continue its homestand with the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown this week, facing off against CSU Bakersfield, Arizona State and #2 South Carolina.

Morris Shines: Senior center Connie Morris had one of her best games in a UH uniform, scoring 16 points, grabbing four rebounds and recording two blocks.

Provide The Scoring: Junior Briana Harris delivered scoring punch in the loss to the Cougars, scoring 19 points in 31 minutes. She hit 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and hit all six of her free throw attempts.

The Numbers Game...9.8: The Rainbow Wahine have a +9.8 rebounding margin this year, the best figure in the Big West and the only club to post a positive differential.