LBSU Returns Home With League-Best 6-1 Mark
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 4
After finishing up a five-game road trip, Long Beach State returns home to the Pyramid for a pair of tough matchups highlighted by Pac-12 member Colorado. LBSU owns the best record in the Big West at 6-1.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
For Openers: Cal Poly went 1-1 for the third straight weekend, losing to Santa Clara, 69-63, and defeating Montana State, 66-57 in the ShareSLO Holiday Tournament. The two games were the first two in Mott Gym for the team in the 2015-16 season. The Mustangs won their lone game of this week, a 61-47 road victory over Pepperdine
Lovely Career Day: Junior forward Amanda Lovely dominated the glass against the Bobcats, collecting a career-best 12 rebounds. It was her first double-digit rebounding game of the season.
Double Up: Junior forward Hannah Gilbert picked up two more double doubles over the week. She recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Broncos, then put up 17 points and 12 boards against the Waves. Coming into Wednesday’s game, Gilbert leads the Big West and ranks 20th in the NCAA in rebounds (11.2)
The Numbers Game...10: A season-high 10 players scored in the loss to the Broncos.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped both its games at the SMU Thanksgiving Tournament, losing to host SMU, 74-53, and Northern Illinois, 72-49. The Titans will spend the weekend up in Big Sky Country, taking on Montana State and Montana.
Gabriel Stays Hot: Senior Karima Gabriel scored a season-high 21 points against the Mustangs, with a pair of threes included in that effort. The three-pointers were her first two baskets made from beyond the arc this season.
10’s All Around: Junior Samantha Logan and freshman Michelle Berry put in work on the glass against the Huskies, as both of them recorded 10 rebounds. Freshman Lauren Nubla almost joined the party as she finished the contest with eight rebounds.
The Numbers Game...3: Berry is one of three players in the to rank in the league’s top five in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (8.4).
For Openers: CSUN went 1-2 last week, which included a pair of games at its Radisson Chatsworth Hotel Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. The Matadors went 1-1 at the tourney, defeating Penn State, 81-73, and losing to Georgia, 83-58. The club also fell in a tight game to Southern Utah on the road, 67-65. The Matadors will stay on the road this week for a matchup against Utah.
Maulupe Breaks Out: Sophomore Serafina Maulupe had a breakout game against the Lady Lions, scoring 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Maulupe also hit a pair of threes and picked up two assists and two steals.
Jasmine On The Glass: Senior Jasmine Johnson is third on the team in rebounding at 4.6 per game but has upped her production on the glass of late. Johnson is averaging 6.8 rebounds over her last four games and has led the team in rebounds each of the last three games.
The Numbers Game...12: CSUN hit a season-best 12 three-pointers against Penn State.
LONG BEACH STATE
For Openers: Long Beach State picked up two more wins last week and already has one this week, pushing its record to a Big West-best 6-1. The Beach took down Northern Arizona, 69-48, and Northwestern State, 60-59, at the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., then went on the road to defeat former Big West rival Pacific, 68-60.
Too Much M&M For The Tigers: Junior Madison Montgomery had a stat stuffing line against Pacific, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, blocking three shots and dishing out three assists. The double double was the first of the season for Montgomery and the 13 rebounds was a career-best.
The Tough D: Long Beach State’s fast start can be attributed to its impressive defense. The 49ers lead the league in points allowed (56.0) and turnovers forced (21.6). LBSU forced its first five opponents into 21 or more turnovers before Northwestern State snapped the streak.
The Numbers Game...18: Long Beach State rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to knock off the Lady Demons.
For Openers: UC Davis upped its winning streak to four with a pair of wins in the Rose City. The Aggies knocked off Portland State, 82-70, before defeating Portland, 72-47. UCD will look to continue its winning streak this week with a road matchup against Saint Mary’s followed by a home date against Cal State Monterey Bay.
Daily Double Doherty: Senior Alyson Doherty recorded her third double double of the season against the Vikings, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. It was also Doherty’s first 20-point game of the season.
Streak Helper: UCD is averaging 71.2 points and is shooting just over 44% from the field during its four-game winning streak, while allowing the opposition to score 52.8 points on 32% shooting.
The Numbers Game...26: UC Davis recorded 26 assists against Portland State, a season-high and the second-highest single-game total in the program’s Division I history.
For Openers: UC Irvine lost both games at the LMU Thanksgiving Classic, falling to Princeton, 83-42, and host Loyola Marymount, 95-50. UCI returns home this week for a pair of games, hosting Northern Arizona and Nevada.
Shoot It, Go Get It: UC Irvine leads the league in field goal attempts per game (67.4) and offensive rebounds per game (16.4).
You’ve Heard The Name: Sophomore guard Jenny Dee had a team-high nine points against the Tigers, hitting 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Dee is the sister of former San Diego guard Johnny Dee, the all-time scoring leader for the Toreros.
The Numbers Game...6.4: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton leads the Big West and ranks 12th in the nation in assists with 6.4 per game.
For Openers: UC Riverside went 1-1 at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic in El Paso, Texas, losing to the host Miners, 68-57, and defeating Southeast Missouri State, 85-67. UCR also picked up a home win over Loyola Marymount earlier this week, 80-62.
Crain’s Big Game: Senior Brittany Crain posted her first double double of the season in the win over the Redhawks, putting up season-highs in points (28) and rebounds (11) While it was Crain’s first 20-point outing of the season, she has been a consistent presence in the scoring column with seven double digit scoring games.
French Connection: Sophomore Clémence Lefebvre scored a career-best 20 points against the Lions, the secong straight game she set a personal scoring high. The guard has been an impressive addition to the Highlander squad, averaging 8.7 points and connecting on 37.5% (9-24) of her three-point attempts.
The Numbers Game...1.23: UC Riverside leads the Big West and ranks 28th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.23-to-1.
UC SANTA BARBARA
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara dropped three games last week, two of them coming on the road. UCSB fell to Wyoming, 76-67, and Pepperdine, 71-69, on its road swing, then lost to Santa Clara at home, 48-37. The team takes on Loyola Marymount this week, looking to snap its five-game losing skid.
On Her Back: Sophomore Makala Roper nearly led the Gauchos to a comeback win over the Waves, scoring 27 points in 34 minutes off the bench. She hit four threes, connected on 11-of-15 from the free throw line and scored 14 of her points in the fourth period.
In Thin Air: Freshman guard Coco Miller showed no fatigue in the loss to the Cowboys, putting up a stat line of 24 points, four rebounds, four steals, four threes and two blocks in 35 minutes. Wyoming’s Arena-Auditorium sits at the highest elevation in the NCAA at 7,220 feet above sea level.
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 welcomed some tough competition for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown, finishing up with a 1-2 record. UH defeated CSU Bakersfield, 74-60, before falling to #16 Arizona State, 75-49, and #2 South Carolina, 67-51. The ‘Bows will stay on the islands but play at BYU-Hawai’i in the Tom Weston Invitational. They will play Brigham Young and #11 Texas A&M.
Huff Year II: Sophomore Megan Huff recorded her first double-double of the season in the win over the Roadrunners, posting 11 points and 12 rebounds. Huff, last season’s Big West Sixth Woman of the Year, is off to another strong start as a reserve, averaging 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and shooting 47.7% from the field.
Freebies: Hawai’i is one of the top clubs in the country in getting to the line and cashing in. UH is seventh in the NCAA in free throws attempted (181) and is 12th in makes (122).
The Numbers Game...7: The Rainbow Wahine have seven players averaging between 20-29 minutes per game.