UC Davis Looks To Extend Win Streak
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This Week in the Big West - December 7-13, 2015
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 5
UC Davis, owners of a league-best six game win streak, have a chance to extend its winning ways against Causeway rival Sacramento State.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (5-3)
For Openers: Cal Poly upped its winning streak to three games with a pair of victories last week. The Mustangs defeated Pepperdine on the road, 61-47, and beat Fresno State at home, 64-60. Cal Poly has just one game this week, a home clash with Loyola Marymount Saturday.
And Another One: Junior forward Hannah Gilbert picked up her fourth double double of the season against the Waves, putting up 17 points and 12 boards. Gilbert is tied for 20th in the NCAA and is tied for the lead in the Big West in double doubles.
Watch Your Dribble: The Mustangs are one of the top teams in the league at forcing turnovers, leading the conference in steals (9.0) and ranking second in turnovers forced (18.0). It has helped the squad allow just 60.9 points per game, third in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...26: Cal Poly ranks 26th in the NCAA in free throw shooting at 75.4%.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-7)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped both its games in the Big Sky State last weekend, losing to Montana State, 89-66, and Montana, 86-51. CSF will return to Titan Gym looking to snap its seven-game losing streak, facing off against San Diego and Eastern Washington.
Berry Bounces Back: Freshman forward Michelle Berry opened the season with three straight double digit scoring games, including a 38-point outing in her collegiate debut. She then failed to crack double figures in each of the next four games. Berry got her scoring touch back last week, scoring 19 points against MSU and 18 points against UM. She also shot 50% or better in both games, the first time she has done that in her young career.
The Three Ball: Cal State Fullerton is second in the Big West in threes made (55) and attempted (183). Two CSF players rank in the top five in the league in threes made.
The Numbers Game...14.1: The Titans have allowed opponents to shoot 14.1 free throws per game, the fewest in the conference.
For Openers: CSUN dropped both its games last week, upping its losing streak to a season-high tying four. The Matadors lost to Utah on the road, 97-56, and fell in a tight game at home to San Diego State, 67-65. CSUN is off this week for finals, returning to action December 18 at Portland.
Maulupe Breaks Out II: Sophomore guard Serafina Maulupe scored a career-high 20 points against the Utes, besting her previous high by a point. She also added six assists and three steals in just 24 minutes of court time.
Off The Bench: Freshman forward Claudia Ramos had an effective outing off the bench against the Aztecs, putting up 14 points, five assists, three assists and a steal in 25 minutes.
The Numbers Game...8: CSUN collected a season-high 17 offensive rebounds against SDSU, the eighth time in nine games that it has collected double digit offensive boards.
LONG BEACH STATE (7-2)
For Openers: Long Beach State ran its winning streak to four with a win home win over Colorado, 59-42, but saw the string end in its next outing against San Francisco, 66-52. The 49ers will look to rebound this week as they make the short trek north to take on USC.
Defense Against The Buffs: The Buffaloes didn’t have much room against the LBSU defense, shooting 27.1% from the field and 21.7% from three point land. Long Beach State also forced 22 turnovers, blocked five shots and picked up six steals.
Jewel Of A Player: Junior guard Jewelyn Sawyer has flourished in her first full year as a starter, averaging 11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and shooting 49.4% from the floor. She has started all nine games for the Beach and is averaging a team-high 29.1 minutes per game.
The Numbers Game...60: Long Beach State has allowed just three foes to reach 60 points in a game this season.
UC DAVIS (6-2)
For Openers: UC Davis enters the week with a league-best six game win streak. The Aggies added to their streak last week thanks to an overtime road win over Saint Mary’s, 78-71, and a home victory over Cal State Monterey Bay. The Aggies will stay home to host rival Sacramento State in its only action of the week.
Pele’s Party: Sophomore Pele Gianotti finished with a career-high 26 points against the Gaels, hitting a personal best seven three-pointers. The seven threes were one off the school single game record set a year ago by former Aggie Kelsey Harris.
Reaching A Grand: Senior forward Alyson Doherty became the 17th player in UCD history to reach a 1,000 points, passing the milestone in the fourth quarter against SMC. Doherty now stands at 1,025 after scoring 12 against Saint Mary’s and 19 against CSUMB.
The Numbers Game...31.7: UC Davis ranks fifth in the NCAA and leads the Big West in field goal percentage defense at 31.7%
UC IRVINE (2-5)
For Openers: UC Irvine dropped its first game of the week, a home contest against Northern Arizona, 71-55. The Anteaters then picked up a win in its ensuing contest against Nevada, 68-64. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak. UCI will look to build on the victory as it hosts San Diego Christian and Grand Canyon at the Bren this week.
Week Of Shereen: Junior forward Shereen Sutherland led the Anteaters with two solid efforts. Against the Lumberjacks, she put up 13 points and nine rebounds, then picked up her first career double double with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against the Wolfpack.
More Dimes: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton recorded 12 assists against Nevada, the most by a Big West player in a game this season. That figure was also a career-high.
The Numbers Game...65.4, 14.1: The ‘Eaters are not shy when it comes to field goal attempts, leading the league with 65.4 a game. They also get their own misses better than anyone else, averaging a league-best 14.1 offensive rebounds per outing.
UC RIVERSIDE (4-4)
For Openers: UC Riverside lost to San Francisco in its only game of the week, an 88-76 road defeat. UCR will return home to the SRC Arena this week, hosting CSU Bakersfielf in its only game of the week.
Crain From Deep: Senior Brittany Crain scored 25 points against the Dons, connecting on 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. It marked the third time in her career that she hit at least six threes in a game.
Sharing The Rock: The Highlanders recorded 21 assists on 30 field goals against USF, the fifth time this season the club has logged 20 or more assists in a game.
The Numbers Game...30: UC Riverside lost for the first time this season when connecting on 30 or more field goals.
UC SANTA BARBARA (1-8)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost to Loyola Marymount at home last week, 70-63. The loss extended the UCSB losing string to six. UCSB will head to Louisiana for a couple of games, taking on LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Different Roles, Big Results: Sophomore Makala Roper and senior Jasmine Ware were in the spotlight against LMU. Roper put up 18 points, three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes as a starter. Ware put up 18 points, seven rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes as a reserve.
Crash The Glass: UC Santa Barbara pulled down 40 rebounds for the third time this season. In those games, they’ve also record no less than 14 offensive boards.
The Numbers Game...51.9: Freshman forward Kali Jones is tied for third in the Big West with a 51.9% clip from the floor.
For Openers: Hawai’i went 0-2 at the Tom Weston Invitational, losing to Brigham Young, 67-56, and #11 Texas A&M, 82-41. The tournament was hosted by BYU-Hawai’i in Laie, O’ahu. The ‘Bows will take some time off for finals as their next game isn’t until December 20 at Sacramento State.
She’s Back: Senior Kalei Adolpho led the Rainbow Wahine with a career-high 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Cougars. Adolpho has started every game this season after sitting out last year.
Destiny Is King: Senior guard Destiny King is supplying her usual all-around game this season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.0 minutes. She has started all nine games for UH so far this season.
The Numbers Game...8, 4: Hawai’i leads the Big West in free throws made (145) and attempted (218). Those figures rank eighth and fourth in the NCAA.