Beach Classic Highlights Women's Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 6
Long Beach State hosts the Beach Classic headlines this week's women's hoops action, one of the final weeks of non-conference play.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (6-3)
For Openers: Cal Poly’s winning ways continued last week, defeating Loyola Marymount at home, 70-58. The Mustangs have a busy week on the road as they travel to Saint Mary’s, CSU Bakersfield and #7 Oregon State..
High Marks: Junior forward Hannah Gilbert and senior guard Lisa Marie Sanchez both picked up career-high totals in different categories. Gilbert set a personal best with 19 points, while Sanchez dished out a personal high eight assists.
Its Tough Against The D: Cal Poly is one of the nation’s top field goal percentage defensive teams, allowing teams to shoot 33.9% from the floor. That number ranks 27th in the NCAA.
The Numbers Game...10.3: Gilbert ranks 27th in the NCAA and leads the Big West in rebounding at 10.3 per game.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-9)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton returned home last week but could not come away with a win. The Titans lost to San Diego, 53-44, and Eastern Washington, 68-57. This week, CSF will hit the road for a game at San Diego State, then return to Titan Gym for a contest against Cornell.
Berry’s Double: Freshman forward Michelle Berry picked up her second double double of the season against the Toreros. She had 14 points and 10 rebounds, her seventh double digit scoring game and third double digit rebounding effort.
Big Minutes: Of the top 10 players in the Big West in minutes played, the Titans have five of them. Berry leads the league (377), freshman guard Jade Vega is third (363), junior forward Samantha Logan is fourth (345), senior center Karima is eighth (310) and freshman guard Dani Craig is tied for 10th (306).
The Numbers Game...15.7: Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in fewest fouls committed per game at 15.7.
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. After taking off time for finals, CSUN returns to action this week against Portland and Portland State.
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 (7-3)
For Openers: Long Beach State lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, dropping its road game to USC by a 69-43 count. The 49ers wil host the Beach Classic this week, playing UTEP and UNLV.
Doesn’t Happen Much: LBSU losing back-to-back games has not happened much over the last two seasons. The squad has dropped consecutive games only three times in that span.
They’ll Take That: The 49ers rank first in the Big West and 28th in the NCAA in turnover margin at 5.2 per contest. The team is also adept at picking up steals (8.5 per game) and have allowed just 61.4 points per game this season.
The Numbers Game...4: Sophomore guard Cecily Wilson picked up a career-high four steals against the Women of Troy.
UC DAVIS (6-3)
For Openers: UC Davis lost a Causeway battle to Sacramento State last week, 92-77. The Aggies will head to the Women of Troy Classic this week, opening the tourney against Albany.
Six Was Nice: The loss to the Hornets snapped UCD’s six-game win streak, the longest for the club since 2011. That year the Aggies won the Big West Tournament title on its way to their first Division I NCAA Tournament bid.
Morgan Has A Day: Freshman forward Morgan Bertsch scored a career-high 25 points and tied her career-high with eight rebounds in only 26 minutes against Sacramento State. It was only the fourth start of her young career.
The Numbers Game...17.7: UC Davis is among the top assist teams in the league, ranking second with 17.7 per game.
UC IRVINE (3-7)
For Openers: UC Irvine is in the midst of a busy stretch, playing five games in 11 days. The ‘Eaters started with a home win over San Diego Christian, 78-49, then lost at home to Grand Canyon, 58-53, and on the road to #19 UCLA, 83-48. UCI finishes up the string in Northern California against San Jose State and Sacramento State.
The Highs: In the win over the Hawks, the Anteaters put up numerous season highs. They reached their high point in scoring (78), shooting percentage (48.5) and assists (17).
More Dimes: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton ranks 15th in the nation in assists per game (6.4). Her single game high of 12 assists is tied for 12th most in the NCAA this season.
The Numbers Game...17: Junior forward Shereen Sutherland matched her season high with 17 points in three consecutive games. She put up 17 against Nevada, SDCC and GCU.
UC RIVERSIDE (5-5)
For Openers: UC Riverside evened up its record to 5-5 with a home win over CSU Bakersfield, 81-61, followed by a loss at Oregon, 95-81. UCR will stay in the Pacific Northwest for its next two games against Washington and Seattle.
Crain Warming Up: Senior guard Brittany Crain scored a season high 29 points against the Roadrunners, then backed that up with 21 against the Ducks. Crain has now scored at least 21 points in three straight games and four of her last five.
Bombs Away: Sophomore Clémence Lefebvre hit a career-high five threes against Oregon, the first time she’s hit more than three in a contest. Lefebvre is shooting 40.5% from deep, tied for sixth in the Big West.
The Numbers Game...40.0: UC Riverside leads the Big West and ranks eighth in three-point shooting percentage at 40.0.
UC SANTA BARBARA (1-10)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara fell in its two games in Louisiana, falling to LSU, 68-50, and Louisiana-Lafayette, 61-42. This week the Gauchos will return to California for a road contest against Santa Clara, then play a home game against La Verne.
Struggling To Score: UCSB has struggled to score this season, averaging 53.3 points per game. The team has scored 60 points or less in three of its last four games.
Roper The Super Sub: Sophomore Makala Roper has been a excellent off the bench this season. She is averaging 11.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and shooting 70.8% from the free throw line in 27.9 minutes. Of the 11 games she has played in this season, seven have been in a reserve role.
The Numbers Game...8.7: The Gauchos are second in the Big West in steals with 8.7 per game.
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 are back in action on the mainland this week, facing Sacramento State and San Jose 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...145, 218: Hawai’i is tied for the lead in the Big West in free throws made (145) and is second in attempts (218). Those figures are both 32nd in the NCAA.