Holiday Break For Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
The women's basketball schedule has reached a holiday hiatus, returning to action Monday, December 28. Until then, Happy Holidays everyone!
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (6-6)
For Openers: Cal Poly lost three games last week, all on the road. The Mustangs started the week with an overtime loss to Saint Mary’s, 87-83, followed by a defeat against CSU Bakersfield, 57-52, and a loss to #7 Oregon State, 80-43. The team will be off until December 29 when it returns home against Sacramento State.
Sanchez Continues Fine Play: Senior guard Lisa Marie Sanchez set three career highs in the overtime loss to the Gaels. She set personal bests with 25 points, nine assists and 44 minutes played.
Defense...Defense: Cal Poly forces the tempo defensively against the opposition, ranking first in the Big West in steals (9.3) and second in turnovers forced (20.9).
The Numbers Game...7: Senior guard Beth Balbierz picked up a career-high seven steals against the Roadrunners, the most by a Mustang since 2007.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-11)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton’s losing streak reached 11 with a pair of losses last week. The Titans fell on the road to San Diego State, 54-43, and at home to Cornell, 59-47. The Titans will have a week before its next game, a road tilt against North Dakota State on December 28.
Big Berry: Freshman forward Michelle Berry played big last week with two outstanding efforts. She recorded a career-high 16 rebounds against the Aztecs, then picked up her third double double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards against the Big Red.
All From 3: Junior Samantha Logan scored 15 points against Cornell, all of which came beyond the arc. That marked the fifth time Logan hit three or more threes in a contest this season.
The Numbers Game...1, 2: Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in three-pointers attempted per game (21.6) and is second in three-pointers made (6.3).
For Openers: CSUN picked up a split in its road trip to Oregon last week, defeating Portland, 68-62, and losing to Portland State, 83-77. The Matadors will wait until after Christmas for its next game, a December 28 road matchup against Arizona State.
Tessa The Great: Sophomore forward Tessa Boagni picked up her second career double double against the Pilots, recording 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She followed that up with another career-best effort against the Vikings, putting up a personal best 28 points.
Getting To The Line: CSUN is one of the top squads in the league in getting to the free throw line, ranking second in both makes (14.0) and attempts (20.5), while ranking fourth in percentage (68.4).
The Numbers Game...2: CSUN is one of two teams averaging nine steals a game or better, picking up 9.0 thefts per contest.
LONG BEACH STATE (9-3)
For Openers: Long Beach State picked up a pair of tight wins in its Beach Classic, dropping UTEP, 47-40, and UNLV, 67-63. Owners of the league’s best record, the Beach will return to action on December 28 on the road against Denver.
31 For Raven: Junior guard Raven Benton scored a career-high 31 points in the win over the Runnin’ Rebels, going 10-for-14 from the field and 9-for-10 from the foul line. Benton is the first 49er to score 30+ points in a game since former 49er Brandi Henton did so in 2010.
Attack The Glass: The 49ers turned a weakness into a strength against the Miners, winning the rebounding battle for the first time against an opponent all season. LBSU’s 45 rebounds and 18 offensive boards were both season highs.
The Numbers Game...1: Head coach Jody Wynn is one victory away from 100 in her career with the Beach.
UC DAVIS (6-5)
For Openers: UC Davis has a season-high three game losing skid after a pair of losses last weekend, falling to Albany, 80-70, and Florida A&M, 61-58. The two games were a part of the Women of Troy Classic in Los Angeles. The Aggies will be off until December 29 when it travels to Utah for a matchup against the Utes.
Morgan’s Breakout Weekend: Freshman forward Morgan Bertsch led the Aggies with two big performances. Bertsch scored 18 points in 26 minutes against the Great Danes, then followed that up with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes against the Rattlers. The double-double was her first of her Aggie career.
Hitting From All Over: UC Davis is one of the top shooting teams in all categories in the Big West. It leads the league in field goal shooting (43.4), ranks second in three-point shooting (34.8) and third in free throw shooting (68.9). Not surprisingly, UCD is second in points per game at 68.8 a contest.
The Numbers Game...2: The Aggies have two players averaging 30 or more minutes per game, both of which are sophomores (Pele Gianotti, Dani Nafekh).
UC IRVINE (3-9)
For Openers: UC Irvine lost a pair of games in Northern California, falling to San Jose State, 79-58, and Sacramento State, 126-78. The Anteaters are off until after the Christmas holiday, making a short trek north on December 28 to face off against USC.
Chloe Off The Bench: Sophomore Chloe Kellum was the top scorer for UCI against the Hornets, scoring 16 points in 12 minutes. The scoring output was a career-high and the first time Kellum hit double figures all season.
More Dimes: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton ranks 17th in the nation in assists per game (6.3). Her single game high of 12 assists is tied for 15th most in the NCAA this season.
The Numbers Game...126: The ‘Eaters allowed 100 points for the first time 2011 while the 126 points was a school record for points allowed.
UC RIVERSIDE (6-6)
For Openers: UC Riverside went up to the Pacific Northwest and came away with a 1-1 record. The Highlanders lost to Washington, 78-43, and defeated Seattle, 92-70. UCR will return to action Monday for a huge home game against #19 UCLA.
The Highs And Lows: UC Riverside had its worst offensive game of the season against the Huskies, recording season lows in points (43), field goal shooting (24.7) and three-point shooting (06.3). The rebound came quickly against the Redhawks, putting up a season-high 92 points on 50.0% shooting and 33.3% three-point shooting.
Crain Inching Closer: Senior guard Brittany Crain is inching closer to rarified air in the Big West record books. Crain has 1,824 points over her career, putting her just 176 points shy of 2,000. If Crain reaches that number, she will be just the seventh player in conference history to reach that plateau.
The Numbers Game...7: UC Riverside has scored 80+ points in seven games this season, the most in the Big West.
UC SANTA BARBARA (2-11)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara picked up a split last week, losing at Santa Clara, 66-48, before defeating La Verne at home, 89-41. The Gauchos will break for the holiday before returning to action December 28 against Morehead State in the Thunderdome.
Clicking Offense: UCSB scored a season-high 89 points against La Verne, its highest offensive output in eight years. Back on November 29, 2007, the Gauchos put up 95 points in a victory over Santa Clara.
Coco The Scorer: Freshman guard Coco Miller picked up her second 20-point game with 22 against the Leopards. She shot 9-for-14 from the floor and hit 3-of-6 from the three-point line.
The Numbers Game...63.6: The Gauchos are third in the Big West in points allowed per game at 63.6.
For Openers: Hawai’i earned two hard fought wins on the mainland last week, defeating Sacramento State, 74-72, and San Jose State, 76-73. UH won’t play again until December 30 when it returns to the mainland to play CSU Bakersfield.
Efficiency You Shall Receive: Sophomore center Megan Huff had two highly efficient outings in the two tight wins. Against the Hornets, Huff put up 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes. She followed that up with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes against the Spartans.
Right On Time: The Rainbow Wahine got another timely effort from a sub in the win over SJSU as junior Briana Harris poured in 20 points. The point total was a season-high while the five treys she hit matched a career-best.
The Numbers Game...+9.5: Hawai’i leads the Big West and is 31st in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +9.5. The ‘Bows are the lone team in the conference with a positive rebounding margin.