Two Clubs Put Unbeaten Conference Marks On The Line
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This Week In The Big West
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 10
Two clubs emerged unscathed after the first week of conference play. One of those clubs, UC Riverside, brings its unblemished record to Long Beach to take on the 49ers live on ESPN3.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (8-7, 1-1 Big West)
For Openers: Cal Poly picked up a split of its first two Big West games, losing at UC Santa Barbara, 78-67, and winning at UC Irvine, 72-54. The Mustangs will open up its conference home slate this week with games against Cal State Fullerton and CSUN.
Gabby Erupts: Sophomore Gabby Grupalo shattered her career highs with 25 points in 31 minutes against Anteaters. Grupalo’s previous bests were five points and 16 minutes, both of which came on December 29 against Sacramento State.
Gilbert Gobbles Up Boards: Junior forward Hannah Gilbert set her career-high in rebounds with 18 against UCI. She surpassed her previous high of 17 set on December 29 against Sacramento State.
The Numbers Game...6: Cal Poly has had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-13, 0-1 Big West)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton fell in its conference opener last week, an 82-61 setback at home against Long Beach State. The Titans will host UC Santa Barbara and travel to Cal Poly this week in Big West action.
Craig Bombs Away: Freshman guard Dani Craig picked up 18 points against the 49ers, connecting on 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. The six makes matches her career-high set against Loyola Marymount on November 17.
Live By The Three: Cal State Fullerton made a season-high 13 three-pointers against LBSU and matched its season-best with 30 attempts from downtown. The club leads the Big West in three-pointers made (6.8) and attempted (22.3) per game.
The Numbers Game...2: Cal State Fullerton dropped only its second Big West opener in the last 10 years.
CSUN (2-13, 0-1 Big West)
For Openers: CSUN opened up its Big West schedule with a home loss to UC Davis, 75-52. This week the team will make the trip to the islands to take on Hawai’i, then return home to take on UC Santa Barbara.
Tessa’s 20: Sophomore forward Tessa Boagni scored a game-high 20 points against the Aggies, her third 20-point game of the season. Boagni hit 8-of-13 from the floor, including a career-best two three-pointers, in 27 minutes.
The Quiet Freshman: Freshman center Channon Fluker posted her second straight solid game with 12 points and eight rebounds against UCD. Over the first two Big West games of her career, she is averaging 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in just 39 total minutes.
The Numbers Game...3.6: The Matadors are averaging 3.6 blocks per game, second best in the Big West.
LONG BEACH STATE (12-4, 1-1 Big West)
For Openers: Long Beach State split its first two games of the 2016 Big West campaign, losing at home to Hawai’i, 67-55, and winning at Cal State Fullerton, 82-61. LBSU gain some airtime this week as its home matchup against UC Riverside is live on ESPN3. The club will also take on UC Irvine on the road Saturday.
The Highs From Three: The 49ers hit 20 of their 36 attempts from three-point land against the Titans. The 20 makes is a school and Big West single game record, tied for the most in a game this season in the NCAA and just two off the single game NCAA record. LBSU’s previous record of 13 threes made was actually set November 15 against Portland State.
Raven Heating Up: Junior guard Raven Benton has hit 10 three-pointers over her last three games. She had 11 in the first 13 games of the season.
The Numbers Game...8: Junior forward Madison Montgomery has eight straight games with at least one block.
UC DAVIS (9-6, 2-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Davis went 2-0 in the opening week of Big West play, winning at CSUN, 75-52, and defeating Hawai’i at home, 60-58. UCD will stay in Davis for its lone conference matchup this week, a tilt against UC Irvine.
See Ya Coach: Senior forward Alyson Doherty finished with 17 points in just 23 minutes against the Matadors. That performance gave Doherty 1,094 points, moving her past assistant coach Des Abeyta into 13th place on the all-time list.
Both Ways: The Aggies are the lone club in the Big West to rank in the top three in field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The club is second in shooting at 43.6%, while also ranking second in allowing foes to shoot just 36.6%.
The Numbers Game...11: UC Davis rallied from an 11-point deficit to defeat the Rainbow Wahine. It was the largest deficit the Aggies have come back from to win this season.
UC IRVINE (3-13, 0-2 Big West)
For Openers: UC Irvine dropped both its games to start of conference play, losing at UC Riverside, 93-69, and falling at home to Cal Poly, 72-54. UCI will travel to UC Davis and host Long Beach State in its two-game league slate this week.
Pipe In Points: Junior forward Mckenzie Piper scored a career-high 17 points against the Highlanders, shooting 8-of-13 from the floor in 26 minutes. It marked Piper’s first double-digit scoring game since December 12 against San Diego Christian.
Mokun All Around: Junior forward Mokun Fajemisin was an all-around force for the ‘Eaters against the Mustangs, tallying eight points, seven rebounds, five blocks, one assists and one steal in 29 minutes. The five rejections was a career-high for Fajemisin.
The Numbers Game...1: This will be the final season at the helm for head coach Doug Oliver as he has announced his retirement effective at season’s end.
UC RIVERSIDE (9-7, 2-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Riverside was undefeated in its first Big West weekend of the season, beating UC Irvine at home, 93-69, and UC Santa Barbara on the road, 83-53. UCR looks to continue the hot start this week as it hits the road for matchups against Long Beach State and Hawai’i. The LBSU tilt will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
You All Get Assists: UC Riverside picked up 26 assists against the Anteaters and 27 against the Gauchos. The Highlanders lead the Big West in total assists (313) and assists per game (19.6). Those figures also rank fourth and sixth in the NCAA, respectively.
Crain Inching Closer: Crain is inching closer to rarified air in the Big West record books. Crain has 1,914 points over her career, putting her just 86 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...13: Senior forward Annelise Ito pulled down 13 rebounds against UCSB, matching her season high.
UC SANTA BARBARA (4-12, 1-1 Big West)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara split its first two Big West home games of the campaign, defeating Cal Poly, 78-67, and losing to UC Riverside, 83-53. UCSB will hit the road for its next to league contests, heading south to play Cal State Fullerton and CSUN.
Been A While II: The Gaucho victory against the Mustangs snapped a few streaks and increased another. It marked the first win over Cal Poly in nearly five years, the first home win over the Mustangs since 2010 and gave UCSB its first three-game winning streak since March 2013.
Connecting From Deep: The Gauchos shot 9-of-18 from three-point land against the Mustangs, a season-high in makes and percentage.
The Numbers Game...30: UC Santa Barbara got the bulk of its offense from the bench against UCR, putting up 30 of its 53 points.
HAWAI'I (8-7, 1-1 Big West)
For Openers: Hawai’i picked up a split of Big West games on the mainland, defeating Long Beach State, 67-55, and losing to UC Davis, 60-58. UH returns home for its next two Big West contests, hosting CSUN and UC Riverside.
No Sophomore Slump: Sopphmore guard Sarah Toeaina has been solid for the Rainbow Wahine, averaging 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She has played in all 15 contests for the club, starting seven, and leads the Big West in free throw shooting at 86.3%.
Pounded On The Glass: UH’s rebounding prowess was in full effect against the 49ers as they posted a 52-29 advantage. The ‘Bows nearly collected more offensive rebounds (20) than LBSU had total boards.
The Numbers Game...15.0, 22.5: The Rainbow Wahine lead the Big West in free throws made (15.0) and attempted (22.5).