Cal State Fullerton Battles Long Beach State in ESPN3 Showdown
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This Week In The Big West
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 11
This week's women's hoops slate is highlighted by Cal State Fullerton visiting rival Long Beach State in an ESPN3 showdown. Unbeaten clubs UC Riverside and UC Davis also look to continue their hot starts.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (9-7, 1-1 Big West)
For Openers: Cal Poly won its second straight Big West game last week, a home contest against Cal State Fullerton, 51-46. The Mustangs will remain at home this week, hosting CSUN and UC Davis.
Picking It Up Elsewhere: Cal Poly shot just 31.0% from the floor in the win over CSF, the lowest shooting percentage in a win for the Mustangs this season. The club was led by its defense to the winner’s circle, forcing 23 turnovers and allowing the Titans to shoot just 23.1% in the fourth period.
Clutch From The Stripe: Cal Poly has converted its chances at the free throw line this season, ranking second in the Big West 72.6%. The Mustangs have been even better in conference play, shooting 79.1% from the stripe.
The Numbers Game...4: A week after setting a career-high in points, sophomore Gabby Grupalo picked up another personal best with four steals against Cal State Fullerton.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-15, 0-3 Big West)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped a pair of games last week, falling at home against UC Santa Barbara, 65-47, and on the road against Cal Poly, 51-46. The Titans will play a pair of rivalry games this week, traveling to Long Beach State and hosting UC Irvine. The matchup against LBSU will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Five Doubles And Counting: Freshman forward Michelle Berry picked up her fifth double double of the season against UCSB, putting up 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her five double doubles are second-most in the league this season.
Swiss Army Sami: Junior wing Sami Logan has provided whatever CSF has needed all season. Logan has five double figure scoring games, two games with double digit rebounds, eight games of at multiple assists and eight games of at least three three-pointers made.
The Numbers Game...3.7: Logan leads the Big West during conference play with 3.7 made threes per game.
CSUN (2-15, 0-3 Big West)
For Openers: CSUN dropped a pair of contests against Big West foes last week, losing at Hawai’i, 77-50, and falling at home against UC Santa Barbara, 65-49. This week the Matadors will play at Cal Poly and host UH.
Give Her 15: Freshman center Channon Fluker pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds against the Gauchos, the fifth-most in the Big West this season. Through three conference games, Fluker is averaging 9.0 rebounds per game and has pulled down more offensive rebounds (14) than defensive (13).
Take It Away, Knock It Down: Sophomore Serafina Maulupe ranks ninth in the Big West in steals per game (1.5) and is seventh in free throw percentage (76.4).
The Numbers Game...3.6: The Matadors are averaging 3.5 blocks per game, second best in the Big West.
LONG BEACH STATE (13-5, 2-2 Big West)
For Openers: Long Beach State picked up its second straight split to start conference play, losing at home to UC Riverside, 78-60, and defeating UC Irvine on the road, 71-65. LBSU plays one game this week, a home encounter against rival Cal State Fullerton. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Big Game Gertz: Sophomore guard Jessica Gertz led five double figure scorers with 13 points against UCI. She hit a pair of threes and all seven of her free throw attempts on the way to a career-high point total.
Four Points Twice: Freshman forward Chanterria Jackson picked up a career-high 17 points against UCR. She hit three buckets from downtown, two of which she was fouled and completed a four-point play.
The Numbers Game...3: LBSU outrebounded the Anteaters 42-35, just the third time this season the 49ers have outrebounded the opposition. They are now 3-0 in those contests.
UC DAVIS (10-6, 4-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Davis won its only game of the week, a 74-61 home win over UC Irvine. The Aggies hit the road for two games this week, facing off against Central Coast schools UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
Morgan’s In A Groove: Freshman forward Morgan Bertsch picked up 20 points against UCI, her fifth 20-point game of the season. Bertsch has scored at least 20 in back-to-back games and is averaging 13.9 points in her first go-round in Big West play.
Sharing The Ball: The Aggies are second in the Big West in assists (278) and assists per game (17.4). Eight of the players in the UCD rotation are averaging at least 1.0 assist per game and three of them are averaging at least 2.0 assists.
The Numbers Game...3: UC Davis is 3-0 in league play for the first time as a member of the Big West.
UC IRVINE (3-15, 0-4 Big West)
For Openers: UC Irvine lost its two games last week, a road contest against UC Davis, 74-61, and a home loss to Long Beach State, 71-65. UCI will look to pick up its first win of the conference campaign this week as it hosts Hawai’i then visits Cal State Fullerton.
Wasting No Time: Freshman guard Andrea Ritter scored a career-high 18 points against the Aggies, then followed that up with 11 points against the 49ers. She was playing in just the second and third collegiate games of her career.
Block Parties: The ‘Eaters recorded 10 blocks over the two games, with half of them coming from junior forward Mokun Fajemisin. She leads the Big West in blocks per game with 2.0 per contest.
The Numbers Game...3: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton recorded 11 assists against LBSU, the third time this season she has tallied double digit assists.
UC RIVERSIDE (11-7, 4-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Riverside upped its win streak to five with a pair of road wins last week. UCR downed Long Beach State, 78-60, and Hawai’i, 77-74. The Highlanders return home this week for a single game against UC Santa Barbara.
Double (Almost Triple) Double: Senior forward Annelise Ito put her all around talent on display against LBSU, putting up 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Ito matched her season-high in rebounds for the second time in three games.
Crain Inching Closer: Crain is inching closer to rarified air in the Big West record books. Crain has 1,952 points over her career, putting her just 48 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...2: UC Riverside is the only team to have two players with at least three double doubles this season (Réjane Verin - 4, Ito - 3).
UC SANTA BARBARA (6-12, 3-1 Big West)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara won a pair of league games on the road last week, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 64-47, and CSUN, 65-49. The Gauchos will look to extend their recent winning string as they host UC Davis and travel to UC Riverside .
Been A While III: Lets update a few streaks...UCSB is off to its best conference start since 2011, snapped its four-game losing streak to CSUN and swept a conference road series for the first time since February 2013. The Gauchos also won its first road game of the season thanks to the win over CSF.
Efficient Outing: Junior center Je Zhé Newton made the most of her 23 minutes against the Titans, recording 15 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The Numbers Game...4: UC Santa Barbara is just four wins shy of matching its win total from the past two seasons combined.
HAWAI'I (9-8, 2-2 Big West)
For Openers: Hawai’i split a pair of home Big West outings last week, defeating CSUN, 77-50, and losing to UC Riverside, 77-74. UH will hit the road again for its two games this week, playing at UC Irvine and CSUN.
The Extra Year Is Going Well: Senior forward Ashleigh Karaitiana has been a key contributor in her final season, averaging 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She has started all 17 of the Rainbow Wahine’s games and is averaging 26.8 minutes per contest.
It Was Her Destiny: Senior guard Destiny King scored a career-high 24 points in the loss to UCR, hitting on 9-of-17 from the field and all six of her free throw attempts.
The Numbers Game...0: The loss to the Highlanders snapped the Bows’ 16-game home win streak against conference opposition.