Win Streaks On The Line In Women's Hoops
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This Week In The Big West
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 13
The teams with the longest current win streaks in the Big West look to keep the momentum going as CSUN travels to Long Beach State, while UC Riverside looks to continue its unbeaten start as it hosts two conference foes.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (10-10, 3-4 Big West)
For Openers: Cal Poly dropped both of its Big West road games last week, falling to UC Riverside, 93-83, and Long Beach State, 65-53. This week the Mustangs will look to break the losing string as it returns home to host Hawai’i and UC Irvine.
Super Sub: Sophomore guard Dynn Leaupepe led the squad in scoring in both games last week, averaging 22.0 points per game. Leapepe put up a season-high 25 against UCR, then followed that up with 19 against the 49ers. Leaupepe has scored in double figures in a season-best three staight contests.
Seven Times: Junior forward Hannah Gilbert had 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Highlanders, giving her seven double-doubles on the season. Gilbert ranks second in the Big West in that category.
The Numbers Game...73.6: Cal Poly, which is 6-2 at the Mott Athletics Center this season, has won 73.6% of its home games since the 2008-09 season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-19, 0-7 Big West)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped a pair on the road last week, losing to Hawai’i, 62-53, and CSUN, 79-52. The Titans have a split week coming up, traveling to UC Santa Barbara then returning home to play UC Davis.
League Leader: Freshman forward Michelle Berry recorded 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against the ‘Bows, the fourth straight game she put up a double-double. Berry leads the Big West with eight double-doubles on the season.
Dialed In From Deep: The Titans have hit 136 three-pointers on the season, the second-most in the Big West. The club has two of the more prolific three-point shooters in the league as junior forward Samantha Logan and freshman Dani Craig have each connected on 43 triples, tying them for second in the conference.
The Numbers Game...12: Cal State Fullerton recorded a season-low 12 turnovers against UH.
CSUN (5-16, 3-4 Big West)
For Openers: CSUN upped its win streak to a season-high three thanks to a pair of wins last week. The Matadors downed UC Irvine on the road, 83-64, then returned home to beat Cal State Fullerton, 79-52. CSUN will hit the road for its two games this week, facing off against Long Beach State and UC Riverside. The matchup against the Highlanders will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Four And Counting: Freshman Channon Fluker ran her double-double streak to four with a pair over the weekend. Fluker dropped 33 points and 13 rebounds against UCI, then put up 21 points and 14 rebounds against the Titans. Fluker is averaging 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in just 24.7 minutes of play over seven conference games.
Upping The Defense: CSUN has picked up the defense during league play, allowing opposition to score 65.6 points per game and shoot 40.4% from the floor.
The Numbers Game...1: The Matadors won back-to-back games for the first time all season.
LONG BEACH STATE (16-5, 5-2 Big West)
For Openers: Long Beach State ran its win streak to four with a pair of wins last week, defeating UC Davis on the road, 75-62, and beating Cal Poly at home, 65-53. LBSU will play one game this week, a home matchup against CSUN.
Scorer Turned Passer: Junior guard Raven Benton is the 49ers’ leading scorer at 12.7 points per game but her passing stole the show against UCD. Benton picked up a career-high nine assists, the fifth time this season she has recorded four or more helpers in a contest.
A Dent In The Scoring Column: Junior forward Madison Montgomery scored 18 points against the Mustangs, just one off her career-high. The scoring output was her first double digit effort since scoring that career-best 19 against UNLV on December 20.
The Numbers Game...1: The Beach won for the first time at UC Davis in the Jody Wynn era, last defeating the Aggies on the road back in the 2009 season.
UC DAVIS (12-8, 5-2 Big West)
For Openers: UC Davis went 1-1 last week in two home contests, losing to Long Beach State, 75-62, and defeating UC Santa Barbara, 80-51. The Aggies will hit the road this week for a pair of games, taking on UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
Senior Bests: Senior duo Celia Marfone and Alyson Doherty picked up season-highs against LBSU. Marfone put up her 2015-16 best in points with 18, while Doherty added 12 rebounds which matched her career best.
Passing It Around: The Aggies picked up 22 assists against the Gauchos, the most for the club since recording 23 in a win over CSUN on January 7. UCD ranks second in the Big West and 16th in the country with 17.3 assists per game.
The Numbers Game...2.07: Freshman guard Kourtney Eaton leads the Big West and ranks 48th in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.07-to-1. Eaton is the lone player in the league to register at least a 2-to-1 ratio.
UC IRVINE (4-18, 1-7 Big West)
For Openers: UC Irvine lost a pair of Big West games last week, losing to CSUN at home, 83-64, and at Hawai’i, 59-35. UCI will play a single game this week, traveling to the Central Coast to take on Cal Poly.
Raelyn Scores And Dishes: Senior guard Raelyn Cheung-Sutton led the Anteaters with 16 points and nine assists against the Matadors. She also hit all five of her free throw attempts, extending her consecutive makes streak to 25.
Not Just A Shooter: Freshman guard Andee Ritter went 0-5 from the floor against the ‘Bows, but found other ways to contribute. Ritter recorded career-highs in rebounds (7) and blocks (3) while adding an assist and steals in 18 minutes of action.
The Numbers Game...2.3: Junior forward Mokun Fajemisin leads the Big West during conference play with 2.3 blocks per game.
UC RIVERSIDE (13-7, 6-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Riverside won its only game last week, a home contest against Cal Poly, 93-83. The Highlanders will remain at home this week, taking on UC Davis and CSUN. The matchup against the Matadors will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Congrats Brittany: Senior guard Brittany Crain became the seventh player in Big West history to surpass 2,000 points with 27 points against the Mustangs. Crain, who currently stands at 2,002 points, will set her sights on former Highlander star Kemie Nkele who is sixth all-time in conference history with 2,062 points.
Curry Is Cooking: Sophomore guard Michelle Curry has picked up her play over the last three games, averaging 14.7 points per game, shooting 50.0% (15-30) and connecting on 14 of her 15 free throw attempts.
The Numbers Game...85.9: UC Riverside averaged 85.6 points in seven January games, scoring 90+ points on three occasions and scoring a minimum of 77 points in each contest.
UC SANTA BARBARA (7-14, 4-3 Big West)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara lost its only game of the week, an 80-51 setback against UC Davis. UCSB will return home for a pair of games this week, hosting Cal State Fullerton and Hawai’i.
Crashing The Offensive Glass: The Gauchos recorded 18 offensive rebounds against the Aggies, the most they’ve pulled down in conference play and four shy of matching their season high.
Coco The Rookie: Freshman guard Coco Miller has been solid for UCSB in her first season, ranking third on the team in points per game (9.4), second in three-pointers made (39), third in assists (40) and tops in steals (37).
The Numbers Game...13.6: UC Santa Barbara is turning the ball over just 13.6 times per game over its last five Big West games. In the first two games of conference play, the Gauchos committed 26.5 turnovers per game.
HAWAI'I (12-9, 5-3 Big West)
For Openers: Hawai’i picked up back-to-back wins in Big West play for the first time this season, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 62-53, and UC Irvine, 59-35, at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH hits the road this week looking to continue the win streak, taking on Central Coast foes Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
Huffing The Paint: Sophomore center Megan Huff controlled the paint with two strong games. She recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes against CSF, then put up 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes against UCI.
Step Up To The Line: The Rainbow Wahine are among the best in the nation getting to and making it from the free throw line. The team is tops in the Big West in free throws made (316) and attempted (455). The numbers are 27th and 20th in the NCAA, respectively.
The Numbers Game...2: Senior duo Destiny King and Ashleigh Karaitiana are the only ‘Bows to start in all 21 games this season.