UC Riverside Unbeaten At Halfway Mark
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This Week in the Big West - February 8-14, 2016
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 14
Halfway through its conference slate, UC Riverside stands as the lone unblemished team in the Big West. This week the Highlanders will hit the road looking to stay perfect, taking on Cal Sate Fullerton and Cal Poly.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
CAL POLY (11-11, 4-5 Big West)
For Openers: Cal Poly picked up a split of home games last week, losing to Hawai’i, 64-58, and defeating UC Irvine, 50-38. This week, the Mustangs will be on the road against UC Davis before returning back home to take on UC Riverside.
Super Duper Sub: Sophomore guard Dynn Leaupepe has supplied a ton of offense for the Mustangs this season, but her past four games have been prolific. Leaupepe is averaging 21.3 points on 51.4% from the floor during that time. Including in those contests is a career-high 31 points against the Rainbow Wahine.
DEEE-FENSE: Cal Poly picked up the defense in the win over the Anteaters, allowing just 38 points on 21.9% shooting and forcing 17 turnovers. This was the first time the Mustangs held an opponent under 40 points since March 7, 2013 when they held UCI to 36.
The Numbers Game...1.8: Senior guard Beth Balbierz is second in the Big West in steals at 1.8 per contest.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-21, 0-9 Big West)
For Openers: Cal State Fullerton dropped two games last week, falling to UC Santa Barbara on the road, 79-49, and UC Davis at home, 63-59. The Titans will play a home game this week against UC Riverside before hitting the road to take on the Aggies.
Live And Die By The 3: The Titans put up a season-high 36 three-pointers against the Aggies, connecting on 12 of them. The attempts were just four shy of the school and conference record for most in a contest.
Logan Returns: After missing the previous two games, junior guard Samantha Logan returned against UCD and delivered a solid stat line. Logan put up 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in 35 minutes.
The Numbers Game...9: Freshman forward Michelle Berry leads the Big West and ranks 44th in the country in double doubles with nine.
CSUN (5-18, 3-6 Big West)
For Openers: CSUN had its season-high three game win streak snapped last week, falling to Long Beach State on the road in overtime, 74-71. The club also fell in another tight road game to UC Riverside, 83-76. The Matadors will host UC Irvine in their lone game of the week on Saturday.
Fourth Quarter Star: Sophomore guard Katelin King scored a career-high 17 points against UCR, all of which came in the fourth quarter. King nailed five three-pointers and a pair of free throws to nearly single-handedly rally CSUN from a 14-point deficit to start the period.
Jazzing Up The Offense: Senior forward Jasmine Johnson scored a career-high 17 points against the 49ers, then put up 10 points against the Highlanders. It marked the first time in her collegiate career that she scored in double figures in back-to-back games.
The Numbers Game...6: Freshman center Channon Fluker has recorded six straight double-doubles.
LONG BEACH STATE (17-5, 6-2 Big West)
For Openers: Long Beach State upped its win streak to five thanks to a home overtime win over CSUN, 74-71. LBSU will look to keep the winning string going as it visits Hawai’i and hosts UC Santa Barbara.
First Of The Season: Junior guard Raven Benton recorded her first double-double of the season against the Matadors, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Kim Heating Up: Junior guard Anna Kim is averaging 7.8 points per game on the season, but has upped her production over the last three games. During that time, Kim is averaging 15.0 points and has shot 50.0% (6-12) from three-point land.
The Numbers Game...24.8: The Beach has forced the opposition into 24.8 turnovers per game during its five-game win streak.
UC DAVIS (13-9, 6-3 Big West)
For Openers: UC Davis went 1-1 in its two road games last week, losing to UC Riverside, 80-73, and defeating Cal State Fullerton, 63-59. UCD will return home this week, taking on Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton.
Six And Counting: Freshman forward Morgan Bertsch scored 20 points against the Highlanders, her sixth 20-point outing of the season. Bertsch is second among all Big West freshmen in points per game at 12.8.
Kourt Sense: Freshman guard Kourtney Eaton leads the Big West and ranks 51st in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.06-to-1. Eaton is the lone player in the league to register at least a 2-to-1 ratio.
The Numbers Game...3: Three more wins and the Aggies have their highest total since the 2011-12 campaign (17).
UC IRVINE (4-19, 1-8 Big West)
For Openers: UC Irvine lost its only game last week, a road contest against Cal Poly, 50-38. This week, the Anteaters will return home to take on UC Santa Barbara then travel to face CSUN.
Defense Is Still There: The Anteaters have held three of their last four foes under 60 points, including a season-low 50 points allowed to the Mustangs.
Rebounding Battle: Junior forward Mokun Fajemisin pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds against Cal Poly. Fajemisin had pulled down 18 rebounds combined in the three prior games.
The Numbers Game...4.6: UCI leads the Big West during conference play with 4.6 blocks per game.
UC RIVERSIDE (15-7, 8-0 Big West)
For Openers: UC Riverside stayed unbeaten in conference play with two tight home wins last week, topping UC Davis, 80-73, and CSUN, 83-76. The Highlanders will hit the road looking to continue their hot string, visiting Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly.
Moving Up The Charts: Senior guard Brittany Crain has already moved into the 2,000-point club, now she is looking to move up another list. Crain has 212 career makes from beyond the arc, a figure that stands in a tie for 9th on the all-time Big West list.
Sharing The Rock: Not only is UCR one of the top scoring teams in the country at 77.7 points per game, it is one of the best passing clubs. The Highlanders are fifth in the nation with 19.5 assists per game.
The Numbers Game...1: Crain is the only player in Big West history to score over 2,000 career points and hit over 200 three-pointers.
UC SANTA BARBARA (8-15, 5-4 Big West)
For Openers: UC Santa Barbara picked up a split of home league games last week, defeating Cal State Fullerton, 79-49, and losing to Hawai’i, 63-62. The Gauchos will visit UC Irvine and Long Beach State this week.
Take It Away: UCSB is second in the Big West in steals with 8.9 per game. Two players rank in the top 5 as freshman guard Coco Miller and senior guard Jasmine Ware are tied for fourth with 1.6 thefts per game.
Learned The Ropes: Sophomore guard Makala Roper was a dominant force against the Titans, scoring 25 points, dishing out six assists and connecting on five threes. On the season, the second-year star is tops on the club in scoring (12.7), three pointers made (47) and three-point percentage (35.6).
The Numbers Game...2: UC Santa Barbara is two wins away from reaching double digits for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign (16).
HAWAI'I (14-9, 7-3 Big West)
For Openers: Hawai’i won a pair of road games in the Central Coast last week, defeating Cal Poly, 64-58, and UC Santa Barbara, 63-62. The ‘Bows have one game this week but it is a big one as they host Long Beach State.
The Traveling Rainbow Wahine: UH has been a strong outfit on the road this season as the club is 9-2 in true away contests. The nine wins equal its most road wins in a season since returning to the Big West in 2012-13.
Consistent King: Senior guard Destiny King has been as consistent as can be in her home and away contests this season. King is averaging 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 10 home games, while averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in true road games.
The Numbers Game...4: Hawai’i has won a season-high four games in a row.