First Week Of December Offers Light Women's Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 5
A light 12 game schedule is on tap for women's hoops this week as teams begin to break for final exams. It also means that we're just a month away from the start of conference play and the race for the 2018 Big West Tournament.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
FINALLY A NEW CAREER-HIGH
UC Davis forward Morgan Bertsch put up a career-high 29 points in the win over Sacramento State. What’s notable is the junior finally set a new personal best after recording 27 points on three occasions, including once earlier this year. This also marked her sixth straight 20-point performance.
BIG DAY FOR THE ‘BOWS
Two Hawai’i players set new scoring highs in the Rainbow Wahine victory over Idaho State. Senior guard Sarah Toeaina had 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while junior forward Lahni Salanoa nailed 4-of-6 from three-point land on her way to 19 points.
LET IT RAIN...RAINDROPS...RAINMAKER!!!
UC Davis’ 7-0 start had been powered by one of the most efficient offenses in the country. The Aggies are seventh in the NCAA in assists per game (20.9), 15th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.39), 10th in field goal percentage (49.3), 27th in points per game (81.7), ninth in threes made per game (10.3) and fourth in three-point percentage (44.4).
THE PAINT IS HERS
CSUN leads the Big West and ranks in 22nd in the NCAA in blocks (44) and 28th in blocks per game (5.5). The player leading the club isn’t the one you may expect as senior Tessa Boagni is recording 2.63 rejections per contest, a figure thats tops in the league and 18th in the NCAA. Boagni’s 21 blocks is just two away from her career-high over a season, set just a year ago.
GREATEST AMONG TITANS
Cal State Fullerton’s Daeja Smith is producing at an All-Conference level, not surprising as the junior was named honorable mention a year ago. Smith is averaging 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 31.2 minutes of action. She has also tallied three double-doubles on the season, a figure that is tied for the most in the Big West.
UPPING THE PACE FROM DEEP
A year ago, UC Santa Barbara connected on 231 threes in 32 games, a clip of 7.2 makes per contest. This year the Gauchos are even more prolific from beyond the arc, having already hit 66 in eight games which amounts to 8.3 per contest.
SHOOT NOW, QUESTIONS LATER
As the old basketball adage goes, “the game is about buckets”. UC Irvine is taking that to hear this season as the Anteaters are playing at a higher pace. Last year, UCI averaged 57.2 field goal attempts, 15.9 free throw attempts and 19.1 three-point attempts on its way to 60.2 points per game. This year the recharged ‘Eaters are averaging 63.8 shots per game, 18.4 free throw attempts and 21.4 attempts from beyond the arc on their way to 65.5 points per game.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch and Fluker became the 138th and 139th members of the Big West 1,000-point this season, as both crossed the milestone in the first two weeks of the campaign.
Several players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. UC Riverside’s Michelle Curry (973), UC Davis’ Pele Gianotti (910), Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe (876), UC Davis’ Rachel Nagel (816), CSUN’s Serafina Maulupe (825), Hawai’i’s Sarah Toeaina (825) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (699) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
4 - Wins by UC Irvine after the first month of the season, one shy of equaling its total from last season.
6 - Rank of UC Davis in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll (as of Nov. 28).
+9.1 - Scoring differential by Hawai'i from last season (59.2) to this one (68.3).
13 - Blocks by CSUN against New Orleans, tied for third in a single game in the NCAA this season.
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