Holiday Tournaments Dot Women's Basketball Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 7
Two tournaments highlight the women's basketball schedule as teams ramp up the preparations for the new year and conference play. Long Beach State will host its annual Beach Classic, while Hawai'i heads to Las Vegas to play two ranked teams in the Duel in the Desert.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
UC Davis nearly rallied from a 25-point deficit, but the club dropped its first game of the year to a determined UCF team. The loss snapped an 11-game home win streak dating back to last season and also ended the best start in school history for the Aggies. The 9-0 run was also the best to start a season in the Big West since Hawai’i went 11-0 to start the 1991-92 campaign.
DIMES FOR ALL
Cal State Fullerton junior Jade Vega was in sharing mood in the win over Antelope Valley last week, recording a career-best 10 assists in the game. Thanks in large part to Vega, the Titans are sharing the ball at an improved rate than a year ago, averaging 13.2 assists per outing after putting up an average of 10.7 helpers a year ago.
THAT DECEMBER FEELING
After struggling to a 1-6 record in November, the calendar change has been a boon to CSUN as it is 4-0 in the current month. The offense has picked up life as the Matadors are averaging 78.5 points in December after putting up just 60.2 in November. The play of defending Big West Player of the Year Channon Fluker has also been a catalyst. The junior is averaging 20.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game over CSUN’s four games this month.
THE KIDS CAN SHOOT
UC Santa Barbara has two of the better young shooters from beyond the arc in the Big West in sophomore Aliceah Hernandez and freshman Sarah Bates. Hernandez is shooting 43.9% from deep, hitting on 18 of her 41 tries. Bates isn’t too far behind, shooting at a 37.5% clip after hitting 15 of her 41 attempts. The duo has helped UCSB rank second in the league in three pointers made (79) and third in percentage (32.9).
Quick...name the only team in the Big West to rank in the top three in the league in turnovers forced (19.9), steals (9.0) and blocks (4.4). Times up...it is actually resurgent UC Irvine that ranks in the top three in all categories. The Anteaters are second in forced turnovers while ranking third in blocks and steals.
BACK AT IT
Cal Poly senior guard Dynn Leaupepe was missing something from her game over the first six games of the season, free throw attempts. Leaupepe had only 12 attempts from the charity stripe over that stretch but has brought that skill back over her last four. She has 31 trips during that time, hitting on 27 of those attempts (87.1%).
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch and CSUN sophomore Channon 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 (995), UC Davis’ Pele Gianotti (936), Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe (886), UC Davis’ Rachel Nagel (833), CSUN’s Serafina Maulupe (859), Hawai’i’s Sarah Toeaina (866), CSUN’s Tessa Boagni (746) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (724) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
5 - Consecutive double doubles by CSUN's Channon Fluker.
+11.1 - Rebound margin by CSUN, tops in the Big West and nearly +10 better than the next-best team.
19 - Points scored by Long Beach State freshman Ma'Qhi Berry against #7 Tennessee, a personal best.
72.7 - Points per game by Cal Poly, second-most in the Big West.
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