Conference Play Opens For Women's Hoops
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 9
The new year brings a new challenge for women's basketball as the league's nine clubs begin the race for the Big West regular season title this week. Defending regular season champion UC Davis opens on the road against resurgent UC Irvine before going home to face Hawai'i, while defending Big West Tournament champion Long Beach State opens with a pair on the road.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
ANTEATERS COMING IN HOT
After struggling in the first month of the season, UC Irvine is arguably the hottest team in the Big West headed into conference play. The ‘Eaters won five of their six games in December with the lone loss coming in overtime. Even more impressive is that the club went 4-0 on the road in the month.
TRIPLE DOUBLE ALERT
CSUN junior Channon Fluker added another impressive milestone to her career ledger as she racked up a triple double last week. In the Matador win over Seattle, Fluker put up 28 points, 16 rebounds and blocked a school and Big West record 13 shots. It was the third triple double in CSUN history and first since 2006. The previous two triple doubles were recorded by Matador great Ofa Tulikihihifo.
ABOUT THAT BLOCKS RECORD
Fluker’s 13 blocks broke the league record set by Simone Srubek of former league member Fresno State. Srubek actually set the record on March 4, 1989 against Hawai’i, then equaled it nearly a year to the date later on March 2, 1990 against UNLV.
LETS JUST KEEP PLAYING
Cal State Fullerton lost a tough one at home to UTEP, falling 92-91 in double overtime. It was the first overtime game for the Titans since 2015 and the first double overtime for the program since 2010. Junior Jade Vega led the way with career highs in points (24) and rebounds (7) to lead five Titans in double figures. She also played a mind blowing 49 minutes and committed just one turnover.
THE GAME TRAVELS
Long Beach State made the trek to Newark, N.J., for the NJIT Christmas Tournament last week and senior Cecily Wilson made sure she brought her game. Wilson recorded eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal against VCU, then put up 12 points, five rebounds, five steals, an assist and a block against host NJIT. For her efforts, Wilson was named to the All-Tournament team.
ITS RAINING IN MOTT
Playing at home for the first time in over a month, Cal Poly senior Dynn Leaupepe had her shooting stroke going all night. The guard led the Mustangs with 25 points in a win over CSU Bakersfield, hitting a career-best four three-pointers along the way. Leaupepe is now the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,224 points.
GRAND STATUS 2017-18 EDITION
UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch, CSUN junior Channon Fluker and UC Riverside senior Michelle Curry became the 138th,139th and 140th members of the Big West 1,000-point this season, as they all crossed the milestone during non-conference play.
Several players around the league are also approaching the 1,000-point milestone. UC Davis’ Pele Gianotti (954), Hawai’i’s Sarah Toeaina (891), Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe (886), UC Davis’ Rachel Nagel (865), CSUN’s Serafina Maulupe (859), CSUN’s Tessa Boagni (760) and UC Davis’ Dani Nafekh (742) all have a chance to add the accomplishment this season.
FAST BREAK POINTS
2.33-to-1 - Assist to turnover ratio for UC Davis' Kourtney Eaton, best in the Big West.
4 - Cal State Fullerton players that registered 40+ minutes in the double overtime loss to UTEP.
8 - Wins by UC Irvine, just one less than its win total combined over the last two seasons.
157 - Total steals by Long Beach State, 21st in the NCAA and tops in the Big West.
The Big West Tour sponsored Fox PrimeTicket, Smile Generation and GEICO returns for 2018, running January 10th through March 3rd. Over the course of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the eight Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prizes from the Big West spin wheel.
The Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2018 season, the event's ninthth year at the Anaheim-based arena. The tournament runs March 8-10, with the women's first and second rounds March 6-7 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym and the women's semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 9-10. The entire men's tournment will be played at Honda Center March 8-10. For more information on the 2018 Big West Tournament please visit: www.bigwesttournament.com.
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