Home Games Galore In This Week's Women's Hoops Slate
Big West Women's Basketball Weekly Release No. 4
Big West Women's Basketball fans will have ample opportunity to catch their favorite clubs this week as eight home games dot the 16-game slate. Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton will be the busiest teams in front of the home crowd as each team plays two games in the friendly confines of home arenas.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Big West Celebrates 50/35
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long, the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all conference sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
• The debate for best point guard in league history would have to include Pacific’s Tina Friel. She is the Big West all-time leader in assists (1,083) and assists per game (9.8), playing with the Tigers from 1989-93. Friel also holds the top four single season assist averages in league history, topped by the 11.1 she handed out per game in 1989-90. Adding to her impressive feats were the triple-double she produced against Brigham Young on December 19, 1992, putting up 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to record the first triple-double in program history. She is the lone Tiger to achieve the feat during their Big West membership.
• UC Irvine’s Jordan Sanders picked up her first career Big West Player of the Week honor this week but she is a long way from the top spot on that list. Former New Mexico State great Anita Maxwell won 13 of the league’s weekly honors over her career, leading a pack of six players who have won double digit weekly awards.
That’s A Start
UC Davis held Southern Utah to four first quarter points on the way to an impressive 68-45 win over the Thunderbirds. The four points are tied for the least a UCD squad has allowed in a period since the 2016-17 team held UC Irvine to that same number on February 11, 2017. It is also just one point shy of tying the program record of three points allowed set on December 6, 2015 against Cal State Monterey Bay.
59 And Counting
CSUN center Channon Fluker had her fingerprints all over the comeback win over Washington State last week, posting 24 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 32 minutes. It marked the senior’s fourth double-double in six games this season and the 59th of her illustrious career. Fluker is tied atop the active career list for double-doubles in the NCAA with Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, 12 more than the next highest player.
Anteaters Rolling Along
UC Irvine has been the class of the league so far, posting five wins in as many games to start the season. The league’s lone unbeaten club is off to the best start in program history and has won all but one of its games by double-digits. UCI leads the league in scoring (79.6), field goal percentage (45.2), free throw percentage (74.7), steals (15.2), opponents’ field goal percentage (36.7), scoring defense (55.2) and turnovers forced per game (25.4).
Sharing The Rock
Cal State Fullerton has shown an affinity for sharing the ball this season, leading the Big West and ranking 21st in the NCAA in assists per game at 18.5. CSF’s per game total is over two assists more than the second-best club on the league leaderboard and the team has tallied 20 or more assists in three of its last four games. Two Titans are also 1-2 on the league leaderboard in assists per game as sophomore Raina Perez is tops with 7.6 and senior Jade Vega is second at 6.2.
ON THE WAY TO 2K
Here’s a look where UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch and CSUN’s Channon Fluker stand on the league’s all-time scoring list, and who they will pass, on their way to 2,000 points.
Player, Team Years Games PPG Points
8. Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly 2007-10, 2012 121 15.9 1,953
9. Julie Szukalski, Pacific 1986-90 108 17.8 1,927
10. Toni Thomas, Cal State Fullerton 2005-09 127 14.1 1,786
11. Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis 2015-pres. 105 17.0 1,785
12. Cindy Brown, Long Beach State 1985-87 68 26.2 1,779
13. Yvette Roberts, Fresno State 1986-89 113 15.7 1,778
14. Lindsay Taylor, UC Santa Barbara 2000-04 121 14.6 1,767
15. Ashlee Guay, CSUN 2011-15 129 13.7 1,761
16. Megan Richardson, Cal State Fullerton 2008-12 122 14.2 1,742
17. Shayla Bradshaw, Cal State Fullerton 1992-96 109 15.9 1,734
18. Kristi Rohr, UC Santa Barbara 1996-00 125 13.8 1,720
19. Kristen Mann, UC Santa Barbara 2001-05 115 14.8 1,700
20. Channon Fluker, CSUN 2015-pres. 100 17.0 1,697
20. Erin Buescher, UC Santa Barbara 1997-00 94 18.1 1,697
FLUKER, SMITH LAND ON LISA LESLIE WATCH LIST
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced the watch list for the 2019 Lisa Leslie award and two Big West players appeared on the 20-player watch list. Cal State Fullerton’s Daeja Smith and CSUN’s Channon Fluker earned their way onto the list recognizing the top center in Division I women’s basketball. The Lisa Leslie Award selection award committee is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Leslie and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com. The winner of the award will be announced on an ESPN platform during the 2019 Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
RETURNING ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
^Channon Fluker, CSUN, Senior, Center
#Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis, Senior, Forward
# - Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
^ - Three-time All-Big West First Team selection
Player Year Position
Daeja Smith, Cal State Fullerton, Senior, Center
Player Year Position
Shanaijah Davison, Long Beach State, Sophomore, Guard
Naomi Hunt, Long Beach State, Sophomore, Forward
Jordan Sanders, UC Irvine, Sophomore, Forward
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