DAVIS, Calif. — For the second time this season — and the third time in her career — junior forward Morgan Bertsch has been named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after helping the UC Davis women’s basketball team to wins over a pair of league contenders last week.
Bertsch, who earned her first weekly honor from the conference office back on Nov. 13, also picked up a player of the week award as the top player in the Big West from College Sports Madness for the fourth time this year, previously earning awards from the organization on Nov. 13, Nov. 27, and Dec. 4.
In wins over Cal Poly and CSUN, the biomedical engineering major from Santa Rosa, Calif., helped the Aggies improve to 20-4 overall and 10-1 in conference play, making this year’s club the fastest in the program’s Division I history to hit the 20-win plateau and giving UC Davis back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2009-11.
Bertsch averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting nearly 66 percent (19-for-29) from the field and moving into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,444 career points. The two performances marked her 23rd and 24th consecutive double-digit scoring games of the season — setting a new program Division I record — while giving her 74 such games for her career, just six short of former UC Davis standout Sydnee Fipps for the record.
Coming off the team’s first league defeat of the season, Bertsch exploded for 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting in an eight-point win over the Mustangs to tip off the week — her 14th 20-point performance of the season and the 32nd of her career, the latter tying the school record. She also added a career-high tying six blocks against Cal Poly, falling just one short of the school’s single-game mark.
Three days later, Bertsch scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as the Aggies ran away from the Matadors, hitting 8-of-11 from the floor to avenge their only Big West loss in a 26-point win over CSUN, setting a new program Division I single-season record with 211 field goals made — a total that also ranks third on the all-time single-season list.
UC Davis closes out a three-game homestand at The Pavilion on Thursday night (Feb. 15) at 6 p.m. against Long Beach State, before making the trek to Honolulu to take on Hawai’i on Saturday (Feb. 17) at 7 p.m. HT.
Please note the change in tip-off time for the game against the 49ers, which was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.
SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.
PACK THE PAVILION!
Season and single-game tickets for UC Davis men's and women's basketball are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com.