Long Beach State (3-21, 1-9) at UC Davis (20-4, 10-1)
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. | The Pavilion | Davis, Calif.
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UC Davis (20-4, 10-1) at Hawai’i (10-14, 3-8)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 | 9:00 p.m. PT | Stan Sheriff Center | Honolulu, Hawai’i
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TIP OFF: A three-game homestand comes to a close this week as UC Davis (20-4, 10-1) hosts Long Beach State for its annual “Pink Game” and a celebration of Girls and Women in Sports on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 6 p.m. -- a game that was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. The Aggies then hit the road for a Saturday night (Feb. 17) clash on the islands, taking on Hawai’i in Honolulu beginning at 9 p.m. PT.
CHECK YOUR CALENDARS: Tip off for UC Davis’ regular season finale at UC Riverside has been adjusted to 4 p.m., two hours later than the originally announced 2 p.m.
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MID-MAJOR MOVERS: Back to their winning ways, the Aggies made their way back up the College Insider top 25 poll on Tuesday (Feb. 13), jumping one spot to No. 9 in the nation and remaining in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive week and the 10th time in 15 weeks overall. UC Davis reached as high as No. 5 in back-to-back weeks on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, and has stood among the top 25 of the College Insider poll every week this season, debuting at No. 20 in the preseason and opening a run of five consecutive weeks in the top 10 for the first time this season on Nov. 28.
Tracking the Aggies in the CollegeInsider.com poll
Preseason - No. 20
Nov. 14 - No. 17
Nov. 21 - No. 11
Nov. 28 - No. 8
Dec. 5 - No. 8
Dec. 12 - No. 5
Dec. 19 - No. 5
Dec. 26 - No. 7
Jan. 2 - No. 12
Jan. 9 - No. 10
Jan. 16 - No. 8
Jan. 23 - No. 8
Jan. 30 - No. 7
Feb. 6 - No. 10
Feb. 13 - No. 9
1,000 POINT CLUB
1. Carol Rische (1979-83) - 1,711 points
2. Sydnee Fipps (2011-15) - 1,636
3. Morgan Bertsch (2015-pres.) - 1,444
12. Lisa Jo Kellogg (1988-91) - 1,143
13. Colleen Turnbull (1999-03) - 1,137
14. Brenda Wyneken (1981-84) - 1,103
15. Pele Gianotti (2014-pres.) - 1,100
19. Kendall Greene (1992-96) - 1,027
-- Rachel Nagel (2014-pres.) - 992
-- Dani Nafekh (2014-pres.) - 819
AGGIES PACE BIG WEST IN THE RPI: After reaching as high as No. 42 in the nation in the RPI at one point this season, the Aggies continue to pace their Big West sistren as of Feb. 12, ranking 57th in the RPI and standing as the only Big West team in the top 100 thus far (Cal Poly is second among league members at No. 152). The No. 42 ranking earlier this season was the highest that UC Davis had been ranked in the RPI dating back to Dec. 29, when the Aggies stood 40th.
BRACKETOLOGY: In his latest bracketology projection of 2018 released on Feb. 12, ESPN’s Charlie Creme still has the Aggies carrying the Big West banner into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed -- holding steady from last two weeks predicitions but, now, making a much shorter drive to the Bay Area to take on No. 4 Stanford, along with No. 5 Green Bay and No. 12 Gonzaga. To view the entire bracket, visit http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/bracketology.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers enter the weekend with a 3-21 overall record and a 1-9 mark in Big West play, splitting their two conference games against CSUN (W, 59-51) and Cal Poly (L, 70-61) on the road... The win over the Matadors snapped a 13-game losing streak overall and five straight losses on the road... All three of Long Beach State’s victories have come on the road this season where it is 3-9... Freshman guard (and Woodland, Calif., native) Shanaijah Davidson leads the team in scoring at 12.6 ppg, shooting .332 from the floor... The 49ers are averaging 61.6 ppg and shooting. 382 from the field as a team, allowing opponents to score 72.7 ppg and shoot .427 from the floor.
SERIES NOTES: Long Beach State leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 18-14, after the Aggies snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with an, 83-71, win at The Pyramid earlier this season... The win in Long Beach was UC Davis’ first at The Pyramid since 2010, ending a seven-game losing streak... The Aggies are 9-6 against the 49ers at home, losing the last two games at The Pavilion, after winning six straight.
SCOUTING HAWAI’I: The Rainbow Wahine enter the week with a 10-14 overall record and a 3-8 mark in Big West play, hosting the Aggies in their only game of the week... A rested Hawai’i squad handed Cal State Fullerton a, 59-54, defeat on March 8 in its only game of last week... The Rainbow Wahine are 8-5 on the floor at the Stan Sheriff Center, winning three of the last four... Senior guard Sarah Toeaina leads the offense, averaging 15.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg, shooting just under 53 percent from the field... Three others are averaging more than eight points per game, including Makenna Woodfolk, who leads the team on the glass at 6.3 rpg... Hawai’i is averaging 62.8 ppg and shooting .401 from the field, while opponents average 69.2 ppg and shoot .435 from the floor.
SERIES NOTES: Hawai’i holds a slim, 8-7, advantage in the series with UC Davis dating back to 1975-76 season, but the Aggies have won the last three with the Rainbow Wahine following a, 76-52, victory at The Pavilion on Jan. 6... UC Davis is 3-4 on the road against Hawai’i, snapping a four-game skid with its, 69-50, win in Honolulu last year... The three-game winning streak by the Aggies is their longest in the series and tied for the longest by either team along with the Rainbow Wahine’s three-game winning streak from Jan. 19, 2013, to Jan. 23, 2014.
BERTSCH NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the second time this season — and the third time in her career — junior Morgan Bertsch has been named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 ppg, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting nearly 66 percent from the floor in Aggie wins over Cal Poly and CSUN. Read the complete release here: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/021218aaa.html.
#PROTECTTHEPAVILION: A 11-1 start on Bob Hamilton Court has the Aggies humming at home, standing one Pavilion victory shy of tying the program’s Division I record for home triumphs set in 2010-11 (12-3) and matched just last year (12-2). Despite its only loss at home coming on Dec. 17 against UCF this season, UC Davis has still been impressive in defending its home court, winning 26 of its last 30 at The Pavilion and posting a combined 60-33 (.645) record at home under Head Coach Jennifer Gross.
THIS STREAK STILL LIVES: UC Davis has won its last 12 straight regular season home games against conference foes dating back to a, 64-51, loss against Long Beach State on Jan. 12, 2017.
THAT WAS FAST: Last Saturday’s victory over CSUN made the 2017-18 Aggies the quickest team to 20 wins in the program’s Division I history, doing so in just 24 games to beat last year’s squad that did so in 26 games. This year’s squad now ranks as the seventh-fastest on the all-time list after the Aggies reached 20 wins in 22 games four times in 1991-92, 1995-96, 1996-97, and 1998-99, to set the record.
BACK-TO-BACK: Also thanks to Saturday’s win, UC Davis has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the second time in the program’s Division I history, the fifth time overall, and the first since UC Davis finished 21-11 in 2009-10 and 24-9 in 2010-11 -- the latter leading to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Aggies also posted back-to-back seasons in 1979-80 (20-9) and 1980-81 (23-8), four straight seasons from 1988-92, and a run of six consecutive 20-win seasons from 1993-99.
STAYING WITH THE “20” THEME: Last Saturday’s win over CSUN marked the Aggies’ sixth of 20-or-more points this season and the first since a 24-point win over UC Riverside on Jan. 11. The 26-point margin of victory was UC Davis’ largest since a 32-point win at Pacific on Nov. 20.
SHE’S NUMBER 3! SHE’S NUMBER 3!: Even though her run of three-straight 20-point games came to an end with “only” 17 points in the win over CSUN on Feb. 10, it was enough to move junior biomedical engineering major Morgan Bertsch into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,444 career points -- just 192 points behind Sydnee Fipps (2011-15) for second and 267 behind Carol Rische (1979-83) for the top spot.
“BIG” TIME: Bertsch enters the week with the second-highest career point total among active players in the Big West, trailing only Cal Poly senior Dynn Leaupepe (1,517). In fact, the Aggies’ have four of the top 10 active scorers in the league, with senior Pele Gianotti ranking sixth (1,100), senior Rachel Nagel seventh (992), and senior Dani Nafekh (819) standing 10th overall. Bertsch, however, joins CSUN junior Channon Fluker (3rd with 1,433 career points) as the only two players on the list with fewer than 100 career games played, reaching their respective totals in just 89 and 84 contests, respectively.
FIELD “GOALS”: After 19 more makes from the field against Cal Poly and CSUN, Bertsch upped her season total to 211 field goals made -- a new program Division I era record and a total that stands third on the all-time list behind only Staci Stevens’ 252 makes in 1987-88 and Aimee Conner’s 238 makes in 1992-93. Bertsch, who owns the program’s Division I record with 595 career makes, is rapidly approaching the all-time mark in that category, fittingly held by the Aggies’ all-time leading scorer in Rische, who made 651 baskets from 1979-83.
MEET YOUR “MAKER”: Bertsch enters the week ranked No. 4 in the NCAA in made baskets with 211, trailing Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, who paces the nation with 251 makes from the floor. The junior also ranks among the best in the nation in points per game (No. 33), No. 42 in total points (478), while standing No. 30 in field goal percentage (.560).
SWIPER, NO SWIPING!: Led by senior psychology major Rachel Nagel’s career-high tying four steals against the Matadors, the Aggies set a season high with 15 steals in the victory over CSUN -- the most since they swiped 18 at Cal Poly on Feb. 2 of last season. Prior to Saturady, UC Davis’ previous season high in that category was set just three days earlier when the Aggies posted 12 steals against the Mustangs in an eight-point win.
MMM... TURNOVERS: The six turnovers committed by the Aggies in Saturday’s victory over CSUN tied a Division I program single-game record for a second time this season, matching only the six miscues committed earlier this season at Oregon State on Dec. 20. It marked the third time that UC Davis has accomplished the feat against the Matadors, setting the mark against them on Jan. 2, 2011, and tying the record against UC Riverside (Feb. 11, 2012) and, again, against CSUN on Jan. 14, 2017.
IS THERE A LID ON THAT THING?: The 46 points allowed to the Matadors on Feb. 10 were a season low and the fewest surrendered by the Aggies’ defense since limiting UC Irvine to just 42 points on Feb. 11, 2017.
MISS CONSISTENTCY: And, now, a record. Bertsch’s 24 consecutive double-digit scoring games to start this season is a new program Division I record, breaking her own mark of 23 straight such performances from Feb. 18, 2016, to Jan. 5, 2017.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DAMAGE: After tying the school’s Division I single-season record with 29 games with 10-or-more points last season, Bertsch is back at it again with 24 such performances in the Aggies’ 24 games -- giving her 74 for her career to move her into sole possession of second place on the school’s Division I career list, just six back of Sydnee Fipps (80) for the record. Teammates Pele Gianotti (55) and Rachel Nagel (43) also rank fifth and seventh, respectively, on that same career list.
BLOCK YOU VERY MUCH: Already the fifth Aggie to reach the century mark in career blocks at Seattle on Nov. 26, Bertsch tied a career high with six blocks on Feb. 7 against Cal Poly, bringing her total to 132 and solidifying her hold on third place on the school’s all-time list. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is just 15 back of Alyson Doherty (147) for second place, and is within striking distance of Paige Mintun (150) for the all-time lead.
SWAT TEAM: Just one year after setting the school’s single-season record with 129 blocks, the Aggies have picked up right where they left off, ranking third in the Big West at 4.4 bpg, while collecting at least four blocks in a game for the 17th time against Cal Poly. UC Davis is rapidly closing in on last year’s total with 106 swats thus far -- the third straight season with 100-or-more (125 in 2015-16 and 129 in 2016-17).
QUEENS OF THE QUARTER: Fifteen times this season an Aggie finished with double-digit points in a single quarter after Bertsch scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter of last week’s win over CSUN. It marked the 10th time that the junior from Santa Rosa has accomplished the feat and the ninth time it has happened in the second half. Since the NCAA returned to four quarters in 2015-16, senior Pele Gianotti holds the program record for points in a quarter with 13 in the fourth against Cal Poly on Feb. 22, 2017.
“KOURT” VISION: Thanks to 11 assists in two games last weekend, junior psychology major Kourtney Eaton posted her third season with at least 100 assists -- and the fifth by an Aggie in the Division I era -- moving into fourth place on the school’s single-season Division I list with 109. She stands just four back of her 2015-16 total for fourth, and 21 shy of Dani Nafekh’s 2015-16 total for second.
I’M COMING FOR YOU, COACH!: Eaton’s passing prowess last week solidified her hold on third place on the all-time list with 364, setting her sights on Sara Lillevand (396) in second, with her head coach, Jennifer Gross, waiting at the top with 448 career assists.
IN A GIVING MOOD: UC Davis has been the queens of making the extra pass this season, entering the week ranked No. 14 in the nation in assists per game (17.9 apg) and No. 20 in overall assists (429), while ranking No. 32 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21). Meanwhile, Kourtney Eaton enters the week ranked No. 74 in the nation in assists per game (4.7), No. 94 in total assists (109), and No. 48 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.27).
THREEE-CO-LA!: The Aggies enter the week with four of the league’s top 10 three-point shooters and still stand among the best in the nation from long distance, ranking No. 6 in three-point percentage (.398), No. 28 in three-pointers per game (8.6), and No. 32 in total three-pointers made (207). Senior Dani Nafekh enters ranked atop in the conference in three-point percentage (.436) for the second straight week, ahead of classmate Rachel Nagel (.422), who stands third, with sophomore teammate Nina Bessolo (.403), and senior Pele Gianotti (.374), in seventh and 10th, respectively.
GIANOTTI CLIMBS ONE MORE SPOT: Thanks to 18 points last week, senior political science major Pele Gianotti moved into 15th place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,100 career points, standing just three points behind Brenda Wyneken (1,103) for 14th and 37 back of Colleen Turnbull (1,137) for 13th.
BOARDING SCHOOL: In addition to her 1,000-point milestone, Gianotti became only the the fourth player in the program’s Division I history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career, joining Alyson Doherty (2012-16), Paige Mintun (2007-11), and Sydnee Fipps (2011-15). Gianotti’s 555 career rebounds entering the week are the most of any active Aggie player, ranking fourth on the school’s Division I list and 51 shy of Paige Mintun for 10th on the all-time chart.
WHATTA 1-2 PUNCH: Gianotti and Bertsch became the first teammates to reach 1,000 career points in the same year since Sarah Allen and Colleen Turnbull did so in 2002-03, and only the third combination after Kari Sivesind and Kendall Greene did so in 1995-96. The Aggies have never had three players reach 1,000 career points in a single season, which leads us to...
LET’S MAKE IT THREE: Senior psychology major Rachel Nagel could also join Gianotti and Bertsch in the 1,000 point club if she keeps it up, entering the week with 992 career points.