December 6, 2011

UC Irvine Hosts Sacramento State Sunday

THIS WEEK
Sacramento State at UC Irvine · Sun., Dec. 11 · 1:00 p.m. · Bren Center · Irvine, Calif.
Radio: KUCI 88.9 FM or
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ANTEATERS HOST HORNETS: Following a week of final exams, UC Irvine hosts Sacramento State Sunday (Dec. 11) at 1:00 p.m. in the Bren Events Center.

VS SACRAMENTO STATE: UC Irvine holds a 4-3 series record over the Hornets.

The Anteaters have won the last two meetings including a 54-53 victory in Sacramento on Dec. 3, 2008.

Sacramento State is 4-4 overall and will visit Loyola Marymount Thursday before coming to the Bren Center.

LOOKING AHEAD: UCI will entertain San Diego State on Dec. 16 before going back on the road.

Following the showdown with the Aztecs, the Anteaters will play the next four on the road, concluding non-conference action at Northern Colorado on Dec. 19 and Wyoming on Dec. 21.

WHITE LEADS: Forward Jazmyne White leads the team with a 13.0 scoring average, which is sixth best among Big West players. The junior has posted double-figure points in each of the last six games. White is shooting .592 (45-76) from the field which ranks second in the Big West and is averaging 5.3 rebounds per outing which ranks 13th.

MCCALISTER EARNS HONOR:  Senior Kassandra McCalister was named to the College Sports Madness Conference Player of the Week. McCalister led UCI with 19 points in the win over Santa Clara. She fired nine assists which is the most by a Big West Player this year and ties her career-high. She also added three steals. The guard scored four of UCI's final 10 points to lead the comeback victory.

UCI RANKS 15TH NATIONALLY IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: The Anteaters top the Big West Conference and are ranked 15th nationally in field goal percentage with a .457 mark.

The Anteaters shot a season-high .513 (40-78) against Bakersfield.

Forward Jazmyne White is ranked 14th nationally in field goal percentage at .592. Freshman Methlyn Onogomuho leads the team and the Big West Conference with a .625 mark, but does not qualify for the 5.0 field goals made per game NCAA requirement and does not appear in the rankings.

MORE NATIONAL STATS: UCI ranks 36th in rebound margin (+7.0) and 57th in scoring offense at 71.5.

FROM DOWNTOWN: On the year, UCI averages 3.9 three-pointers per game, while opponents hit 7.0. Sophomore Jaquelyn Marshall leads the squad with 10 threes.

UCI FINISHES STRONG TO BEAT SANTA CLARA: UC Irvine scored the last 10 points of the game to come back and defeat Santa Clara, 88-82 last Saturday at the Bren Center.

The Anteaters' 88 points was the second highest offensive out-put of the year. UCI made a season-high 24 free throws and shot 49.2 percent (30-61) from the floor for the game and 53.3 percent (16-30) in the second half. UCI Santa Clara hit 31-58 (.534) from the field for the game and was 6-17 from three-point range. UCI recorded 18 points off of 25 Bronco turnovers. The Anteaters had a season-low 19 turnovers and 33 rebounds, but still bettered the Broncos on the glass (33-31).

UCI was the first Big West school to beat the Broncos (1-3) and snapped the Broncos five-game winning streak.

Kassandra McCalister led four UCI players in double-figure points with 19 points. She tied her career-high with nine assists, which is the most by a Big West player this season. She scored all 19 of her points in the second half, going 5-8 from the floor and 9-11 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jasmine Bernard posted 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Jazmyne White had 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Methlyn Onogomuho added 13 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

Santa Clara would hit a pair of free throws to go up 82-78 with 2:55 to play, but that would be the last points they would score. UCI would score the final 10 points on two free throws by Ogonomuho, baskets by White and Bernard and four free throws by McCalister to secure the win.

BIG WEST STATS: UCI leads the Big West in field goal percentage (.457), rebounding defense (31.6) and rebounding margin (+7.0). The Anteaters rank second in scoring average (71.5) and assists (15.63) and are third in blocked shots (4.38).

The Anteaters are last in the Big West in free throw percentage (.639), field goal defense (.463) and three-point field goal defense (.409).

BALANCED SCORING: Five different players have led the team in scoring this year with four of the players recording 20 or more points. UCI is 3-0 when four players score in double-figures.

UCI has three players scoring in double-figures: Jazmyne White (13.0), Methlyn Onogomuho (10.1) and Jasmine Bernard (10.0). Jacquelyn Marshall is averaging 9.8 points, while Kassandra McCalister owns a 9.5 mark.

The Anteaters are averaging 71.5 points per game after averaging 67.0 points last season. Last year was the highest offensive output since the 1994-95 Anteaters scored 67.3 points per outing.

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