Anteaters Host Long Beach State, UC Davis

Lauren Spinazze

THIS WEEK
Big West Conference Games

Long Beach State at UC Irvine · Thursday, Feb. 6 · 4:30 p.m. ·  Bren Center
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UC Davis at UC Irvine · Saturday, Feb. 8 · 2:00 p.m. ·  Bren Center
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UCI battles Long Beach State Thursday (Feb. 6) at 4:30 p.m. then UC Davis on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played at the Bren Events Center.

Thursday game against the Forty-Niners is a double-header with the men taking on Long Beach State at 7:30 p.m.

The game against Long Beach State is part of the Black & Blue Rivalry presented by Duke's restaurant in Huntington Beach and has also been dubbed a "WHITE OUT" game with fans encouraged to wear white to the game. The Hill (bookstore) has a special white out section in the store as well a Defend the Bren t-shirt ($9.99). 

Saturday, UC Irvine Athletics will celebrate the national initiative, Girls and Women in Sports Day. This event will feature instructional clinics in soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, golf, cheer and track taught by UC Irvine's intercollegiate athletes and ends at the women's basketball game. National Girls and Women in Sports Day has sought to celebrate the achievements and legacy of women athletes while encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. UC Irvine Athletics continues its dedication to be a positive force within the Orange County community in helping girls and women experience sport and fitness activities.

The Anteaters trail both Long Beach State (51-12) and UC Davis (19-4) in the series records all-time.

Long Beach State is 12-9 overall and 4-3 against Big West opponents. The Forty-Niners beat Hawaii (74-72) and Cal State Fullerton (83-64) last week.

LBSU beat UCI 84-75 in overtime in the conference opener Jan. 9 at the Pyramid. The Forty-Niners closed out the second half on an 11-3 run to send the game into overtime. The Anteaters did not record a field goal in the final 3:57 of regulation (0-6) and went 0-12 from the field in overtime. Jennifer Tsurumoto led UCI with a then-career-high 30 points, including 13-13 from the line and three three-pointers. LBSU had four players in double-figures led by Raven Benton with 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

This will be the first meeting with the Aggies this season. Last year the teams split a pair of contests with each team winning on the opponent's home court.

UC Davis took the last meeting, 47-43 in Irvine.  The Aggies scored the final 13 points of the game and held UC Irvine to just four free throws in the final eight minutes in the victory. UCD's Sydnee Fipps had a game-high 19 points, going 6-10 from the floor, including 5-9 three-pointers. UCI was led by Jasmine Bernard 13 points and three steals off the bench.

The Aggies enter the week with a 9-11 overall mark and a 4-3 league record. UC Davis will travel to Cal State Northridge Thursday before coming to the Bren.

UCI is 10-11 overall and 3-4 in the Big West. With the victory last week, UCI surpassed last year's win total of nine (9-21).

UCI suffered its first home loss of the year with a 84-79 decision against Cal Poly last Saturday. 

Senior forward Camille Buckley pulled down a career-high 26 rebounds in the loss. Her 26 boards is a new UCI school record, tied for most in the country this season and one shy of the Big West record. Buckley also led the team with 19 points for her ninth double-double.

Last week, Buckley averaged 23.0 points and 20.5 rebounds, while shooting .448 from the field and .870 from the line over two games.

Buckley is one of two players (Molly Schlmer, CP) to average a double-double, leading the Big West in rebounding with a 10.4 mark. She is fourth in scoring at 16.3 points per game.

Against Big West opponents, Buckley and Jennifer Tsurumoto each average 19.1 points which ranks third among Big West players. Buckley is averaging 12.4 rebounds in league-only games.

UCI started last week with a 77-60 win over UC Santa Barbara. UCI's starting lineup scored 65 of the Anteaters' 77 points led by Camille Buckley with a game-high 27 points and game-high 15 rebounds. Lauren Spinazze recorded a career-high 12 points and a career-best nine rebounds in the win.

The Anteaters lead the Big West in turnover margin (+2.86) and offensive rebounds (16.33). The squad is second in scoring (72.1), assist/turnover margin (0.99). UCI is third in free throw percentage (.714), steals (8.14) and rebound margin (+0.5).

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