Women’s Basketball Closes Big West Opening Weekend With Long Beach State


Riverside, CA—The UC Riverside Women’s Basketball Team (3-12, 0-1) looks to bounce back from a close loss in its Big West opener as it takes on Long Beach State (2-13, 0-1) Saturday at 5 pm PT at SRC Arena. 
GAME NOTESBIG WEST OPENERUC Riverside fell just short in its conference-opener against Cal Poly on Thursday night, taking a 87-82 overtime defeat after leading by as many as 13 points in the second half. Senior guards Michelle Curry (19 points) and Lauren Holt (17 points) led the offensive charge, while Marina Ewodo added a career-high 14 points (9-10 FT).CHEF CURRY
With 19 points at South Dakota on Dec. 19, Michelle Curry became the 18th 1,000-point scorer in program history. Curry ranks 6th in the Big West in scoring (14.4 ppg), 5th in assists (3.6 apg) and 3rd in free throws per game (3.3). She has scored in double-figures in 20 of her last 23 games dating back to last season.COLD WINTER, HOT DECEMBER
UCR improved in nearly every significant statistical category on offense in the month of December. Comparing the Highlanders’ seven December games to the seven they played in November, they have improved in points per game (68.6 to 55.3), field goal percentage (.429 to .352), three-point percentage (.286 to .194), assists per game (19.3 to 13), free throws per game (10.0 to 8.3) and free throw percentage (.686 to .580).CASHING OUT
Lauren Holt had a very consistent month offensively in December, scoring in double-figures in all seven contests while averaging 15.4 points and 1.7 three-pointers per game. She currently sits in the conference top-10 in both scoring (12.5 ppg, 8th) and three-pointers (23, 8th). She has also been on the court for an average of 33.2 minutes per game, ranking 2nd in the Big West.ADD ‘EM UP
Michelle Curry has reached several significant milestones this season, including joining the program’s 1,000-point club and cracking the all-time top-10 in career assists and free throws made. She currently sits No. 16 in points (1,065), No. 9 in assists (280) …

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