Pilots travel to California for games against Aztecs and Tritons

PORTLAND PILOTS (2-1, 0-0 WCC)
WEEK 2: at San Diego State/UC San Diego

at the San Diego State Aztecs (3-1, 0-0 MWC)
Day: Friday
Date: November 18, 2022
Location: San Diego, California
Time: 6 p.m
Gym: Viejas Arena
Online Video/Stats: PortlandPilots.com

POR vs SDSU
In total:
2-0 • Last 5/10: 2-0/2-0
H: 0-0 • A: 0-0 • N: 2-0
Last: POR 59, SDSU 58 (2011-12)

at UC San Diego (0-2, 0-0 Big West)
Day:
Sunday
Date: November 20, 2022
Location: La Jolla, California
Time: 19 o’clock
Gym: LionTree Arena
Online Video/Stats: PortlandPilots.com

POR vs. UCSD
In total:
1-0 • Last 5/10: 1-0/1-0
H: 1-0 • A: 0-0 • N: 0-0
Last: @POR 91, UCSD 48 (11/11/21)

IN THIS WEEK
• The Portland Pilots travel to Southern California for showdowns against the San Diego State Aztecs and UC San Diego Tritons.
• They play the Aztecs on Friday 18 November at 18:00 and the Tritons on Sunday 20 November at 19:00
• An online video stream and live statistics for will be available. These links can be found at PortlandPilots.com.

ABOUT THE PILOTS
• The Pilots are 2-1 on the year with wins against the Willamette Bearcats and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine and a loss against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal.
• In the final game against the Cardinal, Liana Kaitu’u led the Pilots with 13 points and a career-high seven free throws.
• Kaitu’u had a career-high 20 points earlier in the win against Willamette, along with seven rebounds.
• Alex Fowler and Maisie Burnham each added 17 points while Emme Shearer added 10. Burnham also grabbed nine boards.
• Burnham followed up her 17-point run with a 22-point win over Hawaii, just three points off her career high.
• Fowler also filled the tally, recording 18 points with nine assists, six rebounds, five steals and two blocks against the Rainbow Wahine.
• Her nine assists are a career high and her five steals are also a career high.
• According to HerHoopStats.com, only two players, including Fowler, have posted an equivalent stat line as Fowler in the Hawaii game this year.
• Portland’s 92 points against Willamette was the most in a season opener since the 1992-93 season.
• In three games, the Pilots in the WCC are first in assists per game (17.7) and forced turnovers per game (19.0) and second in steals per game (10.3) and the assist-to -Turnover ratio (1.13).
• Individually, Kaitu’u leads the conference in field goal percentage (71.4%) and Fowler leads WCC in free throws (18) while leading in both total assists (14) and assists in third place in assists per game (4.7).
• The Pilots won 20-11 last season, finished fourth at the WCC and qualified for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the first time since 2009.
• It’s the first time since 2009-11 that Portland has had a record .500 or more for three straight seasons.
• It was also their fifth season as a Division I program, winning at least 20 games, and their second in three seasons under head coach Michael Meek.
• The Pilots also earned their first WNIT win over Colorado State 72-63. It was also their first home win in a playoff game.
• They advanced to the second round before losing to the Oregon State Beavers.
• The Pilots finished the season first in the WCC in both blocks (154) and blocks per game (18.2), second in offense (70.6), assists (564), assists per game ( 18.2), assists-to-turnover ratio (1.11), forced turnovers (18.58), steals (340), steals per game (11.0), and field goal percentage (43.6%) and Third in goal defense (62.0).
• From the above stats, they ranked 7th nationally in assists per game, 15th in assists and steals per game, 16th in total steals, 17th in blocks per game and 20th place in total blocked shots.
• In terms of All-WCC honors, Alex Fowler was named to the All-WCC First Team, Haylee Andrews was named to the Second Team and Lucy Cochrane received an honorable mention.
• Fowler became the first Pilot to make three All-WCC First Team appearances since Laiken Dollente in 2010 and the first to make three consecutive appearances since Kristin Hepton in 1999.
• Fowler averaged 17.1 points and eight rebounds per match, led the WCC in field goal percentage (53.1) and ranked third in field goals made (199), rebounds (249), and rebounds per game, fourth in total points (530), and fifth in points per game.
• Andrews suffered a leg injury late in the season and only played 18 games. She still averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per contest, with her assist average being first in the WCC.
• Despite her injury, Andrews finished 10th in total assists at WCC, with the next best player having eight games more than her.
• Cochrane was an absolute force defensively, blocking 114 shots for an average of 3.9 per fight. Both of those totals led the NCAA.
• Both stats also set program records for most blocks in a season and most blocks per game in a season.
• According to HerHoopStats.com, Cochrane is one of only 30 players over the past 12 seasons to average 3.9 blocks per competition and one of only 52 players to average at least 110 blocks in a season.
• Cochrane also ranks sixth all-time in career blocks and fifth among those who only played in NCAA Division I. If she kept up her pace from last season, she would just become the all-time leader in shot blocking among Pilots playing Division I basketball.
• Fowler and Andrews also compiled impressive statistical CVs.
• Fowler has 1,602 career points and is just 351 points away from breaking the school record for most career points at the NCAA Division I level. It currently ranks third in program history (DI level).
• The forward is also fourth all-time in career rebounds among Division I players, just 34 short of a record 714 boards.
• According to HerHoopStats.com, Fowler is one of only nine players to have at least 450 points and 200 boards in each of the last three seasons. She was also one of only 10 players with at least 17 points and eight rebounds per game last season on at least 50% shooting and one of nine players with at least 530 points and 240 rebounds on 50% shooting.
• Andrews is the only NCAA Division I player to return with an overall career record of at least 1,400 points, 450 rebounds, 500 assists and 100 steals.
• Among Division I players, she ranks fifth with a career assist average of 5.2 and sixth with 525 assists.
• Andrews is one of only three players in the NCAA Division I since the 2018-19 season and has had two seasons averaging at least 14 points, five assists, 4.5 rebounds and a steal per game. The other two players are Caitlin Clark from Iowa and Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon.
• She is also the only player to have three seasons totaling 350 points, 120 rebounds, 120 assists and 30 steals from 2018-19 to 2020-21. If she hadn’t been injured last season, Andrews was on track for around 350 points, 175 assists, 145 rebounds and 62 steals, something only four other players managed last season.
• Among Pilots, Andrews is second-best all-time with 525 assists, just 114 shy of Kathy Adleman’s record. Her assist average of 5.2 is also the second-best of all time and she is sixth among Pilots to have played only Division I basketball with 1,411 points.
• Pilots were selected for second place in the WCC in the annual WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. This is their highest ranking since at least the 1990s.
• Fowler and Andrews were both named to the All-WCC Preseason Team, the third straight year that both players have been named to the team. No other pilot duo has managed that.
• 14 of Portland’s 17 players from last year are returning this season, including 11 players who added minutes of play last season and four of their top five scorers.
• Emme Shearer returns after finishing fifth in steals (58) and steals per game at WCC.
• Maisie Burnham also returns after ending last season with a tear, averaging 13.5 points on 58% shooting (47.4% from three) in the last 13 games of the season.
• For newcomers, the Pilots have expanded their roster of Oceana players by adding Florence Dallow and Melika Samia to the roster.
• Dallow is a 6-foot guard from New Zealand who played for the New Zealand U14 and U16 youth national teams, finishing first and second respectively at the FIBA ​​Oceania Championships. She also played for the North Harbor Representative Basketball Team from 2015-21, with her team finishing third at the 2019 and 2020 national championships and fourth in 2021.
• Samia has played for several New Zealand national teams, including in 2017 and 2018 with the Under-16 team and in 2021 with the Waikato Under-19 team. This U19 team won a national championship in 2021. She was also part of the NBA Global Academy.

THE COACHES
• The Pilots are led by fourth-year head coach Michael Meek.
• Meek ranks 15th in career success percentage (287-71, 0.802) among active DI coaches with 10+ years of experience.
• He has the best record for a UP coach in the first three seasons of all time at 55-35.
• Tom Batsell had been Meek’s assistant coach since 2005, back when Meek was head coach at Southridge High School. From 2005 to 2010, the Skyhawks won six state championships.
• Assistant coach Skyler Young is the longest-serving coach on the team. He joined the Pilots after spending 19 years coaching with multiple programs and professional teams.
• Fourth-year assistant coach Sharon Rissmiller (’01) is a Portland graduate who played on court for the Pilots from 1997-2001; She still ranks 10th all-time with a .770 free throw percentage and she amassed 1,069 career points.

ABOUT THE OPPONENT
• The San Diego State Aztecs are 3-1 this season with three straight wins after losing the year to No. 2 Stanford.
• They achieved an incredible 39.3 margin during their winning streak and won over 50 points in a row for the first time since 1984.
• SDSU is currently second in the Mountain West for defense (52.5), field goal percentage (34.2%) and rebounds per game (42.5).
• She is led by Sophia Ramo, one of three players in the country with a career total of 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.
• UC San Diego, meanwhile, is down 2-0 this season.
• Their losses came to California Baptis and Northern Arizona.
• Last year, the Pilots defeated the Tritons 91-48 in the season opener at home.
• Stacie Terry-Hutson is in her ninth season as Aztec head coach, while Heidi VanDerveer is in her 11th season as Tritons head coach.

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