Big West Player of the Week is Morgan Bertsch, UC Davis

Morgan Bertsch. (Wayne Tilcock/
Morgan Bertsch. (Wayne Tilcock/ /

More honors for the UC Davis big.

UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch was named Big West Player of the Week for games played last week. It is the third time Bertsch has won the award this season.

In the Aggies’ 67-59 win over UC Riverside in their Big West conference opener, Bertsch’s 31 points helped her reach the 2000 career points mark. She reached the milestone at the free-throw line late in the game to give her 2001 career points.

She is only the eighth player in Big West conference history to reach the 2000 point mark, and the first Aggie to reach that milestone. The other players in conference history to get to that plateau are UC Riverside’s Brittany McCain, New Mexico State’s Anita Maxwell, Hawaii’s Judy Mosley, Cal State Fullerton’s Genia Miller, Long Beach State’s Penny Toler, Idaho’s Alli Newman, and UC Riverside’s Kemie Nkele.

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In addition to her 31 points, Bertsch also had eight rebounds, and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. She shot 57.9 percent from the field and knocked down her only three-point attempt of the game.

Bertsch is currently the Big West’s leading scorer at 23.9 points per game, which is also good enough for fifth overall in the nation. She’s shooting 48.7 percent from the field, and although she doesn’t shoot many three’s (1.2 attempts), she’s shooting 50 percent from distance. She’s also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Bertsch is a very talented low post scorer who can also get out and run the floor in transition as well as step out and knock down jumpers. She’s essentially become the best player in UC Davis history. She was barely recruited at Santa Rosa High School, and the Aggies gave her, her only Division 1 offer.

After starting out slow, behind Bertsch, the Aggies have improved to 9-5 and are currently on a six-game winning streak. They’ll continue Big West play on Saturday at Hawaii.