UCR standout named best of the week

UC Riverside guard Brittany Crain of UC Riverside has been na,ed Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Player for Feb. 2-8.

This is the fourth player of the week award of the year for Crain who leads the Big West in scoring and ranks fourth in the nation at 24.0 points per game.

In the Highlanders 2-0 stretch last week, the Moreno Valley native posted her 31st and 32nd double-digit scoring effort. The Highlanders took revenge on Cal State Fullerton, 77-69 after dropping their first meeting earlier this season. In UCR’s second game of the week, the Highlanders downed the conference frontrunners Long Beach State, 80-74.

Against the Titans, Crain registered 20 points, making good on 7-of-14 attempts from the floor in connection with her career-high nine assists.

The junior nabbed a game-high 27 points, hitting 13-of-17 free-throw attempts. She hit 6-of-12 floor shots, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out two assists.

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Ariel Marsh earns weekly honor

Ariel Marsh

Cal Poly Pomona’s Ariel Marsh has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week for Jan. 19-15.

Marsh, an Ayala High School graduate, reached a substantial milestone on Saturday night against Cal State San Bernardino, as a first-half three-pointer boosted her over the 1,000 point mark in her career as a Bronco. Her 6-for-12 tally, complete with four triples and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line earned her 20 points on the night.

The previous night she registered 20 points against conference leader Humboldt State, going 7-for-14 and sinking three triples.

Marsh, a Regenerative Studies graduate student, has started all 16 games for CPP and averages 18.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. She also sits less than one percentage point behind first place in the conference in the free throw percentage category.

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Citrus QB Larry Cutbirth headed for Louisiana

Citrus College quarterback Larry Cutbirth has made a decision on a four-year school. The Etiwanda High School product is headed to Division 1-AA Southeastern Louisiana.

“The facilities there are amazing,” he said. “The coaching staff has a lot of energy and the whole community really welcomed me and rallies around their football team.”

Last season Cutbirth threw for 2,513 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in 10 games for the Owls. He was first in the National Division Central Conference in yards per game and second in touchdown passes.

He also had a stellar freshman season throwing for 2,459 yards and 27 touchdowns in 11 games.

He had a handful of Division I schools interested and had an offer from San Diego State but the timeline didn’t quite work out. The schools wanted him in January but he won’t be done at Citrus until next month.

The Lions are coming off a 9-4 season and back-to-back titles in the Southlands Conference.

Cutbirth is looking to get some playing time right away.

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