Championships on the line today

Eighteen games on tap today, which includes some conference championship finals: the Big West, Sun Belt, Mountain West, Patriot, Big Sky, Western Athletic, MEAC, SWAC and MAC.

Cal State Northridge takes on Cal Poly at 1 p.m. Pacific for the Big West crown. Matador coach Jason Flowers said defense was the key to their semifinal victory yesterday over UC Irvine. They plan more of the same today against the defending champions.

“We’ve got to bury them offensively,” he said. “They’re difficult when they get their inside and outside games going at the same time. We’re going to try to slow down (leading scorer Molly) Schlemer.”

This marks the first trip to the title game for Flowers, now in his fourth year at the helm. CSUN had a slow start to the year, but came on strong in the second half.

“Our goal all year has been to be champions,” he said.