Titans to Face Top Competition at Cal Classic
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton heads up to Northern California to take on Big East powerhouse Georgetown in game one of the Cal Classic Friday at 3:15 p.m. up in Berkeley. Depending upon the outcome of that game, the Titans will either take on No. 11 California or Eastern Washington, Saturday at 1:00 or 3:15 p.m.
Video coverage will be available for the entire duration of the tournament through Pac-12.com. For easy access go to www.calbears.com and click on the women's basketball schedule then click the "live video" link.
Audio coverage will not be available for Cal State Fullerton's first game vs. Georgetown. However, a live audio internet stream will be available for the Titans' Saturday game. Just go to www.calbears.com and click on the women's basketball schedule then click the "listen" link.
Live stats will be available for the entire duration of the tournament. Just go to www.calbears.com and click on the women's basketball schedule then click the "GameTracker" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (2-2) vs. Georgetown (3-1)
Overall Record 1-0
Home Record 1-0
Away Record 0-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 1 games
Longest Losing Streak 0 games
Current Streak Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 1-0
Nov. 30, 1991 at Fullerton, Calif. (W, 89-71)
Series Notes: These two schools haven't met in over 20 years with Cal State Fullerton taking the only meeting 89-71...The win was the second of the Titans' season-long three-game win streak that season...The win came in the 1991-92 season, just one year after the Titans earned their first ever NCAA Tournament win, defeating three-time national Champion Louisiana Tech, 84-80, at Titan Gym in the first round.
The Hoyas entered the 2012-13 season returning seven letterwinners and two starters from a team that went 23-9 (11-5 Big East) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Georgetown is off to a strong start this season, with its only loss coming at No. 25 North Carolina. The Hoyas are led by senior guard Sugar Rodgers, who has averaged a team-leading 24 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. Her 22 points scored vs. UNC crowned her as Georgetown's all-time leading scorer.
Cal State Fullerton (2-2) vs. California (3-0)
Overall Record 3-4
Home Record 1-1
Away Record 1-3
Neutral Site Record 1-0
Longest Win Streak 3 games
Longest Losing Streak 3 games
Current Streak Loss 3
Record in Last 10 Meetings 3-4
Nov. 27, 2010 at Berkeley (L, 74-62)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Dec. 15, 1984 (W, 67-51)
Series Notes: The last and only time the Titans defeated the Golden Bears in Berkeley was Jan. 17, 1981 (W, 76-65)...Fullerton actually beat Cal twice (2-0) that season, topping the Bears 72-71 earlier in the year at the Cal Poly Pomona Invitational...Largest margin of victory was a 67-51 (16 pts) win Dec. 15, 1984...Largest margin of defeat was a 104-69 (35 pts) loss Dec. 20, 1993.
Breaking Down the Bears
California entered the 2012-13 season looking to build off a successful 2011-12 campaign that saw the Bears finish with a 25-10 record (13-5 Pac-12) and a second round NCAA Tournament birth. No. 11 Cal is off to a 3-0 start and was picked to finish second in both the Pac-12 media and coaches polls. The Bears are led by junior forward Gennifer Brandon, who is averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in the early going. The Bears sport six players averaging double figures in points this season.
Cal State Fullerton (2-2) vs. Eastern Washington (1-2)
Overall Record 2-4
Home Record 2-1
Away Record 0-3
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 1 game
Longest Losing Streak 3 games
Current Streak Loss 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 2-4
Nov. 12, 2010 at Cheney, WA (L, 80-70)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Dec. 21, 2009 (W, 58-55)
Series Notes: Mya Olivier and Alex Thomas are the only two current Titans to have faced the Eagles. Olivier has faced them twice, while Thomas just once. Olvier went for nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, while Thomas chipped in with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting when the schools met two seasons ago up in Cheney...Fullerton's largest margin of victory vs. Eastern Washington is an 84-54 (30 pts) win in its first ever game vs. the Eagles on Nov. 29, 1996 at Titan Gym...Largest margin of defeat was 67-50 (17 pts) Dec. 6, 2001 at Eastern Washington.
Estimating the Eagles
Eastern Washington is coming off its first win of the season, defeating Portland 68-50 last Sunday. Senior center Carrie Ojeda has led the way thus far, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Lexie Nelson leads the team in scoring, putting up 15.0 points per contest. The Eagles were selected to finish eighth in both the Big Sky media and coaches polls.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton received a career-high tying 19 points from Chante Miles and 13 points from Tailer Butler, but couldn't find a way to top Loyola Marymount Tuesday night, falling to the Lions 85-73.
Miles and Butler were the only two Titans to post double-digit scoring performances, while LMU's Alex Cowling went for 28 points by herself on 10-of-14 shooting, vaulting her up to fourth on the West Coast Conference's all-time scoring list (1,823).
The Titans would fall down by as many as 20 points, trailing 60-40 with 14:29 left to play, before putting together a little run of their own.
Fullerton got as close as 67-56 with 7:59 left, after freshman Annie Park nailed a trey for her first career points and Miles forced an LMU turnover to take it for two the other way.
However, the Titans would get no closer than that. Despite only turning the ball over six times in the second half, a 38 percent night from the floor and a 60 percent outing from the charity stripe would due them in. Fullerton saw it's brief two-game win streak snapped, as the team fell to 2-2 on the season.
It's Early, but Still...
As of Nov. 21, Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in rebounding (46.8 rpg) and offensive rebounding percentage (.445) The team is also ranked second in scoring offense (74.8 ppg), second in rebounding margin (+5.0), second in scoring margin (+7.5 ppg), third in blocked shots (4.0 bpg), third in steals (10.3 spg), and third in free throw percentage (.707)
Stars in the Making
With the departure of the third-highest scorer in Cal State Fullerton history in Megan Richardson (second-highest scoring guard in school history), the Titans had big shoes to fill entering 2012-13. So far sophomore guards, Chante Miles (16.8 ppg) and Tailer Butler (12.5 ppg) have had no problem filling the void. Miles currently ranks fourth in the Big West in scoring, while Butler ranks 10th, as the combo has teamed up to score nearly 40 percent of Fullerton's points this season.
Taking the Lead
Chante Miles has scored 18+ points in each of her last three games, setting or tying a career high each time. The Nineteen points scored in her last game is the most any Titan player not named Megan Richardson has put up since Mya Olivier went for a career-high 23 points Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Long Beach State. Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (16.8 ppg), total points (67), field goals made (23), assists (3.3 apg), steals (2.5 spg), and minutes (43.8 mpg)
Tailer Butler's 16 point, 10 rebound performance (both career highs) opening night at Nevada was the first double-double of her career. It also marked Fullerton's first double-double since Natalie Williams went for 11 points and 18 rebounds Feb. 16, 2012 vs. Cal State Bakersfield (also recorded career-highs in both points and rebounds). Butler's performance was actually the first time in 14 games a Titan player had recorded a double-double in a winning effort (Mya Olivier, 12 pts and 17 reb in a 67-58 over Cal State Bakersfield on 01/14/12).
With Lauren Bushong's two blocks at Nevada opening night she passed Charlee Underwood (50, 2003-07) for eighth on the school's all-time block list. Bushong currently owns 52 career swats. She's just five blocks shy of tying Kisa Hughes (57, 1991-92) for seventh on the all-time list.
After suffering a season-ending injury early into the 2010-11 season, she rebounded in a positive manner last year, finishing as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in addition to earning a Big West Honorable Mention.
Register for 2012-13 Tip-off Party
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team invites fans and supporters of the program to its third-annual Tip-Off Celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Pavilion on campus.
Tickets are $40 for a night of fun, food, and dancing as attendees will get a chance to meet with and hear from head coach Marcia Foster and the rest of the coaching staff as well as members of the 2012-13 Titans' squad.
For more information about the event, please contact Assistant Coach Monica Quan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 657-278-7655, or register online at www.fullertontitans.com.
Breaking Down the Titans
Cal State Fullerton returns two starters and seven letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 11-19 overall and 4-12 in the Big West Conference, good enough for eighth place. The Titans were the No. 8 seed in last year's conference tournament, falling to top-seeded Cal Poly in the opening round for a second consecutive season, 71-53.
A new era of Fullerton basketball begins after the team says goodbye to two of the top three scorers from a year ago in Megan Richardson (16.1 ppg) and Lauren Chow (8.1 ppg) due to graduation. However, the Titans will have some stability with the return 2012 All-Big West honorable mention Mya Olivier who returns as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) from a season ago. Twenty-six game starter Kathleen Iwuoha also returns looking to build off a solid freshman campaign where she averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Titans Tabbed 10th in Big West Media Poll
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2012-13 Big West Conference race according to a vote of league media members released by the conference office on Oct. 24.
The Titans received 29 points to finish just behind Orange County rival UC Irvine, which was ninth with 65 points. Cal State Northridge managed to edge out Pacific as the favorite to take home the conference crown with six first place votes and 161 points overall. Pacific was tabbed second with 159 points (five first place votes), UC Santa Barbara third with 153 points (three first place votes), Cal Poly fourth with 127 votes (one first place vote), Long Beach State fifth with 116 points (one first place vote), Hawai'i sixth with 81 points, UC Davis seventh with 80 first place votes, and UC Riverside eighth with 74 points.
Filling in the Holes
Cal State Fullerton returns just 52 percent of its 1,830 points scored, 60 percent of its rebounds, 53 percent of its field goals made, 28 percent of its three-pointers made, 61 percent of its free throws made, 43 percent of its assists, and 63 percent of its steals from a season ago.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans bring in four new faces to this year's squad, but only two true freshmen compared to the seven that joined last year's team. The Titans welcome Brianna Barfield (TR, Citrus JC), Xava Grooms (TR, Utah State), Briana Hubbard (FR), and Annie Park (FR).
You Can't Teach Tall
This year's Titan squad could be one of the tallest in recent memory; featuring six players listed at 6-feet or taller –tied for the tallest Fullerton squad since the 2007-08 team listed seven players taller than 6-foot.
The Titans will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants in 2011-12 as they will face three (with a fourth possible depending upon the outcome of the Cal Classic Nov. 23- 24th) NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Big West rival UC Santa Barbara, and possibly California) as well as five WNIT teams from 2011-12 in Oregon State, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, and UC Davis for a total of at least eight tournament teams. That matches the amount faced last season.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous 12-game non-conference schedule that includes one neutral contest against a team hovering near the AP preseason top 25 rankings in No. 33 Georgetown. Depending upon the outcome of the first game of the Cal Classic (Nov. 23- Nov. 24th) the Titans could also square off against No. 13 California in Berkeley. Seven of the Titans' 12 non-conference affairs will be played away from Titan Gym. Gonzaga is also ranked 29th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll (California 15th, Georgetown 30th).
All 14 players on the roster call California home. Twelve of the 14 players are from Southern California while two are from up north. All three assistant coaches completed their undergraduate degrees at Southern California institutions as well. (Lori Morris at San Diego, Jorge Cerna at San Diego State, and Monica Quan at Concordia)
Fullerton's Fountian of Youth
The Titans come into the 2012-13 season tied for the sixth youngest team in Division I basketball, with the team's average experience being one year per player. The program holds five freshman, five sophomores, three juniors (with one being a JC transfer in Brianna Barfield), and one senior. The Titans have lost three starters from last year's squad in senior Megan Richardson, senior Lauren Chow, and junior Alicya Crisp. Sophomore center Jasmine Grayson left the program as well
The Big West Conference welcomes the University of Hawai'i women's basketball team back to the league for its second stint as a Big West women's basketball participant. The Rainbow Wahine was a member of the Big West from 1984-1996.
Cal State Fullerton will play 18 conference games (one home, one away vs. Hawai'i added) instead of the traditional 16 games as has been done in years past. The Titans will still play 29 regular season games, two non-conference games have been subtracted. The top eight teams in the conference will still qualify for the Big West Tournament. San Diego State will return as the conference's 11th member, effective July 1, 2013.