Titans Look to Cure Road Woes at Gonzaga and Oregon State
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton concludes its season-high tying three-game road swing with stops at national powerhouse Gonzaga on Sunday at 2 p.m. before heading up to Corvallis, Oregon to take on the Beavers of Oregon State next Thursday at 7 p.m.
There will be a live video feed available for both the Gonzaga and Oregon State games. To access video for the game vs. Gonzaga go to www.gozags.com, click on the women's basketball schedule link then click the video icon. For the Oregon State game, go to www.osubeavers.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "live stream" link.
There will be audio coverage available for both the Gonzaga and Oregon State games. To access video for the game vs. Gonzaga go to www.gozags.com, click on the women's basketball schedule link then click the audio icon. For the Oregon State game, go to www.osubeavers.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "listen" link.
Live stats will be provided for both games this week. To access stats for the game vs. Gonzaga go to www.gozags.com, click on the women's basketball schedule link then click the stats icon. For the Oregon State game, go to www.osubeavers.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "GameTracker" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (2-6) vs. Gonzaga (7-2)
Overall Record 2-4
Home Record 1-2
Away Record 0-2
Neutral Site Record 1-0
Longest Win Streak 2 games
Longest Losing Streak 4 games
Current Streak Loss 4
Record in Last 10 Meetings 2-4
Dec. 2, 2011 at Titan Gym (L, 73-60)
Last Meeting at Gonzaga
Dec. 23, 2010 (L, 101-52)
Series Notes: Cal State Fullerton fell to then No. 24 Gonzaga 73-60 last season, but hung with the Zags for the entire second half with each team scoring 45 points...Natalie Williams nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds, while Lauren Bushong tallied six points and six rebounds in the loss. Then senior, Lauren Chow became the 21st player in Titan history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau...Fullerton is 0-2 all-time vs. Gonzaga in Spokane with it's average margin of defeat being 45 points...Largest margin of defeat was a 101-52 loss (49 points) Dec. 23, 2010 in Spokane. It was also the last time Fulleron surrendered 100+ points to an opponent (22nd time in school history)...Fullerton's largest margin of victory came Nov. 29, 1991 in an 80-57 (23 points) win in Fullerton.
Going Over Gonzaga
The Bulldogs have serious NCAA title aspirations in 2012-13, as they enter the season as eight-time defending West Coast Conference regular season champions. Gonzaga returns two starters and nine letterwinners overall from last year's squad that finished with a 28-6 overall record (14-2 WCC) and advanced all the way to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. The Zags average 63.3 points per game and surrender just 57.2 per contest. Junior guard Haiden Palmer leads Gonzaga in scoring with 11.8 points per game, but the Zags own four other players whom average six-plus points per contest....Gonzaga enters the game with a 1-0 record vs. the Big West this season (60-53 win over UCR)...The Bulldogs were picked to finish second in the WCC's preseason coaches poll...Senior guard Taelor Karr and junior guard Haiden Palmer were both named to the WCC's preseason all-conference team.
Cal State Fullerton (2-6) vs. Oregon State (4-3)
Overall Record 0-5
Home Record 0-3
Away Record 0-2
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak N/A
Longest Losing Streak 5 games
Current Streak Loss 5
Record in Last 10 Meetings 0-5
Dec. 7, 1991 at Oregon State (L, 73-68)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Nov. 24, 1990 (W, 67-58)
Series Notes: This will be the first meeting between the two schools in over 20 years...While Cal State Fullerton is winless all time vs. Oregon State, four of the five all-time meetings have been decided by single-digit point margins....The Titans' largest margin of defeat came Dec. 29, 1979 in an 83-62 (21 points) loss in Fullerton...The closest the Titans have come to a win was a 73-68 (five points) loss Dec. 7, 1991 in Corvallis.
Observing Oregon State
The Beavers enter the 2012-13 season looking to build upon a 2011-12 campaign that saw Oregon State finish with a 20-13 overall record (9-9 Pac-12), with its season eventually ending after a deep run in the WNIT....Under second-year head coach Scott Rueck, the Beavers posted 20+ wins last season for the second time in the last four years, an 11-game improvement from 2010-11....Oregon State returns four starters and nine letterwinners overall from last year's squad...Freshman guard Jamie Weisner has been a nice surprise for Oregon State thus far, as she's averaging a team-leading 10.7 points per game...The Beavers average 62.1 points per game and give up 61.4 through seven games this season...Oregon State was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12's preseason media poll earlier this season
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton mustered up only 43 points on 27 percent shooting for the game, as New Mexico ran by the Titans 52-43 Tuesday night at The Pit.
Sophomore guard Chante Miles led all scorers with 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, as the only player on either team to score in double figures. Sophomore forward Kathleen Iwuoha poured in six points and led all players in rebounds with nine.
New Mexico (7-2) spread the ball around nicely, sporting three players with seven or more points, with forward Sara Halasz leading the charge with a team-high nine points. Guard Bryce Owens also proved to be vital for the Lobos, picking up eight points and six steals on the night.
Fullerton (2-6) missed on its first five field goals of the game, and didn't score until the 14:44 mark of the first half, when Mya Olivier's jumper snapped New Mexico's 7-0 run to begin the contest.
Neither team could find any offensive flow in the early going, as the two teams combined to turn the ball over 15 times in the first half. All it took was a quick 5-0 run for the Titans, capped-off by an Alex Thomas trey, and Fullerton only trailed 9-7 with 10:32 left in the half.
The Titans found a mini burst of offense once again, as they went on a 6-0 run, scoring on three consecutive possessions to at one point grab the lead at 16-15, with five minutes and change to play until halftime.
Despite shooting just 8-for-33 from the field for 24 percent during the first 20 minutes of play, Fullerton only trailed 21-18 at the break.
Both teams traded buckets back-and-forth at the start of the second half, but the Titans managed just one field goal conversion during a 10-minute stretch, and fell behind 39-25 near the seven-minute mark of the second half.
The Lobos eventually worked their lead to 46-27 with 3:32 left, before the Titans went on an impressive 16-5 run to close the game.
However, it was too little, too late, as the Titans have now dropped five straight games away from Titan Gym.
How We Rank
As of December 7, Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in offensive rebounding (21. rpg) and offensive rebounding percentage (.440). The Titans rank second in the Big West in total rebounding (43.5 rpg), second in rebounding margin (+4.5), second in turnover margin (+2.25), second in total rebounds per game (43.5), fourth in scoring defense (62.6 ppg), fourth in rebounding defense (39.0 rpg)
The Titans have dropped 12 consecutive games away from home, going back to Jan. 18, 2012 at UC Irvine...Fullerton has committed less turnovers than the opposition in six consecutive games...The Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in seven of eight games this season...Titans have trailed at the half in six straight games (1-5 in those contests)
Entering Hostile Territory
For the second consecutive game, the Titans will play an opponent that ranked in the top 15 in attendance last season. Gonzaga drew an average of 5,443 fans per home game last year, the 14th highest average in the nation. The Zags also had the third-highest increase in attendance from the previous season, averaging 1,383 more fans per game in 2011-12... Fullerton is 0-2 all-time vs. Gonzaga in Spokane with it's average margin of defeat being 45 points.
Four of the six Titan losses this season have come by five points or less...In those losses, Fullerton either had the lead, was tied, or was within one possession with under three minutes to play...Before the loss at New Mexico, the Titans were 2-7 but still didn't have a negative point differential (449-449).
Protecting the House
Both of Cal State Fullerton's wins this season have come at Titan Gym...Titans have outscored opponents a combined 208-185 (+23) during home games this season...Nearly 65 percent of the Titans' total wins since the 2005-06 season have come at home.
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 (13.1 ppg) and Tailer Butler (9.3 ppg) have had no problem filling the void, as the combo has teamed up to provide nearly 37 percent of Fullerton's points this season...Miles also ranks eighth in the Big West in scoring.
Taking the Lead
Chante Miles has scored double-figures in six of her first eight games to start the season... Miles and Megan Richardson (2011-12) are the only two Titans to accomplish that feat, since Lyndsey Grove opened up the 2010-11 season scoring double-figures in 10 straight games (Both Richardson and Grove earned All-Big West honors those seasons)...Miles has scored 17+ points in four of eight games this season..Miles' 18 points put up vs. Sacramento State Nov. 11 marked the most points any Titan player not named Megan Richardson had scored since Mya Olivier went for a career-high 23 points Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Long Beach State....Miles has had two 19+ point performances since...Miles set or tied career scoring highs in three consecutive games from Nov. 11- 20, 2012...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (13.1 ppg), total points (105), field goals made (36), free throws made (2.8 fpg), assists (3.4 apg), steals (2.5 spg), and minutes (34.2 mpg).
Flying Under the Radar
Slowly but surely, Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt. She currently leads the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg). Her seven rebounds per game is tied for seventh best in the Big West, while her offensive rebounding ranks third in the conference.
Bushong's Block Party
With Lauren Bushong's three blocks at New Mexico last Tuesday she tied Toni Thomas (59, 2005-09) for sixth on the school's all-time block list. She's seven away from passing up Rochelle Ortega and Dee Braxton (65 each) for fourth on the all time list.
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).
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 second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in addition to earning a Big West Honorable Mention...Olivier started her first game of the season Nov. 23 vs. Georgetown.
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.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2012-13 women's basketball preview video featuring head coach Marcia Foster.
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.
2012-13 Tip-Off Fundraiser a Success
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team hosted over 100 fans and raised money for the program at the team's third-annual Tip-Off Party and Fundraiser last Saturday night at the Student Pavilion on campus.
"It was a great evening and we really thank everyone who came out to support us," said head coach Marcia Foster. "We can't wait to make everyone proud."
The evening consisted of a raffle drawing, silent auction, fun dancing, and great food.