Titans Embark on Crucial Central California Trip
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton (7-12, 3-4 Big West) aims vault itself right back in the race for the Big West crown as it travels to San Luis Obispo to take on the Cal Poly Mustangs Thursday at 7 p.m. It will then conclude the road trip at the always hostile Thunderdome, where the Titans will face the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara Saturday at 2 p.m.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. To access video for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "video" link to watch through BigWest.TV.
There will be live audio streaming available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. To access audio for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. Patrick Alog will be providing play-by-play, while Gurajpalpreet Sangha will serve as the color commentator.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. To access live stats for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "live stats" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (7-12) vs. Cal Poly (10-8)
Overall Record 25-21
Home Record 16-6
Away Record 7-15
Neutral Site Record 2-0
Longest Win Streak 12 games
Longest Losing Streak 6 games (twice)
Current Streak Lost 6
Record in Last 10 Meetings 2-8
Feb. 1, 1970 in Fullerton (W, 66-31)
March 6, 2012 at Cal Poly (L, 71-53)
Last Meeting in Fullerton
Feb. 11, 2012 at Titan Gym (L, 66-48)
Series Notes: Cal State Fullerton hopes that a new season means new results when it comes to recent matchups between the Titans and the Mustangs. Fullerton went 0-3 vs. Cal Poly last season, including being eliminated by them in the Big West Tournament for the second straight year. The Titans droped each game by an average of 14.3 points per game. However, Fullerton has managed to have some individual success vs. Cal Poly, as five current Titans posted double-figure scoring games last year vs. the Mustangs (Alex Thomas, Lauren Bushong, Mya Olivier, Kathleen Iwuoha, and Tailer Butler). Bushong nearly recorded a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds on Feb. 11, 2012 vs. Cal Poly....Fullerton's largest margin of victory vs. Cal Poly came in a 90-18 (72 points) win on Jan. 25, 1975 in Fullerton...the Titans largest margin of defeat came in a 94-55 loss (39 points) on Feb. 4, 2000 in San Luis Obispo...Cal State Fullerton has dropped eight straight games in San Luis Obispo going back to a 64-57 victory on Jan. 27, 2005...Cal Poly is just one of three Big West teams the Titans have an all-time winning record against (Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge the other two).
More on the Mustangs
Cal Poly (10-8, 4-3 Big West) enters Thursday right in the thick of things for conference title despite having dropped two straight games. The Mustangs are led by junior center Molly Schlemer, who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior forward Brittany Woodard is the only other Mustang to average double-figure points, as she scores 13 points per contest...the Mustangs average 66.3 points per game, while they give up 66 points per contest...Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly have shared 10 common opponents this season (Oregon State, Nevada, San Francisco, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Pacific, Hawai'i, and Cal State Northridge). Cal State Fullerton has gone 3-7 vs. these teams while Cal Poly has gone 5-5 vs. the same schools. Both teams have defeated UC Irvine...the Mustangs were picked to finish fourth in the Big West's preseason poll.
Cal State Fullerton (7-12) vs. UC Santa Barbara (8-11)
Overall Record 22-46
Home Record 12-18
Away Record 8-22
Neutral Site Record 2-6
Longest Win Streak 16 games
Longest Losing Streak 39 games
Current Streak Lost 39
Record in Last 10 Meetings 0-10
Feb. 5, 1971 at Santa Barbara (W, 77-31)
Feb. 9, 2012 at Santa Barbara (L, 52-39)
Last Meeting in Fullerton
Jan. 7, 2012 at Fullerton (L, 39-37)
Series Notes: Cal State Fullerton went 0-2 vs. UC Santa Barbara, including dropping a 39-37 heartbreaker in the first meeting at Titan Gym. Mya Olivier nearly went off for a double-double, pouring in 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the loss....Fullerton has defeated UCSB by 46 points twice, equaling the Titans' largest margin of victory over the Gauchos. Fullerton defeated UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara 77-31 on Feb. 5, 1971 and again 84-38 in Fullerton on Jan. 9, 1776. Those also happened to be the first two ever meetings between the two schools...the Titans' largest margin of defeat came 79-24 (55 points) on Feb. 21, 2001 in Santa Barbara...Fullerton hasn't won a game in Santa Barbara since a 50-47 on Feb. 12, 1991 (21 straight defeats)...the Titans' .324 all time winning percentage vs. UCSB is Fullerton's lowest winning percentage vs. any current Big West opponent.
Scouting the Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara (8-11, 4-3 Big West) enters the game winners of two straight, as they're now in a three-way tie for first place in the conference after a mediocre 2-3 Big West start. Senior forward Sweets Underwood has led the Gauchos up to this point, averaging a team-leading 11.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She also has taken home Big West Player of the Week honors three separate times this season...UCSB owns the lowest scoring offense in the conference, averaging just 50.7 points per game (334 nationally out of 343 D-I teams), but it also holds the best scoring defense in the Big West (37th in the nation), holding opponents to just 54.5 points per game....UC Santa Barbara was picked to finish third in the Big West, according to the conference's preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton rallied in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Pacific held on to defeat the Titans 67-55 Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
Fullerton (7-12, 3-4 Big West) has now dropped three consecutive games, while Pacific (16-3, 6-1 Big West) has won four in a row and nine of its last 10 games.
Brianna Barfield led the Titans with 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting off the bench, while Mya Olivier also contributed 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.
The Tigers boasted four players with double-figure points, including Kendall Rodriquez and Gena Johnson, who each scored a game high 13 points. Kendall Kenyon also proved to be a force down low, recording a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-7 from the field.
The Titans were behind 38-22 at halftime after shooting just 7-of-30 from the field in the first half. Fullerton then fell behind as much as 20 points in the second half, as they trailed 42-22 with 17:29 left to play.
However, the Titans refused to quit, as they grinded out a 17-6 run over a seven-plus minute span to cut Pacific's lead to 48-39, after Tailer Butler took it coast-to-coast and scored an easy lay-up with still 9:59 left to play in the game.
Later, two Mya Oliver free throws cut the Tigers' lead down to 55-47 with 4:49 left to play, but the Titans would get no closer than that, as Pacific was able to fend off the Fullerton run by hitting 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, while finishing 15-of-16 from the line for the game.
The Titans didn't make it easy on themselves early as they were held without a field goal for a stretch of seven-plus minutes of the first half, until Alex Thomas finally scored a lay-up with 5:29 remaining in the half. At that point the damage had already been done, as Pacific outscored Fullerton 8-2 during the span to grab a commanding 30-14 advantage.
Turnovers plagued Fullerton all game long, as it coughed up the ball 18 times, compared to just Pacific's 11. It was only the fifth time the Titans have lost the turnover battle this season.
A Few Streaks Meant for Snapping
Cal State Fullerton's current 39-game losing streak to UC Santa Barbara is tied for the second longest active losing streak to a conference opponent in Divison-I (Tennessee has also beaten Alabama 39 consecutive times). Stanford currently owns the longest streak with 53 straight wins over Washington State....Fullerton is a combined 0-45 in its last 45 meetings with Cal Poly and UCSB. The Titans have dropped a combined 29 straight contests at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
Not Your Typical Weekend at Titan Gym
Before last week Cal State Fullerton was 6-2 at home this season, with both losses coming by a combined two points. The Titans dropped back-to-back home games over the weekend for the first time this season...the 88-44 loss to UC Davis and the 67-55 loss to Pacific mark the first time the Titans have dropped two straight home games by double-digit margins since falling to UC Davis 60-47 on Feb. 14 and UC Riverside 65-55 on Feb. 26, 2009...Six of seven wins this season have come at Titan Gym...nearly 69 percent of the Titans' total wins since the 2005-06 season have come at home.
Category/ First 8 Home Games/ Last 2 Home Games
Average Points Per Game 66.5 ppg 49.5 ppg
Average Points Against 59.3 ppg 77.5 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 36.7% 28.3%
Average Turnovers Per Game 17.1 19.5
Average Turnovers Forced 19.3 16
Out of Character
Last Thursday's 88-44 Loss to UC Davis was the Titans' worst overall defeat since losing 101-52 at Gonzaga on Dec. 23, 2010. It was the worst home loss since falling to Long Beach State 94-45 on Feb. 11, 2001. It also marked Fullerton's largest loss ever to UC Davis. The previous was a 77-45 loss to the Aggies on Jan. 17, 2008 in Fullerton...Thursday was just the second time this season in which no Titan scored in double-figures.
A Warm January?
For what's supposed to be one of the coldest months of the year, January hasn't been so brutal for the Titans. In fact, a win on Thursday would give Fullerton its best winning percentage for a month since December of 2011 (4-4).
Bushong's Block Party
With her two blocks Thursday night vs. UC Davis, Lauren Bushong now ranks fourth on the school's all-time block list. She currently has 66 career blocks and is two away from passing up Heather Hansen (67) for third on the list.
Riding the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in eight of the first 12 games to start the season. Over the past seven contests, five different Titans have led the team in scoring (Tailer Butler 27 points vs. Hawai'i, Chante Miles 11 points vs. Cal State Northridge, Lauren Bushong 14 points at UC Riverside, Alex Thomas 18 points vs. UC Irvine, Alex Thomas 20 points at Long Beach State, Alex Thomas 9 points vs. UC Davis, Brianna Barfield 12 points vs. Pacific).
Fullerton has dropped 15 of its last 16 road games and eight of its last nine Big West road games going back to last season...the Titans are 1-8 away from Titan Gym this season. It's the worst nine-game start away from home since the 2007-08 season when Fullerton also began 1-8.
Category Home Games Road/ Neutral Games
Average Points Per Game 63.1 ppg 50.7 ppg
Average Points Against 62.9 ppg 60.7 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 35.1% 27.8%
Three-Point Percentage 29.3% 20.6%
The Amazing Alex
Alex Thomas has led the Titans in scoring in three of the last four games...Since Big West play began, she's led the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game.
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have three conference wins with still 11 league games to play.
Titans Do the Talking
This week, FullertonTitans.com caught up with head coach Marcia Foster to get her thoughts on the season thus far. Go to www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the video.
Fullerton has committed less or the same amount of turnovers as the opposition in 14 of its last 17 games...the Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 15 of 19 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 14 of its last 17 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scorers in seven of their last nine games...Fullerton has forced 20+ turnovers in a game in five of its last seven contests...Titans have won the second-chance points battle in eight out of their last nine games.
Is There a Lid on This Thing?
Over the course of the season, Cal State Fullerton has had field goal droughts of eight minutes or more nine separate times in nine different games. The Titans are 2-7 in those games....Five of them have been 10+ minute droughts. The Titans are 1-4 in those games. (8:15 vs. Eastern Washington, 8:28 at New Mexico, 10:48 at Gonzaga, 8:44 at Oregon State, 10:26 vs. Columbia, 12:56 vs. Cal State Northridge, 9:55 at UC Riverside, 13:52 at Long Beach State, and 11:21 vs. UC Davis)
Nationally Accredited Thief
As of Jan. 29, Chante Miles ranks 90th in the nation in steals per game (2.50)...Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd leads the nation in steals, averaging 5.24 per game... Miles' seven steals Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i were the most by any Titan since Toni Thomas collected seven steals Nov. 20, 2007 vs. USC.
Nine of 19 games this season have been decided by six points or less. Fullerton is just 3-6 in those contests...Four games have been decided by two points or less, the Titans are 1-3 in those games...in the six losses, Fullerton either had the lead, was tied, or was within one possession with under three minutes to play...at one point this season the Titans were 2-5 but still didn't have a negative point differential (449-449).
Living Pretty in the 60's
The Titans are 6-2 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-10 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 4-0 when scoring between 60 and 65 points this season.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used 10 different starting lineups and has only sent out the same starting five in consecutive games three times this season...No Titan has started in every game this season.
Miles Ahead of the Rest
Chante Miles has scored in double-figures in 12 of her first 17 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 17 games played this season...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (11.8 ppg), total points (201), field goals made (69), assists (3.4 apg), steals (2.6 spg), and minutes (33.4 mpg).
Cleaning Up the Mess
Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt on the glass this season. She currently leads the team in overall rebounding (7.5 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.4 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.1 rpg). Her overall rebounding ranks seventh in the conference while her offensive rebounding ranks fifth and her defensive rebounding is good enough for 10th...Through seven conference games she's averaged 7.7 rebounds per contest.
Tailer Butler's 27 points scored on Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i was the most by any Titan since Megan Richardson also posted 27 points Dec. 12, 2011 vs. San Jose State...Butler's 27 points were also the most points any Titan had produced off the bench since Lauren Chow scored 28 points Nov. 17, 2007.
Titans Ink Four Recruits for 2012-13
Head coach Marcia Foster announced on Nov. 19 that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton. Casey Williams, Chelsea Waddy, Samantha Logan, and Priscilla Brooks' four years of eligibility will start at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic school year.
"This is very strong class with great students and overall just great people," Foster said. "They all fit into our mold of being a hard-working bunch. We look for blue-collar kids with talent and that's what we have in this class. I expect all of these kids to be able to contribute right away next year."
All four recruits played at California high schools and are expected to play high school basketball their senior years.
Casey Williams • G • 5-8 • Sacramento High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Sacramento High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner…Recorded a career-high 15 points vs. Modesto Christian High School on Dec. 30, 2011…Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Kennedy High School Feb. 2, 2012…Helped lead the Dragons to a 27-7 overall record and a 14-0 league mark in 2011-12…Sacramento advanced to the CIF Division III semifinals, beating San Marin 72-34 in round two before eventually falling to Miramonte 71-64.
Chelsea Waddy • F/C • 6-1 • Rialto Carter High School, Calif.
Averaged 12.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior at Rialto Carter High School…Is a three-year varsity letter winner…Put up 18 double-digit scoring outings as a junior…Recorded 21 double-digit rebounding performances last season, including 10 consecutive 10+ rebound games from Nov. 30- Dec. 29, 2011…Led her team in points per game (12.9), total points (336), field goals made (114), Free throws made (104), free throws attempted (151), blocked shots per game (3.4), total blocked shots (89), rebounds per game (12.2), and total rebounds (317) last season.
Samantha Logan • G/F • 5-9 • Centennial High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Centennial High School...Is a three-year varsity letter winner...Led Centennial in rebounds per game (9.2) and total rebounds (240) last season…Put up 23 points (career high) and 16 rebounds Dec. 3, 2011 vs. Rialto High School…Recorded a career-high 25 rebounds Feb. 19, 2011 vs. California High School her sophomore year… Helped lead the Huskies to a CIF Division-I playoff birth both her sophomore and junior years, including a quarterfinal appearance two seasons ago.
Other Notes: Her father, Matt Logan is currently the head coach of Centennial High School's football team. Samantha played in one of Centennial's football games last October. She suited up at quarterback and completed a pass vs. Roosevelt High School in Centennial's annual "Pink Game" (The purpose of wearing pink was to raise awareness for breast cancer). Both her and the receiver she completed the pass to lost their mothers due to breast cancer. She has a goal of becoming the first ever female in California to throw a high school touchdown pass.
Priscilla Brooks • C/F • 5-10 • JW North High School, Calif.
Averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.7 steals as a junior at JW North High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner… Recorded 26 double-digit scoring performances, including a streak 15 consecutive double-digit games…Pulled down double-digit rebounds 13 times last season…Recorded a career-high 26 rebounds March 10, 2012 vs. Monache High School…Put in a career-high 30 points Feb. 1, 2012 vs. Roosevelt High School…Helped lead JW North to a 31-6 overall record, 12-2 league mark, and a trip to the CIF Division-II championship game after the school totaled just four wins (one league win) a year ago.
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.
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.
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.
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 were members 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.