Titans Head to Northern California in Search of Wins
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Sitting just one game back of the final Big West Tournament slot, Cal State Fullerton looks to snap a season-long eight game losing skid and continue it's chase for the postseason when it takes on the conference-leading Pacific Tigers, Thursday at 7 p.m. in Stockton. The Titans will then wrap up their three-game road trip Saturday at UC Davis at 4 p.m.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's game at Pacific available through pacifictigers.com. Just find the game on the women's basketball schedule and click "video" to watch through BigWest.TV. You can do the same for the UC Davis game by going to www.ucdavisaggies.com.
There will be live audio streaming available for Cal State Fullerton's game at Pacific . To access audio for the game visit www.pacifictigers.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. The same can by done for the UC Davis game by going to www.ucdavisaggies.com. It can also be heard locally in the Davis area on KDVS 90.3 FM.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game at Pacific. To access live stats go to www.pacifictigers.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "live stats" link. The same can be done for the UC Davis game by going to www.ucdavisaggies.com.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (7-17) vs. Pacific (19-6)
Overall Record 23-36
Home Record 14-14
Away Record 6-21
Neutral Site Record 3-1
Longest Win Streak 5 games
Longest Losing Streak 15 games
Current Streak Lost 3
Record in Last 10 Meetings 5-5
Nov. 20, 1981 in Pomona, Calif. (W, 86-64)
Jan. 26, 2013 in Fullerton (L, 67-55)
Last Meeting in Stockton
Dec. 29, 2011 in Stockton (L, 72-67)
Series Notes: In the first meeting this season, four separate Tigers scored in double figures as Pacific comfortably defeated Cal State Fullerton 67-55 on Jan. 26. Brianna Barfield led the Titans in scoring with 12 points, as Mya Olivier also chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds in the loss...Fullerton's largest margin of victory came on Feb. 23, 1991 in a 77-52 (25 points) win in Fullerton...the Titans' largest margin of defeat came on Feb. 9, 2001 in at 92-49 (43 points) loss in Fullerton...the Titans have dropped four of their last five contests with Pacific, but four of the games have been decided by five points or less...Fullerton has dropped six of its last seven games up in Stockton.
Talking About the Tigers
The Pacific Tigers (19-6, 9-4) enter Thursday tied with Hawai'i for first place in the conference, but losers in three of its last four games. Pacific currently boasts the best home record in the league at 11-2, with its only two losses coming vs. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara...the Tigers own four players that average 11+ points per game to help guide the Big West's top scoring offense at 70.6 points per game. Senior forward Kendall Rodriguez leads the bunch in scoring, putting up 12.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Kendall Kenyon averages a double-double per contest, averaging 11.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game...on the season Fullerton and Pacific have shared three common non-conference opponents in Nevada, Eastern Washington, and San Jose State. The Titans went 1-2 vs. those schools while the Tigers went 3-0 (both teams beat San Jose State). Pacific's +9.8 point differential is best in the conference as it gives up just 60.9 points per game...the Tigers were picked to finish second in the Big West's preseason conference poll.
Cal State Fullerton (7-17) vs. UC Davis (10-14)
Overall Record 8-9
Home Record 3-6
Away Record 5-3
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 3 games
Longest Losing Streak 2 games (twice)
Current Streak Lost 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 4-6
Jan. 8, 2005 at Davis (L, 70-55)
Jan. 24, 2013 in Fullerton (L, 88-44)
Last Meeting at Davis
Dec. 31, 2011 at Davis (W 58-50)
Series Notes: In the first meeting this season, the Titans suffered their largest ever defeat to UC Davis, as they fell 88-44 on Jan. 24 at Titan Gym. Alex Thomas led the Titans with nine points on just 2-of-12 shooting from the field...the Titans' largest margin of victory came Jan. 15, 2009 in a 71-59 (12 points) win in Davis...Cal State Fullerton has never lost three straight games to UC Davis...Fullerton has won two straight games in Davis and three of its last four contests.
Assessing the Aggies
UC Davis (10-14, 4-8) enters the game clinging to the seventh Big West Tournament slot after losing two consecutive games last weekend to Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge. The Aggies are just 4-7 at home this season and have lost three of their last four home affairs....UC Davis is led by sophomore forward Sydnee Fipps, who averages 16.8 points per contest, good enough for second best in the conference. Senior guard Cortney French boasts 11 points per game as the only other Aggie to average double-figures. Freshman forward Alyson Doherty leads UC Davis in rebounding, pulling down 5.0 boards a game...the Aggies average 63.1 points per game and they give up 65.3 per contest....UC Davis and Fullerton shared one non-conference opponent this year in Sacramento State. The Titans beat the Hornets 94-75, while the Aggies lost 66-65 in overtime...UC Davis leads the league in three-pointers made per game, as it drains in 6.9 per contest...the Aggies were picked to finish seventh in the Big West's preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton converted on just four of 27 second-half field goals for 14.8 percent, as the Titans fell to UC Irvine, 43-39, Saturday night at the Bren Events Center.
Despite the poor shooting, the Titans had a real shot to win the game, as they led 39-37 with 2:19 left to play in the game after Chante Miles collected a steal at half court then took it the other way for two. It was Fullerton's first lead since it led 21-20 with 2:29 left to play in the first half.
However, that would be the last points Fullerton would score, as UC Irvine outscored the Titans 6-0 over the final 2:19 to clinch the win. The Titans ended up shooting just 12-of-50 for the game for 24 percent.
The loss extends Cal State Fullerton's (7-17, 3-9 Big West) season-long losing skid to eight games, while for UC Irvine (8-17, 4-9 Big West), the win marks its third in a row.
Miles led the Titans in scoring with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. Alex Thomas also contributed, pouring in eight points and grabbing seven rebounds. Kathleen recorded her fifth double-digit rebounding game of the season, as the grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
Kelly Meggs led all scorers with 12 points on 3-of-7 shooting for the Anteaters, while Camille Buckley proved to be a force down low, as she grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.
It was an encouraging start for Fullerton as it scored the first four points of the ballgame, eventually jumping out to an 18-6 advantage with 9:13 left in the first half after Brianna Barfield and Annie Park connected on back-to-back treys. The 12-point advantage was the Titans' largest lead in any game since Jan. 19 at Long Beach State.
But, eerily similar to that Long Beach State game, the lead quickly dissipated as the Anteaters outscored the Titans 19-5 over the final 7:58 of the first half. Fullerton trailed 27-23 at the break.
The Titans' offensive struggles continued in the second half, but Fullerton forced a season-high tying 25 turnovers and converted on 11-of-14 second-half free throws to keep the game within reach all the way to the end.
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team will play the remainder of the 2012-13 season without assistant coach Monica Quan after her life was taken on Feb. 3, 2013. Quan was a loved and valued member of the Titan athletic family. She will be deeply missed.
"A really bright light was put out way too soon — someone whose passion was impacting young women with the game of basketball. As an assistant, she was someone I counted on to tell me the truth. I loved that about her; I loved her work ethic and her passion for life. We are going to have some work to do because too many young women have been affected by this," said head coach Marcia Foster on the passing.
Stop the Streaking!
The Titans have now dropped eight straight games with their last win coming on Jan. 17 vs. UC Irvine. The streak is Fullerton's longest losing skid since dropping nine straight games during the 2007-08. This is the Titans' second losing streak that has reached seven games or more this season. It's the first time Fullerton has had two separate losing skids this long since the Titans had two separate losing streaks of nine and seven games during the 2001-02 season.
Everything but the Finish
In the game of basketball, sometimes you can do everything right, but if you don't put the ball in the basket, you're going to have a tough time winning the game. While the Titans rank in the top four in the conference in six separate categories, scoring is not one of them, as the Titans rank ninth in scoring offense and 10th in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Fullerton's season field goal percentage of .311 is 341st out of 343 teams nationally, while its three-point field goal percentage is ranked 292nd....Last Saturday's 43-39 loss to UC Irvine marked the lowest combined score of any two Big West teams this season.
A Second Chance
Last time Fullerton played UC Davis on Jan. 24, it fell 88-44, marking the school's worst overall defeat since losing 101-52 at Gonzaga on Dec. 23, 2010. It was also the worst home loss since falling to Long Beach State 94-45 on Feb. 11, 2001. It also marks Fullerton's largest loss ever to UC Davis. The previous was a 77-45 loss to the Aggies on Jan. 17, 2008 in Fullerton.
Time to Take Back the Gym
Cal State Fullerton's last four home games have been uncharacteristic to say the least. It's dropped its last four home games by a combined 79 points and by an average of 19.8 points per game. Before the four-game home slide, Fullerton was 6-2 at home this season. The Titans have dropped three home games by a combined four points this season...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 4 Home Games
Average Points Per Game 66.5 ppg 50.0 ppg
Average Points Against 59.3 ppg 69.3 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 36.7% 28.4%
Average Turnovers Per Game 17.1 18.4
Average Turnovers Forced 19.3 15.9
The Titans have dropped their last two contests to Long Beach State and UC Irvine by a combined six points after losing their last five games all by double-digits and by an average of 24.6 points per game.
More Threes Please
Through 11 conference games Annie Park leads the Big West in three-point percentage, as she's connected on 17-of-35 treys for 48.6 percent thus far in league play. She also ranks eighth in three-pointers made per game in Big West play, as she averages 1.5 makes per contest....Annie Park has led the Titans in scoring in two of the last three games.
Bushong's Block Party
With her one block last Thursday night vs. Long Beach State, Lauren Bushong now ranks third on Cal State Fullerton's all-time blocks list with 68 career blocks.
Riding the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in eight of the first 12 games to start the season. However, over the past 12 contests, six different Titans have led the team in scoring, with Miles being the leading scorer just twice... Alex Thomas, Annie Park and Chante Miles are the only Titans to have led the team in scoring in back-to-back games this year.
Fullerton has dropped 18 of its last 19 road games and 11 of its last 12 Big West road games going back to last season...the Titans are 1-11 away from Titan Gym this season. It's the worst 12-game start away from home since the 2005-06 season when Fullerton also began 1-11.
Category Home games Road/ Neutral site games
Average Points Per Game 61.5 ppg 48.8 ppg
Average Points Against 63.0 ppg 60.6 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 34.6% 26.9%
The Amazing Alex
Alex Thomas leads the Titans in scoring during Big West play, averaging 10.2 points per game. She's scored in double-figures in four of her last 10 games after posting just three double-figure scoring contests in the 14 games previous.
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans have three conference wins with still six league games to play.
The Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 20 of 24 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 18 of its last 22 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scorers in nine of their last 14 games...Titans have won the second-chance points battle in 12 out of their last 14 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 11 separate times in 11 different games. The Titans are 2-9 in those games....Seven of them have been 10+ minute droughts. The Titans are 1-6 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, 11:21 vs. UC Davis, 10:25 at UC Santa Barbara, and12:03 at UC Irvine).
Eleven of 24 games this season have been decided by six points or less. Fullerton is just 3-8 in those contests...Five games have been decided by two points or less, the Titans are 1-4 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 1-13 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 4-0 when scoring between 60 and 65 points this season...the Titans are also 4-0 when shooting between 40-49.9 percent this season.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used 13 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 13 of her first 22 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 22 games played this season...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (10.6 ppg), total points (233), field goals made (80), assists (3.1 apg), steals (2.2 spg), and minutes (31.4 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 (7.1 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.1 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.0 rpg). Her overall rebounding ranks ninth in the conference while her offensive rebounding ranks fifth.
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.