2013-14 Tentative Schedule
All dates and times subject to change
FULLERTON, Calif.—Coming off an exciting 2012-13 campaign that ended with the Titans falling just three points shy of their second ever Big West Tournament title game berth, Fullerton now looks to begin a new era of Titan basketball, as first-year head coach Daron Park announced the Titans' rigorous 31-game schedule Friday afternoon.
Cal State Fullerton's 2013-14 slate will feature 11 teams that were either in the NCAA tournament or WNIT postseason tournament a year ago, with seven of those matchups appearing in the non-conference schedule.
"This is a very exciting schedule for our basketball team, and our fans," Park said. "We have some excellent teams coming to play us here in Titan Gym and we will be challenged with a tremendously tough non-conference road schedule."
"Our hope is our difficult non-conference schedule will prepare us for the always difficult and challenging Big West season."
The Titans will open the new season Nov. 8 with the first of 14 home games this season vs. South Dakota, before they play back-to-back NCAA Tournament participants and conference champions from a year ago in Fresno State (Defending Mountain West Tournament Champions) on Nov. 16 at home and at Albany (Defending America East Tournament Champions) on Nov. 20.
With the Albany game begins a challenging stretch of what will be a season-high four consecutive games away from Titan Gym, which will conclude with a trip to Moraga, California to participate in the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 29-30th. The field will include host Saint Mary's (2013 WNIT quarterfinal participant), Toledo (2013 WNIT participant- third round), and Alabama out of the SEC.
After Thanksgiving the Titans will play four of their next five contests at home, including games vs. San Diego on Dec. 4 (2013 WNIT participant- second round), Arizona State on Dec. 14, Seattle on Dec. 21 (2013 WNIT participant), and New Mexico State on Dec. 23, with the one road contest during that stretch coming at Iowa State on Dec. 8 (2013 NCAA Tournament participant- second round).
Fullerton will round out its non-conference schedule at Boise State on Dec. 29 before it returns home to Titan Gym where Fullerton will take on the University of Denver for the first time in school history on Jan. 3.
The Titans open Big West play on Jan. 9 at UC Riverside.
11 Games to Watch For…
Nov. 8 vs. South Dakota - Season opener and first game in the new "Daron Park Era".
Nov. 16 vs. Fresno State – Fullerton's first test vs. an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago…also against the school where current Titans assistant coach Taja Edwards played her college basketball.
Nov. 20 @ Albany- Fullerton's first road test of the season comes against the two-time defending America East Tournament Champions.
Dec. 8 @ Iowa State- Not only will Fullerton be taking on one of college basketball's biggest powerhouses, it will also be a homecoming of sorts for current Titans assistant coach Steven Fennelly, as his father Bill Fennelly currently serves as the head coach of the Cyclones and older brother Billy is an assistant.
Dec. 14 vs. Arizona State- New head coach Daron Park will coach against a familiar Pac-12 foe after spending the previous two seasons coaching at USC and California…Fullerton will also look for its first win vs. a Pac-12 opponent since 2006.
Jan. 9 @ UC Riverside- Big West season opener
Jan. 16 vs. UC Irvine- Big West home opener
Jan. 23 @ Cal Poly- First time the Titans will take on the 2013 Big West Tournament Champions led by last year's conference Player of the Year Molly Schlemer.
Feb. 1 vs. Long Beach State- First time these two schools will meet since Fullerton's 54-48 upset win in the first round of the 2013 Big West Tournament.
Feb. 15 @ Hawai'i- First time the two will play since the Titans' win over Hawai'i in the 2013 Big West Tournament quarterfinals.
March 8 vs. Hawai'i- Cal State Fullerton's Senior Night