Titans Host Toreros Before Heading to Iowa This Week
After playing four straight road contests, Cal State Fullerton returns home to Titan Gym on Wednesday night to take on the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. The Titans will then head back onto the road to Ames, Iowa to face the 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday, December 8 at 12:00 p.m.
Watch it Live
There will be a live video feed available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games this week. To access video for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page and then click the "video" link to watch through BigWest.TV on Wednesday, while the Iowa State game will be broadcasted through Cyclones.TV
There will be free live audio streaming available for both of the games this week. To access audio for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link.
There will be live stats available for both games. To access live stats for the game 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 (1-5) vs. San Diego (7-0)
Overall Record... 7-12
Home Record... 4-6
Away Record... 3-6
Neutral Site Record... 0-0
Longest Win Streak... 4 games
Longest Losing Streak... 6 games
Current Streak... Lost 6
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 2-8
Last Meeting....Nov. 24, 2010 at San Diego, Calif. (L, 71-60)
Series Note: Wednesday marks the 20th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... San Diego currently has a six-game winning streak over the Titans... the two schools haven't met in the past three years...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 101-64 (37 pts) win Nov. 28, 1980...largest margin of defeat came in a 74-43 (31 points) loss Dec. 21, 2007 at Titan Gym.
Scouting the Toreros
San Diego enters the 2013-14 season looking to build off a successful 2012-13 campaign that saw the Toreros finish with a 22-10 record (12-4 West Coast Conference). San Diego is off to an impressive 7-0 start. The Toreros were picked to finish second in the West Coast Conference in 2013-14. San Diego is currently ranked #10 in the College Insider Women's Mid-Major Top 25 and currently receiving votes in the AP Top 25. The Toreros are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Cindy Fisher. San Diego is led by senior guard Amy Kame, who is averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Redshirt senior forward Felicia Wijenberg is averaging 11.6 points, and 7.3 rebounds per contest this season.
Junior forward will be another strong option inside for the Torero. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native has averaged 10.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks through seven games this season. The Toreros are averaging 71.6 points this season, while holding opponents to 56.9 points. San Diego is shooting 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc.
A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (1-5) vs. Iowa State (6-0)
Overall Record... 0-1
Home Record... 0-0
Away Record... 0-0
Neutral Site Record...0-0
Longest Win Streak... N/A
Longest Losing Streak... 1 game
Current Streak... Lost 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 0-1
Last Meeting....Nov. 15, 2006 at Ames, Iowa (L, 85-62)
Series Note: These two schools have only squared off once versus each other... Fullerton and Iowa haven't met in seven years with Iowa State taking the only contest 85-62 on Nov. 15, 2006 in Ames, Iowa...the Titans have also traveled to Ames for the Cyclones Classic in 1995 losing both games (Arizona State 59-40 and Idaho State 80-42).
Breaking Down the Cyclones
Iowa State enters the week ranked No. 20 in the nation and a 6-0 record. The Cyclones are under legendary head coach Bill Fennelly. Fennelly, currently in his 19th season at Iowa State recently eclipsed the 400 overall win mark this season. Iowa State is averaging 82.5 points per game this season while they surrender an average of 55.5 points per game.
Iowa State is led by senior forward Hallie Christofferson, who is averaging a team-high 24.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Seanna Johnson is averaging 12.7 points per game this season, which is second best on the team. Junior guard Nikki Moody also posts double figures, who is scoring 10.8 ppg and 5.2 apg. The Cyclones are shooting 46 percent from the field this season and 39 percent from outside the arc.
Cal State Fullerton is 38-55 (.409) all-time against an opponent from the West Coast Conference. Fullerton played against three foes (1-2) from the WCC last season. The Titans last game versus an WCC was a 83-44 loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 9, 2012. The Titans are 7-23 (.233) all-time against Big 12 Conference foes. The last time the Titans faced a team from the Big 12, Fullerton was upended by the Nebraska Cornhuskers 76-62 on Nov.17, 2006 in Lincoln, Neb. when the Cornhuskers were still apart of the Big 12.
Last Time Out for the Titans
Cal State Fullerton received a second straight double-double performance from Samantha Logan Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as Alabama defeated the Titans 69-54 at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif., in the final game of the Saint Mary's Hilton Concord Classic.
Logan finished with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-14 shooting from the field, while connecting on five three-pointers. The Corona, Calif., native, who was named to the all-tournament team, has now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Junior guard Chante Miles added 10 points, while dishing out seven assists for Fullerton (1-5).
Alabama (3-4) was led by Shafontaye Myers as she posted a double-figuring scoring effort with 15 points. Nikki Hegstetter also added 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Daisha Simmons posted an impressive line of 12 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in the victory.
The Titans reached intermission trailing 27-26 after trading baskets with the Crimson tide in the first half. Fullerton and Alabama came out of the gates continuing to counter each other attacks, but with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game and both teams locked in at 42 apiece, Alabama went on a 7-0 run to stretch their advantage to 49-42.
After a team timeout, Fullerton got as close as 49-45 with 7:51 left, after Logan knocked down a three-pointer. However, the Titans would get no closer than that as the Crimson Tide would go on a 20-9 run to end the game. Fullerton shot 34 in the second half, but could not overcome a slow start in the opening period en route to shooting just 32.3 percent for the game. Alabama outrebounded the Titans, 44-38, and forced 13 Fullerton turnovers. The Crimson Tide shot 43 percent from the floor, including a 45 percent in the second half, as they pulled away from the Titans.
Versus the Top 25
Iowa State marks the first nationally ranked opponent for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program since the Titans played Gonzaga on Dec. 2, 2011 when the 24th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated Fullerton 73-60 at Titan Gym. Last season the Titans played three teams (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Pacific) that received votes in either the AP or USA Today Coaches Poll. Fullerton has lost its last 10 consecutive games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in either poll dating back to a 68-65 win over Idaho (receiving votes in the Associated Press poll) on Jan. 24, 2004, in Moscow, Idaho... the Titans have lost their last 24 meetings with top 25 foes since posting a 75-63 victory over No. 24 (Associated Press) Long Beach State on Jan. 21, 1991... Overall, Fullerton is 11-94 against nationally ranked competition dating to the 1977 season... the Titans have not been listed among the top 25 since Feb. 4, 1991, breaking into the Associated Press poll at No. 24 that week.
Titan's assistant coach Steve Fennelly returns home this weekend to square off against his father, Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly. Steve, a graduate of Iowa State '07, spent the last two seasons as the head video coordinator before joining Daron Parks' staff. Fennelly helped guide the Cyclones to two NCAA Tournament berths. Before his role as a video coordinator, he also spent four seasons as a student manager.
Samantha Logan recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) on Nov. 29 versus Toledo and was the first Titan since Kathleen Iwuoha had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Pacific on March 15, 2013 to earn a double-double. However, the Corona, Calif., native came back the next day to record another double-double versus Alabama (19 points, 11 rebounds). Also, Logan was just one point shy of posting a double-double against Columbia on Nov. 22 (9 points, 10 rebounds). Fullerton had four double-doubles during the 2012-13 season.
Miles Dishing Out Assists
After six games, junior guard Chante Miles leads the Big West in assists. The Compton, Calif., native has 31 assists this season and set a new career high against Alabama after dishing out eight assists. Miles previous high was seven assists, which she recorded versus Hawai'i on Jan. 3, 2013.
After the 80-54 win versus Columbia (Nov. 22), senior Alex Thomas passed the 600 career total point mark in her career and junior Chante Miles passed the 500 career point milestone. Junior Kathleen Iwuoha recorded her 400th career point in a 59-58 loss to Toledo on Nov. 29.
After four games Chante Miles has averaged 15.7 points per game, which leads all Titan players. Miles set a new career high after scoring 21 points against Columbia on Nov. 22. The Compton, Calif., native has had double-digit scoring figures in all six games this season and has 26 in her career. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games and one 20-point game.
Setting New Records
Entering the contest versus Fresno State redshirt sophomore Hailey King's career high in a game was nine points, which she set against Fresno State on November 16, 2013, but the Solvang, Calif., native scored 15 points on Nov. 22 to give her a new career best.
It's Early, but Still...
As of Dec. 2, Cal State Fullerton is first in the Big West in scoring defense per game (64.5 ppg), third in blocks (3.17 bpg), third in rebounding defense (39.8), and third in defensive rebound percent (.683).
Individuals in the Big West
After six games multiple Titans individually rank at the top of statistical categories for the Big West Conference. Junior Chante Miles is ninth in scoring (15.7 ppg), first in assists (5.7 apg), third in minutes played (34.5 mpg), 10th in field goal percentage (.452). Kathleen Iwuoha is ranked first in field goal percentage (.578) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.4 pg). Forward Natalie Williams is tied for third in blocked shots per game (1.3 bpg). Samantha Logan is ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.520) and fourth in three-pointers made (2.17 pg).
Fullerton has committed more turnovers than the opposition in four of six games to open the season...the Titans bench has outscored the opponent's bench in four of six contests this season...CSUF has been outscored 166-136 in the paint this season...the Titans used their fourth different starting lineup this season last weekend.
King Sinks Em
Redshirt sophomore guard Hailey King is a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line this season, while Chante Miles is shooting 71 percent (10-of-14) from the charity stripe...senior Alex Thomas has attempted the most free throws this season (17-of-27).
Fullerton's Dynamic Duo
Chante Miles and Kathleen Iwuoha have combined to score 150 of Fullerton's 355 points this season (42%).
The Titans' bench has produced 94 of Fullerton's 355 total points scored this season (26 percent)...the CSUF bench has been outscored by opposition's bench 95-94 this season...Cal State Fullerton's leading scorer, Chante Miles, has come off the bench one time this season.
Coming back home to Titan Gym
The Titans will play four of its next six contests at home to wrap up the 2013 calendar year at Iowa State (Dec. 8) and Boise State (Dec. 29).
Last weekend the Titans played their first two neutral location games of the season losing both of them to Toledo and Alabama. The Titans are now 2-5 in their last seven neutral site games.
Fullerton had four players score in double figures at Columbia on Nov. 22, the first time that the Titans had more than two players score 10 or more points. Junior Chante Miles upped her career best to 21 points to lead all players. Redshirt sophomore Hailey King had a career high 15 points, while junior Kathleen Iwuoha added 15 points and senior Alex Thomas scored 12. The Titans have had at least one player reach double figure scoring in each game this season.
Start of a New Era
Head Coach Daron Park begins his first stint as the head coach of Cal State Fullerton women's basketball. Park spent last season as the associate head coach at USC. Park enters his first season as a head coach and is the first male head coach in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history. Park recorded his first win as the head coach of the Titans on Nov. 22 versus Columbia.
Breaking Down the Titans
Cal State Fullerton return all five starters and 11 letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 11-22 overall and 5-13 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 Pacific in the Big West Conference Semifinals, 54-51.
The Titans have stability with the return of Chante Miles who returns as the team's leading scorer (10.5 ppg). All-Big West Conference Tournament team honoree Mya Olivier returns for her senior season as one the team's leading rebounder (5.3 rpg) and scorers (7.2 ppg) from a season ago. Twenty-eight game starter Kathleen Iwuoha also returns looking to build off a solid sophomore campaign where she averaged 5.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Guard Alex Thomas will also provide an offensive threat after averaging 8.4 ppg last season. Annie Park heads into her second season after being named to the Big West's 2013 All-Freshman team in 2012.
Titans Tabbed 7th in Big West Media Poll
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2012-13 Big West Conference race according to a vote of league media members released by the conference office on Oct. 23. The Titans received 59 points to finish just behind, UC Davis which was sixth with 72 points. Cal Poly managed to edge out Hawai'i as the favorite to take home the conference crown with 17 first place votes and 177 points overall. Hawai'i was tabbed second with 159 points (three first place votes), Cal State Northridge third with 121 points, Long Beach State fourth with 120 votes, UC Santa Barbara fifth with 100 points, UC Davis sixth with 72 points, UC Irvine with 54 points, and UC Riverside ninth with 38 points.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2013-14 women's basketball preview video featuring head coach Daron Park.
By the Numbers
Cal State Fullerton returns 91 percent of its 1,779 points scored, 91 percent of its rebounds, 90 percent of its field goals made, 68 percent of its free throws made, and 67 percent of its block shots from a season ago.
Hit Me Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous 13-game non-conference schedule that includes one road contest against No. 23 Iowa State, according to the AP Preseason Poll. The Titans first road test will come in New York to face off against Albany and Columbia. Later in the month, Fullerton travels to Northern California compete against Toledo and Alabama in the SMC Hilton Concord Classic. Six of the Titans' 13 non-conference affairs will be played away from Titan Gym.
All 13 players on the roster call California home and all are natives of Southern California.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans welcome two new faces to the squad for the 2013-14 season. Here is more on the true freshmen ready to make an impact for the team this season:
Chelsea Waddy • F/C • 6-1 • Rialto Carter High School, Calif.
Was a four-year letterwinning forward for the Rialto Carter High School basketball program, also played varsity tennis for four seasons...earned all-league honorable mention honors all four years...made Second-Team All-League for basketball her sophomore season...earned First-Team All-League honors and was named team MVP for basketball both her junior and senior seasons.
Samantha Logan • G/F • 5-9 • Centennial High School, Calif.
Played four seasons for the Centennial basketball teamand even a season of football her senior year...she made Second Team All-League for basketball her sophomore season, earned coach's excellence award, and broke the school record for most rebounds in a game (25)...her senior season she earned the coach's excellence award, made First Team All-League, named MVP in all three tournaments Centennial played in, and made Third Team All-County...she also played quarterback for Centennial's CIF Championship football team her senior year...she went 2-for-4 with 42 passing yards.
Join the "Tipoff Club
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program invites fans and supporters of the Titans to join the "Tipoff Club," a club created to allow fans to become engaged specifically with the Fullerton women's basketball team. Membership benefits include an opportunity to support and improve the quality of the program, a regular newsletter with insights from the coaching staff, a lanyard to gain access to select pregame chalk talks, and an invitation to participate in special events with the team.
For more information or to make a gift to the women's basketball team and become a member of the "Tipoff Club," please make a gift by visiting: https://giving.fullerton.edu/giving/giving.aspx?szAccount_no=95993