Titans Travel to UC Irvine; Host Hawai'i for Senior Night on Saturday
Heading into the final week of the regular season and currently in a three-way tie for fifth place, Cal State Fullerton (11-16, 7-7 Big West) prepares for a pair of contests this week. First, the Titans will take on the UC Irvine Anteaters on Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m., at the Bren Center before squaring off with the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m at Titan Gym.
Watch it Live
There will be a live video feed available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games this weekend. To access video for both 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 versus UC Irvine and Hawai'i. To access audio for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link.
There will be live stats available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games this weekend.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 (11-16) at UC Irvine (14-14)
Overall Record 34-34
Home Record... 19-12
Away Record... 12-20
Neutral Site Record... 3-2
Big West Record... 26-31
Longest Win Streak... 9 games
Longest Losing Streak... 14 games
Current Streak... Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 6-4
Last Meeting...Jan. 16, 2014 at Fullerton, Calif. (W, 75-58)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
01.16.14 Fullerton, Calif. W 75-58
02.16.13 Irvine, Calif. L 43-39
01.17.13 Fullerton, Calif. W 65-51
02.25.12 Fullerton, Calif. W 58-44
01.18.12 Irvine, Calif. L 73-68
Series Note: Thursday marks the 69th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton won the first meeting against UC Irvine this season at Titan Gym...The Titans have won the last three of four meetings, but dropped the prior three contests...the Titans are 26-31 against the Anteaters in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 76-49 (27 pts) win Jan. 3, 2009 at Fullerton...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 84-46 loss in Titan Gym on Jan. 27, 2001.
Hawai'i (15-11) at Cal State Fullerton (11-16)
Overall Record... 14-14
Home Record... 7-7
Away Record... 5-7
Neutral Site Record... 2-0
Big West Record... 11-14
Longest Win Streak... 9 games
Longest Losing Streak... 7 games
Current Streak... Lost 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 3-7
Last Meeting...Feb. 15, 2014 at Honolulu, Hawaii (L, 65-52)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
02.15.14 Honolulu, Hawaii L 65-52
03.13.13 Irvine, Calif. W 66-51
03.09.13 Honolulu, Hawaii L 53-43
01.03.13 Fullerton, Calif. W 83-74
02.25.96 Honolulu, Hawaii L 86-61
Series Note: Thursday marks the 29th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... UH defeated the Titans the first meeting this season on Feb. 15, 65-52...the Titans are 11-14 against Hawai'i in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 66-46 (20 pts) win Jan. 25, 1987 at Hawai'i...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 86-61 loss in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Feb. 25, 1996...Fullerton has defeated the last two times on the mainland.
Assessing the Anteaters
UC Irvine enters the contest with a 14-14 overall record (7-7 Big West) and is currently in a three-way tie with the Titans and LBSU for fifth place in the conference. The Anteaters come into Thursday's game winners of their past two of three games.
The Anteaters boast two players averaging double-figures as former Big West player of the week Camille Buckley averages 17.5 ppg and team-high 11.1 rebounds per game, while Jennifer Tsurumoto adds 13.9 ppg. Methlyn Onogomuho has chipped in this season with 8.2 ppg and 7.0 rpg.
Irvine averages 72.2 points per game, while it surrenders 71.7 per contest. The Anteaters are shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from behind the arc. UCI also leads the Big West in offensive rebounds per game(16.0 rpg).
Scouting the Rainbow Wahine
Hawai'i enters the contest with a 15-11 overall record (9-5 Big West) and currently stands in third a half-game behind Cal Poly for second place. UH previously defeated the Titans on Feb. 15, 65-52 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Wahine boast three players averaging double-figures in points Kamilah Jackson (15.5 ppg), Ashleigh Karaitiana (10.2 ppg), and Shawna Lei-Kuehu (10.9 ppg). Jackson, a former Big West player of the week, also leads the team in rebounds as she averages 9.7 per game, but missed the last meeting against the Titans due to an injury.
Hawai'i averages 66.0 points per game, while it allows a league low 63.3 per contest. UH leads the Big West in multiple defensive categories (scoring margin, scoring defense, rebounding defense, field goal percentage defense). The Wahine are shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from behind the arc.
The Titans are 201-302 (.399) all-time against Big West Conference foes. Fullerton was 7-14 last season against league foes and won two games in the conference tournament before losing to Pacific in the semifinals.
Thank You Seniors
Last Time Out vs. UC Irvine
Cal State Fullerton defended Titan Gym with a 75-58 victory over UC Irvine on Jan. 16. The Titans were led by Alex Thomas' 22 points, while Kathleen Iwuoha chipped in 10 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Tailer Butler also added six three-pointers for the Titans in the winning effort.
Hawai'i vs. Fullerton: Round One
The Rainbow Wahine and Titans met the first time on Feb. 15 at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai'i came away victorious 65-52 as Briana Harris led the Wahine with 14 points, while Lei-Kuehu added 12 points. Senior guard Alex Thomas scored a then career-high 25 points in the loss.
Closing the Gap on 1,000 Points
Senior Alex Thomas leads the Titans in points this season and now is 21 points shy of reaching the 1,000 point club. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has averaged 15.0 ppg this season and a conference best 20.9 ppg in Big West play.
Iwuoha's Career Night
Forward Kathleen Iwuoha's big performance last Saturday was key for the the Titans as they defeated Long Beach State, 71-55. The junior forward poured in a career high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Iwuoha set new career highs in field goals made (9), free throws made (7), and minutes played (40).
2013 Big West Scholar Athletes
Three Titans have been named a Big West Scholar Athlete it was announced on March 4. Fullerton had senior guard Alex Thomas, senior forward Mya Olivier, and junior forward Xava Grooms named due to their acadmeic achievements.
With two games left to play the Titans are currently in a three-way tie for fifth place with Long Beach State and UC Irvine at 7-7. The Titans then trail fourth place UC Davis (8-6) by one game. This weekend LBSU will face Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside, while UCI plays UC Davis along with Fullerton.
Bend Those Knees
Fullerton has played many close games due to its tough defense and currently ranks second amongst Big West opponents in points allowed per game (66.4 ppg).
Flying Under the Radar
Samantha Logan is making her presence felt. She currently is second on the team in overall rebounding (6.3 rpg). Her overall rebounding per game ranks eigth best in the Big West and her defensive rebounding ranks fifth in the conference (4.6 rpg).
Williams' Block Party
Junior forward Natalie Williams leads the Titans with 14 blocked shots this season and now ties Charlee Underwood (2003-2007) for eighth on the all-time among career shot blockers.
Winning the Close One
Fullerton defeated Cal Poly 78-77 on 2/20 and recorded its first one-point victory this season. The Titans have now won four games by three points or less.
A New Starting Five
After using the same starters for the past 15 games, the Titans have used a new starting lineup in each of the past three games.
Where We Rank
With two conference games remaining lets see where the Titans rank amongst other Big West opponents overall. Fullerton ranks second in the Big West Conference in three-pointers per game (7.57). The Titans rank second in turnover margin (+2.64) and third rebounding defense percentage (.679), and fourth in scoring defense 68.1 ppg.
Big West Win #200
After knocking off conference leader Cal Poly on Feb. 20, 78-77, at Titan Gym, Fullerton recorded its 200th all-time Big West win.
The Amazing Alex
After averaging 8.6 points in non-conference games, senior guard Alex Thomas has stepped up her game as the Mission Viejo, Calif., native is averaging 20.9 points per game in conference games, which is the highest among Big West players.
Fullerton has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in all (25 games), but two games this season...the Titans bench has outscored the opponent's bench in more than half the contests this season...Fullerton has only committed more turnovers than their opponents twice in the last 18 games...the Titans have used eight different starting lineups this season and are 8-7 with the most commonly used lineup.
From the Charity Stripe
Against Hawai'i on Feb. 15, the Titans shot a season-high 35 free throws with senior guard Alex Thomas attempting 19 of them. Thomas converted 15 of her free throws and fell one make short of the single record and three shy of the most free throw attempts in a game for a Titan.
Living Pretty in the 60's
The Titans are 10-4 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-12 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 5-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season.
Shooting Over 40 percent
The Titans are 6-1 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field and 5-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from behind the arc.
Out-Rebounding the Opponents
The Titans are 8-1 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponents. However, when Fullerton doesnt grab more rebounds than their opponent they are 3-13.
Career Rebounds Mark Reached
Kathleen Iwuoha, who leads the team in rebounding, grabbed 24 rebounds over two games versus UC Davis and Hawai'i to go over 400 total rebounds in her career and redshirt-sophomore Hailey King and Chante Miles both reached the 200 mark after pulling down multiple against UC Davis and Hawai'i.
Sharing the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in seven of the first 12 games to start the season, but Alex Thomas has had a team high in scoring the last 11 of 13 games (Miles vs. Cal Poly 2/20 & Iwuoha vs. Long Beach State 3/1). Miles and Thomas are the only Titans to have back-to-back games as the leading scorer for the team.
The Titans shot a whopping 41 three-pointers versus Long Beach State on Feb. 1, which gives Fullerton a new school record for most three-pointer attempts in a single game. The Titans previously shot 40 treys against Iowa State (12/8/13) earlier this season.
Miles Dishing Out Assists
After 27 games, junior guard Chante Miles is fourth in the Big West in assists. The Compton, Calif., native has 104 assists this season and tied a career high against UCSB on Jan. 25 after dishing out eight assists. Miles previously had eight assists versus Alabama (11/30) earlier this season.
UCSB Winning Streak at Home Snapped
Fullerton's win last weekend at UCSB signified the end of what was a 23-year losing streak in Santa Barbara. The Titans previously defeated the Gauchos at the Thunderdome on Feb. 12, 1991 (22 games).
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 5-13 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have seven conference wins with two league games to play.
Miles Ahead of the Rest
Chante Miles has averaged 13.7 points per game, which ranks second on the team. Miles set a new career high after scoring 22 points against New Mexico State on Dec. 23. The Compton, Calif., native has had double-digit scoring figures in 22 of 27 games this season and has 42 total in her career. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games.
The Second Half, Times Two
Fullerton has scored 54.2 percent (902/1662) of its total points this season in the second half. If one were to replace Fullerton's first half scoring with its second half scoring this season, the Titans would be averaging 66.8 points per game compared to its current 61.6 points per game clip.
All 11 players on the roster call California home and all are natives of Southern California.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used eight different starting lineups this season and is 8-7 with a lineup of Chante Miles, Hailey King, Alex Thomas, Samantha Logan, and Kat Iwuoha. Alex Thomas is the only Titan to have started in every game this season.
A Streak Meant for Snapping
After defeating Cal Poly on Thursday the Titans snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Mustangs. Previously, the Titans hadn't defeated Cal Poly since Feb. 25, 2010.
Versus the Top 25
Iowa State was 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 14 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 25 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 11-95 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans welcome two new faces to the squad for the 2013-14 season with Samantha Logan and Chelsea Waddy joining the squad.