New Year Begins With Big West Openers

Jan. 1, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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TIP OFF: Happy New Year! With the 2009 portion of its schedule now in the past, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (4-8 overall) opens 2010 with a pair of games at home to open Big West Conference play. The Titans open league play on Saturday evening (Jan. 2) at 5 p.m. as they host league-leading UC Davis before Pacific comes to town on Monday night (Jan. 4) at 7 p.m.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Both of Cal State Fullerton's games this weekend will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Titan broadcasters Patrick Alog and Mike Martinez will have the play-by-play from Titan Gym. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the newly redesigned FullertonTitans.com.

I SEE YOU: For the fourth consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthy subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from the comfort of their home computers. For more information, please log on to BigWestTV.org.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the first time this season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker for all of the Titans' home games and select road contests. Links will be available on both the men's and women's basketball schedule pages at the redesigned FullertonTitans.com.

SERIES RECORDS: The all-time series with UC Davis is tied, 5-5, with the two teams splitting their two meetings last season - each winning on the other's home floor... Fullerton is 2-3 all-time against the Aggies at Titan Gym, losing the last two since a 62-53 victory on March 1, 2007... Pacific leads the all-time series with the Titans, 32-20, but Fullerton has won the last two... the teams split a pair of games in the regular season, with the Tigers winning, 72-66, at home and the Titans posting a 62-51 win at Titan Gym... Fullerton then posted a 64-62 win over Pacific in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center... Of the Titans' 20 wins in the series, 12 of those have come at home where they are 12-12 all-time against the Tigers.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES: UC Davis enters the weekend with a 7-5 overall mark, but a 4-2 record away from home... the Aggies have lost two straight after five consecutive victories, falling at Seton Hall (58-54) on Dec. 21 and 73-59 against Kansas State at home on Dec. 29... Paige Mintun (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .500 FG%) leads a very balanced UC Davis offense which also features Heidi Heintz (10.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .455 FG%) in double figures... UC Davis is averaging 63.3 ppg and shooting 42 percent from the floor as a team, holding opponents to 60.1 ppg and 40 percent shooting.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Pacific enters the weekend with a 2-8 overall record and will meet Cal State Northridge on Saturday (Jan. 2) before heading to Orange County... the Tigers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Dec. 29 with a seven-point win over Saint Mary's at home and have posted their only other win over Southern Utah (67-54) on Nov. 17, also at home... Jennifer Fath leads Pacific offensively, averaging 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting just under 45 percent from the floor... Emma Head leads the team on the boards at 6.4 rpg... the Tigers are averaging 61.5 ppg and shooting .365 from the floor while allowing 71.1 ppg and .441 percent shooting to its opponents.

FOR OPENERS (BIG WEST STYLE): The Titans are 9-15 all-time in Big West Conference openers since the 1985-86 season, having won their last three straight by an average of 15 points, including a 76-49 win over UC Irvine last season... Fullerton is 5-6 all-time when opening the conference season at home, having won three of its last four... the Titans have never opened conference play against UC Davis, which officially joined the league in the 2007-08 season, but are 1-1 against Pacific with a 67-66 loss on the road in 1987-88 and an 82-66 win at home in 1988-89... Fullerton has gone to overtime four times in a Big West opener, posting a 1-3 record in those contests, but has not played extra time since the 2004-05 season in an 80-74 loss to Cal State Northridge at home.

"SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT...": Cal State Fullerton has played on New Year's Day only once in the history of the program, posting a 77-65 victory at Saint Mary's to ring in 1991. This season, however, the Titans will look to avoid any semblance of a New Year's hangover in Saturday's Big West opener against UC Davis as they have posted a 5-8 all-time record on Jan. 2 - including a 3-5 mark in league openers on that day.

GROVE IS GR-R-R-EAT: A trip to Oklahoma flipped the offensive switch for junior forward Lyndsey Grove, who averaged 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during the Titans' two game trip against Tulsa and nationally ranked Oklahoma. Grove, who has reached double figures in scoring in 10 of the team's 12 games this season, shot 50 percent from the field (13-for-26) and hit on 54 percent from three-point range (7-for-13) while making 10-of-11 (.909) from the line. She set a new career high with 24 points against the Golden Hurricane on 8-of-12 shooting and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

SORRY... IT'S MY FIRST TIME: Fullerton's woes against first time opponents continued during its recent trip to Oklahoma as the Titans lost their first-ever meetings with Tulsa and the Sooners following the Christmas holiday. Those losses extended the team's losing streak against first time opponents to nine consecutive games, and 11 of its last 12, dating back to the 2005-06 season. The Titans' only win in that stretch came against Utah Valley with an 84-63 victory on Jan. 26, 2006, at Titan Gym. The Titans are now 0-4 this season in "first time" games, also falling in first-ever meetings with Oregon (117-69) on Nov. 27 and Wisconsin (57-44) on Nov. 29 at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, Ore., with only the inaugural meeting against Seattle University on Jan. 27 remaining.

I WANT MY PPG: Cal State Fullerton's 76 points scored against No. 14 Oklahoma in its last outing marked the most points for the Titans since they scored 79 in a seven-point win over Portland State back in November. The total marked the fifth time in 12 games that Fullerton has scored 70 points or more, just one shy of the team's total from the entire 30-game campaign last season.

GREAT SCOTT!!!: Senior guard Jasmine Scott had the hot hand against Eastern Washington on Dec. 19, setting a season-high with 19 points while adding four rebounds in 31 minutes to help the Titans to victory. Scott hit her first six shots of the game en route to a 7-for-9 shooting night that included three, three-pointers and a pair of free throws. Scott, who narrowly missed matching her career high of 22 points set against Long Beach State in the first round of the 2008 Big West Conference tournament, surpassed her previous season-best of 14 points set against Portland State and set new season standards for field goals made and tied a career-high with her trio of three-pointers.

SMOOTH "JAZZ": Scott has also been one of the Titans' most consistent scorers over the last month, reaching double figures in six of the team's last eight games and helping move her into third place on the team in scoring at 10.3 ppg. Scott has averaged 12.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg during her recent offensive spurt, shooting .446 (33-for-74) from the floor and .433 (13-for-30) from three-point range.

MEGAN BEING MEGAN: After being held to just five combined points against Portland State and Wisconsin, sophomore Megan Richardson has returned to her scoring ways, reaching double figures in six straight games and 10 of 12 overal this season. During her recent streak, the Manhattan Beach native is averaging a team-best 15.8 ppg while averaging just over 32 minutes per contest. The run included a season-high 24 points against BYU on Dec. 12 - the second time that she has reached 20 points this season and the fifth time in her career. Richardson enters this weekend's Big West openers ranked fifth in the league in scoring overall at 14.6 ppg.

"LYND" ME A HAND: Junior Lyndsey Grove has had a big hand in helping the Titans to the league's third best offense entering this weekend's conference openers, ranking fourth in the league in scoring at 14.8 ppg and reaching double figures in each of the team's last five straight games. During that stretch, Grove, who entered the year averaging jut 5.6 ppg in her previous two seasons with the Titans, is averaging a robust 16.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg while shooting 47 percent (26-for-55) from the floor, 54 percent (13-for-24) from three-point range, and 86 percent (18-for-21) from the line. Aside from her scoring exploits, Grove also ranks among the Big West's best in rebounding (t13th - 5.2 rpg), field goal percentage (9th - .470), free throw percentage (5th - .841), three-point percentage (5th - .444), three-pointers made per game (9th - 1.3 pg), offensive rebounds (t7th - 2.1 pg), and minutes (10th - 30.7 mpg).

BY THAT MUCH: En route to a career-high 24 points against Tulsa, Grove narrowly missed matching a school record by hitting a career high five three-pointers in six attempts against the Golden Hurricane - the best single-game performance in the Big West Conference this season. Fullerton's school record was set way back in 1993 when Shayla Bradshaw was a perfect 6-for-6 from long-range at UC Irvine on March 1. Grove also shares the best single-game performance from the free throw line in the Big West this season, hitting 10-of-10 against Portland State on Nov. 28.

DYNAMIC DUO: Cal State Fullerton scoring leaders Lyndsey Grove and Megan Richardson have combined to lead the team in scoring in 11 of the team's 12 games thus far this season with Richardson holding the slim 6-5 advantage. Senior Jasmine Scott is the only other Titan to lead the team in scoring following her season-high 19-point outburst against Eastern Washington on Dec. 21.

LET'S GO HALVSIES: Leading at the break has usually led to great things for the Titans this season as Fullerton improved to 4-1 overall in 2009-10 when taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. The Titans' lone loss came against BYU despite leading by a point, 29-28, following the first 20 minutes of play. On the flip side, Fullerton has been unable to dig themselves out of a halftime hole yet this season, going 0-7 thus far when trailing at the break.

NOT IN A GIVING MOOD: Fullerton hasn't been one to just hand the ball over to its opponents this season, committing a Scrooge-esque 16.5 turnovers per game and ranks No. 34 in the nation in that category (as of NCAA stats of Dec. 20) and first in the Big West Conference. The 198 turnovers overall are the third fewest in the league entering the week and Fullerton's +2.5 turnover margin is second in the conference while the Titans' 228 turnovers forced are third-best in the league. Cal State Fullerton is also one of only four teams with a positive turnover margin (trailing only league-leading UC Davis at +4.1).

OR YOUR POINTS ARE FREEEEE: The Titans, who led the Big West Conference in free throw percentage a season ago, have continued to be one of the most accurate at the line this season, standing second entering the weekend at .743 on the year. Junior Lyndsey Grove ranks fifth in the conference at .841 (53-for-63) while sophomore Megan Richardson is just outside the top 10 at .742 (46-for-62). On a national level, the Titans stood No. 17 in the nation as a team in free throw percentage behind Marist's nation-leading 83 percent (as of NCAA stats of Dec. 20).

DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE: And we mean that in a good way. The Fullerton offense, which averaged 62.5 ppg last season (third-best in the league), has kept the momentum going in 2009, entering the week ranked third in the league in scoring offense at 67.5 ppg bouyed by five games of 70 points or more and a season-high 90 points in a win over Sacramento State on Nov. 15.

WINDEX WOMEN: The Titans have done a good job of cleaning up on the boards in 2009-10, despite outrebounding their opponents just three times in 12 games. Fullerton ranks fourth in the Big West Conference in rebounding at 36.4 rebounds per game while also standing second in the league in offensive rebounds (13.8 rpg) and seventh in defensive rebounds per game (22.6 rpg). The Titans have two of the league's top rebounders as junior Jenna Breite ranks second in the Big West at 7.1 rpg while junior Lyndsey Grove is tied for 13th in that category with 5.2 rpg.