Slow Week Takes Titans to Bakersfield
Jan. 12, 2012
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton at CSU Bakersfield
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 | 2 p.m.
Icardo Center (3,880)
Coverage: Live Audio | Live Stats
NOTE: Game will be the first of a doubleheader with the Fullerton men's team as the Titans meet Bakersfield at 7 p.m.
TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (7-8 overall, 1-3 in Big West Conference play) hopes a little dose of non-conference action is the cure for what ails them as the Titans travel north to take on CSU Bakersfield on Saturday (Jan. 14) at 2 p.m. in the Icardo Center to kick-off a three-game road swing. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Fullerton men's team, which meets the Roadrunners later that night at 7 p.m.
NEW LOOK BIG WEST: The Big West Conference Board of Directors announced on Dec. 12, 2011, that San Diego State will return as the conference's 11th member effective July 1, 2013. The Aztecs, whose women's teams were members of the league from 1985-90, were an original member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from 1969-78, and will join Hawaii as the league's "newest" members. The Warriors, whose women's programs were part of the Big West from 1984-96, were introduced as the 10th member of the league on Dec. 10, 2010, and will officially compete as a member of the Big West in July of 2012.
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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, select Cal State Fullerton women's basketball contests will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com.
I SEE YOU: For the sixth consecutive season, live streaming video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be available (on a subscription basis) live over the Internet courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthly 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 visit www.BigWest.org/TV or access the video player at www.fansonly.com/schools/bigw/allaccess/index.html.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the third consecutive season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker interface for all of the Titans' home games as well as select road contests. Links will be available on both the men and women's basketball schedule pages at FullertonTitans.com.
CSU BAKERSFIELD BRIEFLY: The Roadrunners enter Saturday's contest at 3-17 overall under first-year head coach Greg McCall following a 85-76 loss to Nevada on Tuesday night... CSUB, playing its fourth consecutive game at home on Saturday, has lost 10 straight contests with its loss to the Wolf Pack dating to a 64-56 victory at Montana on Dec. 8... Two of the Roadrunners' three wins this season have come at home where they are 2-5, having lost five straight since opening 2-0 with wins over Southern Oregon and UC Irvine... three Bakersfield players are in double figures, but the Roadrunners lost leading scorer Tyonna Outland (14.6 ppg) to a knee injury in practice during the week of Nov. 28 after seven games and is out for the year... Kristine Herman leads the trio at 14.3 ppg while shooting .398 from the floor while Amber Williams (13.7 ppg, .389 FG%) and Lauren Carter (13.5 ppg, .416 FG%) are also in double figures... Carter, who has led the team in scoring the last two games with 21 points against San Diego State and 24 against Nevada, also paces the team on the boards at 5.9 rpg... Bakersfield is averaging 71.0 ppg and shooting .389 from the field while opponents are averaging 83.4 ppg and shooting .479 from the floor.
LOOKING AHEAD: With their only scheduled contest at Bakersfield this weekend, the Titans will return to Big West Conference play next week with road games at UC Irvine on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at 7 p.m. and at UC Riverside on Saturday (Jan. 21) at 5 p.m.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton and CSU Bakersfield have alternated wins and losses in the five all-time meetings between the two programs with the Roadrunners coming out on top last season, 71-66, in Fullerton... the Titans are a perfect 2-0 on the road against CSUB, but are winless in three tries on their home floor, going 0-3 in Fullerton against the Roadrunners... the Titans posted wins of 77-75 on Jan. 26, 2008, and 78-61 (the largest margin of victory by either team in the history of the series) on Feb. 17, 2010, in Bakersfield.
LET'S PLAY TWO: Saturday's doubleheader with the men's team in Bakersfield will mark the fourth time in non-conference play that the Titans men's and women's squads will play on the same night, but the first time that they will play in the same building. Both teams won their respective contests on Nov. 11 (women at Sacramento State, men vs. Redlands) and Dec. 22 (women at San Jose State and men vs. Portland State) while both fell on Nov. 26 following the Thanksgiving holiday (women vs. Tennessee State and men vs. Bakersfield. The Titans will have one more chance at doubleheader success this season during Homecoming on Feb. 4 at Titan Gym when the women host Pacific at 2 p.m. and men welcome UC Santa Barbara at 6:05 p.m. for an ESPNU telelvised contest.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: Cal State Fullerton's 37 points in its two-point loss to UC Santa Barbara marked its lowest point total since scoring only 32 points against (you guessed it) the Gauchos in a 69-32 road defeat on Jan. 22, 2011. The 76 combined points between the two programs were the fewest in Cal State Fullerton's Division I history and the lowest for the Titans overall since a 36-23 win at UCLA on Feb. 5, 1974.
\#WINNING: Fullerton's seven wins this season are just two shy of last season's total when the Titans finished 9-21 overall. Not to jinx anything, but three more victories would give Fullerton double-digit wins for the second time in three seasons under Head Coach Marcia Foster and its sixth such season in the last seven years. In addition, the Titans' seven wins through their first 15 contests are the most since they finished 7-8 through their first 15 games in 2009-10 when they won 15 games overall in Coach Foster's first season at the helm.
ROAD WARRIORS: Playing the hand they were dealt with eight of their first 15 games this season on the road, the Titans have performed well, going 4-4 away from home thus far and bettering last season's mark when they finished just 3-14 in road contests. One more road win this season would give Fullerton its most wins away from Titan Gym since 2009-10 (5-10) while a sixth road victory would be the most for the Titans since the 1990-91 NCAA Tournament-bound squad finished 9-6 away from the friendly confines.
ALL GO, NO QUIT: Senior Megan Richardson made her 100th consecutive start with the Titans' opening tip against Cal Poly on Jan. 5 and has started 101 consecutive games dating back to her freshman season. The Manhattan Beach native has not missed a start since coming off the bench on Dec. 4, 2008, against No. 16 Vanderbilt and has not missed a single one of the program's 107 possible contests overall dating to the 2008-09 campaign, starting a total of 102 of those games.
ON A ROLL (HOLD THE MAYO): Richardson has reached double figures in each of her last seven games (including four 20-point performances), entering this week's contest averaging 19.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg over than span while shooting .494 (44-for-89) from the field and .484 (15-for-31) from three-point range.
"300": A perfect score in bowling, and a possible milestone in scoring for Megan Richardson this season. With just 44 more points this season, the senior from Manhattan Beach will become only the fourth player in school history to reach 300 points in all four of her collegiate seasons as a Titan, joining Robin Holmes (1982-86), Shayla Bradshaw (1992-96), and Toni Thomas (2005-09). Looking ahead in our crystal ball, should Richardson score 144 more points, she would join Bradshaw and All-Americans Genia Miller (1987-91) and Nancy Ratliff (1980-83) as the only Fullerton players to reach 400 points in three-straight seasons.
I'LL TAKE Lauren Bushong FOR THE BLOCK: With two more blocked shots against Cal Poly on Jan. 5, junior Lauren Bushong swatted her way past Andrea Thieme (1995-99) and into sole possession of ninth place on the school's all-time list with 46 for her career, needing just four more to match Charlee Underwood (2003-07) for the No. 8 spot.
AND MYA MAKES TWO: Redshirt sophomore Mya Olivier logged her 10 block of the season against Cal Poly last week, giving the Titans two players with double digits in the blocked shots category for the second straight year after Fullerton had gone three years without that happening once.
IWUOHA FINDS A GROOVE: Freshman Kathleen Iwuoha rediscovered her offensive groove last week against Cal Poly, scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high nine rebounds against the Mustangs. Already second on the team in rebounding for the Titans (73 overall and 4.9 rpg to rank just outside the Big West's top 15), Iwuoha reached double figures in scoring for just the third time this season and the first since scoring 12 points in back-to-back contests against Sacramento State and Pepperdine to start the year.
THE BUTLER DID IT: Freshman Tailer Butler also had herself a breakout game against Cal Poly on Jan. 5, scoring a career-high 11 points in 10 minutes off the bench on 4-of-9 shooting (including a trio of three-pointers) and matching her career best with five boards in the Titans' loss to the Mustangs. It was the rookie's first career double-digit scoring game as she was one of four Titans in double figures on the night.
AN ARMY OF ONE: Richardson is the only Fullerton player ranked among the league's top 15 scorers, standing No. 2 in the league at 17.1 ppg behind only Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago, who leads the league at 24.0 ppg. The Titans and the Mustangs are the only two programs in the Big West Conference with just player listed among the top 15 in scoring entering this week's contests.
NOT HALF AS GOOD: Cal State Fullerton's loss to UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 7 marked the first time in seven games this season that the Titans lost when leading at halftime after carrying a 17-14 advantage into the locker room at the break against the Gauchos.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DOMINATION: You know the old saying, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes?" We'd like to add a third -- Megan Richardson and double-digit points. The Titans spectacular scoring guard has reached double digits in points in 78 of her 107 career games (73 percent), including 25 career 20-point contests and a 33-point effort against Cal Poly on Jan. 13, 2011. She is one of only three active Fullerton players with at least 10 career double-digit games (Lauren Chow and Mya Olivier) and is one of two active Titans who have reached 20 points in their collegiate careers (Chow).
CHOW DIALS LONG DISTANCE FOR MILESTONE: Belated congratulations for the Titans' sharpshooting senior, who hit career three-pointer No. 200 on Dec. 10 against Nevada, making her only the eighth player in the history of the Big West Conference to reach the mark and break into the league's career top-10 list. Chow already holds the school record in that category, but will need to really heat up to match Pacific's Selena Ho for the league's career mark after the Tigers' guard finished with 271 career made three's from 1998-2002. Until then, she needs only seven more trey's to move past UNLV's Gwynn Hobbs, who hit 212 career three-pointers from 1991-95, for No. 7 on the all-time list.
I'M HERE TO HELP: Redshirt senior Lauren Chow inched her way up the school's career assist list last week, as her six combined helpers against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara last week upped her total to 361 career assists, good for No. 6 on the all-time list and just 17 helpers shy of Audrey Taylor, who holds down the No. 5 spot with 378 helpers from 2002-07.
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): Fullerton's defense has been up to the challenge thus far in 2011-12 after finishing at or near the bottom in numerous defensive categories a season ago. The Titans, who ranked 8th in scoring defense (71.7 ppg), 9th in field goal percentage defense (.432), and 8th in rebounding defense (41.8 rpg), last season while leading the league in three-point defense (.301), stand among the top four in the Big West entering the week in all four of those same categories. Fullerton has allowed the second-fewest points per game (61.9 ppg), stands third in field goal percentage defense (.387), and is second in three-point defense (.284), while standing fourth in rebounding defense (40.1 rpg).