Roadrunners Visit Before Big West Second Half Tips-Off

Jan. 25, 2011

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Bakersfield at Cal State Fullerton
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
7 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
3 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (7-13 overall, 3-5 in the Big West Conference) tips-off the second go-round in league play at home this weekend, but not before the Titans finally close out their non-conference schedule with a mid-week tilt against Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday (Jan. 26) at 7 p.m. Following the clash with the Roadrunners, Fullerton will then host Long Beach State on Saturday (Jan. 29) at 3 p.m., just 10 days after defeating the 49ers on the road.

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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. Patrick Alog will have the call for both contests live from Titan Gym this week.

I SEE YOU: For the fifth 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 log on to BigWest.org/TV. Live video will be available for both of this weekend's games.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the second 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's and women's basketball schedule pages at FullertonTitans.com.

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD BRIEFLY: The Roadrunners enter the week with a 13-10 overall record, but just a 4-6 mark away from home... After an almost two-week layoff, Cal State Bakersfield fell at UC Riverside, 82-71, in its last outing on Jan. 22, snapping a four-game winning streak... the Roadrunners are 0-2 against the Big West Conference this season, also falling in overtime to UC Santa Barbara (86-83) on Dec. 14... Cal State Bakersfield features four players in double figures, led by Amber Williams' 13.9 ppg, helping the offense average a robust 75.3 ppg overall this season... Britney McGee (12.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Kristine Herman (11.0 ppg), and Tyonna Outland (10.2 ppg) are also in double figures this season... the Roadrunners are shooting .391 from the floor to go with their 75.3 ppg while opponents are averaging 72.1 ppg and shooting .397 from the field... Head Coach Tim La Kose is in his 10th season at the helm of the program.

LONG BEACH STATE BRIEFLY: The 49ers enter the week with a 4-17 overall mark and a 2-6 record in league play, following up their loss to Cal State Fullerton last week with an 80-79 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday... Long Beach State will host Pacific on Thursday (Jan. 27) before heading to Orange County for Saturday's contest... the victory over UCI snapped a four-game losing streak for the 49ers, who won for only the second time in their last nine games... Brandi Henton, who was held to just 11 points in the first meeting between the two teams, leads the team in scoring at 13.9 ppg while Courtney Jacob is coming off a pair of double-doubles last week and is averaging 12.4 ppg to go with 6.4 rpg... Long Beach State is averaging 61.3 ppg as a team and shooting .380 from the field while opponents are averaging 74.9 ppg and shooting .408 from the floor this season.

SERIES NOTES: The series with Cal State Bakersfield is all tied up at 2-2, but neither team has been able to win on its own floor in the four games... the Titans posted a 78-61 victory in Bakersfield last season and also eked out a 77-75 victory in 2008... the Roadrunners won the first-ever meeting, 69-61, at Titan Gym in 2006 and also posted a 90-76 win in Fullerton in 2009... the all-time scoring between the two schools is separated by only three points, 295-292, in favor of Cal State Bakersfield... Long Beach State leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 59-31, but the Titans have won the last four consecutive meetings, including last week's 77-65 victory at the Walter Pyramid... Fullerton is just 15-27 against the 49ers at home, but took home a 76-67 victory in the last meeting at Titan Gym last season and has won four of the last five on its home court, with the only loss coming by just three points in 2009.

ALUMNAE GAME SCHEDULED: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program will host an alumnae game and luncheon prior to tip-off of the Titans' Big West Conference contest against Long Beach State on Saturday, Jan. 29. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with the luncheon to follow at approximately 1:30 p.m. Admission to the game is free, however, there is a \$5 charge for fans who wish to attend the luncheon and will be payable at the door. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, please contact Kellie Cox in the athletic department at (657) 278-7016 or via email at kelliecox@fullerton.edu.

TITANS SIXTH AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN LATEST RPI RELEASE: The NCAA released its fourth RPI report (as of Jan. 24) and the Titans are near the middle of the Big West pack after the first two months of play at No. 251 (up 8 spots) out of 343 teams. UC Riverside (No. 94, down seven spots) leads the way followed closely by UC Davis (No. 116, up 18 spots) in second. The two are followed by UC Santa Barbara (No. 118, up 6 spots), UC Irvine (No. 135, down 17 spots), Cal Poly (No. 170, up 10 spots), Cal State Fullerton, Pacific (No. 297, up 11 spots), Long Beach State (No. 306, up 7 spots), and Cal State Northridge (No. 327, down 2 spots).

RICHARDSON CONTINUES CLIMB UP SCORING CHART: Junior Megan Richardson continued to make her way up the Fullerton scoring charts as her 29 points last week gave her 1,110 career points - good for No. 12 on the all-time list and jumping past four other Titan greats (Brenda Martin, Jill Matyuch, Claudette Jackson, and Tamara Quinn) in the process. Richardson needs only 54 points to move past Cheryl Peterson (1978-81) for 11th place and an even 150 points to move past Marlene Kline (1979-83) and into the top 10.

KEEP AN EYE ON...: Senior Lyndsey Grove could quickly join her teammate Megan Richardson as 1,000-point scorers as the Placentia native enters the week with 969 career points - just 31 points shy of the milestone (3.4 ppg over the final nine regular season contests). Junior Lauren Chow is also approaching the mark with her 854 career points, but will need to average 16.2 ppg over the final nine regular season games to reach the milestone this season.

MILESTONE FOR TWO?: Should Grove get her 31 points this season, the Titans will have two players reach the 1,000 career point plateau for the first time since 1991-92 when Claudette Jackson (1990-92) and Joey Ray (1988-92) accomplished the feat. Aside from Jackson and Ray, only two other duos and a scoring trio have reached the 1,000-point mark in the same season: Genia Miller and Jill Matyuch in 1989-90, Nancy Ratliff and Marlene Kline in 1981-82, and Robin Holmes, Meg Gallagher, and Terri Withers in 1984-85.

FULLERTON LOOKS TO BUCK SECOND HALF SLUMP: With the start of the second half of Big West Conference play tipping-off this weekend, the Titans look to reverse a recent trend that has seen them struggle to close out the season. Fullerton, which finished 4-4 in the second half of last season, is just 16-22 (.421) since last posting a winning second half in 2005-06 (4-3).

RICHARDSON REACHES 20... AGAIN: Junior Megan Richardson reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time this season last week against Long Beach State as her game-high 22 points helped propel the Titans to the 12-point victory. The performance marked the 57th time in 82 career games (almost 70 percent of the time) that Richardson has reached double digits - the most among active Titans - and the 17th time she has reached 20 points or more (no other active Fullerton player has more than nine career 20-point games).

BACK-TO-BACK RARITY: Fullerton's win over Long Beach State on Jan. 19, coupled with its win over Cal State Northridge on Jan. 15, marked the first back-to-back wins for the Titans since they won three straight from Nov. 14-21.

CHOW SETS THE BAR: Junior Lauren Chow set the new standard for three-point shooting last week against Long Beach State as her lone trey of the contest in the second half gave her 165 long-distance makes in her career, surpassing the previous record holder, Charlee Underwood, who set the mark in 2007. Chow now owns school career records for three-pointers made and attempted (498 entering this week) while ranking eighth all-time in three-point percentage (.331).

IN OTHER RECORD NEWS: Chow's 268 career assists are just 47 helpers shy of the school's top 10 list (Chris O'Sullivan - 315) and her 117 steals are 36 back of that career top 10 list (Heidi James - 153).

300: In bowling, it's a perfect game. In Cal State Fullerton women's basketball lore, it's part of a special group. Junior Megan Richardson needs just eight more points to reach 300 for the season and become only the 11th player in the history of the program to have scored 300 points in three consecutive seasons and the first since Toni Thomas in 2009. Looking ahead to her senior season, should she reach the "perfect" number in 2011-12, Richardson would join Robin Holmes (1982-86), Shayla Bradshaw (1992-96), and Thomas (2005-09) as the only Titans to reach 300 points in all four years of their collegiate careers in a Fullerton uniform.

WHO WAS THAT MASKED WOMAN?: After missing six games due to injury, senior Katie Avila returned to the Titans' starting lineup last week against Long Beach State, sporting a new mask to protect a broken nose suffered following Fullerton's loss at Gonzaga on Dec. 23. Her recovery has been brought along slowly, however, despite starting each of the team's last two games, as she grabbed two rebounds in only 10 minutes against the 49ers and had two points in only four minutes of play at UC Santa Barbara.

IRON WOMEN: Senior Lyndsey Grove played in her 100th career game at Pepperdine on Dec. 18, joining a select group of 33 Titans - including teammate Ashley Richie, who joined the club on Dec. 4 at Bowling Green - who have appeared in at least 100 career games. Barring injury and major catastrophe, both Richie (112 games) and Grove (109 games) both have a great chance to break the current career mark held by Genia Miller with 11 regular season games remaining plus any possible conference tournament and postseason contests. Miller played in 118 games during her career from 1987-91, and her mark could be matched by Richie as soon as Feb. 17 against UC Santa Barbara at Titan Gym.

BLOCKS A PLENTY: The Titans ranked last in the Big West Conference in blocked shots last season with just 38 swats in 32 games, but it looks as if Cal State Fullerton is out to buck that trend in 2010-11. Through 20 games this season, the Titans have already rejected 55 shots - already 32 more than they had through 20 games in 2009-10 and the most in a single season since they swatted 71 shots in 2006-07. Fullerton, which stands seventh in the league in blocks (2.75 bpg) entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of senior Lauren Bushong (16) and Jenna Breite (14), who have combined for just over half of the team's total. Already this season, 12 different players have tallied a blocked shot - the most since 12 Titans finished with at least one swat during the 2008-09 campaign.

BLOCKING BUNCHES: Sophomore Lauren Bushong's team-high 16 blocks this season are the most for the Titan since Toni Thomas finished with 22 swats in 2007-08 and, when you add in Jenna Breite's 14 blocks, Fullerton has two players with double digit blocks in the same season for the first time since 2006-07 when Thomas (25) and Charlee Underwood (24) accomplished the feat.

BREITE BACK ON THE BOARDS: Senior Jenna Breite has been the most consistent Titan on the boards this season, entering the week ranked seventh in the league in the category at 6.7 rpg and is averaging 7.7 rpg over her last three contests - including her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the year with 11 boards at Long Beach State last weekend. This follows-up last year's performance when the San Diego native finished the year seventh in the league in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and finished with 187 boards. Of her 390 career rebounds, over 82 percent (320) have come in the last two seasons.

THIRTY-SOMETHING: For junior sharpshooter Megan Richardson, 33 is the new 20. The Manhattan Beach native went off for a career-high 33 points in a loss to league-leading Cal Poly on Jan. 13, becoming the first Titan since Toni Thomas in 2007 (32 points in a loss at UTEP) to reach the 30-point plateau and accomplishing the feat for the 75th time in school history. Richardson, whose previous career high was 29 points set last season as a sophomore against San Jose State, scored the most points in a single game by a Fullerton player since Natascha Stokely netted 36 points against Long Beach State on Feb. 22, 1998.

HELPING HANDS: Both Lauren Chow and Megan Richardson enter this week's games ranked among the Big West Conference's leaders in assists as Chow ranks tied for third overall with 60 assists and tied for seventh with 3.00 apg while Richardson is sixth with 59 assists overall and ninth with 2.95 apg.

POINTS... FOR FREEEEEEEEE!: Cal State Fullerton enters this week's contests ranked atop the Big West Conference and No. 28 in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting .745 from the line thus far this season - 19 points better than second place UC Riverside (.726) - led by junior Megan Richardson's 80 percent shooting from the line which stands fifth in the league. Should the Titans remain atop the category at the end of the year, Fullerton will become only the second school in the history of the Big West Conference to lead the league in free throw percentage in three consecutive seasons joining the 1991-94 Hawaii squads. Overall, the Titans have led the Big West in free throw percentage five times, including three of the last four seasons.

PUT ME IN COACH!: Cal State Fullerton's depth has been tested and the Titans' bench has responded on numerous occassions this season, providing the team with a much-needed spark. Fullerton's bench has outscored its counterparts in four of the last six games and 11 times overall in 2010-11, including a season-high 37 points in a win over Sacramento State on Dec. 9 at Titan Gym. The bench has scored 30 points or more four times this season and contributed at least 20 points in seven other games. Junior Lauren Chow leads the way with 81 points off the bench in 15 games this season with freshman Yvont'e Neal (73 points) and sophomore Lauren Bushong (71 points) close behind. Overall, the Titans' bench is averaging 20.6 ppg in 20 contests this season to 21.5 ppg for the opposition - a difference of just 18 points overall (430-412 points).

THE TITANS' SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Senior Lyndsey Grove has been a "jill of all trades" this season for the Titans, providing a lift on both ends of the court for Cal State Fullerton. Grove stands second on the team and ranks eighth in the Big West in scoring entering this week (13.1 ppg) and has reached double figures in scoring in 15 of the team's 20 contests this season while also ranking ninth in the league in field goal percentage (.449), seventh in three-point percentage (.392), ninth in three-pointers made per game (1.45), fourth in three-pointers made overall (29), and ninth in minutes (30.90 mpg), while also standing first on the team in steals (24) and third on the team in assists (43).

QUITE A 1-2 PUNCH: The Titans scoring duo of junior Megan Richardson (14.6 ppg) and senior Lyndsey Grove (13.1 ppg) is among one of the Big West Conference's top 1-2 scoring punches this season, accounting for just under 43 percent of the team's scoring (553 of 1,298 total points) and combining to average 27.7 ppg. They are one of the hardest working duo's in the Big West when it comes to sharing the scoring load, standing behind only UC Irvine's Mikah Maly-Karros and Jade Smith-Williams (who have combined to score 598 of the team's 1,210 points and are averaging a combined 33.3 ppg). When it comes to shouldering the load for their team, Richardson and Grove rank third in the conference behind the UCI duo, which contributes 49.4% of the team's scoring, and Cal State Northridge's Jasmine Erving and Violet Alama, who have combined to average 25.7 ppg and contribute 44.6% of the Matadors' 1,094 points this year. The Titans' duo ranks third and eighth, respectively, in the Big West in scoring this week and Fullerton is one of six schools with a pair of players in the top 15 in the league in scoring.

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