Feb. 14, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (9-13 overall, 6-4 in the Big West Conference), riding its second three-game winning streak of the season, continues its roadtrip this weekend as the Titans head north to take on Pacific and Cal State Northridge. The Titans and Tigers meet on Thursday (Feb. 16) at 7 p.m. at the Spanos Center in Stockton before heading back to Southern California to take on the Matadors on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 4 p.m. at the Matadome.
LIVE AND IN LIVING COLOR...
Audio for Saturday's meeting with the Matadors will be available online at www.FullertonTitans.com and, for the first time in the history of the program, fans of Cal State Fullerton women's basketball can watch the action live over the Internet thanks to a partnership between the Big West Conference and CSTV. All remaining men's and women's regular season games not on an ESPN or Fox Sports Net platform are to be streamed as part of a subscription service beginning Jan. 25 for \$24.95. To sign up an view the games, please visit www.cstv.com/ot/bigwest-aa.html.
Pacific enters the weekend in last place in the Big West Conference with a 5-17 overall record and a 2-7 mark in league games. The Titans defeated the Tigers, 72-64, in the two schools' first meeting this season on Jan. 9. Pacific has lost its last four straight contests and eight of the last nine since winning back-to-back contests on Dec. 30 and Jan. 4. Sophomore guard Kelsey Lavender leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.5 points per game while ranking second on the team in steals (32) and shooting 35 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line. Senior forward Carolina Ruiz is also in double figures at 11.6 ppg and leads the team on the boards at 8.6 rpg.
The Matadors enter the week in seventh place with a 5-16 overall record and a 2-6 mark in Big West games. The Titans defeated Northridge, 87-61, in the first meeting between the two back on Jan. 7. The Matadors have lost their last six straight games since winning two in a row against UC Riverside (Jan. 9) and UC Irvine (Jan. 13). Junior guards LaJoyce King and Jamie McCaa lead the team in scoring at 11.4 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. McCaa leads the team from the free throw line at 82 percent and is shooting .458 from the field - good for second on the team.
&\#149; PACIFIC: The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Titans, 28-15, dating back to the 1981-82 season with Fullerton winning the last two meetings... the Titans hadn't won back-to-back games in the series since the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons... Fullerton is just 5-15 all-time in Stockton after snapping a 12-game losing streak at the Spanos Center last season.
&\#149; CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE: Fullerton leads the all-time series by a 26-3 margin dating back to the 1970-71 season... the Titans have won eight of the nine meetings between the two schools since the Matadors joined the Big West in 2001... the Titans are 13-1 on the road against Northridge with the location of two games unknown.
FULLERTON MOVES INTO THIRD
With the win over the Highlanders, the Titans moved into sole possession of third place in the Big West Conference - standing 1/2-game ahead of Cal Poly and one game back of UC Santa Barbara entering this weekend's play. Fullerton also moved two games above .500 in conference play in over two seasons - the last coming in 2004 when the Titans were 5-3 in league play a the end of January.
JEREMIAH CLOSE TO MILESTONE \#2
Last week's victory over UC Riverside not only gave head coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah is 401st career coaching win, but inched her ever so closer to becoming the all-time winningest women's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton. Jeremiah, who is 401-291 (.579) overall in 25-plus seasons, stands just two wins short of matching Hall of Fame Head Coach Billie Moore's school record of 140 career wins at Cal State Fullerton. Jeremiah is 138-146 (.486) in her nine-plus years at the helm of the Titan women's basketball program.
TITANS SNAP ROAD SKID
For the first time in almost a year, the Titans won a game away from home thanks to last Thursday's four-point victory over UC Riverside at the Student Recreation Center and also won for the first time at UCR since the Highlanders joined the Big West Conference in 2001. Cal State Fullerton had lost the last 12 games (including neutral sites) away from Titan Gym since defeating Cal State Northridge at the Matadome on March 5, 2005.
UNDERWOOD MOVES UP
The Highlanders did a fantastic job of defending the Titans' leading scorer Charlee Underwood, holding the junior to just two points (but on a bright side, a game-high 10 rebounds) in Fullerton's four-point victory. However, the two points were enough to move her into 18th place on the school's all-time scoring list with 862 points, passing Amy Torczon (1984-88), who scored 861 points in her four-year Cal State Fullerton career.
ADAMS SETS, MATCHES SEASON HIGH
Junior shooting guard Andrea Adams has been shooting the lights out as of late, setting a new season-high with 19 points against Long Beach State two weeks ago and matching that offensive output last Thursday in the Titans' win over UC Riverside. In that span, Andrea is shooting 55 percent (11-for-20) from the field, 50 percent from three-point range (5-for-10), and an almost-perfect 11-of-12 (.917) from the free throw line.
EVERY NIGHT A DIFFERENT HEROINE
Cal State Fullerton has had eight different players either lead or co-lead the team in scoring paced by junior Charlee Underwood, who has done it eight times, followed by freshman Toni Thomas and senior Amber Pruitt, who have each led the team in scoring five times.
TITAN GYM SOMETHING MAGICAL
With their wins over the Anteaters and 49ers to kick off the month of February, the Titans improved to 8-2 overall this season at Titan Gym - posting the most home victories in a single-season since the NCAA Tournament team of 1990-91 went 12-1 at home. With the two wins last week (and with two home contests still to play), Cal State Fullerton has secured its first winning home record since 1997-98 (7-5).
NOW THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR...
The Titans may have something here. After using 14 different lineups in its first 18 games this season, Cal State Fullerton's starting five has had a familiar ring to it as the Titans have used the same starting lineup in each of their last five games, posting a 4-1 record in that span. The quintet of Audrey Taylor, Andrea Adams, Charlee Underwood, Toni Thomas, and Amber Pruitt has also jumpstarted the offense as the Titans are averaging 70.2 points in those five games - six points better than the opposition - and are shooting .421 from the field compared to .411 for the opponents.