Oct. 5, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - The 2010-11 season is officially underway for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team as the Titans hit the court for their first team practice on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 5) at Titan Gym.
"It felt great to have the whole team together again," second-year head coach Marcia Foster said. "We've had individual workouts since their return to school, but there's nothing like practice. Having the opportunity to teach and watch the team grow as a unit on a daily basis is so invigorating to me. I love practice."
Foster and her staff ran the squad through agilities and various other defensive drills as Cal State Fullerton stands just one month away from opening its campaign with an exhibition contest against Point Loma Nazarene on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
"I like the intensity that the team displayed; how hard they worked, how much they talked," Foster said. "Good things happen when you work hard, and we won't ever sell ourselves short over something that we control completely - our effort, so it was a good beginning, not great, because we have room for improvement."
Foster, who is entering her second season at the helm of the program and her eighth year on the sidelines with the Titans, will have a lot to work with for 2010-11 as Fullerton loses only one starter and welcomes back 13 players overall from last season's squad that finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in Big West Conference play. The Titans also welcome a talented group of five freshmen to the fold.
The Titans return their top two scorers from a season ago in all-conference first-team honoree Megan Richardson (15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and senior Lyndsey Grove (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) along with Big West All-Freshman Team selection Mya Olivier (5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg). Fullerton was second in the league in scoring a year ago (67.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (39.4 rpg) while leading the league in free throw percentage (.750).
Richardson (3rd) and Grove (10th) ranked among the league's scoring leaders while senior Jenna Breite finished seventh in the conference in rebounding at 6.0 rpg.
After the Nov. 6 exhibition, the Titans begin their regular season in the Pacific Northwest with games against Eastern Washington on Nov. 12 and Seattle on Nov. 14 before opening at home against San Francisco on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
The game against the Dons will be one of only three home contests in the first two months of the season as Fullerton will compete 11 of its first 14 games on hostile courts - including its Big West openers at UC Davis on New Year's Eve and Pacific on Jan. 2 to ring in the New Year.
"I like our schedule," Foster said. "I think the challenges that the preseason presents will help to prepare us for conference. In order to be a championship caliber team, we have to be able to win on the road, compete and have success against good teams as well as defend our home court. Our schedule is tough, but it provides opportunities for us to do those things."