Nov. 14, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - After opening the season with a loss on the road at Utah Valley last weekend, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (0-1 overall) returns to the friendly confines of Titan Gym for a pair of contests in front of the hometown faithful. The Titans open on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 2 p.m. against former Big West rival San Jose State before welcoming San Francisco to Orange County on Monday evening (Nov. 19) at 5 p.m.
CATCH THE GAME: Live audio for both of this weekend's contests will be broadcast over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Streaming video for both games will also be available for BigWest.TV subscribers. To sign up, please visit www.BigWest.org/TV for more information.
SERIES RECORDS: Fullerton leads the all-time series with San Jose State, 24-9, including a 9-3 mark at Titan Gym... The Titans won last year's meeting by a 69-52 score in San Jose to make Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah the winningest coach in the history of the program... The Titans are 7-3 against the Spartans in the last 10 meetings... San Francisco leads the all-time series with Fullerton by a 7-3 count... The Titans claimed a 72-69 win over the Dons in the Bay Area last season to snap a five-game losing streak against USF... Fullerton is 3-2 all-time against San Francisco at home.
HOME OPENERS: Fullerton is 23-14 all-time in home openers, snapping a three-game losing streak last season with a 61-56 victory over Fresno State.The Titans have opened at home against San Jose State on one prior occasion, falling to the Spartans, 66-54, on Nov. 20, 2001,
ABOUT THE SPARTANS: San Jose State is 0-2 to start the season, falling to Oregon on the road in its season opener, 67-32, and Cal Poly in its home opener, 74-70... The Spartans, who return eight letterwinners and all five starters off of last season's squad that finished 5-27 overall, are led offensively by Natalie White, who is averaging 16 points and six boards while shooting .462 from the floor and .438 from three-point range.
ABOUT THE DONS: San Francisco is 1-1 overall to start the season after falling to Northern Colorado, 75-51, and defeating Colorado State, 101-96, in the school's first-ever triple-overtime contest... The Dons will meet Colorado on Friday (Nov. 16) before heading south to meet the Titans... Dominique Carter averages 18 poins and just over six rebounds per contest, shooting better than 45 percent from the field... Sophomore guard Heidi Heintz is averaging 13.5 ppg, including a team-high 23 points in the triple-overtime game against the Rams.
CLOSING ON A MILESTONE: After only two seasons in a Titan uniform, junior forward Toni Thomas has her sights set on becoming one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the program, needing only 63 more points to become the 17th player in Cal State Fullerton history to reach 1,000 career points. In addition to those points, with 30 more rebounds, Thomas will become the 10th player in school history to join the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club.
QUICKLY NOW: Should Thomas reach the 1,000-point milestone this season, she would be one of only nine players to reach the plateau in their first three seasons. Claudette Jackson (1990-92) was the fastest to accomplish the feat in school history, scoring 1,100 points in just two seasons (61 games) after transferring from Golden West College in nearby Huntington Beach, Calif.
THE STREAK CONTINUES: With her 23-point showing against Utah Valley in the season opener, Fullerton junior forward Toni Thomas extended her double-digit scoring streak to 22 games dating back to the Titans' Dec. 18 victory against San Francisco last season. It was the 51st career double-digit scoring performance for Thomas in 61 career contests and her 17th career 20-point game. Thomas has scored 394 points during her current streak, averaging 17.9 ppg, and shooting .462 (140-for-303) from the floor and .852 (104-for-122) from the free throw line.
SPEAKING OF STREAKING: Thomas' streak is very impressive, but she has a way to go to catch the Titans' record holder, Eugenia Miller-Rycraw, who scored in double figures in the final 68 games of her stellar career from the last eight games of the 1988-89 season until the end of the 1990-91 campaign. She finished her career with 93 double-digit scoring games in 118 career contests.
THE FRIENDLY CONFINES: Cal State Fullerton returns home to Titan Gym this weekend - a venue where the Titans have seen tremendous success recently. Fullerton is 19-7 on its home floor over the past two seasons - the same number of wins for the Titans at home as the previous seven seasons combined from 1998-2005.
SCOTT SHINES IN FIRST START: Sharpshooting sophomore Jasmine Scott shined in her first career start last weekend at Utah Valley, scoring 11 points and adding five rebounds in 14 minutes of play in the Titans' loss. Scott, who appeared in 20 games last season off the bench, surpassed her previous career high's of nine points (vs. Texas-Arlington) and three rebounds (at San Jose State) set last season with her game against the Wolverines.
FROSH ALSO MAKES SOLID DEBUT: Freshman Lyndsey Grove also had a solid coming-out party in Utah last weekend, scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes of play against the Wolverines.
FOR FREEEEEE: The Big West Conference's best free throw shooting team from a season ago continued its stellar shooting from the charity stripe in Utah, hitting on 18-of-19 freebies (.947) in the loss to the Wolverines. It was the highest single-game percentage (with 10 or more attempts) for the Titans since they hit 10-of-10 from the line against UNLV on Feb. 6, 1990.
BENNETT'S BLOCK PARTY: Senior Alison Bennett had a tremendous game on defense for the Titans against Utah Valley, blocking two shots and swiping three steals to go with her six points against the Wolverines. Both the block and steal totals were just one shy of her career high's in both categories set last year in separate games against Pacific and the two blocks last weekend were half of all of her single-seasn career-high total of four.
IT'S NOT SO BAD: Despite losing almost 60 percent of their scoring from last season's team, the Titans' may not be in such bad shape offensively after all. Fullerton topped the 80-point plateau in each of its exhibition wins - a mark the Titans reached only twice last season in wins over Colorado and Cal State Northridge. A lot had to do with the hot hands of the Fullerton shooters as the Titans shot better than 50 percent in three of the four halves they played - including a 58.6 percent clip in the first half at Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 6.
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED: Cal State Fullerton will make the transition from one of the eldest, most experienced teams in the nation to one of its youngest as the Titans' roster features seven freshmen and four sophomores for the 2007-08 campaign.
DAY-O: After competing in the shadow of one of the best point guards in the history of the program during her first two years, junior Daviyonne Weathersby finally gets her chance to shine in 2007-08. Weathersby, who has appeared in 39 games and averaged just 6.4 minutes per game over the past two seasons, got off to a stellar start in Fullerton's two exhibitions, dishing out nine assists against Point Loma Nazarene and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field combined.
COACHES MEDIA PICK TITANS SIXTH: In a repeat of last year's preseason prognostications, the Titans are picked to finish sixth in the Big West Conference according to a poll of the league's coaches and media during the league's annual media day in Irvine on Oct. 24. Fullerton received 24 points from the coaches to trail Long Beach State, which was picked fifth with 37 points. The media gave the Titans' 43 points to finish behind the 49ers and league newcomer UC Davis, who were picked in a dead heat for fourth place with 53 points. Defending champion UC Riverside was picked to defend its title by both the coaches and media.
PRESEASON LAURELS FOR THOMAS: Junior forward Toni Thomas was named to the preseason all-conference team, joining Long Beach State's Karina Figueroa, UC Santa Barbara's Jenna Green and Jessica Wilson, and UC Riverside's duo of Seyram Gbewonyo and Kemie Nkele. Thomas was a first-team all-conference and all-tournament team honoree as a sophomore last season, leading the league in scoring (17.5 ppg) and finishing fourth in the conference in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Titans will open their 2007-08 season seemingly living out of their suitcases as 11 of Fullerton's first 15 regular season games will be played away from the friendly confines of Titan Gym where they posted a 10-4 record last season and have won 19 of their last 26 games.
SOLID BLOCK TO BUILD ON: Fullerton is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent history as the Titans' 16 wins and .500 winning percentage last year were the highest for the program since the 1990-91 squad finished 25-8 (.758) en route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
JUST WIN, BABY: Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah became the winningest coach in school history with last season's win over San Jose State on Nov. 11 and enters this, her 28th year as a head coach, among the top 50 winningest active coaches in the nation, ranking No. 35 with 419 career wins.
CALIFORNIA GIRLS: It's only fitting that in the all-California Big West Conference that Cal State Fullerton has a roster made up entirely of California players. The Titans are one of two schools (UC Davis being the other) in the league with such a roster.