Women's Basketball Heads to the Rockies to Open 2005-06 Season
Nov. 16, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (8-20 overall, 6-12 in the Big West Conference in 2004-05) opens its 2005-06 regular season this weekend on the road as the Titans head to the Rocky Mountains for a pair of games against Colorado schools.
Fullerton opens the season against Colorado on Friday (Nov. 18) at 5 p.m. (PST) in Boulder, Colo., before heading northeast to take on Northern Colorado on Sunday (Nov. 20) at noon (PST) in Greeley, Colo.
ON THE AIR
For those Titans' fans unable to make the trip to Colorado this weekend, you can follow the action live from both venues via the Internet.
Colorado will provide live audio via the Internet to Yahoo! School Pass or College Pack subscribers and free live stats via their website. Visit the "Game Day Live" section of www.CUBuffs.com for the broadcast and livestats links.
Northern Colorado will be providing Gametracker's live stats for Saturday night's contest from Greeley, Colo. Log on to www.UNCBears.com and click on the schedule page to access the Gametracker link.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE TITANS
Fullerton is well-equipped to handle the rigors of the 2005-06 season, returning 10 letterwinners and three starters off of last season's squad that finished tied for seventh in the Big West Conference and earned a berth to its fifth-consecutive league tournament.
The offense is bolstered by the return of its top four scorers from last season, including "jill-of-all-trades" forward Charlee Underwood, who led the team with 11.8 points per game and finished second on the squad at 5.3 rpg. She was an All-Big West Honorable Mention honoree in 2004-05.
Sharp-shooting guard Andrea Adams also returns after averaging 11.3 ppg and a team-best .343 three-point percentage despite missing the first half of the year due to academic issues.
In the post, the Titans are led by the Big West "Sixth Woman of the Year" Amber Pruitt, who came off the bench to average 10.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg while shooting .411 and blocking 15 shots.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
Colorado returns eight letterwinners and four starters off of last year's squad which posted a 9-19 overall record and a 2-14 record for an 11th place tie in the Big 12 Conference. The Buffaloes are under the direction of first-year Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller, who spent the previous six seasons at Tulsa, compiling a 91-88 mark and two consecutive appearances in the Women's NIT.
Colorado was picked to finish 12th in the Big 12 Conference coaches preseason poll, marking the first time since 1997 that the Buffaloes were picked lower than eighth.
Sophomore forward Jackie McFarland leads a core group of returners for Colorado after leading the team in scoring average (10.0 ppg) and finishing second in rebounds (6.2 rpg), blocks (24), and free throw percentage (.708).
Colorado posted a pair of exhibition wins over the Colorado School of Mines (55-28) and Regis University (73-62). Junior guard Jasmina Ilic, the team's second-leading scorer last season, has been on fire in the two exhibitions, averaging 25.5 ppg and shooting .472 from the field.
McFarland grabbed 13 points and 14 rebounds in the opener against the Colorado School of Mines and 10 points and six rebounds against Regis.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Northern Colorado opens its 2005-06 season on Friday (Nov. 18) against Air Force on the road before hosting the Titans in Greeley, Colo. The Bears return 13 letterwinners and three starters off a squad that went 12-16 overall last season and are under the direction of fifth-year head coach Ron Vlasin.
The Bears are led by junior guard Jena Fosdick, who was the team's second leading scorer last season at 8.2 points per contest. UNC returns four of its top five scorers from last season and its top rebounder in 6-foot-1 junior center Danielle Hagen, who grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Northern Colorado will join the Big Sky Conference in 2006.
The Bears are coming off a 63-56 home exhibition win over the Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 8 as junior Heather Barbour (14 points) and freshman newcomer Jabrenta Hubbard (12 points) led the way offensively.
vs. COLORADO: Cal State Fullerton is 0-3 all time against Colorado, but the two school's haven't met since the 1987-88 season a 77-63 loss at Titan Gym... The Titans are 0-1 in Boulder, Colo., after a 77-61 loss to the Buffaloes in 1986... the only other loss was an 89-77 defeat at the California Invitational in Berkeley, Calif...vs. NORTHERN COLORADO: Sunday's meeting between the Titans and Bears will be the first in women's basketball.
THE TITANS' OWN "DR. J"
Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah enters her 10th season at the helm of the Titans' women's basketball program - her third since returning from an 11-year hiatus.
Jeremiah enters the season eight wins shy of 400 for her career and just 11 wins away from Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore's school record of 140 coaching victories.
In her first stint with the Titans, Jeremiah led Fullerton to an 112-93 (.546) overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in 1989 and 1991 behind the strong play of All-America center turned Titan assistant coach Eugenia Miller-Rycraw.
Her 25-8 season in 1990-91 serves as the standard for single-season victories.
TITANS PICKED SIXTH IN BIG WEST RACE
Both the media members and the head coaches predicted a sixth-place finish in the Big West Conference women's basketball standings for Cal State Fullerton at the annual pre-season Media Day Wednesday in Irvine.
Defending champion UC Santa Barbara was picked for first place in both polls but the Gauchos were not unanimous selections. They got 9 of 10 first-place votes from the media and 6 of 8 from the coaches, with two opting for Long Beach State. The balance of the poll was identical from both groups with Long Beach second followed in order by Cal Stae Northride, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Fullerton, Cal Poly and Pacific.
A pre-season all-conference team was picked by the media. It consisted of Kemie Nkele of UCR, Ofa Tulikihihifo of Northridge, Jenna Green of UCSB, Crystal McCutcheon of Long Beach, Tina Sanerivi of Pacific and Angie Ned of UCI.
TITANS IN SEASON OPENERS
Cal State Fullerton is 22-14 all-time in season openers dating back to the 1969-70 season, but has hit upon tough times as of late, losing its last two and five of its last six. The Titans' last season-opening win came against Centenary in a 74-61 victory at Titan Gym on Nov. 24, 2002.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN... AND AGAIN
The first half of the Titans' 2005-06 regular season schedule should be sponsored by a laundry detergent company with the amount of time they will be spending away from home.
Of Fullerton's first 12 games this season, all but three will be played away from home. The road has been a sore subject for the Titans in the last five years as they have posted only a 12-51 (.235) away from home.