Titans Make Home Debut Versus Dons, Spartans

Nov. 17, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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THIS WEEK...
San Francisco at Cal State Fullerton
Nov. 18, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio

San Jose State at Cal State Fullerton
Nov. 21, 2010
1 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio

TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team will make its home regular season debut this week with a pair of contests against California foes at Titan Gym. The Titans (1-1 overall in 2010-11) will host San Francisco on Thursday (Nov. 18) at 7:30 p.m. before welcoming in San Jose State on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 21) at 1 p.m. in a pair of return games from last season.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF Athletics), Twitter (@CSUFAthletics) and Vimeo.com (vimeo.com/fullertontitans). In addition, the women's basketball team has established its own official Facebook fan page (search for Cal State Fullerton Women's Basketball).

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. Veteran women's basketball broadcaster Patrick Alog will have the call live from Titan Gym.

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.

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.

SAN FRANCISCO BRIEFLY: The Dons are 1-1 under first-year head coach Jennifer Azzi, a 2009 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and four-year standout at Stanford... USF opened the season with a 69-45 loss to UC Davis at home before besting Bay Area rival San Jose State, 71-59, last weekend... Donnisha Taylor (13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is one of three Dons in double figures, joined by teammates Katy Keating (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Mel Khlok (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)... Keating and Taylor combined for 40 of the team's 71 points against the Spartans, hitting on 15-of-20 from the field, including six three-pointers from Keating... the Dons are shooting .391 from the floor as a team through two games while allowing opponents to shoot .417 from the field... USF is being outrebounded by an average of 10 rebounds per contest (40.5 rpg to 30.5 rpg) and is averaging 58.0 points per game to 64.0 ppg for the opposition.

SAN JOSE STATE BRIEFLY: The Spartans are 0-2 to start the 2010-11 season, dropping their season openers to Weber State at home (59-50) and San Francisco on the road (71-59)... Head Coach Pam DeCosta is in her fourth season on the sidelines after posting an 11-79 (.122) record in her three previous seasons at the helm of the program... Britney Bradley leads the team in scoring at 12.5 ppg and is tied for second on the boards at 4.5 rpg... A.J. Newton (10.0 ppg) and Sara Plavljanin (10.0 ppg) are also in double figures to start the year... San Jose State is shooting .353 from the field in its first two games while allowing opponents to shoot .415 from the field and the Spartans are averaging 54.5 ppg as a team to the opposition's 65.0 ppg.

SERIES NOTES: San Francisco leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton by the count of 9-4, but the two schools have split the last four meetings after a five-game winning streak by the Dons from 1992-2005... USF won last year's meeting, 71-63, at War Memorial Gym while the Titans' last win in the series came in 2008 by the score of 60-57 in San Francisco... Fullerton is 3-3 at home against San Francisco, last posting a win in 2006 by the score of 72-69... the Titans lead the all-time series against former Big West Conference rival San Jose State, 25-9, having won the last three straight against the Spartans dating back to the 2006 season... Fullerton edged out SJSU, 79-77, in last season's opener in San Jose... the Titans are 10-3 all-time against the Spartans at home, having won two of the last three... Fullerton posted an 80-68 victory over San Jose State in the last meeting between the two in Orange County... the Titans were 16-4 against the Spartans as members of the Big West from 1987-96, including an 8-2 mark at home... Cal State Fullerton is 33-48 (.407) against members of the West Coast Conference, having lost five straight against the league since its three-point win over USF in 2008... the Titans are 81-71 (.533) against the current alignment of the Western Athletic Conference, winning three of their last five.

WELCOME HOME: After opening the regular season on the road for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, the Titans will open the home portion of their schedule on Thursday night against San Francisco. Fullerton is 26-15 (.634) all-time in home openers dating back to the 1970 season, but had its three-game winning streak in such games snapped by San Diego last season with a 64-58 loss. The Titans have opened their home schedule against San Francisco only once in the previous 41 years, defeating the Dons, 79-54, as part of the Titan Converse Classic on Nov. 27, 1987.

WHEN WE LAST MET...: Cal State Fullerton split its meetings with this week's opponents during the 2009-10 season, falling to San Francisco following a season-opening win over San Jose State. Against the Dons, the Titans were hampered by a cold shooting night from the floor, hitting on just under 35 percent from the field, while USF's Donnisha Taylor scored 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Megan Richardson (19 points), Lyndsey Grove (12 points), and Jasmine Scott (10 points) were in double figures for Fullerton, which had cut an 11-point deficit down to just two points with three minutes to play, but San Francisco hit 8-of-10 from the line and held the Titans to just three shots in the final two-and-a-half minutes to seal the win.

Against San Jose State, Lauren Chow's three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining erased a one-point deficit and Fullerton withstood a pair of game-tying attempts in the closing seconds to win the first game of the Marcia Foster era. Richardson scored a career-high 29 points to lead three Titans in double figures as she was joined by Ashley Richie (13) and Lyndsey Grove (12). Chasity Shavers led San Jose State with 21 points.

MILLENIUM WATCH: Keep an eye on the scoring column this season as the Titans have potentially three players who could join the 1,000 point clubs this season. Junior Megan Richardson, who led the Titans with 489 points as a sophomore last season, is the closest to the mark, needing just 143 points to become the 19th player in the history of the program to reach the milestone. Also closing in on the mark, redshirt junior Lauren Chow (753 points) and senior Lyndsey Grove (737).

THOMAS HAS SUCCESSFUL DEBUT: Freshman guard Alex Thomas has been thrown into the fire immediately in her rookie season, starting in the backcourt in each of the Titans first two games this season and setting her career high with eight points in her Division I debut at Eastern Washington.

OTHER ROOKIES ALSO GETTING INTO THE ACT: Fellow freshmen Jasmine Grayson and Yvont'e Neal have also seen key minutes on the floor thus far as Grayson scored two points and grabbed a rebound in each of the first two games while Neal played seven minutes off the bench in her debut against Eastern Washington.

WAIT A MINUTE...: We thought free throws were Lyndsey Grove's forte. Junior Megan Richardson was a busy woman at the line in the season opener at Eastern Washington, hitting 11-of-13 from the stripe for the Titans and setting a career high in the process. Richardson, who is no slouch herself from the line, entered her junior season hitting 81 percent from the line in her first two seasons and is 13-of-17 overall this season (.765) from the stripe. Not to be outdone, Grove is 5-for-5 from the line thus far and her career percentage of .850 (199-for-234) would shatter the career record of .815 held by Toni Thomas (2005-09).

THE BIG 2-0: Richardson notched the 12th 20-point game of her career in the Titans' season opener against Eastern Washington, netting a game-high 23 points against the Eagles. It's a strong start for the junior, who had eight 20-point games as a sophomore - including a career-high 29 points against San Jose State.

SPEAKING OF STRONG STARTS: Richardson has been eager to start the season in her three years as a Titan, averaging 19.0 ppg and shooting .429 (15-for-35) from the field, .600 (6-for-10) from three-point range, and .875 (21-for-24) from the line in season openers dating back to her freshman season.

BREITE IS BACK AT IT: After ranking among the Big West Conference's top rebounders last season, senior Jenna Breite has picked up right where she left off, averaging six points and eight rebounds through the first two games for the Titans. The San Diego native ranked seventh in the league as a junior at 6.0 rpg, grabbing a career high 187 boards in 31 games - more than tripling her previous high of 60 rebounds in 24 games as a sophomore. The 16 rebounds during her opening weekend were tied for the second-most in the league to kick-off the year as she ranks tied for fourth in the conference in rebounding in the early-going.

TREY MAGNIFIQUE: Chow is also closing in on a couple of school records as well, standing just 19 made three-pointers shy of Charlee Underwood's career mark of 164 set from 2003-07 and 34 three-point attempts back of Underwood's mark of 482. With 43 more three-pointers made, the La Palma native will also break into the Big West top 10, with some work to do to reach Pacific's Selena Ho, who holds the league mark with 271 made. Chow enters the season with a career three-point percentage of .324 - a mark that stands eighth all time in school history.

RECYCLED NOTES & MINUTAE
TITANS TABBED FIFTH IN BIG WEST MEDIA POLL:
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Big West Conference race in 2010-11 according to a poll of conference media members released on Oct. 28 by the league office. The Titans received 113 total points to edge out Orange County rival UC Irvine (96 points) for the spot. Defending champion UC Davis was selected to repeat, receiving 16 of the 25 first-place votes and 210 points overall. Cal Poly was picked to finish second in the league with four first-place votes and 183 points overall, squeaking by UC Riverside, which was picked third with 2 first-place votes and 182 points. Perennial favorite UC Santa Barbara (three first-place votes, 164 points) was forth, followed by the Titans, Anteaters, Long Beach State (84 points) in seventh, Pacific (51) in eighth, and Cal State Northridge in ninth (42).

THE TITANS, QUICKLY: Cal State Fullerton returns four starters and 12 players overall from last season's squad that finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in the Big West Conference for sixth place in Head Coach Marcia Foster's first season at the helm. The Titans, who advanced to at least the second round of the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season, return six of their top seven scorers from a season ago led by the exploits of junior Megan Richardson, who led the team at 15.3 ppg to go along with 3.7 rpg, 82 assists, and 25 steals. Senior Lyndsey Grove (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Big West All-Freshman Team selection Mya Olivier (5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg) also return as does redshirt junior Lauren Chow, who averaged 8.0 ppg and 2.9 rpg in the first seven games of the year before going down with a knee injury.

BY THE NUMBERS: Cal State Fullerton returns 82 percent of its 2,155 points scored, 84 percent of its 1,262 rebounds, 82 percent of its field goals made, 82 percent of its three-pointers, 82 percent of its free throws, 78 percent of its assists, and 84 percent of its steals for the 2010-11 season. What does that mean? We don't know, but numbers are fun.

CONFERENCE CALL: Along with their requisite slate of eight home-and-home contests against Big West Conference opponents, the Titans may qualify as affiliate members of the West Coast Conference as they will face five of the league's eight members in 2010-11 (San Francisco, San Diego, LMU, Pepperdine, Gonzaga) as well as possibly three (depending on tournament outcomes) Big Sky Conference members (Eastern Washington, Portland State, Sacramento State), a Western Athletic Conference foe (San Jose State), a Pacific-10 Conference power and 2010 WNIT Champion (California), a Mid-American Conference NCAA Tournament qualifier (Bowling Green), a possible match-up against a Conference USA NCAA Tournament qualifier (Tulane), and a pair of Division I Independents (Seattle, Cal State Bakersfield).

NOT YOUR RANK AND FILE PRESEASON: Cal State Fullerton's 2010-11 non-conference schedule could possibly feature four opponents who begin the year ranked among those receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25. Gonzaga, whom the Titans face on Dec. 23 in Spokane, leads the way with 64 votes followed by California (Nov. 27) with 44 votes, Bowling Green (Dec. 4) with 22 votes, and Tulane (a possible tournament opponent on Nov. 28 in Berkeley, CA) with one vote. In the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, three of the aforementioned teams are listed with Gonzaga entering the season ranked No. 22 in the nation while California (16 votes) and Bowling Green (2) are among those receiving votes.

RICHARDSON EARNS PRESEASON KUDOS: Junior guard Megan Richardson was one of six players named to the league's preseason all-conference team as voted on by the media, joining other Big West standouts Mikah Maly-Karros from UC Irvine, UC Davis' Paige Mintun, UC Riverside's Alyssa Morris, defending Big West Player of the Year Kristina Santiago of Cal Poly, and UC Santa Barbara's Mekia Valentine. Richardson, one of four returning starters for the Titans in 2010-11, finished third in the league in scoring (one of only three underclassmen in the top 15) a season ago at 15.3 ppg en route to All-Big West First-Team honors.

THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED: Think practice is tough? Just wait until you get a load of the workout the Titans' luggage is scheduled to get to tip-off the 2010-11 season. Fullerton will compete 14 of its first 17 contests of the year on hostile courts, hosting only San Francisco (Nov. 18), San Jose State (Nov. 21), and Sacramento State (Dec. 9) before the start of the New Year. Also included in the Titans' extended road trip are their Big West Conference openers in Northern California to ring in said new year at preseason favorite UC Davis on Dec. 31 and Pacific on Jan. 2.

THE LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Chow is the Big West Conference's active leader in a pair of categories entering the season as her 208 assists are tops among returning Big West players (UC Riverside's Alyssa Morris is second with 169) as are her 143 career three-pointers (UC Santa Barbara's Emilie Johnson is next with 106).

OR YOUR POINTS ARE FREEEE-EE-EE: So what do you do for an encore Lyndsey Grove? A year after setting a school single-season record and leading the Big West Conference with her .864 (114-for-132) shooting performance from the line, Grove enters the 2010-11 season as the league's active career leader in the category at .847 (UC Riverside's Brittany Waddell is second at .824) - a mark that would also stand atop the Fullerton charts had she reached the minimum of 250 attempts, easily eclipsing the current mark of .815 by Toni Thomas from 2005-09. Grove became the second Titan in as many seasons to lead the Big West in free throw shooting after Thomas' .854 performance from the line in 2009 and only the fourth Titan overall, joining Shayla Bradshaw (1996 - .833) and Allison Jackson (1993 - .811).

OFF THE COURT
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE:
For the third consecutive year, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team took to the streets of Newport Beach, raising money and participating in the 2010 Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure on Sept. 26. It is the third consecutive year that the Titans have run in the event, joining over 24,000 participants and 1,400 volunteers to raise money and awareness to the fight against breast cancer. Team photographer Matt Brown shot the event in stunning HD and the video is available on Vimeo.com: http://vimeo.com/15331347.

TITANS RETAIN "TASTE TITLE": If the competition on the court is as hot as it was at the ESPN Zone "Kitchen Stadium," fans could be treated to an exciting 2010-11 basketball season.

Cal State Fullerton basketball coaches Marcia Foster and Bob Burton defended their Best Taste titles at Wednesday's Southern California Coaches Cooking Challenge presented by the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA.

The men's and women's head coaches from all five Southern California Big West Conference schools donned their aprons and put forth their best effort in the kitchen as part of the second annual Big West Basketball Coaches Cooking Challenge. Defending champions Bob Burton and Marcia Foster, who earned three awards at the inaugural competition in 2009, took home top honors for taste while the four other awards were spread out between the coaches from UC Irvine (creativity), Cal State Northridge (presentation and "Top Chefs" honors), and UC Riverside ("Kitchen Nightmare" award).

With a spread of more than 100 ingredients available to them, the Burton-Foster combination put forth their spicy "BB Special," named after the Titans' eighth-year head men's basketball coach. With shrimp unveiled as the competition's secret ingredient, the Titans' duo whipped up a stir fry replete with jumbo shrimp, red and green bell peppers, onion, soy sauce, crushed red pepper, and Cajun seasoning served over rice.

The dishes were then judged by a panel that included former NBA power forward turned TV analyst Michael Cage; Brett Barnes, the general manager and operating partner of Duke's Restaurant in Huntington Beach; incumbent Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Judge William Bedsworth; and award-winning columnist for the Orange County Register, Marcia Smith.