Titans Travel to LMU, Host Hornets in Midweek Pair

Dec. 6, 2010

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Fullerton at Loyola Marymount
Dec. 7, 2010
5 p.m.
Gersten Pavilion (4,156) | Los Angeles, CA
Audio | Video | Gametracker

Sacramento State at Cal State Fullerton
Dec. 9, 2010
7 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Audio | Video | Gametracker

TIP-OFF: After suffering its worst defeat of the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (3-5 overall) wraps up its longest road trip of the year this week before returning home to play in front of the hometown faithful for the first time in three weeks with a pair of midweek contests. The Titans, currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak, travel north to take on Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 5 p.m. before returning to Titan Gym on Thursday (Dec. 9) for a 7 p.m. tip against Sacramento State.

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. Patrick Alog and Mike Martinez will have the live call for both games this week.

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. Live video will be available for Tuesday's game by visiting LMULions.com/allaccess.

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.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT BRIEFLY: The Lions enter the week with a 4-4 record, splitting their two contests last week with a win at Cal State Northridge (69-52) and a loss to UCLA at home (67-43)... LMU is 2-2 overall at home this season with wins over Long Beach State (74-43) and Stephen F. Austin (94-62)... junior guard/forward Alex Cowling is almost averaging a double-double on the season with team-high's in points (22.5 ppg) and rebounds (8.5 rpg) while shooting .456 from the field and .893 from the line... junior guard Candice Nichols (13.5 ppg) and freshman guard Hazel Ramirez (13.3 ppg) are also in double figures for LMU... the Lions are averaging 65.6 ppg as a team and shooting .377 from the field while holding the opposition to just 61.4 ppg, but allowing them to shoot better than 40 percent (.404) from the floor... Head Coach Julie Wilhoit is in her 16th season at LMU, posting a 215-223 record (.491) and helping the Lions to NCAA (2003-04) and WNIT (2000-01) postseason berths during her tenure... Wilhoit is 8-2 against the Titans as head coach at LMU dating back to the 1995-96 season.

SACRAMENTO STATE BRIEFLY: The Hornets enter the week with a 3-6 overall record and on a bit of a roll, winning their two games last week against San Francisco (106-88) and Santa Clara (78-65) to snap a three-game losing streak and recover from a 1-6 start... Sacramento State is 1-2 away from home this season with losses at Pacific (94-86) and Oregon (110-60) and a win at Santa Clara... sophomore forward Kylie Kuhns is the lone Hornet in double figures, averaging a team-best 17.6 ppg to go with 13.9 rpg, 14 blocks, and a .525 field goal percentage... Sacramento State is averaging 79.9 ppg and is shooting .382 from the floor, but the Hornets defense is allowing opponents to shoot .403 from the field for the season and average just under 92 points per contest... Head Coach Jamie Craighead is in her second season at the helm, helping lead the Hornets to a 15-15 overall record and a 10-6 mark in Big Sky play as a rookie coach in 2009-10... Sacramento State posted the most league wins in school history last season and led the conference in scoring at 79.1 ppg.

SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton trails in the all-time series with Loyola Marymount, 7-5, having lost the last six consecutive meetings with the Lions dating back to the 1998-99 season... the Titans' last win over LMU came on Jan. 5, 1997, with an 80-66 victory over the Lions at Titan Gym... Loyola Marymount edged out Cal State Fullerton last season in Fullerton for a 66-64 win... the Titans are 2-4 on the Lions' home court, having lost the last two trips since a 60-58 win on Dec. 3, 1996... Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 5-1, winning last year's contest by a 90-68 count in Sacramento - the first meeting between the two teams since the 1997-98 season... the Titans won the first four meetings between the two programs by an average of 9.8 ppg, including neutral site wins in 1991 and 1994... Fullerton lost the only meeting between the two at Titan Gym in 1997, but the Titans are a perfect 3-0 on the road against the Hornets and 2-0 at neutral sites.

WCC SCHEDULE IN FULL SWING: Following games against San Francisco and San Diego, Cal State Fullerton enters the meat of its West Coast Conference schedule, facing three of the league's eight members in its next four games. The Titans, who are 34-49 (.410) all-time against current members of the WCC, split their first two games against the league, defeating the Dons (69-66) at home on Nov. 18 before falling to the Toreros on the road (71-60) on Nov. 24. Following Tuesday's game at LMU, the Titans will also face Pepperdine on Dec. 18 and defending conference champion Gonzaga on Dec. 23 - both contests on the road. In its last 10 contests against the WCC, Fullerton is 4-6 against the league dating back to the 2008-09 season.

BIG SKY COUNTRY: Fullerton is 13-19 (.406) all-time against the current Big Sky Conference alignment entering Thursday's contest against Sacramento State, including 0-1 this season following an 80-70 loss at Eastern Washington to open the 2010-11 campaign. The loss to the Eagles snapped a four-game winning streak for the Titans against the Big Sky Conference dating back to the 2006-07 season.

MILLENNIUM 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 75 points to become the latest player to reach the milestone. Also closing in on the mark, senior Lyndsey Grove (821 points) and redshirt junior Lauren Chow (776).

There have been 18 players who have reached the 1,000-point plateau in the history of the program, the last being Toni Thomas, who finished with 1,786 points from 2005-09 - the second-highest total in school history.

A LITTLE HELP HERE: Everybody knows about the scoring exploits of junior Megan Richardson and senior Lyndsey Grove, but the Titans' dynamic duo is going to need some help if Cal State Fullerton is to get over the hump. The Titans are 0-5 this season when they have two (or fewer) players in double figures, but are a perfect 3-0 when three or more players have at least 10 points. Aside from Richardson and Grove, only Lauren Chow (1 game), Yvont'e Neal (1 game), and Mya Olivier (3 games) have reached double figures this season.

CONTAINED: Junior Megan Richardson entered the Titans' contest at Bowling Green as one of the league's top scorers, but her season average took a huge hit (15.3 ppg to 13.4 ppg) after the Falcons handcuffed the sharpshooting guard to the tune of 0-for-10 from the field and 0-for-4 from long range. It was the first time that Richardson had been held scoreless since her freshman season in a loss at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 5, 2009, and only the third time overall in her stellar career.

AS GOES MEGAN, SO GO THE TITANS...: Or so the stats would have you think. During Fullerton's four-game losing streak, the Manhattan Beach native has scored just 28 points combined (7.0 ppg) and is shooting just .200 (9-for-45) from the floor after averaging 19.8 ppg and shooting .424 (25-for-59) in the first four contests of the season.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...: As the calendar turns to December, visions of more than sugar plums are dancing in the heads of the Titans. More than just their two front teeth, Fullerton would like some tallies in the win column after it has suffered through a three-plus season stretch during which the Titans have gone just 2-16 in the month of December since the 2007-08 campaign and haven't had a winning December since going 4-3 in 2006-07.

SPARKS OFF THE BENCH: The Titans have parlayed their tremendous depth into solid production from the bench thus far in 2010, as Fullerton's reserves have outscored their counterparts in five of the team's eight contests this season - including four straight games from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28. The bench scored a season-high 32 points in a 31-point win over San Jose State to kick off the stretch and has scored 20 points or more four times this season.

MISS CONSISTENT: Count on senior Lyndsey Grove to deliver for the Titans this season as the Placentia native enters the week as the only Fullerton player to reach double figures in all eight games this season. Grove, who enters this week tops on the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, stands fourth in the Big WestConference in that category, eighth in field goal percentage (.462), third in free throw percentage (.850), fourth in three-point percentage (.400), and eighth in three-pointers made (1.50 pg), while also standing seventh in minutes played (30.63 mpg).

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: With its loss over the weekend in Ohio, the Titans fell to 1-5 in games away from the friendly confines of historic Titan Gym and will play just once on their home court (where they are 2-0) before the start of 2011. Fullerton has won 11 of its last 13 home court contests (including three straight) dating back to last season when the Titans were 8-5 in front of the hometown faithful. Cal State Fullerton, which doesn't play another home game until Dec. 9 against Sacramento State, hasn't opened 3-0 at home since the 1991-92 season with victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Pepperdine before falling to Ohio State to end the streak.

FROM SHOOTER TO PLAYMAKER: Redshirt junior Lauren Chow is always a threat to unleash a shot, but she seems more apt to set up her teammates to succeed this season while continuing to recover from a knee injury that ended her 2009-10 season after just seven games. Chow co-leads the team with 20 assists and has committed just 11 turnovers while coming off the bench for a 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio - a mark that would stand third in the league if she met the minimum of 3.00 assists per game. Chow entered the season as the Big West Conference's active leader in assists with 208, well ahead of UC Riverside's Alyssa Morris, who was second with 169.

CHOW PEEKING AT THE RECORD BOOK: Chow is rapidly approaching the school's three-point record, needing just 14 more from long distance to break Charlee Underwood's mark of 164 set from 2003-07 while her 464 three-point attempts are 18 shy of Underwood's mark of 482, and her three-point percentage of .325 already ranks eighth. Chow's 228 career assists are also closing in on the all-time top 10 as she needs 87 more to match Chris O'Sullivan (1976-80) for 10th place while her 105 career steals are 48 shy of the top 10 list.

BLOCKS A PLENTY: The Titans ranked last in the Big West Conference in blocked shots last season with just 38 swats in 32 games, but it looks as if Cal State Fullerton is out to buck that trend in 2010-11. Through eight games this season, the Titans have already rejected 20 shots - accounting for just over half of last year's total and 11 more than they had through eight games in 2009-10. Fullerton, which stands seventh in the league in overall blocks entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of sophomore Lauren Bushong and senior Jenna Breite, who have six and five blocks on the year, respectively. Already this season, nine different players have tallied a blocked shot - one shy of the 10 players who had a block in 2009-10.

WINDEX WOMEN: The Titans' inside duo of senior Jenna Breite and sophomore Mya Olivier enter the week as two of the Big West Conference's top rebounders, standing tied for No. 13 in the league at 5.9 rpg overall. Olivier, who has grabbed at least six rebounds in five games this season, ranks tied for eighth in the league in offensive rebounds with 2.13 per game while Breite, who set a season-high with nine boards against Bowling Green, is ninth in defensive rebounds with 4.13 per game.

O WHEREFORE ART THOU SHOOTING TOUCH?: Fullerton's offense came out firing on all cylinders to start the season, shooting 42 percent or better in three of its first four regular season games en route to its best start in more than a decade. However, that touch has abandoned as of late to kick off their five-game road trip, as the Titans has been held under the 40 percent mark in their last four contests - including a season-low .313 against Tulane.

NOT JUST FOR DESSERT ANYMORE: The Titans' defense has been serving up its fair share of turnovers this season, forcing the opposition into 138 miscues thus far and turning those into 139 points for the "good guys" through eight games. Fullerton has forced 20-or-more turnovers in four of its eight games, including a season-best 24 turnovers at Seattle University on Nov. 14. The 138 turnovers forced are sixth in the league (UC Davis is tops at 172) and the Titans' stand third in the Big West with a +2.13 turnover margin (the Aggies are first at +5.57). On the offensive side of the ball, Fullerton is also one of the best, committing just 121 turnovers - good enough for second in the Big West this week.

TITANS SIGN TALL TRIO FOR 2011-12: Cal State Fullerton women's basketball head coach Marcia Foster announced Thursday that the Titans have signed three players to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Titans.

Chelsea Austin (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills HS), Natalie Williams (Cerritos, CA/St. Anthony HS), and Jessica Palmer (Elverta, CA/Antelope HS) will join the program as freshmen beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Austin, a six-foot guard/forward, helped lead the Normans to the second round of the CIF Division II State Tournament as a junior, averaging just under 14 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the year while swatting 3.8 blocks per game. She was an All-Ocean League First-Team and All-CIF Second-Team honoree in 2010, helping Beverly Hills HS to a 21-13 overall mark.

Williams, a 6-1 forward/center who played her freshman season at Artesia HS in Lakewood, helped the Saints to a CIF Division V title as the division's top seed and a runner-up finish at the CIF State Tournament as a junior, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds per contest en route to All-Santa Cruz League Honorable Mention honors. St. Anthony's finished 26-10 overall, reaching the state title game for the first time in school history.

Palmer, a 6-2 left-handed post player from Northern California, averaged 9.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg as a junior, earning All-Capital Athletic League honors and serving as team captain for the second-straight season. She was also named the team's Best Defensive Player twice as a sophomore and junior.