Titans Host Toreros in Home Opener
Dec. 7, 2009
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP OFF: Following six games on the road to open the season and a week off after a tournament in Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team finally gets a chance to play in front of the hometown faithful with three games in six days this week at Titan Gym. The Titans open with back-to-back match-ups against West Coast Conference foes as they host San Diego on Monday (Dec. 7) and Loyola Marymount on Wednesday (Dec. 9) - both tipping-off at 7 p.m. Fullerton then welcomes BYU to southern California on Saturday (Dec. 12) at 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the Titans' men's team as they take on Occidental at approximately 7:30 p.m.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: All three of this week's games will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Mike Martinez and Erik Pessolano will handle the play-by-play for the contests live from Titan Gym. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com.
I SEE YOU: For the fourth consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthy 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 BigWestTV.org.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the first time this season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker for all of the Titans' home games and select road contests. Links will be available on both the men's and women's basketball schedule pages at the redesigned FullertonTitans.com.
SERIES RECORDS: San Diego leads the all-time series against Cal State Fullerton by a 10-7 count, having won the last four straight in the series with the Titans... the Toreros won the last meeting, 65-62, in San Diego last season... Fullerton last posted a win over USD on Dec. 14, 2002, with a 76-74 win at Titan Gym... the Titans are 4-5 at home against the Toreros in the series... LMU leads the all-time series with Fullerton, 6-5, having won the last five straight meetings in the series... the two teams haven't met since the 2004-05 season when the Lions posted a 67-50 win at Titan Gym... the Titans are 2-3 at home against the Lions... Fullerton's last win in the series came on Jan. 5, 1997, at home as it posted an 80-66 victory... Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with BYU, 4-2, including a 3-1 record on its home floor... the Cougars have won the last two in the series, but the two schools haven't met since the 2003 season when BYU posted a 72-51 win - and that was the first meeting between the two since 1985... the Titans last posted a win during the 1983-84 season, outlasting the Cougars, 98-96, in double overtime on Jan. 14, 1984, at home.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: San Diego enters the week with a 4-5 overall record after falling to UNLV (71-66) at home and defeating Cal Poly (73-65) on the road last week... the victory over Cal Poly snapped a three-game losing streak for USD that included losses to Arizona (65-55) and UC Santa Barbara (75-65) at home... Dominique Conners leads a quartet of players in double figures, averaging 13.7 ppg and swiping 29 steals in nine games thus far... Emily Hatch (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg) is shooting .609 from the floor while Sam Child is averaging 11.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting .434 from the field... Morgan Henderson (11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg) finished the quartet... USD is shooting .441 as a team and averaging 70.2 ppg while allowing opponents to shoot .423 from the field and scoring 67.4 ppg.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount enters the week with a 4-4 overall record following a win over San Jose State (66-47) on the road and a home loss to Fresno State (82-68)... LMU is 2-1 against the Big West this season, posting wins over Long Beach State (75-70) and UC Santa Barbara (65-40) while falling to UC Irvine (65-63)... Alex Cowling leads two Lions in double figures, averaging 15.3 ppg and a team-best 6.5 rpg while shooting .478 from the field... Renahy Young is also averaging better than 15 points per game (15.1) and is shooting .471 from the floor for the Lions, who are 3-1 away from home this season.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU enters the week with a 5-2 overall record after sweeping a pair of games in Hawaii, posting a 72-60 win over San Francisco and an 81-44 win over Hawaii at the Wahine's Hukilau Invitational last weekend... the Cougars will take on Weber State on the road on Wednesday (Dec. 9) before meeting Cal State Fullerton... Mindy Nelson leads a very balanced Cougars scoring attack at 10.9 ppg as six players are averaging better than 7.5 ppg... Nelson is also shooting .536 from the field to pace an offense that is collectively shooting .464 as a squad and averaging 72.1 ppg... BYU's defense has also been impressive, holding opponents to a .362 shooting percentage and 54.3 ppg.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The Titans finally get to unpack. For the first time since defeating Biola in an exhibition contest on Nov. 7, Cal State Fullerton will play in front of their hometown fans this week, opening a string of four straight games at home and seven of its next 10 on the Titan Gym floor. The Titans are 26-14 all-time in home openers, having won their last three straight dating back to 2006 thanks to victories over Fresno State, San Jose State, and Santa Clara. Fullerton has twice opened its home schedule against San Diego, but has yet to post a win, falling to the Toreros in 1992 (87-64) and 2005 (64-46).
BIG WEEKEND NETS GROVE TOURNEY HONORS: Junior forward Lyndsey Grove's big weekend in Oregon netted the Placentia native all-tournament honors at the World Vision Invitational. Grove averaged 18 points and four rebounds in the Titans' three games, including tying a career high with her 20-point effort against host Oregon in the tournament opener. In six games this season, Grove has reached double figures five times - including the last four consecutive contests during which she is averaging 16.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg while shooting .475 (19-for-40) from the field - and ranks sixth in the Big West in scoring at 14.5 ppg entering this week's contests.
TITANS FIND WINNING WAYS: With its three wins in its first six games, Cal State Fullerton is off to one of its best starts in recent memory. The 3-3 mark is the Titans' best since they started 5-1 in 1996, having reached only two wins in their first six games twice in the last 11 years.
FULLERTON CAPITALIZE ON RARE OT APPEARANCE: The Titans' extra-time victory over Portland State last weekend in Eugene marked a rare OT appearance for Fullerton as it played overtime for the first time since a 76-72 loss at Pacific on Feb. 14, 2008, and posted its first OT win for the first time since an 84-76 victory against Cal Poly on Jan. 2, 2003. The win over the Vikings imporved the Titans' overtime record to 9-13 dating back to the 1980-81 season, snapping a three-game overtime losing streak.
BREITE GOES BIG ON THE BOARDS: Junior center Jenna Breite has shown dramatic improvement in her post play and she put it on display during the World Vision Invitational in Oregon. Breite posted a trio of double-digit rebounding performances, including her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Titans' win over Portland State, and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds against a Wisconsin squad that featured a rotation of five post players listed at six feet or taller. Breite has grabbed a team-high 55 rebounds this season (including 22 on the offensive end) and is averaging 9.2 rpg to lead all Big West Conference players.
PERFECTION: A big part of Lyndsey Grove's big weekend in Oregon was her accuracy at the line as the junior converted 25-of-28 (.893) from the stripe against a trio of opponents after taking just eight attempts in her previous three games. Along the way, Grove was a perfect 10-for-10 at the line in the Titans' win over Portland State, the best single-game performance by a Fullerton player since Toni Thomas was 12-for-12 at the free throw line against Cal Poly on Feb. 7, 2009. The perfect day for Grove was just the 10th such performance in school history (minimum 10 free throws made), as nine different players have gone at least 10-for-10 from the line since 1980-81. Allison Jackson accomplished the feat twice against San Jose State (13-for-13) and Nevada (12-for-12) in 1993. The school record for perfection at the line is held by India McDaniel, who went 15-for-15 against San Francisco on Dec. 18, 2006.
DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE: But in a good way. The Cal State Fullerton offense, which averaged 62.5 ppg last season (third-best in the conference), has kept the momentum going in 2009, entering the week with the best scoring offense in the conference at 70.7 ppg bouyed by three games of 70 points or more, going 3-0 in those contests. That is well ahead of last season when the Titans reached 70 points or more just six times in 30 games, posting a 4-2 mark in those contests.
WINDEX WOMEN: The Titans have done a good job of cleaning up on the boards in 2009-10, despite outrebounding their opponents just twice in six games. Fullerton leads the Big West Conference in rebounding at 40.8 rebounds per game while also standing atop the league in offensive rebounds (16.33 rpg) and fourth in defensive rebounds per game (24.5 rpg). Aside from Breite's league-best 9.2 rpg, junior Lyndsey Grove (5.3 rpg) and senior Jasmine Scott (5.0 rpg) also rank among the conference's top 15, standing at No. 13 and No. 15, respectively, entering this week's games.
CHOW DIALING LONG DISTANCE: Junior guard Lauren Chow has made leaps up the school's all-time three-point lists with her performances thus far. Despite hitting only 9-of-35 (.257) from beyond the arc this season (with both figures tops on the team), Chow enters the week ranked fourth all-time in three-pointers made with 142 (up two spots and trailing Autumn Hollyfield by just 13 makes) and is third all-time in attempts with 440 (just 27 behind Shayla Bradshaw with 467 attempts). Her .323 career percentage also has her seventh all-time in the history of the program.