Dec. 9, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Coming off a solid performance against one of the nation's top-ranked teams, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (2-4 overall) opens a stretch of three-straight contests against West Coast Conference foes with a pair of games this week. The Titans make a jaunt up the California coast on Wednesday (Dec. 10) to take on San Francisco at 7 p.m. before returning home to host Pepperdine on Friday night (Dec. 12) at 7 p.m.
FOLLOW THE TITANS FROM AFAR: Gametracker livestats will be available for Wednesday night's game at San Francisco. Visit the women's basketball schedule page at FullertonTitans.com or USF's website at USFDons.com.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: For those fans who won't be able to make it out to Friday's game against Pepperdine, the contest will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Patrick Alog will have the play-by-play from Titan Gym.
I SEE YOU: For the third consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home women's basketball games and selected road contests will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) thanks to Big West TV. For a monthy subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from Titan Gym and points beyond. For more information, please log on to www.BigWest.org/TV.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the week with a 2-6 overall record, having lost its last three straight games... The Dons dropped a pair of games last week, falling to Oregon State at home (83-66) before suffering a two-point loss at Cal Poly (85-83) on a shot at the buzzer on Sunday... senior guard Shay Rollins leads a quartet of Dons in double figures, averaging 18.4 ppg and 2.3 rpg to go with 23 assists and 17 steals... Necolia Simmons (13.9 ppg), Rheina Ale (12.9 ppg), and Danesha Wright (11.6 ppg) are also in double figures for USF.
SERIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons lead the all-time series with the Titans, 8-3, having won six of the last seven meetings... Fullerton's last win in the series came in 2006 as it posted a 72-69 win at Titan Gym... USF posted a 10-point, 73-63 win over Fullerton last season in southern California.
SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine enters the week with a 3-4 overall record, having lost two straight in a roller coaster start to its 2008-09 season... in their last game before stopping for final exams, the Waves fell to Washington, 67-53, at home on Dec. 3... Miranda Ayim leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) while shooting just under 51 percent from the floor for the season... teammates Katie Menton (10.7 ppg) and Jazmine Jackson (10.6) are also in double figures... Pepperdine's defense has been active, posting 83 steals thus far this season (11.86 spg).
SERIES VS. PEPPERDINE: The Waves lead the all-time series with the Titans, 10-8, having won the last five straight meetings... Fullerton's last win in the series came way back in 1994 when the Titans edged out Pepperdine, 61-59, on the road in Malibu... the five-game winning streak for the Waves is tied for the longest in the history of the series after Fullerton won five straight from 1984-91.
WCC... TAKE THREE (AND FOUR): Cal State Fullerton looks to improve on its perfect mark against the West Coast Conference this week as the Titans open a three-game stretch against members of that league. Fullerton, which at 2-0 has matched its win total against league members for the last 10 years combined, looks to post a winning mark against the conference for the first time since the 1997-98 season when the Titans went 2-1. Since that year, Fullerton has posted just a 2-28 mark over the last decade against the conference with only wins over San Francisco (2006) and San Diego (2002) in that stretch.
GREAT SCOTT!!: Junior Jasmine Scott followed up her career rebounding game with her season-best offensive scoring performance against one of the nation's top team last week, scoring 19 points to go with five rebounds and four assists against No. 16 Vanderbilt. Scott reached double figures in scoring for the 10th time in her career (third this season) and narrowly missed matching her career-high of 22 points set in last year's Big West Tournament against Long Beach State. She currently stands third on the team in scoring at 10.2 ppg this season.
DIALED IN: Cal State Fullerton shot a season-best 47 percent from three-point range last weekend against No. 16 Vanderbilt, hitting on 9-of-19 from long distance en route to the mark. It was the third time in six games that the Titans had shot 40 percent or better from long distance and bested their previous season high of 45.5 percent in a win over Saint Mary's.
LONG DISTANCE: Fullerton ranks third in the Big West Conference entering this week's contests, shooting 34 percent (40-for-118) from beyond the arc. The 40 three-pointers made rank second overall in the league (Cal Poly has hit 51) and the Titans' 6.67 three-pointers made per game lead the Big West.
SPEAKING OF DIALED IN: Freshman guard Lauren Chow's six three-pointers made against No. 16 Vanderbilt were a career high and stood just two shy of the school record held by Autumn Hollyfield, who hit eight trey's in a single game on three different occassions during her career. Chow, who had made nine three's combined in her previous five games, ranks just outside the top 10 in the Big West in three-point percentage, leads the league with 2.50 three-pointers made per game, and stands second with 15 three-pointers made overall.
DAY-O: Standing at just 5-foot-2, senior guard Daviyonne Weathersby probably isn't one of the Titans you'd think would be banging around inside with post players measuring almost a foot taller. However, that's just what the veteran backcourt player has done this season, leading the team and ranking No. 10 among the Big West's best rebounders entering this week's games at 5.7 rpg. Weathersby, who stands as the shortest player among the league's top 15 rebounders, grabbed a season-high nine boards against No. 16 Vanderbilt and is averaging 8.3 rpg over her last three contests.
FOR DESSERT?: It's safe to say a basketball turnover probably wouldn't taste very good as a meal-ender, but on the court, its a sweet statistic for the Titans. Fullerton's defense has forced its opponents into 140 turnovers on the season, turning them into 133 points for the "good gals." The Titans have forced 25-or-more turnovers in four of their six contests this season with a fifth game tally of 19 turnovers. On the other hand, the Titans have also done a great job of taking care of the ball themselves, committing only 107 turnovers and ranking first in the league in turnover margin (+5.50) while notching 59 steals to rank third overall and second in the league with 9.83 spg.
WOMEN OF "STEAL": Weathersby (2.17 spg) and Scott (1.50 spg) both enter the week ranked among the Big West Conference's top thieves, standing fourth and tied for 10th, respectively, in the league in swipes. Weathersby's 13 swipes overall stand tied for fourth in the league.
HELP ME, LAUREN... HELP, HELP, ME LAUREN: When she's not draining three-pointers, Lauren Chow is one of the Big West Conference's best playmakers, ranking third in the league with 3.67 apg and has led or co-led the team in that category four times in the Titans' six games. Despite having just one assist last week against No. 16 Vanderbilt, Chow is averaging 4.33 apg over her last three contests - including a pair of six-assist games against Georgia and UNLV.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE VISION?: With her 16-point, 12-rebound performance against Saint Mary's, Thomas logged her 22nd career double-double - a total that ranks fourth on the school's all-time list thanks to a thorough scouring of box scores dating back to the early 1980's by sports information intern Nick Longo. Thomas stands just four double-doubles behind Claudette Jackson (26) for third place and 10 back of Erin Whiteside for second. The school record is held by Eugenia Miller-Rycraw, who accumulated 59 double-doubles in her brilliant four-year career at Cal State Fullerton.
THOMAS REACHES 1,500 CAREER POINTS: With her 14th point against UNLV on Saturday, senior forward Toni Thomas became the sixth player in the school history and the 26th in the history of the Big West Conference to reach 1,500 points for a career. Thomas, who has posted seasons of 500-plus points in each of the last two years, currently stands just 59 points behind Nancy Dunkle for fifth place on the school's all-time scoring list.
HOME COOKIN': Cal State Fullerton's two victories in its first three home games marks the Titans' best start on their home floor since the 2006-07 season when they opened with the same record and finished 5-2 in non-conference home contests. Fullerton has been stellar at home over the past four season, posting a 27-14 (.659) mark at home in that span. Overall, Cal State Fullerton is 218-221 (.497) at home in the history of the program with the home records of two seasons (1969-70 & 1971-72) unknown.