Dec. 14, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
As finals week rapidly approaches, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (1-7 overall) plays its final two games for the 2005 "semester" in the upcoming week.
A difficult three-game road trip comes to a close this week as the Titans travel north to Los Angeles to take on Southern California in a 5 p.m. match-up at the Memorial Sports Arena.
Fullerton then returns home to take on Montana State in only the third home game of the season on Monday (Dec. 19) at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.
ON THE AIR
Both of this week's games will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Fullerton students Mike Martinez and Patrick Alog will handle the call from USC while Alog will carry the play-by-play against Montana State. Friday's game against the Women of Troy will also be available via Gametracker thanks to CSTV.com.
The Women of Troy enter the week with a 5-3 overall record after having their three-game winning streak snapped with an 11-point defeat loss to No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday (Dec. 11).
USC is led offensively by junior guard Eshaya Murphy, who is averaging a team best 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She is joined in double figures by sophomore guard Camille LeNoir, who is averaging 12.5 ppg and 4.0 assists per contest.
The Women of Troy has won two of three games at home this season with a three-point win over Texas Christian and a 28-point victory over Cal State Northridge. USC also owns wins over Hawaii, Eastern Illinois, and Loyola Marymount.
USC is outrebounding the opposition by just over three boards per game and outscoring them by over four. However the Women of Troy have shot only 37 percent from the field to the opponents' 40 percent.
SCOUTING MONTANA STATE
The Bobcats are struggling mightily to start the 2005 season, falling to 0-7 overall after losses to Long Beach State and Air Force last week. MSU is being outscored by an average of just over 20 points per game as the Bobcats are shooting only 35 percent from the field and scoring 55 points per contest.
Junior guard Alyssa Nelson leads the Bobcats offensively at 9.6 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the free throw line.
Opponents are shooting just over 45 percent from the floor against Montana State. The Bobcats will play at the University of Portland on Saturday before travelling to Southern California.
USC: The Women of Troy lead the all-time series with the Titans, 17-10, but the two teams have not met since the 1992-93 season... Fullerton is only 3-7 on the road against USC, with the location of some early games in the series unknown... The Titans are 56-68 against current members of the Pacific-10 Conference, having lost the last 13 meetings with teams from that conference dating back to a 61-55 win at USC in 1990... the Titans last faced a Pac-10 team in 1999, a 108-75 defeat to UCLA at home.
MONTANA STATE: Fullerton won the only meeting with Montana State back in the 1981-82 season, downing the Bobcats, 101-86, at the California Invitational in Berkeley, Calif... The Titans are 8-14 against current Big Sky members, having lost the last 10 games since back-to-back wins over Eastern Washington and Sacramento State to start the 1996 season.
RARE VISIT TO TROY
Despite being seperated by only about 34 miles, Cal State Fullerton will be making its first trip to USC since the 1992 season (and only the fourth in the last 20 seasons) as the Women of Troy defeated the Titans, 85-46 at the Sports Arena.
LOOKING FOR THAT CERTAIN, SPECIAL...
Someone? How about five someones? In it's eight games this season, the Titans have used seven different starting lineups, using only the quintet of Charlee Underwood, Ariel Adams, Toni Thomas, Audrey Taylor, and India McDaniel twice this season in back-to-back games against Northern Arizona and Army.
Cal State Fullerton closes out a three-game road trip this Friday at USC, trying to snap a skid that has seen the Titans go 0-6 away from home (including neutral site games) thus far in 2005. The Titans are averaging just under 65 points per game away from home while allowing just under 79 points per game to their opponents. All this after Fullerton had closed out last season with wins in four of its final six true road contests with wins at Cal Poly, Idaho, Pacific, and Cal State Northridge, winning those games by an average of just over 11 points per contest.
PRUITT'S MILLENIUM WATCH
Senior post Amber Pruitt is closing in on a milestone in her career as she looks to become the 15th player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000 career point plateau. With her 83 points this season, Pruitt now ranks 18th on the all-time scoring list with 828 career points, just 33 points behind Amy Torczon (1984-88) for No. 17. If Pruitt reaches 1,000 points, she would be the second player in the last three years to reach that plateau joining Tamara Quinn, who finished with 1,109 career points in 2004 to rank 10th.
UNDERWOOD STYMIED, RECOVERS
Cal State Fullerton's leading scorer Charlee Underwood had her five-game double digit scoring streak snapped last week at Fresno State as the Bulldogs' defense held the dynamic junior to just four shots and no points for the first time this season. Underwood, who rebounded to score 14 points two nights later on 6-of-12 shooting in a loss to San Francisco to get back on track, continues to lead the team in scoring, however, at 11.6 ppg - an average that puts her fifth in the Big West Conference in scoring.
GETTING THE FREE ONES
Cal State Fullerton continues to lead the Big West Conference in free throw percentage, shooting just under 72 percent from the line as a team to lead UC Santa Barbara by 15 percentage points. The Titans have shot better than 70 percent from the stripe in six of their eight contests this season, while shooting better than 70 percent in a half in eight of 16 total halves in 2005 - including a 92 percent clip (11-of-12) in the second half against Fresno State. Individually, a pair of Titans rank among the top 10 league leaders as freshman Toni Thomas' .774 percentage ranks fourth in the league while junior India McDaniel is seventh in the conference at an even 70 percent.
MCDANIEL GOES OFF FOR CAREER BEST
Junior India McDaniel did her best to get the Titans in the win column on the road against San Francisco, scoring a career-high 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting in Fullerton's seven-point defeat in the Bay Area. The Northern California native (Sacramento, Calif./Laguna Creek HS) surpassed her previous high of 18 points set at UC Riverside last year when she went 6-of-8 from both the field and free throw line to lead the team in scoring in a one-point loss to the Highlanders.