FULLERTON, Calif. - After a bye week last week, the Titans resume conference play as they head to UC Davis on Thursday and host Cal Poly on Saturday.
After two weeks of Big West action, UC Davis sits in fourth place with a 1-1 record (9-6 overall). The defending regular season conference champions have the second highest scoring offense in the league averaging 70.6 points per night led by Morgan Bertsch who's averaging a BWC-leading 24.1 points per game. She also scored her 2,000th career point in their conference opener.
Cal Poly also sits at 1-1 through two weeks of conference games, but sport a 4-9 overall record. Their offense ranks middle of the pack scoring 61.5 points per game led by Devin Stanback's 13.3 points per game.
This season marks the 50th year of women's basketball at Cal State Fullerton. The program made its debut in the 1969-70 season and won the CIAW National Championship that year. The program's history was celebrated January 5 against Hawaii
LAST TIME OUT
Fullerton is coming off a bye week going 12 days between games. Their last game was the conference opener against Hawaii where the Titans came out with a 72-68 victory. Raina Perez led CSF's scoring with a career-best 23 points while Jade Vega put 17 poitns to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Daeja Smith had the headline though recording her 1,000th career point. She finished the game with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Several Titans have found their way into the record books on the all-time career leaderboards:
Hannah Thompson.....3rd in Three-Point Percentage (36.7%)
Jade Vega.................9th in Assists (344)
Daeja Smith..............2nd in Blocks (121)
...............................5th in Double-Doubles (25)
...............................7th in Rebounds (733)
...............................9th in Field Goal Percentage (49.1%)
A GRAND ACCOMPLISHMENT
Daeja Smith had a 13-point performance in the conference opener giving her 1,000th for her career. She becomes just the 24th player in program history to accompish the feat.
ROAD TO 1K
With Daeja joining the 1,000-point club, next up is Jade Vega. The senior currently sits at 971 points with 15 games left to play in the season.
Daeja Smith hit 1,000 career points to go along with her 700-career rebounds. That makes her just the 7th player in program history to reach both of those marks. She currently sits at 1,001 points and 733 rebounds.
Picking up where she left off last year, Daeja Smith has shown why she's on the Lisa Leslie Award watch list. Through 14 games, she has four double-doubles, averaging 13.8 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Her best game came against CBU when she set a career-high 26 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
Raina Perez was forced to redshirt last season, but has shown everyone what she's capable of already this year. After missing the first game, she is averaging 13.8 points per game and 5.8 assists in 35.9 minutes per game, all of which lead the team. She has also scored in double-figures in all but two games this year.
RED HOT KIWI
Freshman Amiee Book has been absolutely on fire from the field this season. In twelve games, she is shooting 52.5% (53-101) from the field and 46.9% (23-49) from three. She also ranks 14th in the Big West with 10.9 ppg and has scored in double-figures in nine of her thirteen games this season.
SHARING IS CARING
This year's Fullerton team plays very unselfishly passing up good shots for great shots. Because of that, they have 223 assists on the year averaging 15.9 per game. They currently rank 53rd in all of NCAA in assists per game.
ON FIRE FROM THE FIELD
The Titans have shot lights out from the field so far this year, leading the conference shooting 43.6% from the field leading to 67.6 points per game which is the third highest scoring team in the Big West.
TURNING THE PROGRAM AROUND
Coach Harada and company wasted no time improving the program as they eclipsed the 2015-16 and 2016-17 combined win total in their first year with eight wins. Through 14 games this season, they have already surpassed that going 9-5 thus far.
BEST YEAR IN ALMOST THREE DECADES
Cal State Fullerton has seen some rough seasons in recent years, but this year's squad is changing that. They went 8-5 in the non-conference portion of their schedule which is the best mark since the 1990-91 team. That year, the Titans went 11-4 in non-conference play and finished the season with a 25-8 record. It's the last time the women's basketball program has seen a record over .500
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