FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton looks to earn its first win streak of the season as it finishes its brief two-game homestand with the University of San Francisco Friday at 2 p.m. in Titan Gym. The Titans will then head up to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Gersten Pavillion.
Cal State Fullerton's game vs. San Francisco will have a live video stream available for free on BigWest.TV. The link is available on the CSUF Women's Basketball Schedule page at www.fullertontitans.com. There will also be a video stream available (subscription required) for the Loyola Marymount game. To watch, go to www.lmulions.com and click on the women's basketball schedule page.
Audio coverage for both Saturday's game vs. San Francisco and Tuesday's contest vs. Loyola Marymount will be available for free through FullertonTitans.com. Just click the audio link on the CUSF Women's Basketball schedule page to listen.
Live stats will be provided for both games this week. To access live stats for the San Francisco game, go to www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball schedule then click the link for live stats. For the Loyola Marymount game go to www.lmulions.com and click on the women's basketball schedule then click the GameTracker link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (1-1) vs. San Francisco (2-0)
Overall Record 6-9
Home Record 4-3
Away Record 2-5
Neutral Site Record 0-1
Longest Win Streak 2 games
Longest Losing Streak 5 games
Current Streak Won 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 4-6
Dec. 20, 2011 at San Francisco (W, 55-50)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Nov. 18, 2010 (W, 69-66)
Series Notes: Cal State Fullerton was able to pull off a nailbiter the last time these two teams got together as Lauren Bushong hit a pair of clutch free throws with inside of a minute to play to lift the Titans to a 55-50 victory in the Bay Area. Before those two free thows, the Dons rattled off seven unanswered points to tie the game at 45-45 with three minutes to play...Bushong finished with nine points and 14 rebounds (then a career high)....Mya Olivier chipped in seven rebounds as well...Over the last seven meetings, only once was the game decided by 10+ points (11/19/07- L, 73-63)...Largest margin of victory vs. Dons was 79-54 (25 pts) Nov. 27, 1987 at home...Largest margin of defeat was a 96-56 (40 pts) loss Nov. 25, 2000 at home.
Something About San Francisco
After posting a 5-25 record (3-13 West Cost Conference) in 2011-12, and picked to finish last in the WCC in this year's preseason coaches poll, the Dons are off to an impressive 2-0 start. The wins have come over Big West brethrens, UC Davis (72-65) and Hawai'i (65-52). UC Davis and Hawai'i were picked to finish seventh and sixth in the conference, respectively, this season according to the Big West's preseason media poll. San Francisco now looks for it's third straight win over a Big West oppenent. Cal State Fullerton is the last Big West member to defeat the Dons (W, 55-50) on Dec. 12, 2012. In the early going senior gaurd Mel Khlok leads the Dons in points (16 ppg), field goals made (10), and minutes per game (34.5).
Cal State Fullerton (1-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (1-2)
Overall Record 6-8
Home Record 3-4
Away Record 3-3
Neutral Site Record 0-1
Longest Win Streak 3 games
Longest Losing Streak 7 game
Current Streak Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 3-7
Nov. 21, 2011 at Titan Gym (W, 79-52)
Last Meeting at Loyola Marymount
Dec. 7, 2010 (L, 77-76)
Series Notes: Mya Olivier scored eight points and pulled down a game-high 10 boards to lead Fullerton to a 79-52 win the last time these two schools met on Nov. 21, 2011...The win snapped what was a seven-game losing streak to LMU that dated back to Dec. 9, 1998...The game also served as the school's largest margin of victory over LMU (27 pts)...In addition, it gave the Titans their best start in 15 years as they opened 3-0 last season for the first time since the 1981-82 season...Two of the last three meetings between the two schools have been decided by two points or less...The Titans have dropped three straight games at LMU with the average margin of defeat being 18.6 points per game (last win: 12/03/1996, 60-58)...Largest magin of defeat overall was 80-51 (29 pts) Nov. 21, 1999 at LMU.
Looking at LMU
The Lions come into the game still looking to build a win streak after beating Long Beach State 58-52 Thursday night for its first win of the season. The win came on heels of a heartbreaking loss at New Mexico State, 77-76 in overtime. The game was their first overtime affair since the 2009-10 season. Senior gaurd Alex Cowling leads the Lions in scoring (14.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.3 rpg). Cowling was named a preseason All-West Coast Conference member for the fourth consecutive year and ranks sixth on the all-time WCC scoring list with 1,771 points
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton came through in a big way last Sunday afternoon, defeating Sacramento State 94-75 behind a career-high 18 points from Chante Miles in the Titans' home opener.
Miles and Alex Thomas (17 pts) both scored career highs and combined to score 35 points to lead five Fullerton players in double figures for the game.
Sadie Clements and Taylor Peacocke led the way for Sacramento State (0-2), each going for 15 points. Megan Kritscher also chipped in with 11 points and five blocked shots for the Hornets.
Fullerton came out of the break leading 43-31 and held serve until the Hornets went on a quick 5-0 run thanks to a Se'nyce Parrish three-ball and two Fantasia Hilliard free throws to cut the Titans' lead to 51-44 with 15:58 left in the contest.
However, that would be as close as the Hornets would get, as Cal State Fullerton's offense exploded for 15 points over the next five-plus minutes, at one point knocking down four consecutive field goals to take a commanding 69-54 lead with 10:28 left in the game.
The Titan lead ballooned to as big as 22 points with about a minute left to play, before eventually taking home the victory.
It's Early, but Still...
As of Nov. 16, Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in scoring (83.0 ppg), rebounding (55.0 rpg), rebounding margin (+14.5), second in scoring margin (+7.5 ppg), second field goal defense (.352), fourth in field goal percentage (.391), fourth in free throw percentage (.705), fourth in blocks (3.5 bpg), and fourth in steals (11 spg).
Tailer Butler's 16 point, 10 rebound performance (both career highs) opening night at Nevada was the first double-double of her career. It also marked Fullerton's first double-double since Natalie Williams went for 11 points and 18 rebounds Feb. 16, 2012 vs. Cal State Bakersfield (also recorded career-highs in both points and rebounds). Butler's performance was actually the first time in 14 games a Titans' player had recorded a double-double in a winning effort (Mya Olivier, 12 pts and 17 reb in a 67-58 over Cal State Bakersfield on 01/14/12).
Taking the Lead
Chante Miles' 18 points vs. Sacramento State on Nov. 11 is the most points any Titan player not named Megan Richardson has scored since Mya Olivier went for a career-high 23 points Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Long Beach State. Miles is currently tied with Tailer Butler for the team lead in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per contest.
With Lauren Bushong's two blocks at Nevada opening night she passed Charlee Underwood (50, 2003-07) for eigth on the school's all-time block list. Bushong currently owns 51 career blocks. She's just six blocks shy of tying Kisa Hughes (57, 1991-92) for seventh on the all-time list.
After suffering a season-ending injury early into the 2010-11 season, she rebounded in a positive manner last year, finishing as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) and third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in addition to earning a Big West Honorable Mention.
Register for 2012-13 Tip-off Party
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team invites fans and supporters of the program to its third-annual Tip-Off Celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Pavilion on campus.
Tickets are $40 for a night of fun, food, and dancing as attendees will get a chance to meet with and hear from head coach Marcia Foster and the rest of the coaching staff as well as members of the 2012-13 Titans' squad.
For more information about the event, please contact Assistant Coach Monica Quan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 657-278-7655, or register online at www.fullertontitans.com.
Breaking Down the Titans
Cal State Fullerton returns two starters and seven letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 11-19 overall and 4-12 in the Big West Conference, good enough for eighth place. The Titans were the No. 8 seed in last year's conference tournament, falling to top-seeded Cal Poly in the opening round for a second consecutive season, 71-53.
A new era of Fullerton basketball begins after the team says goodbye to two of the top three scorers from a year ago in Megan Richardson (16.1 ppg) and Lauren Chow (8.1 ppg) due to graduation. However, the Titans will have some stability with the return 2012 All-Big West honorable mention Mya Olivier who returns as the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) from a season ago. Twenty-six game starter Kathleen Iwuoha also returns looking to build off a solid freshman campaign where she averaged 5.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Titans Tabbed 10th in Big West Media Poll
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2012-13 Big West Conference race according to a vote of league media members released by the conference office on Oct. 24.
The Titans received 29 points to finish just behind Orange County rival UC Irvine, which was ninth with 65 points. Cal State Northridge managed to edge out Pacific as the favorite to take home the conference crown with six first place votes and 161 points overall. Pacific was tabbed second with 159 points (five first place votes), UC Santa Barbara third with 153 points (three first place votes), Cal Poly fourth with 127 votes (one first place vote), Long Beach State fifth with 116 points (one first place vote), Hawai'i sixth with 81 points, UC Davis seventh with 80 first place votes, and UC Riverside eighth with 74 points.
Filling in the Holes
Cal State Fullerton returns just 52 percent of its 1,830 points scored, 60 percent of its rebounds, 53 percent of its field goals made, 28 percent of its three-pointers made, 61 percent of its free throws made, 43 percent of its assists, and 63 percent of its steals from a season ago.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans bring in four new faces to this year's squad, but only two true freshmen compared to the seven that joined last year's team. The Titans welcome Brianna Barfield (TR, Citrus JC), Xava Grooms (TR, Utah State), Briana Hubbard (FR), and Annie Park (FR).
You Can't Teach Tall
This year's Titan squad could be one of the tallest in recent memory; featuring six players listed at 6-feet or taller –tied for the tallest Fullerton squad since the 2007-08 team listed seven players taller than 6-foot.
The Titans will face a schedule loaded with postseason participants in 2011-12 as they will face three (with a fourth possible depending upon the outcome of the Cal Classic Nov. 23- 24th) NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Big West rival UC Santa Barbara, and possibly California) as well as five WNIT teams from 2011-12 in Oregon State, Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, and UC Davis for a total of at least eight tournament teams. That matches the amount faced last season.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous 12-game non-conference schedule that includes one neutral contest against a team hovering near the AP preseason top 25 rankings in No. 33 Georgetown. Depending upon the outcome of the first game of the Cal Classic (Nov. 23- Nov. 24th) the Titans could also square off against No. 13 California in Berkeley. Seven of the Titans' 12 non-conference affairs will be played away from Titan Gym. Gonzaga is also ranked 29th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll (California 15th, Georgetown 30th).
All 14 players on the roster call California home. Twelve of the 14 players are from Southern California while two are from up north. All three assistant coaches completed their undergraduate degrees at Southern California instituations as well. (Lori Morris at San Diego, Jorge Cerna at San Diego State, and Monica Quan at Concordia)
Fullerton's Fountian of Youth
The Titans come into the 2012-13 season tied for the sixth youngest team in Division I basketball, with the team's average experience being one year per player. The program holds five freshman, five sophomores, three juniors (with one being a JC transfer in Brianna Barfield), and one senior. The Titans have lost three starters from last year's squad in senior Megan Richardson, senior Lauren Chow, and junior Alicya Crisp. Sophomore center Jasmine Grayson left the program as well
The Big West Conference welcomes the University of Hawai'i women's basketball team back to the league for its second stint as a Big West women's basketball participant. The Rainbow Wahine was a member of the Big West from 1984-1996.
Cal State Fullerton will play 18 conference games (one home, one away vs. Hawai'i added) instead of the traditional 16 games as has been done in years past. The Titans will still play 29 regular season games, two non-conference games have been subtracted. The top eight teams in the conference will still qualify for the Big West Tournament. San Diego State will return as the conference's 11th member, effective July 1, 2013.