Titans Return Home in Search of Win vs. San Jose State
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton returns home to Titan Gym to begin a season-long four-game homestand, starting this Saturday at 3 p.m. vs. San Jose State.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. San Jose State. To access video for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "video" link to watch through BigWest.TV.
There will be live audio streaming available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. San Jose State. To access audio for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. Patrick Along will be providing the play-by-play.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. San Jose State. To access live stats for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "live stats" link.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (2-8) vs. San Jose State (3-7)
Overall Record 27-9
Home Record 11-3
Away Record 14-4
Neutral Site Record 2-2
Longest Win Streak 15 games
Longest Losing Streak 3 games
Current Streak Won 5
Record in Last 10 Meetings 8-2
Dec. 22, 2011 at San Jose (W, 81-65)
Last Meeting at Titan Gym
Nov. 21, 2010 (W, 76-45)
Series Notes: Saturday marks the fourth consecutive season these two schools have hooked up. Last time the two programs met, Alex Thomas and Lauren Bushong both ended up with 10 points a piece, while Kathleen Iwuoha pulled down a team-leading tying six rebounds in an 81-65 win over the Spartans exactly one year ago on Dec. 22, 2011...During Fullerton's current five-game win streak vs. San Jose State, the Titans have won by 12-plus points in four of the five games. Fullerton have averaged 77 points per game during that span...the Titans' largest margin of victory was a 95-46 (49 pts) win Jan. 7, 1991 in Fullerton...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat came in an 86-61 (25 pts) loss on Dec. 21. 2000 in San Jose...Titans have won three of their last four home games vs. San Jose State.
Scouting the Spartans
San Jose State enters the 2012-13 season looking to build upon an 11-19 record (6-8 WAC) from a year ago. The Spartans are considered to be the least experienced team in all of Division I women's basketball, sporting an average of .444 years of experience per player...San Jose State's roster is made up of six freshman, eight newcomers, two sophomores, and one junior...after opening the season 2-0, the Spartans have dropped seven of their last eight, and four straight overall...San Jose State averages 66.1 points per game, while it surrenders 76 points per game on average...sophomore Ta'Rea Cunnigan leads the Spartans, averaging 19.1 points per contest thus far....freshman Riana Byrd is nearly averaging a double-double this season, recording 9.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest...San Jose State was picked to finish seventh in the WAC's preseason coaches poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Freshman guard Jamie Weisner poured in 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and collected 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, as her Oregon State Beavers powered past Cal State Fullerton 54-36 Thursday night at Gill Coliseum.
Chante Miles recorded her eighth double-digit scoring performance of the season, as she led Fullerton with 13 points. Kathleen Iwuoha also chipped in, as she grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds for the Titans in the loss.
Alex Thomas opened the game up with a three-pointer to give Fullerton (2-8) a 3-0 lead just under two minutes into the contest, but that would be the only advantage the Titans would see all night long. Oregon State (6-3) immediately fired back with a 6-0 run, scoring on three of its next four possessions to take a 6-3 lead with 16:14 left in the first half.
Despite shooting a season-worst 13 percent in the first half, Fullerton only trailed Oregon State 20-14 at the break. The Beavers and Titans combined to convert on just 13 field goals in a first half defensive battle.
The poor shooting continued for both squads in the second half, but the Titans scratched their way back, grinding out an 11-6 run to open the half to bring Fullerton within 26-25 with 14:46 left to play.
But the Titans didn't have enough left in the tank offensively, as the Beavers outscored Fullerton 28-11 the rest of the way. The Titans only converted on three field goals for the remaining 14-plus minutes of the contest.
Turning the Page
Last Thursday's 18-point loss at Oregon State was Fullerton's largest margin of defeat in three all-time trips to Corvallis. It was also just the second double-digit loss all-time vs. the Beavers...the Titans shot 19.1 percent for the game, 13.3 percent for the first half for 14 first-half points and 36 points for the game; all the lowest since Jan. 22, 2011 at UC Santa Barbara where Fullerton shot just 17.5 percent for the game, 12.5 percent in the first half for 14 first-half points and 32 points overall.
How We Rank
As of Dec. 19, Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in rebounding (42.5 rpg), offensive rebounding (19.6 rpg), and offensive rebounding percentage (.403). The Titans rank second in turnover margin (+2.20), third in rebounding margin (+1.1), and fourth in scoring defense (63.8 ppg)
Fullerton has committed less turnovers than the opposition in seven of its last eight games...the Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in eight of 10 games this season...Titans have trailed at the half in eight straight games (1-7 in those contests)...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in four consecutive contests.
Some Streaks Are Meant For Snapping
The Titans have dropped 14 consecutive games away from home, dating back to Jan. 18, 2012 at UC Irvine...Fullerton's current seven-game losing streak is the longest since it also dropped seven consecutive contests during the 2008-09 season...the Titans have dropped seven straight games away from home to start the season. It's the first time that's happened since Fullerton fell in seven consecutive games away from home to start the 2007-08 season.
Titans vs. the WAC
The Big West is 5-5 vs. the Western Athletic Conference so far this season...Cal State Fullerton has played seven of the 10 current WAC teams, posting a 48-33 (.593) record all-time vs. the current group (84-71 vs. WAC all-time): New Mexico State (7-11), Louisiana Tech (1-0), San Jose State (27-9), Seattle (2-0), Idaho (4-11), Utah State (6-1), and UT Arlington (0-1)...Titans have never faced Texas State, UTSA, and Denver...Fullerton's 27 all-time wins vs. San Jose State are the most the Titans have vs. any current WAC opponent...the Titans are currently riding a seven-game win streak vs. current WAC foes with their last loss being a 61-42 defeat at the hands of UT Arlington on Nov. 25, 2006.
Four of the eight Titan losses this season have come by five points or less...In those losses, Fullerton either had the lead, was tied, or was within one possession with under three minutes to play...At one point this season the Titans were 2-5 but still didn't have a negative point differential (449-449).
A Cold December
Fullerton has connected on just 48 of 198 (24.2 percent) shot attempts this month for an average of 41 points per game.
Well, at Least That's Over
Cal State Fullerton returns home after finishing a brutal stretch of games which saw the Titans play six of seven games away from Titan Gym...during the six road contests over the seven-game span, the Titans faced two teams that received top-25 votes, traveled to two venues ranked in the top 15 in attendance during the 2011-12 season, while the combined record of the opponents played currently stands at 39-23 (.629).
Home For the Holidays
The Titans kick-off a season-long four-game homestand beginning with San Jose State on Saturday, Columbia on Dec. 31, Hawai'i on Jan. 3, and Cal State Northridge on Jan. 5...the four opponents own a combined record of just 12-25 (.324).
Protecting the House
Both of Cal State Fullerton's wins this season have come at Titan Gym...the Titans have outscored opponents a combined 208-185 (+23) during home games this season...nearly 65 percent of the Titans' total wins since the 2005-06 season have come at home.
Hey, We're Really not so Different
While Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State will be opponents come Saturday, both teams have quite a bit in common. For the first time this season, the Titans will face a team that is younger than they are. The Titans are the sixth youngest team in Division I women's basketball (average of one year of experience per player), but San Jose State enters Saturday's match-up as the youngest team in the nation, as the average Spartan player sports just .444 years of Division I experience. Both squads aim to snap lengthy losing skids, as San Jose State has dropped four straight games and seven of their last eight, while Cal State Fullerton has lost seven consecutive overall.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used six different starting lineups this season and has only sent out the same starting five in consecutive games once this season (Nov. 23 vs. Georgetown and Nov. 24 vs. Eastern Washington)...Chante Miles is the only Titan to have started in every game this season.
Stars in the Making
With the departure of the third-highest scorer in Cal State Fullerton history in Megan Richardson (second-highest scoring guard in school history), the Titans had big shoes to fill entering 2012-13. So far sophomore guards, Chante Miles (13.6 ppg) and Tailer Butler (8.0 ppg) have had no problem filling the void, as the combo has teamed up to provide nearly 38 percent of Fullerton's points this season...Miles also ranks sixth in the Big West in scoring, second in steals, fifth in assists, and third in minutes played.
Taking the Lead
Chante Miles has scored double-figures in eight of her first 10 games to start the season... Miles and Megan Richardson (2011-12) are the only two Titans to accomplish that feat, since Lyndsey Grove opened up the 2010-11 season scoring double-figures in 10 straight games (Both Richardson and Grove earned All-Big West honors those seasons)...Miles has scored 17+ points in five of 10 games this season...Miles' 18 points put up vs. Sacramento State on Nov. 11 marked the most points any Titan player not named Megan Richardson had scored since Mya Olivier went for a career-high 23 points Jan. 28, 2012 vs. Long Beach State....Miles has had three 18+ point performances since...Miles set or tied career scoring highs in three consecutive games from Nov. 11- 20, 2012...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (13.6 ppg), total points (136), field goals made (48), free throws made (2.6 fpg), assists (3.3 apg), steals (2.8 spg), and minutes (33.8 mpg).
Flying Under the Radar
Slowly but surely, Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt. She currently leads the team in overall rebounding (7.3 rpg), offensive rebounding (2.9 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.4 rpg). Her overall rebounding per game ranks seventh best in the Big West, while her offensive rebounding ranks sixth in the conference and her defensive rebounding ranks 10th. She's averaged 8.0 rebounds per game over her last five appearances.
Bushong's Block Party
With Lauren Bushong's one block at Gonzaga on Dec. 9 she recorded the 60th block of her career and overtook Toni Thomas (59, 2005-09) for sixth on the school's all-time block list. She's six away from passing up Rochelle Ortega and Dee Braxton (65 each) for fourth on the all time list...Her 11 blocked shots this season is tied for the team lead (Natalie Williams).
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 Titan 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).
Titans Ink Four Recruits for 2012-13
Head coach Marcia Foster announced on Nov. 19 that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton. Casey Williams, Chelsea Waddy, Samantha Logan, and Priscilla Brooks' four years of eligibility will start at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic school year.
"This is very strong class with great students and overall just great people," Foster said. "They all fit into our mold of being a hard-working bunch. We look for blue-collar kids with talent and that's what we have in this class. I expect all of these kids to be able to contribute right away next year."
All four recruits played at California high schools and are expected to play high school basketball their senior years.
Casey Williams • G • 5-8 • Sacramento High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Sacramento High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner…Recorded a career-high 15 points vs. Modesto Christian High School on Dec. 30, 2011…Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Kennedy High School Feb. 2, 2012…Helped lead the Dragons to a 27-7 overall record and a 14-0 league mark in 2011-12…Sacramento advanced to the CIF Division III semifinals, beating San Marin 72-34 in round two before eventually falling to Miramonte 71-64.
From coach Foster: "Casey Williams is a tough guard and comes from a great high school system. She's a good defender, she's strong, she's tough, and really fits the mold of the guards we have here now. She has great vision; she can play the one or the two. She's just a very versatile guard, her upside is incredible."
Chelsea Waddy • F/C • 6-1 • Rialto Carter High School, Calif.
Averaged 12.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game as a junior at Rialto Carter High School…Is a three-year varsity letter winner…Put up 18 double-digit scoring outings as a junior…Recorded 21 double-digit rebounding performances last season, including 10 consecutive 10+ rebound games from Nov. 30- Dec. 29, 2011…Led her team in points per game (12.9), total points (336), field goals made (114), Free throws made (104), free throws attempted (151), blocked shots per game (3.4), total blocked shots (89), rebounds per game (12.2), and total rebounds (317) last season.
From coach Foster: "Chelsea Waddy is definitely a sleeper. I don't know if a lot of people know about here yet, but she's a big body who is also quick on her feet. She has great hands, rebounds well and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. She'll enable us to stretch the floor as well. She's a great student and has tremendous upside. We're very excited about her."
Samantha Logan • G/F • 5-9 • Centennial High School, Calif.
Averaged 7.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals per game as a junior at Centennial High School...Is a three-year varsity letter winner...Led Centennial in rebounds per game (9.2) and total rebounds (240) last season…Put up 23 points (career high) and 16 rebounds Dec. 3, 2011 vs. Rialto High School…Recorded a career-high 25 rebounds Feb. 19, 2011 vs. California High School her sophomore year… Helped lead the Huskies to a CIF Division-I playoff birth both her sophomore and junior years, including a quarterfinal appearance two seasons ago.
Other Notes: Her father, Matt Logan is currently the head coach of Centennial High School's football team. Samantha played in one of Centennial's football games last October. She suited up at quarterback and completed a pass vs. Roosevelt High School in Centennial's annual "Pink Game" (The purpose of wearing pink was to raise awareness for breast cancer). Both her and the receiver she completed the pass to lost their mothers due to breast cancer. She has a goal of becoming the first ever female in California to throw a high school touchdown pass.
From coach Foster: "Samantha Logan is toughness personified. She's versatile, she can handle the ball, rebound; she's just always around the ball. She is coming from a program that's had a lot of Division-I players. Just a tough-nosed guard who can do a lot of things with the basketball."
Priscilla Brooks • C/F • 5-10 • JW North High School, Calif.
Averaged 15.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 1.7 steals as a junior at JW North High School…Is a one-year varsity letter winner… Recorded 26 double-digit scoring performances, including a streak 15 consecutive double-digit games…Pulled down double-digit rebounds 13 times last season…Recorded a career-high 26 rebounds March 10, 2012 vs. Monache High School…Put in a career-high 30 points Feb. 1, 2012 vs. Roosevelt High School…Helped lead JW North to a 31-6 overall record, 12-2 league mark, and a trip to the CIF Division-II championship game after the school totaled just four wins (one league win) a year ago.
From coach Foster: "Priscilla Brooks is just terrific. She started off as a point guard early on in her career, so she can really just do it all now. She can handle the ball and rebound. She has a great inside presence. One of the things we're excited about is the fact that we're going to be able to use her in a variety of ways. She's just a great physical player and rebounds with the best of them."
2012-13 Tip-Off Fundraiser a Success
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team hosted over 100 fans and raised money for the program at the team's third-annual Tip-Off Party and Fundraiser last Saturday night at the Student Pavilion on campus.
"It was a great evening and we really thank everyone who came out to support us," said head coach Marcia Foster. "We can't wait to make everyone proud."
The evening consisted of a raffle drawing, silent auction, fun dancing, and great food.
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.
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 second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) in addition to earning a Big West Honorable Mention...Olivier started her first game of the season Nov. 23 vs. Georgetown.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2012-13 women's basketball preview video featuring head coach Marcia Foster.
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 institutions 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.