Titans Aim to Get Back in Big West Mix With Games vs. Long Beach State; at UC Irvine
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. Long Beach State and at UC Irvine . To access video for the games 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 games vs. Long Beach State and at UC Irvine. To access audio for the games visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. Patrick Alog will be providing play-by-play, while Gurajpalpreet Sangha will serve as the color commentator.
There will be live stats available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. Long Beach State and at UC Irvine. 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 (7-15) vs. Long Beach State (12-11)
Overall Record 33-61*
Home Record 17-27
Away Record 11-31
Neutral Site Record 4-3
Longest Win Streak 15 games
Longest Losing Streak 26 games
Current Streak Loss 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 7-3
March 17, 1970 in Fullerton (W, 53-37)
Jan. 19, 2013 at Long Beach State (L, 45-39)
Last Meeting in Fullerton
Jan. 22, 1998 at Titan Gym (61-59)
*Venue unknown for one game
Series Notes: The first meeting between these two schools this year came down to the final minutes, but Cal State Fullerton eventually fell by the final 45-39. Alex Thomas scored a career-high 20 points while Kathleen Iwuoha grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in the loss. The loss was the first of what has turned into a current six-game losing streak...the Titans largest margin of victory vs. Long Beach State came on April 11,1970 in an 88-45 (43 points) win in Fullerton...the Titans have twice lost by 49 points, equaling Fullerton's largest margin of defeat. It happened in a 91-42 loss on Jan. 22, 1999 at Long Beach and a 94-45 defeat Feb. 11, 2001 at Titan Gym...Fullerton has won three consecutive and six of its last seven homes games vs. the 49ers.
Looking at Long Beach
Long Beach State (12-11, 5-6 Big West) enters Thursday in sixth place in the conference, but only three games out of the league's top spot. The 49ers are led by sophomore guard Alex Sanchez, who averages a team-leading 10.3 points per game. Sophomore center Devin Hudson also creates a problem down low, averaging a team-leading 7.7 rebounders per game, while also putting in 8.7 points per contest. She went for 17 points and 14 rebounds last time the two schools met in January...Long Beach State averages 60.3 points per game while it surrenders 61.1 per contest....the 49ers average a conference best 4.5 blocks per game...Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State shared three common non-conference opponents this season in Sacramento State, Loyola Marymount, and Columbia. Both beat Sacramento State and Columbia, but lost to Loyola Marymount...Long Beach State was picked to finish fifth in the Big West according to the conference's preseason poll.
Cal State Fullerton (7-15) vs. UC Irvine (6-17)
Overall Record 33-33
Home Record 18-12
Away Record 12-19
Neutral Site Record 3-2
Longest Win Streak 9 games
Longest Losing Streak 14 games
Current Streak Loss 2
Record in Last 10 Meetings 7-3
Nov. 21, 1980 at Irvine (L, 73-62)
Jan.17, 2013 (W, 65-51)
Last Meeting in Irvine
Jan. 18, 2012 (L, 73-68)
Series Notes: Last time these two schools met, guards Annie Park and Alex Thomas led the Titans to a convincing 65-51 victory over UC Irvine. Thomas scored 18 points while Park scored 13 in her first ever collegiate start...Fullerton's largest margin of victory came Jan. 3, 2009 in a 76-49 (27 points) win over UCI at Titan Gym...CSF's largest margin of defeat came on Jan. 27, 2001 in an 84-46 (38 points) loss at Titan Gym...Fullerton has dropped four consecutive games in Irvine....Five of Fullerton's last six losses overall to UCI have come by eight points or less...the Titans have averaged nearly 71 points per game over their last 16 contests vs. UCI. Fullerton has only scored less than 60 points twice during that span.
Analyzing the Anteaters
UC Irvine (6-17, 2-9 Big West) limps into the matchup sitting in the cellar of the conference, but winners of two of its last three games. The Anteaters are led by junior forward Camille Buckley, who nearly averages a double-double per game. Her 11.2 points and nine rebounds per game lead the team. Junior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto is the only other Anteater to average double figures in the scoring column. She puts in 10.8 points per contest....UC Irvine averages 55.6 points per contest, while it surrenders 63.1 points per game. The 55.6 points per game is the second lowest in the conference and 288th in the nation...the Titans and Anteaters only shared one non-conference opponent. Both squads lost to Nevada...UC Irvine was picked to finish ninth in the conference's preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
At the end of the day it was UC Riverside taking home a 64-45 victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym. But for the Titans and the Fullerton community, the day had far greater meaning than just another basketball game.
Tears were shed and hugs were embraced as the Titans played their first game without assistant coach Monica Quan's reassuring presence on the sideline.
"My kids played their hearts out today," said head coach Marcia Foster. "It was really hard to get out there because a part of our family was missing."
After an emotional moment of silence before the national anthem, it was finally time for basketball.
The day's emotions visibly affected both sides early on, as both teams went a combined 0-for-8 from the field to start before UC Riverside's Tre'Shonti Nottingham opened things up with a lay-up at the 17:59 mark of the first half.
Nottingham went on to score 12 of UCR's 30 first half points, as she eventually ended up with a game-high 23 for the afternoon.
The Highlanders led wire-to-wire, but Fullerton was able to keep things close in the first half, thanks to Annie Park's three first half treys. Park ended up pouring in a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point land for the game.
Despite shooting under 26 percent for the first half, the Titans trailed UC Riverside just 30-24 at the midway point.
The Highlanders came out in the second half looking to finish the Titans off for good, after Nottingham pulled up and connected on a long trey to put UC Riverside up 39-27 with 15:12 to play.
But, Fullerton refused to give in, as the Titans outscored UCR 10-4 over the next three-plus minutes to cut the UC Riverside lead to 43-37, after Park nailed one of her career-high five three-pointers with 12:12 left to play.
However, the Titans were unable to sustain the offense for much longer, as the Highlanders outscored Fullerton 21-8 the rest of the way.
For just the sixth time this season, Fullerton lost the turnover battle, as it had 22 giveaways compared to UCR's 11.
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team will play the remainder of the 2012-13 season without assistant coach Monica Quan after her life was taken on Feb. 3, 2013. Quan was a loved and valued member of the Titan athletic family. She will be deeply missed.
"A really bright light was put out way too soon — someone whose passion was impacting young women with the game of basketball. As an assistant, she was someone I counted on to tell me the truth. I loved that about her; I loved her work ethic and her passion for life. We are going to have some work to do because too many young women have been affected by this," said head coach Marcia Foster on the passing.
Feeling the Love
The crowd of 495 at Titan Gym last Saturday was the largest crowd for a Cal State Fullerton women's basketball home game since the gym held 590 on Nov. 30, 2007 vs. USC.
Stop the Streaking!
It started with Long Beach State and the Titans hope it ends with Long Beach State. Fullerton has dropped six straight games, all beginning with a 45-39 loss on Jan. 19 vs. Long Beach State. (Last win was a 65-51 victory Jan. 17 vs. UC Irvine). This is the Titans' second losing streak that has reached six games or more this season. It's the first time Fullerton has had two separate losing skids this long since the Titans had two separate losing streaks of nine and seven games during the 2001-02 season.
After scoring in double-figures in 12 of her first 14 games played this season, Titan leading scorer Chante Miles has failed to score in double-figures in her last six games. The Titans are 0-8 this season when she fails to record double-digit points. Her last double-digit scoring game was Jan. 5 vs. Cal State Northridge.
Time to Take Back the Gym
Cal State Fullerton's last three home games have been uncharacteristic to say the least. It's dropped its last three home games by a combined 75 points and by an average of 25 points per game. Before the three-game home slide, Fullerton was 6-2 at home this season, with both losses coming by a combined two points...Six of seven wins this season have come at Titan Gym...nearly 69 percent of the Titans' total wins since the 2005-06 season have come at home.
Category First 8 Home Games/ Last 3 Home Games
Average Points Per Game 66.5 ppg 48.0 ppg
Average Points Against 59.3 ppg 73 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 36.7% 28.4%
Average Turnovers Per Game 17.1 20.3
Average Turnovers Forced 19.3 14.3
More Threes Please
Through 10 conference games Annie Park leads the Big West in three-point percentage, as she's connected on 14-of-27 treys for 51.9 percent thus far in league play. She also ranks eighth in three-pointers made per game in Big West play, as she averages 1.6 makes per contest....the five three pointers she connected on last Saturday vs. UC Riverside were the second most a Titan has made this season (Tailer Butler seven threes made Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i)...Park's 17 points scored and five treys made also set new career highs.
Bushong's Block Party
With her one block last Saturday vs. UC Riverside, Lauren Bushong is now tied with Heather Hansen for third on the school's all-time block list. She currently has 67 career blocks. Her next will move her into third all by herself.
Riding the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in eight of the first 12 games to start the season. However, over the past 10 contests, six different Titans have led the team in scoring (Tailer Butler 27 points vs. Hawai'i, Chante Miles 11 points vs. Cal State Northridge, Lauren Bushong 14 points at UC Riverside, Alex Thomas 18 points vs. UC Irvine, Alex Thomas 20 points at Long Beach State, Alex Thomas 9 points vs. UC Davis, Brianna Barfield 12 points vs. Pacific, Annie Park 8 points at Cal Poly, Lauren Bushong 11 points at UC Santa Barbara, Annie Park 17 vs. UC Riverside). Alex Thomas and Chante Miles are the only Titans to have led the team in scoring in back-to-back games this year.
Fullerton has dropped 17 of its last 18 road games and 10 of its last 11 Big West road games going back to last season...the Titans are 1-10 away from Titan Gym this season. It's the worst 11-game start away from home since the 2005-06 season when Fullerton lost its first 11 games away from home.
Category Home games Road/ Neutral site games
Average Points Per Game 61.5 ppg 49.7 ppg
Average Points Against 63.0 ppg 62.3 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 34.6% 27.9%
The Amazing Alex
Alex Thomas leads the Titans in scoring during Big West play, averaging 10.2 points per game. She's scored in double-figures in three of her last eight games after posting just three double-figure scoring contests in the 14 games previous.
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have three conference wins with still eight league games to play.
Fullerton has committed more turnovers than the opponent in four straight contests..the Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 18 of 22 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 17 of its last 20 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scorers in eight of their last 12 games...Titans have won the second-chance points battle in 10 out of their last 12 games.
Is There a Lid on This Thing?
Over the course of the season, Cal State Fullerton has had field goal droughts of eight minutes or more 10 separate times in 10 different games. The Titans are 2-8 in those games....Six of them have been 10+ minute droughts. The Titans are 1-5 in those games. (8:15 vs. Eastern Washington, 8:28 at New Mexico, 10:48 at Gonzaga, 8:44 at Oregon State, 10:26 vs. Columbia, 12:56 vs. Cal State Northridge, 9:55 at UC Riverside, 13:52 at Long Beach State, 11:21 vs. UC Davis, and 10:25 at UC Santa Barbara)
Nine of 22 games this season have been decided by six points or less. Fullerton is just 3-6 in those contests...Four games have been decided by two points or less, the Titans are 1-3 in those games...in the six 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).
Living Pretty in the 60's
The Titans are 6-2 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-13 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 4-0 when scoring between 60 and 65 points this season...the Titans are also 4-0 when shooting between 40-49.9 percent this season.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used 11 different starting lineups and has only sent out the same starting five in consecutive games three times this season...No Titan has started in every game this season.
Miles Ahead of the Rest
Chante Miles has scored in double-figures in 12 of her first 20 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 20 games played this season...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (10.7 ppg), total points (214), field goals made (73), assists (3.3 apg), steals (2.2 spg), and minutes (31.5 mpg)...She has failed to record a double-digit scoring game since Jan. 5 vs. Cal State Northridge.
Cleaning Up the Mess
Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt on the glass this season. She currently leads the team in overall rebounding (7.1 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg), and defensive rebounding (3.9 rpg). Her overall rebounding ranks ninth in the conference while her offensive rebounding ranks fifth.
Tailer Butler's 27 points scored on Jan. 3 vs. Hawai'i was the most by any Titan since Megan Richardson also posted 27 points Dec. 12, 2011 vs. San Jose State...Butler's 27 points were also the most points any Titan had produced off the bench since Lauren Chow scored 28 points Nov. 17, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 were members 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.