Titans Enter Final Regular Season Homestand Vying for Playoff Spot
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton (8-18, 4-10 Big West) enters the final homestand of the regular season vying for that final conference tournament spot when it takes on UC Santa Barbara this Thursday on "Pink Night" at 5:30 p.m. in Titan Gym. The Titans then round out the regular season, when they welcome in Cal Poly, Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on senior day.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's games vs. UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. 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. UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. 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. UC Santa Barbara. To access live stats for the games 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 (8-18) vs. UC Santa Barbara (12-14)
Overall Record 22-47
Home Record 12-18
Away Record 8-23
Neutral Site Record 2-6
Longest Win Streak 16 games
Longest Losing Streak 40 games
Current Streak Lost 40
Record in Last 10 Meetings 0-10
Feb. 5, 1971 at Santa Barbara (W, 77-31)
Feb. 2, 2013 at Santa Barbara (L, 60-50)
Last Meeting in Fullerton
Jan. 7, 2012 at Fullerton (L, 39-37)
Series Notes: In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Titans rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to eventually tie the game at 44-44 with 7:07 left to play in the game thanks to Lauren Bushong's nine-point second half performance. However, Fullerton eventually fell to UCSB 60-50. Bushong scored a team-high 11 points for the game, while Kathleen Iwuoha nearly had herself a double-double, as she went for 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss....Fullerton has defeated UCSB by 46 points twice, equaling the Titans' largest margin of victory over the Gauchos. Fullerton defeated UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara 77-31 on Feb. 5, 1971 and again 84-38 in Fullerton on Jan. 9, 1776. Those also happened to be the first two ever meetings between the two schools...the Titans' largest margin of defeat came 79-24 (55 points) on Feb. 21, 2001 in Santa Barbara...the Titans are currently riding their longest ever overall losing streak to UCSB (40 games) and haven't defeated the Gauchos in Fullerton since an 89-86 victory on Feb. 26, 1995 (17 straight defeats)...the Titans' .319 all-time winning percentage vs. UCSB is Fullerton's lowest winning percentage vs. any current Big West opponent.
Scouting the Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara (12-14, 8-6 Big West) enters Thursday playing solid basketball, as its won four of its last six contests...the Gauchos are led by four-time Big West Player of the Week Sweets Underwood, as she leads the team in both points (12.3 ppg) and rebounds (9.3 rpg). Junior guard Nicole Nesbit serves as UCSB's second-leading scorer, putting up 9.9 points per game....the Gauchos 54.0 point allowed per game ranked as the best in the Big West and the 32nd best nationally. On the flip side, the Gauchos average just 52.0 points per game, the least amount in the Big West and 326th out of 343 D-I teams...the Titans and Gauchos shared two common non-conference opponents this season in Oregon State and Loyola Marymount. The Titans went 0-2 while UCSB went 1-1...UC Santa Barbara was picked to finish third in the Big West's preseason poll.
Cal State Fullerton (7-12) vs. Cal Poly (10-8)
Overall Record 25-22
Home Record 16-6
Away Record 7-16
Neutral Site Record 2-0
Longest Win Streak 12 games
Longest Losing Streak 7 games
Current Streak Lost 7
Record in Last 10 Meetings 1-9
Feb. 1, 1970 in Fullerton (W, 66-31)
Jan. 31, 2013 at Cal Poly (L, 78-40)
Last Meeting in Fullerton
Feb. 11, 2012 at Titan Gym (L, 66-48)
Series Notes: In the first meting this season, the Titans ran into trouble from the very beginning, as Cal Poly shot 57 percent for the game to upend Fullerton 78-40. Fullerton failed to record a player in double-figures, as Annie park led the team in scoring with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Molly Schlemer poured in a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win for Cal Poly... Fullerton's largest margin of victory vs. Cal Poly came in a 90-18 (72 points) win on Jan. 25, 1975 in Fullerton...the Titans' largest margin of defeat came in a 94-55 loss (39 points) on Feb. 4, 2000 in San Luis Obispo...Cal State Fullerton is in the midst of its longest ever losing streak to Cal Poly at seven games (Last win Feb. 25, 2010, 70-63 in Fullerton)...Fullerton has also dropped three straight home games to Cal Poly...Cal Poly is just one of three Big West teams the Titans have an all-time winning record against (Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge the other two).
More on the Mustangs
Cal Poly (16-9, 10-4 Big West) enters Saturday just a half game back of the conference lead, after winning three in a row and six of its last seven games....the Mustangs sport three players who average double-figures in points scored in junior center Molly Schlemer (12.6 ppg), sophomore guard Ariana Elegado (11.8 ppg), and senior forward Brittany Woodard (10.6 ppg). Senior guard Kayla Griffin leads the Mustangs in rebounding, as she grabs 7.2 per contest...Cal Poly averages 67.5 points per game while it gives up 64.6 points per contest...the Mustangs lead the conference in defensive rebounding (27.0) and assists (16.6) per game...the Mustangs and Titans shared four non-conference opponents this season in Oregon State, Nevada, San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount. Cal Poly went 3-1 while the Titans went 1-3 vs. those same teams...Cal Poly was picked to finish fourth in the Big West's preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton forced a season-high 30 turnovers and poured in 42 second-half points on 16-of-34 shooting, as the Titans rallied and eventually raced past UC Davis, 60-42, last Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion.
The Titans trailed by as many nine points in the second half before launching a 15-5 scoring run to claim its first lead of the day at 33-32 with 10:17 left in the game after a Xava Grooms lay-up. Fullerton never relinquished the lead after that, as it went on to outscore UC Davis 27-10 the rest of the way en route to key road victory, which snapped what was a season-high nine-game losing streak.
For Fullerton (8-18, 4-10 Big West), the win put it just one game back of the final Big West Tournament spot with four games to play after UC Riverside (11-14, 4-10 Big West) fell to Pacific (21-6, 11-4 Big West) earlier in the day, while UC Irvine (9-17, 5-9 Big West), the current eighth seed, stayed idle Saturday.
The Titans were led by Annie Park's team-high 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, while Alex Thomas collected a team-high seven rebounds and put up 10 points of her own. Chante Miles went a stellar 9-of-9 from the free throw line and scored 11 points for her 14th double-figure scoring game of the season.
More Than a Win at UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton's 60-42 win at UC Davis last Saturday snapped what was a season-high nine-game losing skid (the longest since also dropping nine straight during the 2007-08 season)... Fullerton also snapped what was a five-game road losing streak dating back to a 54-49 win at UC Riverside on Jan. 12, 2013…the win also ended a two-game losing streak to the Aggies, but marked Titans' third consecutive win at UC Davis dating back to Dec. 31, 2010...the 42 points surrendered Saturday was the least amount of points Fullerton had surrendered in a game since Jan. 7, 2012 when the Titans gave up just 39 points to UC Santa Barbara…the 18-point win was Fullerton's largest margin of victory since a 94-75 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 11, 2012...the win marked school's largest conference win since defeating UC Riverside 66-43 on Feb. 22, 2012…the victory also signified the Titans' largest road win since toppling Sacramento State 90-68 Nov. 15, 2009….Fullerton's 56-36 lead with 2:11 left to play was the Titans' largest lead at any point in a game since also leading by 20 on Jan. 17, 2013 vs. UC Irvine.
The Chase for Eighth
Cal State Fullerton is tied with UC Riverside for ninth place in the Big West and trails UC Irvine by 1.0 game for the eighth and final conference tournament spot. The Titans final four opponents have a combined record of 35-23.
Cal State Fullerton's current 40-game losing streak to UC Santa Barbara is the second longest active losing streak to a conference opponent in Divison-I. Stanford currently owns the longest streak with 53 straight wins over Washington State....Fullerton is a combined 0-47 in its last 47 meetings with Cal Poly and UCSB. The Titans have dropped a combined 20 straight contests vs. Cal Poly and UCSB at Titan Gym.
It's Better at the Top
The Titans took a 33-32 lead over UC Davis last Saturday afternoon at the 10:17 mark of the second half. It was Fullerton's first lead in 70 minutes and 26 seconds of basketball action...Over the last two games, Cal State Fullerton has been outscored 22-0 over a span of 10 minutes and 43 seconds before the Titans have scored their first points of the game.
Forcing the Issue
Cal State Fullerton 23 points scored off of 30 forced UC Davis turnovers last Saturday. The 30 forced turnovers were the most the Titans have caused since Fullerton made Cal State Northridge cough it off 30 times Jan. 25, 2012. This all coming after the TItans committed a season-high 33 turnovers themselves last Thursday at Pacific.
Everything but the Finish
In the game of basketball, sometimes you can do everything right, but if you don't put the ball in the basket, you're going to have a tough time winning the game. While the Titans rank in the top four in the conference in six separate categories, scoring is not one of them, as the Titans rank ninth in scoring offense, 10th in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Fullerton's season field goal percentage of 31.6 percent is 340th out of 343 teams nationally, while its three-point field goal percentage of 26.1 percent is ranked 250th, and its 54.9 points per game in ranked 294th nationally.
Time to Take Back the Gym
Cal State Fullerton's last four home games have been uncharacteristic to say the least. It's dropped its last four home games by a combined 79 points and by an average of 19.8 points per game. Before the four-game home slide, Fullerton was 6-2 at home this season. The Titans have dropped three home games by a combined four points this season...Six of eight 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 4 Home Games
Average Points Per Game 66.5 ppg 50.0 ppg
Average Points Against 59.3 ppg 69.3 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 36.7% 28.4%
Average Turnovers Per Game 17.1 18.4
Average Turnovers Forced 19.3 15.9
More Threes Please
Through 14 conference games Annie Park leads the Big West in three-point percentage, as she's connected on 20-of-42 treys for 47.6 percent thus far in league play. She also ranks seventh in three-pointers made per game in Big West play, as she averages 1.5 makes per contest....Annie Park has led the Titans in scoring in three of the last five games.
Two Halves Don't Make a Whole
Over their last two second halves the Titans have shot 26-of-60 for 43.3 percent from the field for an average of 34.5 points per half. Conversely, Fullerton has shot 16-of-39 in its last two first halves for just 32.6 percent and average of 20.5 points per half.
Bushong's Block Party
With her one block on Feb. 14 vs. Long Beach State, Lauren Bushong moved into third place on Cal State Fullerton's all-time blocks list. She currently has 69 career blocks and 20 swats on the season.
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 14 contests, six different Titans have led the team in scoring, with Miles being the leading scorer just twice... Alex Thomas, Annie Park and Chante Miles are the only Titans to have led the team in scoring in back-to-back games this year.
The Amazing Alex
During Big West play, Alex Thomas leads the Titans in scoring (9.9 ppg), field goals made (3.4 pg), free throws attempted (3.6 pg), steals (1.5 spg), and minutes played (30.6). She's scored in double-digits in a team-leading six of 14 league games so far this season.
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have four conference wins with still four league games left.
The Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 22 of 26 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 19 of its last 24 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scorers in 10 of their last 16 games...the Titans have won or been equal with the opponent in second-chance points in 14 out of their last 16 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 11 separate times in 11 different games. The Titans are 2-9 in those games....Seven of them have been 10+ minute droughts. The Titans are 1-6 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, 10:25 at UC Santa Barbara, and12:03 at UC Irvine).
Eleven of 26 games this season have been decided by six points or less. Fullerton is just 3-8 in those contests...Five games have been decided by two points or less, the Titans are 1-4 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 7-2 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-16 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 5-0 when scoring between 60 and 65 points this season...the Titans are also 4-1 when shooting between 40-49.9 percent this season.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used 13 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 14 of her first 24 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 24 games played this season...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (10.5 ppg), total points (251), field goals made (84), assists (3.0 apg), steals (2.2 spg), and minutes (31.4 mpg).
Cleaning Up the Mess
Kathleen Iwuoha is making her presence felt on the glass this season. She currently leads the team in overall rebounding (7.2 rpg), offensive rebounding (3.2 rpg), and defensive rebounding (4.0 rpg). Her overall rebounding ranks seventh 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.
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.