Chase for Eighth Takes Titans to Northridge
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton (9-19, 5-11 Big West) enters the final week of the regular season with postseason aspirations, as it continues its chase for the eighth and final Big West Tournament slot at Cal State Northridge Thursday at 5 p.m. The Titans well then wrap-up the 2013 regular season at Hawai'i Saturday at 9 p.m.
There will be a live video feed available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Cal State Northridge. 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. Cal State Northridge. To access audio for the game 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.
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A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (9-19) vs. Cal State Northridge (13-15)
Overall Record 32-13*
Home Record 14-6
Away Record 16-6
Neutral Site Record 1-1
Longest Win Streak 18 games
Longest Losing Streak 4 games
Current Streak Lost 4
Record in Last 10 Meetings 2-8
March 30, 1971 at Northridge (W, 79-35)
Jan. 5, 2013 at Titan Gym (L, 56-55)
Last Meeting in Northridge
March 3, 2012 (L, 60-51)
*venue unkown for one game
Series Notes: Cal State Fullerton lost a heart breaker last time these two teams got together at Titan Gym. The Titans were down 56-53 with 10.8 seconds left to play in the game, Tailer Butler tried to fire up a game-tying trey, but it was blocked. Butler eventually got her own rebound and put up a layup as time expired, but it didn't matter, as the Titans needed three, not two. Chante Miles led the Titans with 11 points in the game, while Kathleen Iwuoha recorded a double-double, putting up 10 points and 13 rebounds...Fullerton's largest margin of victory over the Matadors came in the first ever meeting on March 30, 1971, where the Titans won 79-35 (44 points) at Northridge...the Titans' largest margin of defeat came in an 84-59 loss (25 points) Nov. 28, 2000 at Northridge...Fullerton has dropped four consecutive games in Northridge with its last win coming on Feb. 28, 2008 (55-45)....While Fullerton has dropped four consecutive games overall to Northridge, the Titans have lost each game by an average of just 5.5 points.
Notes on Northridge
Cal State Northridge (13-15, 7-9 Big West) limps into Thursday's contest currently sitting in sixth place in the Big West after losing five of its last six affairs. The Matadors are led by two-time Big West Player of the Week recipient Ashlee Guay, as she averages a team-leading 13.4 points per contest. Sophomore center Camille Mahlknecht serves as CSUN's leading rebounder, averaging 7.3 boards per game....the Matadors average 60.1 points per game while they give up 60.6 per contest...Northridge's 4.2 blocks per game ranks number one in the Big West and 68th nationally...the Titans and Matadors shared three non-conference opponents this year in Eastern Washington, San Jose State, and San Francisco. Each team went 2-1 vs. those schools...Northridge was picked to finish first in the Big West according to the conference's preseason poll.
Cal State Fullerton (9-19) vs. Hawai'i (15-12)
Overall Record 13-12
Home Record 7-7
Away Record 5-5
Neutral Site Record 1-0
Longest Win Streak 9 games
Longest Losing Streak 7 games
Current Streak Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 3-7
Dec. 17, 1983 in Fullerton (W, 64-45)
Jan. 3, 2013 at Titan Gym (W, 83-74)
Last Meeting at Hawai'i
Feb. 25, 1996 at Hawai'i (L, 86-61)
Series Notes: Last time these two schools met, Titan fans saw one for the ages, as Tailor Butler went for a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from three-point land as the Titans pulled off the upset, beating Hawai'i 83-74 at Titan Gym. Thursday will mark the 26th all-time meeting between these schools, and the first in Hawai'i since the 1995-96 season, which was also the final year of Hawai'i's first stint in the Big West...the Titans' largest margin of victory was a 66-46 win (20 points) Jan. 25, 1987 in Honolulu...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat came the last time the two schools played in Hawai'i, where the Titans lost 86-61 (25 points) on Feb. 25, 1996...the Titans have lost four of their last five games at Hawai'i
Hawai'i (15-12, 11-5 Big West) enters the regular season finale on a hot streak, as the club has won four of its last five contests. Junior forward Kamilah Martin does it all for the Rainbow Wahine, as she leads them in points (15.1 ppg) and rebounds (9.6 rpg). She also ranks third in the conference in both categories...Hawai'i averages 59.7 points per game while it surrenders 60.1 points on average...UH leads the Big West in defensive rebounding (32.7 rpg) and rebounding margin (+5.0)...the Titans and Rainbow Wahine shared one non-conference opponent this season in San Francisco. Fullerton beat the Dons, while Hawai'i did not....UH was picked to finish sixth in the Big West according to the conference's preseason poll.
Last Time Out For the Titans
Cal State Fullerton trailed just 33-32 at halftime, but the Titans connected on just 5-of-23 field goals in the second half, as Cal Poly eventually cruised to a 72-47 victory Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
For Fullerton (9-19, 5-11 Big West), the loss snapped what was a two-game win streak. However the Titans didn't lose any ground in the conference standings, as UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and UC Davis all lost earlier in the day. Fullerton and UCI are currently tied for the eighth spot in the conference, while UCD leads both teams by 1.5 games for the seventh seed and UCR sits in the conference cellar, as it trails both the Titans and Anteaters by one game for the eighth seed.
The win for Cal Poly (18-9, 12-4 Big West) marks its fifth straight win, as it stays just a half-game behind Pacific for the conference lead.
Chante Miles poured in a team-high 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. Alex Thomas was the only other Titan to score in double-figures, as she put up 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting from three-point land in the loss.
Molly Schlemer scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ariana Elegado also chipped in with 11 points and six assists for Cal Poly in the win.
The first half was closely contested throughout, as the half featured eight lead changes and five ties with no team owning more than a four-point lead until two Thomas free throws capped-off an 8-2 Titans scoring run to give Fullerton a 29-23 advantage with 2:58 left in the first half.
However, Cal Poly closed out the half on a 10-3 scoring run, including an Jonae Ervin steal and score at the buzzer, to give the Mustangs a slim 33-32 lead at intermission.
The Titans shot just 10-of-28 from the field for 35.7 percent in the half, but knocked down 9-of-11 first half free throws to keep Fullerton in the game up to that point.
The Titans came out ready to compete in the second half, as Kathleen Iwuoha immediately converted a three-point play to vault Fullerton back in front at 35-33 with just under a minute gone by in the period.
But the offense suddenly went ice cold for the Titans, while the Mustangs conversely shot 5-of-8 from three-point land and 14-of-30 overall in the second half to eventually take control of the game.
Cal Poly owned a lead as large as 28 points with 1:07 left to play in the game after Ale Kristen knocked down two free throws.
The Chase for Eighth
Cal State Fullerton is currently tied with UC Irvine for eighth in the Big West and leads UC Riverside by one game. If the season were to end today, the Titans would claim the final tournament spot, as their head-to-head record with UC Santa Barbara is better than UC Irvine's head-to-head record vs. UC Santa Barbara. Fullerton's remaining opponents have a combined conference record of 18-14. Here is a look at all three teams' remaining schedules:
Cal State Fullerton (5-11) UC Riverside (4-12) UC Irvine (5-11)
vs. CSUN (7-9) 0-1 h2h at UH (11-5) 0-1 h2h at Cal Poly (12-4) 0-1 h2h
at UH (11-5) 1-0 h2h at CSUN (7-9) 0-1 h2h at UCSB (9-7) 0-1 h2h
Fullerton has dropped 19 of its last 21 road games and 12 of its last 14 Big West road games going back to last season...the Titans are 2-12 away from Titan Gym this season. It's the worst 14-game start away from home since the 2005-06 season when Fullerton began 1-13.
Category Home games Road/ Neutral games
Average Points Per Game 58.9 ppg 49.7 ppg
Average Points Against 61.5 ppg 60.8 ppg
Field Goal Percentage 33.6% 29.1%
Good, Now Do it Again
Last time Fullerton was on the road it earned a 60-42 win over UC Davis on Feb. 23. The win snapped what was a five-game road losing streak...the Titans haven't won consecutive road contests since winning at UC Davis on Dec. 31, 2011 and then winning at Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 14, 2012...Fullerton hasn't won consecutive road conference games since defeating UC Davis on Jan. 27, 2007 and at UC Irvine Feb. 15, 2007.
Fullerton's Dynamic Duo
Guards Chante Miles and Alex Thomas have combined to score 34.2 percent (521/1521) of Fullerton's total points this season. The two have combined to score in double-figures in 26 games this season, which equals the amount of double-figure scoring games the rest of the team has combined. The duo scored 24 of the Titans' total 47 (51.1 percent) points last time out vs. Cal Poly.
Historic Night at Titan Gym
Cal State Fullerton's 46-38 victory over UC Santa Barbara last Thursday night snapped what was a 40-game losing streak to the Gauchos dating back to Feb. 26, 1995. The streak was the second longest active losing skid to a conference opponent in Divison-I women's basketball... the 38 points scored by UCSB was least amount of points a Fullerton opponent had scored since Dayton was held to just 33 points on Dec. 4, 1987....the 38 points scored was also the lowest point total recorded in any Big West game this season.
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 31.3 percent is 340th out of 343 teams nationally, while its three-point field goal percentage of 25.8 percent is ranked 252nd, and its 54.3 points per game in ranked 302nd nationally.
More Threes Please
Through 16 conference games Annie Park leads the Big West in three-point percentage, as she's connected on 21-of-49 treys for 42.9 percent thus far in league play. She also ranks seventh in three-pointers made per game in Big West play, as she averages 1.4 makes per contest.
Chante's Charity Work
Chante Miles has connected on 17 consecutive free throws with her last miss coming Feb. 21 at Pacific. Miles' 79.5 free throw percentage is sixth best in the Big West...Cal State Fullerton is 3-0 when shooting 80+ percent from the free throw line this season.
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 71 career blocks and 22 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 16 contests, six different Titans have led the team in scoring, with Miles being the leading scorer just four times... 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 (10.0 ppg), field goals made (3.4 pg), steals (1.6 spg) and minutes played (30.8). She's scored in double-digits in a team-leading eight of 16 league games so far this season.
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 4-12 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have five conference wins with still two league games left.
The Titans have had more offensive rebounds than the opponent in 23 of 28 games this season...Fullerton has been outscored in the paint in 20 of its last 26 games...the Titans have had at least two double-figure scorers in 12 of their last 18 games...the Titans have won or been equal with the opponent in second-chance points in 15 out of their last 18 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 12 separate times in 12 different games. The Titans are 2-10 in those games....Eight of them have been 10+ minute droughts. The Titans are 1-7 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, 12:03 at UC Irvine, and 10:21 vs. Cal Poly).
Eleven of 27 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 2-17 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 four 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 16 of her first 26 games played to start the season...Miles has scored 17+ points in six of 26 games played this season...Titans are just 1-9 when she fails to score in double figures...Miles currently leads the Titans in scoring (10.6 ppg), total points (276), field goals made (92), assists (3.0 apg), steals (2.1 spg), and minutes (31.5 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.