ATLANTA— The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday afternoon that it has selected Cal State Fullerton as one of four finalists for the Russell Athletic "Together We R" team award.
In the award's second year, the "Together We R" team award honors programs that have strived to succeed in the face of adversity, overcoming extraordinary circumstances such as an unforeseen team crisis, barrier or unfortunate situation that caused extra stress. The team must exemplify strong commitment to core values of togetherness, courage, unparalleled work ethic and heart, and must personify the "Together We R" belief that teams are stronger than individuals.
The Titans suffered a tragic loss earlier this basketball season, as they lost assistant coach Monica Quan, who was murdered along with her fiancée just over a month ago.
"I can't begin to tell you what it's been like to lead a normal life right now as a basketball family," said head coach Marcia Foster. "Everyone knows how important it is for all of us to be together and be on the same page. We do so much as a unit and the loss of Monica has shaken all of us to the core."
Despite playing with heavy hearts, Fullerton has managed to persevere and come together as a team. Just two weeks ago the Titans defeated UC Santa Barbara to snap what was a 40-game losing streak to the Gauchos that went back over 18 years. Fullerton has also clinched its 12th consecutive trip to the Big West Tournament.
Along with Cal State Fullerton, three other schools have been nominated for this award: Ocean County College, Purdue University, and the University of Oklahoma
Starting today, WBCA members and fans alike can vote by "liking" the video for the team they think is most deserving of the award on the WBCA's YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/user/WBCABasketball). The fans' choice, determined by the video receiving the most "likes," will receive one additional vote when the selection committee chooses the winner. Voting ends at 5 p.m. ET Friday, March 15.
Cal State Fullerton's Submission Video