Titans Embark on Road Trip to New York
(All game times listed in pacific time)
Cal State Fullerton (0-2) looks to snap its two-game losing streak this week as the Titans head to the east coast to take on Albany and Columbia. The Titans will matchup against the Albany Great Danes (3-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. PT at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., and the Columbia Lions (1-2) on Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m PT at Francis S. Levien Gymnasium.
Watch it Live
There will be a live video feed available for both Cal State Fullerton games. 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 AmericaEast.TV on Wednesday and through the Ivy League network on Friday.
There will be live audio streaming available for Cal State Fullerton's game vs. Columbia. To access audio for the game visit www.fullertontitans.com, click the women's basketball schedule page then click the "audio" link. There will be no audio broadcast for the game versus Albany.
There will be live stats available for both games. 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 (0-2) vs. Albany (3-0)
The Titans and Great Dane's contest on Friday at SEFCU Arena will be the very first meeting between the two programs.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany enters the 2013-14 season looking to build off a successful 2012-13 campaign that saw the Great Danes finish with a 27-4 record (16-0 America East), an America East Conference Championship, and a first round NCAA Tournament berth. Albany is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Siena (69-42), Western Michigan (77-61), and Marist (69-59). The Great Danes were picked to repeat for the third consecutive season as America East Conference Champions in 2013-14. Albany is currently ranked #17 in the College Insider Women's Mid-Major Top 25. The Great Danes are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.
Albany is led by sophomore forward Shereesha Richards, who is averaging 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in the early going. Richards, the 2012-13 America East Co-Rookie of the year, was named the conference player of the week during the week of November 4-11. Junior Sarah Royals is averaging 15.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest this season.
Megan Craig, named to the preseason America East All-Conference team, will be another strong option inside for the Great Danes especially standing at 6-9. The New Zealand native has averaged 8.0 points per game and 3.3 rebounds in three games this season. The Great Danesare averaging 71.7 points this season, while shooting 49 percent from the field.
A Look at the Series...
Cal State Fullerton (0-2) vs. Columbia (1-2)
Overall Record: 1-2
Home Record: 1-2
Away Record: 0-0
Neutral Site Record: 0-0
Longest Win Streak: 1 game
Longest Losing Streak: 2 games
Current Streak: Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings: 1-2
Last Meeting: Dec. 31, 2012 at Fullerton (W, 61-49)
Series Note: Friday marks just the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton and Columbia met last season on New Year's Eve at Titan Gym with Cal State Fullerton taking the victory 61-49... The win snapped a two-game losing streak versus the Lions... the two teams have never played at Columbia...the Titans two losses versus the Lions have come by a combined 11 points... Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 61-49 (12 pts) win Dec. 31, 2012... Largest margin of defeat came in a 67-58 (nine points) loss Dec. 30, 2000 at Titan Gym. Fullerton's smallest margin of defeat was a 65-63 defeat Dec. 30, 2008 at Titan Gym.
Breaking Down the Lions
Columbia is under the direction of first-year head coach Stephanie Glance and enters Friday's matchup with a 1-2 mark on the year. The Lions average 71.3 points per game this season while they surrender an average of 79.0 points per game. Freshman guard Carolyn Binder leads Columbia in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game while junior guard Miwa Tachibana averages 13.3 points and 3.0 rebounds a game. Binder was name the Ivy League's rookie of the week last week.
The Lions are shooting 43 percent from the field this season and 39 percent from outside the arc. Columbia has players from 10 different states on their roster and return 10 total letterwinners from the 2012-13 season. Columbia was picked to finish last (eighth place) in the Ivy League coaches/media poll.
Cal State Fullerton has never played against an opponent from the America East Conference. The Titans are 1-2 (.333) all-time against Ivy League foes. Last season, the Titans claimed the programs' first win versus an Ivy League opponent when it defeated Columbia 61-49 on Dec. 31, 2012 at Titan Gym.
Last Time Out for the Titans
Early turnovers put Cal State Fullerton behind in the first half as they couldn't find an answer to stop Fresno State, dropping its second straight game to start the season, 68-57, at Titan Gym on Saturday (Nov. 16) afternoon.
Fullerton (0-2) was led by junior guard Chante Miles, who scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while picking up two steals and two assists. Redshirt sophomore Hailey King had 11 points and added six rebounds in the loss. Off the bench, junior forward Kathleen Iwuoha chipped in with nine points and four rebounds.
Fresno State (2-1) had four players reach double digits, and was led by Jacinta Vandenberg with 15 points. Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson each had 14 points, and off the bench Robin Draper added 11 points for the Bulldogs.
In the first half, turnovers were the story. Fullerton committed 16, which led to 23 points for the Bulldogs, as Fresno committed 11, yielding only nine points for Fullerton. Fresno State went on a 13-4 run late in the first half to push the lead to double digits.
In the second half, both teams traded hoops as the Titans limited their turnovers, but the deficit was too much to overcome, and Fullerton was only able to cut the lead down to nine points, after a pair of free-throws from Alex Thomas, with 12:52 left to play. Fullerton finished the game committing 21 turnovers, leading to 31 points for Fresno State.
The Titans finished the game shooting a season-high 44.7 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from three-point range. Each team finished with 29 rebounds.
Mya Olivier, a redshirt senior from Laguna Beach, Calif., will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season with a torn ACL, which she suffered in the second half against South Dakota on November 8.
The Empire State
When Cal State Fullerton plays Albany on Wednesday it will be the first time in the program's history that the Titans have played a game in New York.
On the Road
The Titans will play their first games away from Titan Gym this week. Last season, the Titans lost their road opener 76-72 to Nevada in Reno, Nev. The Titans are 3-7 in their last 10 road openers.
After two games Chante Miles has averaged 14 points per game, which leads all Titan players. Against South Dakota the Compton, Calif., native scored 12 points off the bench and versus Fresno State she scored 16 points in a starting role. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games and one 20-point game.
Setting New Records
Entering last Saturday's contest versus Fresno State redshirt sophomore Hailey King's career high in a game was six points, which she set against New Mexico on December 4, 2012, but the Solvang, Calif., native scored nine points to give her a new career best. She also set a new career best for rebounds in a game after grabbing six boards against the Bulldogs.
It's Early, but Still...
As of Nov. 18, Cal State Fullerton is second in the Big West in scoring defense per game (67.0 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.411), third in rebounding defense (36.5), and fifth in steals per game (8.5 spg).
Individuals in the Big West
After two games multiple Titans individually rank at the top of statistical categories for the Big West Conference. Junior Chante Miles is tied for third in steals (2.5 spg), 10th in assists (2.5 apg), tied for seventh in field goal percentage (.522), and 10th in scoring (14.0 ppg). Kathleen Iwuoha is ranked 3rd in field goal percentage (.588), and ninth in offensive rebounding (2.5 rpg). Senior Alex Thomas (34.5 mpg) and redshirt sophomore Hailey King (33.0 mpg) are third and fourth respectively in the conference in minutes played. Forward Natalie Williams is first in three-point percentage (1.000) and Tailer Butler is tied for fifth in blocks (1.0 bpg).
Close to a Career High
Kathleen Iwuoha's 14 points vs. South Dakota on Nov. 8 almost tied a career high for points in a single game. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native was one shy of her career high of 15 points, which she set on March 15, 2013. Iwuoha had five double-figure scoring games during the 2012-13 season.
Start of a New Era
Head Coach Daron Park begins his first stint as the head coach of Cal State Fullerton women's basketball. Park spent last season as the associate head coach at USC. Prior to USC, Park has coached as an associate and assistant at California, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, and Utah. In seven of his nine years as a coach his team has qualified for the NCAA tournament and three years his teams have reached the Elite Eight. Park enters his first season as a head coach and is the first male head coach in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history.
Breaking Down the Titans
Cal State Fullerton return all five starters and 11 letterwinners overall from last season's squad that finished 11-22 overall and 5-13 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 Pacific in the Big West Conference Semifinals, 54-51.
The Titans have stability with the return of Chante Miles who returns as the team's leading scorer (10.5 ppg). All-Big West Conference Tournament team honoree Mya Olivier returns for her senior season as one the team's leading rebounder (5.3 rpg) and scorers (7.2 ppg) from a season ago. Twenty-eight game starter Kathleen Iwuoha also returns looking to build off a solid sophomore campaign where she averaged 5.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Guard Alex Thomas will also provide an offensive threat after averaging 8.4 ppg last season. Annie Park heads into her second season after being named to the Big West's 2013 All-Freshman team in 2012.
Titans Tabbed 7th in Big West Media Poll
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2012-13 Big West Conference race according to a vote of league media members released by the conference office on Oct. 23.
The Titans received 59 points to finish just behind, UC Davis which was sixth with 72 points. Cal Poly managed to edge out Hawai'i as the favorite to take home the conference crown with 17 first place votes and 177 points overall. Hawai'i was tabbed second with 159 points (three first place votes), Cal State Northridge third with 121 points, Long Beach State fourth with 120 votes, UC Santa Barbara fifth with 100 points, UC Davis sixth with 72 points, UC Irvine with 54 points, and UC Riverside ninth with 38 points.
By the Numbers
Cal State Fullerton returns 91 percent of its 1,779 points scored, 91 percent of its rebounds, 90 percent of its field goals made, 68 percent of its free throws made, and 67 percent of its block shots from a season ago.
Hit Me Your Best Shot
Cal State Fullerton boasts a rigorous 13-game non-conference schedule that includes one road contest against No. 23 Iowa State, according to the AP Preseason Poll. The Titans first road test will come in New York to face off against Albany and Columbia. Later in the month, Fullerton travels to Northern California compete against Toledo and Alabama in the SMC Hilton Concord Classic. Six of the Titans' 13 non-conference affairs will be played away from Titan Gym.
All 13 players on the roster call California home and all are natives of Southern California.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans welcome two new faces to the squad for the 2013-14 season. Here is more on the true freshmen ready to make an impact for the team this season:
Straight From the Coach's Mouth
Be sure to visit www.fullertontitans.com and click on the women's basketball page to watch the 2013-14 women's basketball preview video featuring head coach Daron Park.
Chelsea Waddy • F/C • 6-1 • Rialto Carter High School, Calif.
Was a four-year letterwinning forward for the Rialto Carter High School basketball program, also played varsity tennis for four seasons...earned all-league honorable mention honors all four years...made Second-Team All-League for basketball her sophomore season...earned First-Team All-League honors and was named team MVP for basketball both her junior and senior seasons.
Samantha Logan • G/F • 5-9 • Centennial High School, Calif.
Played four seasons for the Centennial basketball team, two seasons of softball, and even a season of football her senior year...she broke the school record for most rebounds in a game (25)...her junior year she earned the coach's excellence award and First Team All-League honors...her senior season she earned the coach's excellence award, made First Team All-League, named MVP in all three tournaments Centennial played in, and made Third Team All-County
Join the "Tipoff Club
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program invites fans and supporters of the Titans to join the "Tipoff Club," a club created to allow fans to become engaged specifically with the Fullerton women's basketball team. Membership benefits include an opportunity to support and improve the quality of the program, a regular newsletter with insights from the coaching staff, a lanyard to gain access to select pregame chalk talks, and an invitation to participate in special events with the team.
For more information or to make a gift to the women's basketball team and become a member of the "Tipoff Club," please make a gift by visiting: https://giving.fullerton.edu/giving/giving.aspx?szAccount_no=95993
Incoming Recruits for 2014-15
Head coach Daron Park announced that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton. Lakyn Gulley, Dashayla Johnson, Portia Neale, and Daeja Smith will enroll at Cal State Fullerton at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic school year.
Lakyn Gulley | G| 5-7 | South Side High School | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Three-year varsity starter for South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind...averaged 7.3 points, 2.0 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game as a junior...during her junior year, Gulley helped lead the Archers to a 24-4 overall record, a perfect 10-0 league mark, and a trip to the Indiana State Championship game before eventually falling to Bedford North Lawrence 54-51…recorded a career-high 18 points when she knocked down 6-for-7 from three-point range vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury on Nov. 28, 2012…contributed a career-high six steals vs. Fort Wayne Bishop on Dec. 27, 2012…named to the 2012 all-conference team...had eight double-digit scoring games and 15 games with at least two three-point field goals…plays for Pal Elite Fort Wayne AAU team.
Dashayla Johnson| G| 5-8 | Tulare Western High School |Tulare, Calif.
Averaged 24.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 2.6 steals per per game as a junior at Tulare Western High School before suffering a foot injury that ended her season…is a three-year varsity letter winner…scored a season-high 37 points: once against Hoover High School (12/5/2012), and second vs. Bullard High School (12/6/2012)...recorded 15 double-digit scoring outings as a junior, including 12 games with at least 20 points…helped lead the Mustangs to a 20-9 overall record and 7-3 mark in league play in 2012-13...in 67 career high school games, Johnson has averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 5.0 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game...during her sophomore campaign, she was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Basketball third team after averaging 24.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 5.5 steals per game.
Portia Neale| G| 5-9 | Clovis West High School |Fresno, Calif.
Three-year varsity letter winner for Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif…averaged 11.4 points per game while being named to the CIF Central Section Team as well as the All-Fresno Bee Girls Outstanding Defensive Player as a junior...helped lead the Golden Eagles to a CIF Central Section title during her junior season after a 23-6 overall record and an undefeated (10-0) conference mark...during Clovis West's playoff run, Neale's defensive presence helped the Golden Eagles knock off two-year defending Section Division I champion Hanford (57-39) in the semifinals, and top-seeded Stockdale (53-38) for the title…produced 17 double-digit scoring games…Tri-Rivers League honorable mention during her sophomore campaign.
Daeja Smith| F/C| 6-3 | Etiwanda High School |Etiwanda, Calif.
Averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds (2.75 offensive rebounds) in 28 games as a junior at Etiwanda School…a two-year varsity letter winner…recorded seven double-digit scoring performances…pulled down 129 rebounds last season…poured in a career-high 21 points on Nov. 30, 2012 vs. Carter High School after shooting 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from three-point range…recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Rancho Cucamonga...helped lead Etiwanda to a 28-4 overall record, 14-3 league mark, and a trip to the CIF Division I championship game.