Titans Head to Boise State Looking to Extend Win Streak
Cal State Fullerton looks to build on its winning streak, as it closes out 2013 with a non-conference game in Boise, Idaho at Boise State Sunday, December 29 at 1 p.m (PT).
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Cal State Fullerton (3-8) vs. Boise State (4-6)
Neutral Site Record...0-0
Longest Win Streak...N/A
Longest Losing Streak...6 games
Current Streak...Loss 6
Record in Last 10 Meetings...0-6
Last Meeting....Mar. 1, 2001 at Fullerton, Calif. (L, 78-63)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
03.01.01 Fullerton, Calif. L 78-63
02.02.01 Boise, Idaho L 68-55
01.21.00 Boise, Idaho L 90-55
01.17.99 Fullerton, Calif. L 80-58
01.18.98 Boise, Idaho L 71-56
Series Note: Sunday marks the seventh meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... The Titans have lost all six prior contests against the Broncos... this will be the first non-conference matchup between the two schools as Boise State was part of the Big West until 201... the two schools haven't met since the '00-01 season..Boise State's largest margin of victory was a 90-55 (35 pts) win Jan. 21, 2000 at Boise State.
Scouting the Broncos
Boise State enters the 2013-14 season looking to build off a 2012-13 campaign that saw the Broncos finish with a 11-19 record (4-12 MWC). Boise State is off to a 4-6 start and has dropped its last three contests. The Broncos were picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West Conference in 2013-14.
The Broncos are under the direction of ninth-year head coach Gordy Presnell. Boise State is led by sophomore forward Miquelle Askew, who is averaging 14.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore forward Lexie Der has contributed 12.6 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Freshman guard Yaiza Rodriguez will be another strong option for the Broncos. The Barcelona, Spain native has averaged 10.0 points per game and 3.1 assists. Boise State is averaging 72.5 points this season, while allowing 75.8 points per game. The Broncos are shooting 39 percent from the field and 29 percent from behind the arc.
The Titans are 49-69 (.415) all-time against Mountain West Conference foes. The Titans previously lost to Mountain West opponent Fresno State 68-57 earlier this season (Nov. 16) at Titan Gym.
Last Time Out for the Titans
Junior guard Chante Miles poured in a career high 22 points and knocked down four three-pointers, helping lift Cal State Fullerton over New Mexico State 63-52 at Titan Gym on Monday night.
The Compton, Calif., native recorded her third 20-point performance off the season, as she scored 15 of her 22 in the first half. Miles had the hot hand throughout the night as she connected on 4-of-5 shots from behind the arc. Fullerton (3-8) also received a double digit scoring figure from junior forward Kathleen Iwuoha who added 14 points and a season high nine rebounds.
New Mexico State (3-8) was led by freshman guard Vanessa Garner, who scored 15 points. Sophomore guard Sasha Weber matched Mile's performance from three-point distance as she also knocked down 4-of-6 three-pointers, to finish with 14 points on the night. Freshman guard Moriah Mack added in seven points and seven rebounds in the loss.
The Titans and Aggies both had slow start to begin the game, but Samantha Logan's three-pointer and Hailey King's old fashion three-point play gave Fullerton an early 10-4 advantage with 17:04 remaining in the half. After falling behind early, New Mexico State answered with a 12-2 run over the next six minutes helping the Aggies gain a four point lead, 16-12.
Fullerton quickly regained the lead after a 10-0 run, which was fueled by two three-pointers by Miles, who extended the Titan lead to 21-16. After taking the lead both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half and the teams entered halftime with Fullerton leading New Mexico State, 37-21, due to 15 first-half points from Miles, who shot 6-of-10 from the field and a flawless 3-of-3 from the three-point range in the first 20 minutes.
Despite the slow start, as a team Cal State Fullerton had a .542 shooting percentage, while the Aggies knocked down 48 percent (12-of-25) of their opportunities. Iwuoha also added 11 points (4-of-6) and five rebounds in the half.
The Titans came out of intermission just like the start of the game and allowed the Aggies to tie the game up at 38 with 17:31 remaining. One minute later, Miles continued her hot shooting in the second half and converted her career best fourth three-pointer to keep the Titans ahead.
Fullerton and New Mexico State traded baskets down to the end, but a mid-range jumper from freshman Samantha Logan and clutch free throws by senior Alex Thomas helped the Titans go on an 8-0 run and take a nine point lead with 90 seconds remaining.
The Titans shot 47.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc (6-of-12), while the Aggies State converted on 42.6 percent of their shots. Fullerton outrebounded New Mexico State 30-28, and connected on nine more attempts from the charity stripe.
Where We Rank
Through 11 games here's a look at where the Titans stack up early on. Fullerton ranks first in the Big West Conference in scoring defense (66.5 ppg), third in defensive rebounding (39.3 rpg), fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (.645), fifth in three-pointers made per game (5.9) and offensive rebounds (12.3 rpg).
The Titans bench has outscored the opponent's bench in five contests this season...Fullerton has committed more turnovers than the opposition in seven of 11 games this season, but has not committed more than their opponents in the last two games...the Titans used six different starting lineups this season.
After defeating New Mexico State 63-52 on Monday, Dec. 21 at Titan Gym, the Titans recorded their 550th win in program history.
Mile's Career Night
Junior guard Chante Miles poured in a career high 22 points and knocked down four three-pointers in a 63-52 win over New Mexico State on Dec. 23. Miles previously set a career high 21 points earlier in the season at Columbia.
Career Steals Reached
Senior guard Alex Thomas reached the 100 career milestone after recording two against Seattle on Dec. 21 at Titan Gym. Junior guard Chante Miles aslo achieved the same milestone against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Dec. 14. The Compton, Calif., native leads the Titans this season with 14 steals.
Welcome to the Starting Lineup
Making only her fourth start of the season junior Kathleen Iwuoha made her presence felt as she poured in 15 points, tying a career high, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Iwuoha previous high of 15 came against Hawai'i last season in the Big West tournament.
Thomas Connecting From Behind the Arc
Senior guard Alex Thomas knocked down three three-pointers against Iowa State giving her a new career high for three-pointers in a game. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native previously connected on two three-pointers ten different times in her career.
A Streak Meant For Snapping
The Titans came into last weekend looking for their first home win of the season, after beginning the year 0-4 at home and losing their last five straight home contests going back to last season. However, Fullerton picked up back-to-back victories at Titan Gym on Dec. 21 versus Seattle and on Dec. 23 against New Mexico State.
Career Milestones Approaching
Senior guard Brianna Barfield needs seven points for 200 total points in her career. Junior Tailer Butler needs 15 points to record 300 points in her career. The Los Angeles, Calif., native made her first start of the season versus Arizona State last weekend.
Chante Miles has averaged 14.3 points per game, which leads all Titan players. Miles set a new career high after scoring 22 points against New Mexico State on Dec. 23. The Compton, Calif., native has had double-digit scoring figures in 10 of 11 games this season and has 30 total in her career. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games and one 20-point game.
Giving Back to the Community
The Titans took time out of their day on Monday, Dec. 16 to do some holiday shopping and wrapping for a family in need during the holiday season. Through the Healthy Start program, the team was able to provide presents for the family.
The Second Half, Times Two
Fullerton has scored 51.7 percent (322/622) of its total points this season in the second half. If one were to replace Fullerton's first half scoring with its second half scoring this season, the Titans would be averaging 58.6 points per game compared to its current 56.5 points per game clip. Fullerton is knocking more shots down in the second half, while also having less turnovers.
Flying Under the Radar
Slowly but surely, Samantha Logan is making her presence felt. She currently is second on the team in overall rebounding (6.0 rpg) and defensive rebounding (4.2 rpg). Her overall rebounding per game ranks tied for 13th best in the Big West, while her defensive rebounding ranks tied for eighth.
Wrapping Up the Calendar Year
The Titans will end the 2013 calendar year on the road in Boise, Idaho versus Boise State on Dec. 29 and have won their last three games to end December over the past three seasons.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used six different starting lineups this season. Hailey King and Alex Thomas are the only Titans to have started in every game this season.
Miles Dishing Out Assists
After nine games, junior guard Chante Miles is second in the Big West in assists. The Compton, Calif., native has 42 assists this season and set a new career high against Alabama after dishing out eight assists. Miles previous high was seven assists, which she recorded versus Hawai'i on Jan. 3, 2013.
Individuals in the Big West
After nine games multiple Titans individually rank at the top of statistical categories for the Big West Conference. Junior Chante Miles is 11th in scoring (13.5 ppg), first in assists (4.7 apg), first in minutes played (36.6 mpg), and ninth in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.24). Kathleen Iwuoha is ranked first in field goal percentage (.566), 9th in rebounds (6.2 rpg), and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.56 pg). Forward Natalie Williams is fifth in blocked shots per game (1.0 bpg). Samantha Logan is ranked 5th in three-point field goal percentage (.391) and sixth in three-pointers made (1.8 pg), eight in defensive rebound (4.2 rpg), and 13th in rebounding (6.0 rpg).
The Titans' bench has produced 144 of Fullerton's 622 total points scored this season (23 percent)...the CSUF bench has been outscored by opposition's bench 144-179 this season...Cal State Fullerton's leading scorer, Chante Miles, has come off the bench one time this season.
Fullerton's Dynamic Duo
Chante Miles and Kathleen Iwuoha have combined to score 267 of Fullerton's 622 points this season (43%). Miles has nine ten double-digit scoring games this season, including three 20-point performances. Iwuoha has seven games in double figures.
Samantha Logan recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) on Nov. 29 versus Toledo and was the first Titan since Kathleen Iwuoha had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Pacific on March 15, 2013 to earn a double-double. However, the Corona, Calif., native came back the next day to record another double-double versus Alabama (19 points, 11 rebounds). Also, Logan was just one point shy of posting a double-double against Columbia on Nov. 22 (9 points, 10 rebounds). Fullerton had four double-doubles during the 2012-13 season.
After the 80-54 win versus Columbia (Nov. 22), senior Alex Thomas passed the 600 career total point mark in her career and junior Chante Miles passed the 500 career point milestone. Junior Kathleen Iwuoha recorded her 400th career point in a 59-58 loss to Toledo on Nov. 29.
Fullerton had four players score in double figures at Columbia on Nov. 22, the first time that the Titans had more than two players score 10 or more points. Junior Chante Miles upped her career best to 21 points to lead all players. Redshirt sophomore Hailey King had a career high 15 points, while junior Kathleen Iwuoha added 15 points and senior Alex Thomas scored 12. The Titans have had at least one player reach double figure scoring in each game this season.
Versus the Top 25
Iowa State was the first nationally ranked opponent for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program since the Titans played Gonzaga on Dec. 2, 2011 when the 24th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated Fullerton 73-60 at Titan Gym. Last season the Titans played three teams (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Pacific) that received votes in either the AP or USA Today Coaches Poll.
Fullerton has lost its last 14 consecutive games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in either poll dating back to a 68-65 win over Idaho (receiving votes in the Associated Press poll) on Jan. 24, 2004, in Moscow, Idaho... the Titans have lost their last 25 meetings with top 25 foes since posting a 75-63 victory over No. 24 (Associated Press) Long Beach State on Jan. 21, 1991.
Overall, Fullerton is 11-95 against nationally ranked competition dating to the 1977 season... the Titans have not been listed among the top 25 since Feb. 4, 1991, breaking into the Associated Press poll at No. 24 that week.
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. Park enters his first season as a head coach and is the first male head coach in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history. Park recorded his first win as the head coach of the Titans on Nov. 22 versus Columbia.
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:
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...earned First-Team All-League honors and was named team MVP for basketball both her junior and senior seasons. Led her team in points per game (12.9), total points (336), 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.
Played four seasons for the Centennial basketball team, two seasons of softball, and even a season of football her senior year...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...she also played quarterback for Centennial's CIF Championship football team her senior year...she went 2-for-4 with 42 passing yards (father Matt is the head coach of the Centennial football program).
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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