Winners of five of its last seven games, Cal State Fullerton (6-10, 2-1 Big West) looks to continue its ascend toward the top of the Big West, Thursday at 7 p.m. when it goes up against Cal Poly on the road at the Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo. The Titans will then finish its road trip on Saturday, January 23 when it faces UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.
Watch it Live
There will be a live video feed available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games versus Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara this week. 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 both of Cal State Fullerton's games versus Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. 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 live stats available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games versus Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. 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 (6-10) at Cal Poly (9-8)
Overall Record... 25-23
Home Record... 16-7
Away Record... 7-16
Big West Record... 13-20
Longest Win Streak... 12 games
Longest Losing Streak... 8 games
Current Streak... Loss 8
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 1-9
Last Meeting...March. 2, 2013 at Fullerton, Calif. (L, 72-47)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
03.02.13 Fullerton, Calif. L 72-47
01.31.13 San Luis Obispo, Calif. L 78-40
03.06.12 Fullerton, Calif. L 71-53
02.11.12 Fullerton, Calif. L 66-48
01.05.12 Fullerton, Calif. L 76-69
Series Note: Saturday marks the 49th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton los both to Cal Poly and havent beaten the Mustangs since 2010...The Titans have loss the last eight meetings...the Titans are 13-20 against Cal Poly in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 90-18 (72 pts) win Jan. 25, 1975 at Fullerton...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 94-55 loss in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Feb. 4, 2000...The Titans have loss their last eight games against the Mustangs at Mott Gym (last win: Jan. 27, 2005, 64-57).
Cal State Fullerton (6-10) at UC Santa Barbara (5-11)
Overall Record... 23-47
Home Record... 13-18
Away Record... 8-23
Neutral Site Record... 2-6
Big West Record... 15-41
Longest Win Streak... 16 games
Longest Losing Streak... 40 games
Current Streak... Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 1-9
Last Meeting...Feb. 28, 2013 at Fullerton, Calif. (L, 46-38)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
02.28.13 Fullerton, Calif. W 46-38
02.02.13 Santa Barbara, Calif. L 60-50
02.09.12 Santa Barbara, Calif. L 52-39
01.07.12 Fullerton, Calif. L 39-37
02.17.11 Fullerton, Calif. L 73-70
Series Note: Thursday marks the 71st meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton split the season series with UC Santa Barbara last season...Until last season's win the Titans had dropped the last 40 contests versus the Gauchos...the Titans are 15-41 against UCSB in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 84-38 (46 pts) win Jan. 9, 1976 at Fullerton...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 79-24 loss in Santa Barbara on Feb. 21, 2001.
Assessing the Mustangs
Cal Poly (9-8, 3-1 Big West) comes into this weekends matchup winning three of its last four games. To open up conference play the Mustangs have played all different opponents than the Titans. Cal Poly defeated Long Beach State, UCSB, and Hawai'i, but loss to loss to Cal State Northridge last week.
The Mustangs are led by senior center and two-time Big West player of the week Molly Schlemer, as she averages 18.6 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 11.1 boards per contest. Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin also help the Mustangs out as they average 17.5 and 12.6 points per contest, respectively.
Cal Poly averages 77.8 points per game, while they give up 79.5...Cal Poly leads the league in scoring and rebounds per game...the Mustangs were picked to win the conference in the Big West's preseason conference poll.
Scouting the Gauchos
UC Santa Barbara enters the contest with a 5-11 overall record (0-3 Big West) and was picked to finish fifth in the conference, according to the Big West's preseason media poll. The Gauchos come into Saturday's game winless in the conference after losing to Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State last week.
The Gauchos boast three players averaging double-figures in points Nicole Nesbit (16.4 ppg), Destini Mason (13.6 ppg), and Melissa Zornig (12.3 ppg). Mason leads the team in rebounding as she grabs an average of 6.2 boards per contest.
UCSB averages 65.1 points per game, while it surrenders 70.8 per contest. The Gauchos are shooting 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc.
The Titans are 196-297 (.396) all-time against Big West Conference foes. Fullerton was 7-14 last season against league foes and won two games in the conference tournament before losing to Pacific in the semifinals.
Annual Pink Game Set
The Titans will play their annual pink game against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Titan Gym at 6 pm. Fullerton is teaming up with the Play 4 Kay Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research. To donate on behalf of the Titans go to http://www.play4kay.org/wbbtitans
Last Time Out for the Titans
After a wild regulation, Cal State Fullerton had a chance to win the game in overtime as Alex Thomas' shot a potential game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining, but the shot was just long as the Titans dropped a 69-67 overtime thriller to UC Davis Saturday night at Titan Gym.
For the Titans (6-10, 2-1 Big West) it snaps their three-game winning streak, while the Aggies improve to 8-9 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and contributed four steals in the loss as three other Fullerton players had double digit scoring figures. Kathleen Iwuoha added 11 points and five rebounds, while Chante Miles chipped in 11 points and dished out four assists.
With UC Davis leading by three with 2:31 remaining following a pair of free throws by Fipps, Thomas took off on a personal 7-0 run for the Titans, draining a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to tie it and, then, sinking a pair of free throws after UC Davis was called for a foul with 0.5 left on the clock for a 59-57 lead.
After three-consecutive timeouts, the Aggies had the ball out of bounds with one last chance when Molly Greubel stepped in front of Natalie Williams, drawing the charge, and sending the sophomore to the line for two. Greubel sank both and the Titans missed on a half-court heave at the buzzer to send it to overtime. In the extra period, UC Davis started quickly building a five-point lead with 1:32 to play in the contest, but Fullerton would rally back. Miles hit two from the line and Tailer Butler came up huge with a deep three from the right elbow to tie the game once again at 67-67 with 1:15 to go. Out of a timeout, the Aggies got the ball to Fipps, who drove and laid it in for the go-ahead basket with less than 30 seconds to play.
Playing for the last shot, the Titans got the ball into the hands of Thomas, whose game-winning attempt was just off the mark, and Greubel grabbed the rebound as time expired to seal the win.The Titans came out scoring the first five points of the game, but after a Chante Mile's three-pointer Fullerton with 18:08 still left to play in the first half Fullerton went on a 4:20 scoring drought. However, through the drought the Titans defense kept them in the game and with just over six minutes gone in the game the Titans still led 5-4. Over the next few minutes, Fullerton gained its largest lead of the first half, 9-4, but quickly UCD answered back with an 8-0 scoring run to take a 12-9 lead with 10:53 left in the half.
Fullerton and Davis traded buckets for the remainder of the half and the teams headed into the intermission tied at 24. As the second half started the Aggies opened the second half on a 6-0 run, 30-24, due to another long scoring drought (6:45) from the Titans. Fullerton would comeback from the deficit and a 9-2 run fueled by two Samantha Logan three-pointers gave the Titans the lead back, 33-32, with under 12 minutes to play.
After regaining the lead, UC Davis jumped back on top and grabbed a 44-37 lead, but again the Titans wouldn't go away as with 3:23 remaining the Titans would tie the game up at 50. With the game winding down UCD held a three-point lead, but Thomas' knocked down a three-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining to get the Titans to overtime.
Where We Rank
After three conference games, lets see where's the Titans rank amongst other Big West opponents overall. Fullerton ranks first in the Big West Conference in assists per game (16.67 apg), three-point defense (.250), and three-pointers per game (10.67). The Titans rank second in field goal percentage (.440), and scoring margin (+6.3). Fullerton has also been the third highest scoring team in the league as they average 74.7 points in Big West contests.
Fullerton has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in 15 of 16 games this season...the Titans bench has outscored the opponent's bench in nine contests this season, including the last four games...Fullerton has committed more turnovers than the opposition in half of the this season, but has only committed more than their opponents once in the last seven games...the Titans have used six different starting lineups this season and are 5-3 with the most commonly used lineup...the Titans played their first overtime game of the season on Saturday versus UC Davis.
UCSB Winning Streak Snapped Last Season
For Fullerton last year's win versus UCSB signified the end of what was a 40-game losing streak, which was the second longest losing streak to a conference opponent in all of women's Division-I basketball coming into the game. The Titans before that hadn't defeated the Gauchos since 1995.
Thomas Career Night
Senior Alex Thomas had a career night against UC Irvine on Jan. 16 as she scored 22 points in an 75-58 win at Titan Gym. However, the senior guard came back the following game to pour in 23 points and set a new career-high versus UC Davis. Thomas leads the Titans in scoring in Big West games as she averages 21.0 points per game.
Butler's Hot Streak from Behind the Arc
Junior guard Tailer Butler has been a big contributor off the bench for the Titans since the start of Big West play. The Los Angeles, Calif., native has converted 14 three-pointers in the past three contests and has also scored double figures in each game (19, 18, 10).
Forcing the Issue
Cal State Fullerton scored 25 points off of 24 forced UC Davis turnovers last Saturday. The 24 forced turnovers were the second most the Titans have caused since Fullerton made South Dakota cough it off 25 times Nov. 8, 2013.
Shooting Over 40 percent
The Titans are 4-1 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field and 4-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from behind the arc.
The Titans scored 82 points against UC Riverside on Jan. 9 which gave them a new season high as a team. The previous season high was set back on Nov. 22 when Fullerton poured in 80 points versus Columbia.
Individuals in the Big West
After 16 games multiple Titans individually rank at the top of statistical categories for the Big West Conference. Junior Chante Miles is ninth in scoring (14.8 ppg), second in assists (4.4 apg), and first in minutes played (37.1 mpg). Kathleen Iwuoha is ranked third in field goal percentage (.524), fourth in rebounds (7.3 rpg), and sixth in offensive rebounds (2.93 pg). Forward Natalie Williams is tenth in blocked shots per game (0.8 bpg). Samantha Logan is ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.388) and sixth in three-pointers made (1.63 pg), and 15th in rebounding (5.7 rpg). Senior Alex Thomas is ranked fourth in minutes (34.8 mpg).
Cal State Fullerton has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 14.8 and 6.6 points per game starting with Chante Miles (148.2 ppg), followed by Alex Thomas (10.9 ppg), while Kathleen Iwuoha chips in 10.6 ppg.
Junior forward Kathleen Iwuoha has led Fullerton in rebounding in its last nine contests and in 11 of 16 games this season. Over the past seven games she has averaged over eight rebounds per game and this season she leads the team in overall rebounding (7.3 rpg).
After defeating New Mexico State 63-52 on Monday, Dec. 21 at Titan Gym, the Titans recorded their 550th win in program history.
Climbing Up the Record Books
Junior forward Natalie Williams leads the Titans with 12 blocked shots this season and now ranks ninth all-time among career shot blockers. The Cerritos, Calif., native needs two blocks to tie Charlee Underwood who played from 2003-2007.
A Streak Meant For Snapping
After beginning the year 0-4 at home and losing their last five straight home contests dating back to last season, Fullerton has won its last four of five games at home (Seattle, New Mexico State, Denver, UC Irvine).
Career Milestones Approaching and Reached.
Senior guard Brianna Barfield needs five points for 200 total points in her career. Senior guard Alex Thomas recorded her 300th rebound against UC Davis last Saturday.
Chante Miles has averaged 14.8 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 15 of 16 games this season and has 35 total in her career. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games.
All 13 players on the roster call California home and all are natives of Southern California.
Flying Under the Radar
Samantha Logan is making her presence felt. She currently is second on the team in overall rebounding (5.7 rpg) and defensive rebounding (4.0 rpg). Her overall rebounding per game ranks 15th best in the Big West.
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 15 games, junior guard Chante Miles is tied for second in the Big West in assists. The Compton, Calif., native has 71 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.
The Titans' bench has produced 214 of Fullerton's 973 total points scored this season (22 percent)...the CSUF bench has been outscored by opposition's bench 214-247 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 395 of Fullerton's 973 points this season (41%). Miles has 15 ten double-digit scoring games this season, including four 20-point performances. Iwuoha has ten games in double figures.
From the Charity Stripe
In the final moments of the game on Jan. 3 versus Denver, the Titans knocked down multiple clutch free throws and made 19 total (19-23) in the game. The 19 free throws ties a season high this season. (Arizona State, 12/14). Alex Thomas went a perfect 8-for-8 from the line in the win and set a new career high for free throws in a game. Thomas previously had converted a high of seven in three separate contests with the last time coming against Columbia on Nov. 22.
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. Tailer Butler reached the 300 point mark on Jan. 9 after scoring 19 points at UC Riverside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Big West Sportsmanship Award
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program was selected as one of two recipients for the 2013 Big West Winter Sportsmanship Award it was announced on March 22 by Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell.
The Sportsmanship Award is voted upon in each of the conference's 16 championship sports by the respective student-athletes. Each participating student-athlete selects the school that they feel demonstrates excellent conduct in competition and is most deserving of the award. The winning teams are chosen at the end of every season (Fall, Winter and Spring).
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