Titans Continue Conference Play on the Road at UC Davis & Hawai'i
After splitting last week's conference games, Cal State Fullerton (8-13, 4-4 Big West) heads on the road for a pair of contests this week versus UC Davis and Hawai'i. The Titans will take on the Aggies on Thursday, February 13th at 7 p.m. before squaring off with the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, February 15th at 7 p.m. (PT).
Watch it Live
There will be a live video feed available for both of Cal State Fullerton's games this weekend. To access video for both games 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 games versus UC Davis and Hawai'i. 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 this weekend.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 (8-13) at UC Davis (10-12)
Overall Record... 9-10
Home Record... 3-7
Away Record... 6-3
Neutral Record... 0-0
Big West Record... 5-8
Longest Win Streak... 3 games
Longest Losing Streak... 2 games
Current Streak... Loss 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 4-6
Last Meeting...Jan. 18, 2014 at Fullerton, Calif. (L, 69-67, OT)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
01.18.14 Fullerton, Calif. L 69-67
02.23.13 Davis, Calif. W 60-42
01.24.13 Fullerton, Calif. L 88-44
02.01.12 Fullerton, Calif. L 57-55
12.31.11 Davis, Calif. W 58-50
Series Note: Thursday marks the 20th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton lost to UC Davis earlier this season in overtime, 69-67...the Titans are 5-8 against UCD in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 60-42 (18 pts) win Feb. 23, 2013 at Davis...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 88-44 loss in Fullerton, Calif., on Jan. 24, 2013.
Cal State Fullerton (8-12) at Hawai'i (11-10)
Overall Record... 14-13
Home Record... 7-7
Away Record... 5-6
Neutral Site Record... 2-0
Big West Record... 11-13
Longest Win Streak... 9 games
Longest Losing Streak... 7 games
Current Streak... Won 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings... 4-6
Last Meeting...March 13, 2013 at Irvine, Calif. (W, 66-51)
Series Game-by-Game (Last five meetings)
03.13.13 Irvine, Calif. W 66-51
03.09.13 Honolulu, Hawaii L 53-43
01.03.13 Fullerton, Calif. W 83-74
02.25.96 Honolulu, Hawaii L 86-61
01.26.96 Fullerton, Calif. L 72-66
Series Note: Thursday marks the 28th meeting all-time meeting between the two schools... Fullerton split the regular season matchups last season before defeating the Rainbow Wahine during the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament...the Titans are 11-13 against Hawai'i in Big West Conference play...Fullerton's largest margin of victory was a 66-46 (20 pts) win Jan. 25, 1987 at Hawai'i...Fullerton's largest margin of defeat was a 86-61 loss in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Feb. 25, 1996.
Assessing the Aggies
UC Davis (10-12, 5-4 Big West) comes into this week right in the middle of the conference standings. The Aggies outlasted the Titans in overtime the last time the two teams competed, 69-67, on Jan. 18. UCD has won two of its past three games (UCSB, CSUN).
The Aggies are led by junior forward Sydnee Fipps, as she ranks third in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game, while also grabbing 6.0 rebounds per contest. Kelsey Harris also helps the Aggies out as she averages 11.5 points per contest, while Alyson Doherty chips in with 12.2 points a game and 6.2 boards a game.
UC Davis averages 67.9 points per game, while they give up 70.0...UC Davis leads the league in three-pointers made and free throw percentage...the Aggies were picked to finish sixth in the Big West's preseason conference poll.
Scouting the Rainbow Wahine
Cal State Northridge enters the contest with a 11-10 overall record (5-4 Big West) and like UC Davis is in a four-way tie for third place. After starting 4-1 in Big West play the Wahine have dropped three of its last four games.
The Rainbow Wahine boast three players averaging double-figures in points Kamilah Jackson (15.6 ppg), Ashleigh Karaitiana (10.8 ppg), and Shawna Lei-Kuehu (10.4 ppg). Jackson, a former Big West player of the week, also leads the team in rebounds as she averages 9.5 per game.
Hawai'i averages 66.5 points per game, while it allows a league low 64.7 per contest. UH leads the Big West in multiple defensive categories (scoring margin, scoring defense, rebounding defense, field goal percentage defense). The Wahine are shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from behind the arc.
The Titans are 198-300 (.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.
Last Time Out for the Titans
Ashlee Guay poured in 26 points and Cinnamon Lister chipped in 16 points, as Cal State Northridge shot 49 percent for the game and raced past Cal State Fullerton, 76-54 Saturday night at Titan Gym.
Playing in their annual pink game and teaming up with the "Play4Kay" Foundation, Fullerton moves to 8-13 overall and 4-4 in Big West play. The Titans were led by senior guard Alex Thomas as she scored 14 points while Kathleen Iwuoha added nine points. Freshman Samantha Logan chipped in five points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Cal State Northridge improves to 11-13 on the year and 7-3 in the Big West behind Guay's performance. Along with Lister's 16-point performance, Camille Mahlknecht also added eight points and 14 rebounds in the win.
The Titans and Matadors each came out of the game trading baskets, but at the 12-minute media timeout Northridge held a 21-12 advantage. Over the next five minutes a 11-3 run by Fullerton tied the game up at 21 with just over eight remaining in the half.
However, the Matadors quickly answered back and a 6-0 run with under three minutes left to play in the first stanza pushed CSUN ahead 35-28. As the half came dwindling down to the end the Matadors headed into halftime leading 42-33 after shooting an impressive 45.5 percent from the field.
CSUN was able to use its height to its advantage and outscored the Titans in the paint 24-2 in the first half. Despite not having an answer in the key, the Titans only trailed by nine after 11 first-half points from Thomas.
After intermission, CSUN continued to hold its lead and gained a 15-point lead six minutes into the second half. The Matadors continued their hot shooting as 53.8 second-half percentage gave them their largest lead of 28. Northridge would finish the game outscoring the Titans 40-10 in the paint and scored 18 points off turnovers. Fullerton finished the ball game shooting 28.6 percent from the floor.
Last Time Against UC Davis
The Titans and Aggies meet again for the second time this season on Thursday. UC Davis won the first meeting almost a month ago at Titan Gym in overtime, 69-67. Alex Thomas scored led the Titan with 23 points, while Chante Miles and Kathleen Iwuoha both added 11 in the loss.
Where We Rank
After eight conference games lets see where the Titans rank amongst other Big West opponents overall. Fullerton ranks first in the Big West Conference in three-pointers per game (8.63). The Titans rank second in free-throw percentage (.728) and turnover margin (+1.38). Fullerton is third in rebounding defense (37.4 rpg).
Fullerton has recorded two or more double-digit scorers in all, but two games this season...the Titans bench has outscored the opponent's bench in half the contests this season...Fullerton has committed more turnovers than the opposition in less than half (nine out of 21 games this season), but has only committed more than their opponents twice in the last 12 games...the Titans have used six different starting lineups this season and are 7-6 with the most commonly used lineup.
Last Time Winning in Paradise
The Titans head to Hawai'i for the second time since the Rainbow Wahine returned to the Big West last season. Fullerton defeated Hawai'i twice on the mainland last season, but the Titans haven't won in Honolulu since January 13, 1995 when CSF won 75-69.
Defeating the Highlanders Twice
After defeating UC Riverside for the second time last week that marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Titans beat the Highlanders in both regular season contests.
Hawai'i Coach with a Fullerton Connection
This weekend Hawai'i assistant coach Wendy Anae will go up against her alma mater, Cal State Fullerton. Anae played at CSF from 1985-1988 under head coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah and averaged 8.4 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game in her career.
The Amazing Alex
After averaging 8.6 points in non-conference games, senior guard Alex Thomas has stepped up her game as the Mission Viejo, Calif., native is averaging 19.5 points per game in conference games, which is second among Big West players. She is also second in minutes played (38.4), and seventh in three-pointers per game (2.13). Thomas also scored a career high 24 points in a 60-57 win last weekend versus UC Riverside.
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 26 three-pointers in eight conference games. Butler ranks first amongst Big West players for three-pointers made per game (3.25) and needs 22 points to record 400 points in her career.
Living Pretty in the 60's
The Titans are 7-4 when scoring 60+ points this season, compared to a 1-9 mark when scoring under 60 points...Fullerton is 3-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season.
Shooting Over 40 percent
The Titans are 5-1 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field and 4-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from behind the arc.
Out-Rebounding the Opponents
The Titans are 6-1 when grabbing more rebounds than the opponents. However, when Fullerton doesnt grab more rebounds than their opponent they are 2-10.
Williams' Block Party
Junior forward Natalie Williams leads the Titans with 13 blocked shots this season and now ranks ninth all-time among career shot blockers. The Cerritos, Calif., native needs one block to tie Charlee Underwood who played from 2003-2007.
Looking to Reach Career Rebounds Mark
Kathleen Iwuoha, who leads the team in rebounding, needs just four rebounds to record 400 total rebounds in her career. Redshirt-sophomore Hailey King needs just two to reach 200 total rebounds in her career, while Chante Miles needs six boards to also reach 200.
Sharing the Hot Hand
Chante Miles led the Titans in scoring in seven of the first 12 games to start the season, but Alex Thomas has had a team high in scoring the last seven games. Miles and Thomas are the only Titans to have back-to-back games as the leading scorer for the team.
Fullerton will come home following this two-game road trip to face league leader Cal Poly (Feb. 20) and UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 22).
The Titans shot a whopping 41 three-pointers versus Long Beach State on Feb. 1, which gives Fullerton a new school record for most three-pointer attempts in a single game. The Titans previously shot 40 treys against Iowa State (12/8/13) earlier this season.
Miles Dishing Out Assists
Over halfway through the season junior guard Chante Miles is second in the Big West in assists. The Compton, Calif., native has 93 assists this season and tied a career high against UCSB after dishing out eight assists. Miles previously had eight assists versus Alabama earlier this season.
UCSB Winning Streak at Home Snapped
Fullerton's win last weekend at UCSB signified the end of what was a 23-year losing streak in Santa Barbara. The Titans previously defeated the Gauchos at the Thunderdome on Feb. 12, 1991 (22 games).
All About Getting Better
Fullerton finished 5-13 in the Big West last season. The Titans already have four conference wins with still eight league games to play.
Miles Ahead of the Rest
Chante Miles has averaged 13.4 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 17 of 21 games this season and has 37 total in her career. Last season the junior guard had 19 double-digit scoring games.
Individuals in the Big West
After 21 games multiple Titans individually rank at the top of statistical categories for the Big West Conference. Junior Chante Miles is 12th in scoring (13.4 ppg), second in assists (4.43 apg), and third in minutes played (35.9 mpg). Kathleen Iwuoha is ranked sixth in rebounds (6.1 rpg) and sixth in offensive rebounds (2.8 pg). Samantha Logan is ranked seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.384) and eight in three-pointers made (1.58 pg), and 11th in rebounding (6.1 rpg). Senior Alex Thomas is ranked fourth in minutes (35.3 mpg) and tenth in three-pointers made (1.48 pg). Junior Tailer Butler is eighth in three-pointers made (1.57) and ninth in three-point percentage (.363).
Cal State Fullerton has had a relatively balanced attack this year with five players averaging between 13.4 and 6.9 points per game starting with Chante Miles (13.4 ppg), followed by Alex Thomas (12.8 ppg), while Kathleen Iwuoha chips in 10.2 ppg.
Career Milestones Reached
Senior guard Brianna Barfield reached the 200 total point plateau last weekend versus Cal State Northridge.
The Second Half, Times Two
Fullerton has scored 53.7 percent (690/1283) 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 65.8 points per game compared to its current 61.1 points per game clip.
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 (6.1 rpg) and defensive rebounding (4.24 rpg). Her overall rebounding per game ranks 11th best in the Big West.
Finding the Right Mix
Cal State Fullerton has used six different starting lineups this season and is 7-6 with a lineup of Chante Miles, Hailey King, Alex Thomas, Samantha Logan, and Kat Iwuoha. Hailey King and Alex Thomas are the only Titans to have started in every game this season.
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.
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.
New Kids on the Block
The Titans welcome two new faces, Samantha Logan and Chelsea Waddy to the squad for the 2013-14 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.
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.
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