Unbeaten Titans Look to Continue Roll This Week
Jan. 5, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP OFF: Off to a perfect 2-0 start in Big West Conference play, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (6-8 overall, 2-0 in the Big West) looks to continue rolling with two more games this week in league action. The Titans take to the road for the first time in conference play on Thursday (Jan. 7) for a 1 p.m. tip against Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid before returning home to host UC Riverside on Saturday (Jan. 9) at 5 p.m. at Titan Gym.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Both of Cal State Fullerton's games this week will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Titan broadcasters Patrick Alog and Mike Martinez will have the play-by-play for both contests. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the newly redesigned FullertonTitans.com.
I SEE YOU: For the fourth consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthy subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from the comfort of their home computers. For more information, please log on to BigWestTV.org.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the first time this season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker for all of the Titans' home games and select road contests. Links will be available on both the men's and women's basketball schedule pages at the redesigned FullertonTitans.com.
SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton trails in the all-time series with archrival Long Beach State, 59-28, after splitting the series with the 49ers last year as each team won on the other's home floor... the two programs have split the regular season series in each of the last four seasons... Fullerton is just 8-30 all-time on Long Beach State's home court, snapping a five-game losing streak at the Pyramid with its 70-61 victory on Feb. 28 last season... the series with UC Riverside is all tied up at 17-17, but the Highlanders have won the last four straight meetings... the Titans' last win in the series came on Jan. 23, 2008, with a 62-54 win in Riverside... Fullerton is 6-7 all-time against UCR at Titan Gym with the location of four games unknown.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS: Long Beach State enters the week with a 5-8 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Big West play after posting a 55-46 win over UC Riverside in its league opener on Jan. 2... the 49ers feature three players in double figures led by senior Karina Figueroa's Big West-best 18.1 ppg... Lauren Sims (14.5 ppg) and Ally Wade (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) are also in double figures... Long Beach State is averaging 67.3 ppg and shooting just under 42 percent from the field as a team while allowing 70.2 ppg and 40 percent shooting... three of the team's five wins have come a home while the 49ers have struggled to an 0-5 record on the road this season.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: UC Riverside enters the week with a 3-10 overall record and an 0-1 mark in Big West play after dropping its opener to Long Beach State last weekend... the Highlanders, who have lost three straight since a 65-53 win over Arizona at home on Dec. 23, will travel to Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference match-up on Wednesday (Jan. 6)... Arizona transfer Rhaya Neabors leads the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg while also shooting 46 percent from the floor... Marissa Rivera (11.5 ppg) and Alyssa Morris (10.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg) are also shooting better than 43 percent from the floor... UCR is averaging 61.5 ppg and shooting 39 percent from the field while allowing 68.4 ppg and allowing opponents to shoot 43 percent from the field.
QUICK OUT OF THE GATE: Cal State Fullerton opened its Big West Conference season with back-to-back victories for the second straight season with its wins over UC Davis and Pacific to ring in the new year - a rarity since joining the league in 1985-86. The Titans, who defeated UC Irvine and Cal Poly last season to get off to a quick start, have started their conference campaign 2-0 only four times in that span, joining the 1988-89 (wins over Pacific and UC Santa Barbara) and 1997-98 (wins over New Mexico State and North Texas) squads.
ANOTHER FIRST FOR FOSTER: First-year Head Coach Marcia Foster, who earlier this year became the first Cal State Fullerton head coach to win her first two games as a head coach since Chris Gobrecht in 1979, became the first Titan coach to open conference play with a 2-0 mark since Denise Curry did so in her first season in 1998.
DARE TO MAKE IT THREE?: A win over Long Beach State on Thursday would give Fullerton only the second 3-0 start in conference play in school history and the first since the 1988-89 team opened with wins over Pacific (82-66), UC Santa Barbara (59-50), and UC Irvine (64-45). Looking ahead to Saturday, the Titans would gain their first-ever 4-0 conference start in school history with a pair of wins over the 49ers and Highlanders.
TITANS LIGHTS OUT VS. TIGERS: Cal State Fullerton's 82 points against Pacific on Monday night marked the second-highest point total for the team in 2009-10, trailing only the 90 points scored in a win over Sacramento State on Nov. 15.
I WANT MY PPG: The 82 points also marked the sixth time in 14 games this season that the Titans have topped the 70-point plateau, moving their record to 4-2 overall in those contests. The six games of 70-plus points match Fullerton's total from the entire 30-game campaign last season.
I'M SENSING A TREND HERE: Sophomore Megan Richardson had a big weekend against the Big West's Northern California contingent, posting back-to-back 20-point games in victories over UC Davis (20 points) and Pacific (22 points). The performances gave the Manhattan Beach native four 20-point games this season - one more than her entire rookie season in 2008-09 when she finished with three, 20-point contests against Cal State Bakersfield (22), Pacific (21), and UC Riverside (21).
MEGAN BEING MEGAN: After being held to just five combined points against Portland State and Wisconsin, sophomore Megan Richardson has returned to her scoring ways, reaching double figures in her last eight straight games and 12 of 14 overal this season. During her recent streak, Richardson is averaging a team-best 17.1 ppg while averaging just over 31 minutes per contest, helping to boost her into third place on the league's scoring list at 15.5 ppg overall entering this week's contests.
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO...: Not to be outdone, junior Lyndsey Grove enters the week ranked right behind her teammate in the Big West Conference scoring race, standing fourth in the league at 14.8 ppg, reaching double figures in each of the team's last seven games and 12 of 14 overall this season. During that stretch, the Placentia, Calif., native is averaging 16.1 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting .456 (36-of-79) from the field, 50 percent (16-of-32) from three-point range, and an almost perfect 89 percent (25-of-28) from the free throw line. Aside from her scoring exploits, Grove also ranks among the Big West's best in field goal percentage (10th - .460), free throw percentage (3rd - .857), three-point percentage (4th - .432), three-pointers made per game (t6th - 1.4 pg), offensive rebounds (10th - 1.9 pg), and minutes (10th - 30.9 mpg).
SHE GIVETH AND SHE TAKETH AWAY: Aside from her balanced effort of 12 points and six rebounds on Monday night against Pacific, senior Jasmine Scott created havoc on both ends of the court as playmaker and lock-down defender setting career high's with seven assists and six steals against the Tigers. Scott enters the weekend with a team-best 2.4 apg and stands third with 15 steals overall and 1.1 spg.
RICHIE SPARKS THE BENCH: Junior Ashley Richie gave the Titans a much-needed offensive spark against Pacific on Monday night, netting a season-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in just 20 minutes. She reached double figures for just the fourth time in 14 games this season (three of those coming in the first five games), but the first since collecting 11 points in a win over Portland State on Nov. 28 at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, Ore.
SMOOTH "JAZZ": Senior guard Jasmine Scott has had the hot hand as of late, finding another gear to help power the Fullerton offensive engine. The Sacramento native has hit double figures in scoring in each of the team's last five games - including a season-high 19 points against Eastern Washington on Dec. 21 - averaging 14.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg in that stretch while shooting a blistering .481 (26-for-54) from the field, an equally torrid .467 (7-of-15) from three-point range, and .786 (11-for-14) from the free throw line. Scott ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg and has reached double figures in nine of 14 contests this season.
DYNAMIC DUO: Cal State Fullerton scoring leaders Lyndsey Grove and Megan Richardson have combined to lead the team in scoring in 13 of the team's 14 games thus far this season with Richardson holding the slim 8-5 advantage. Senior Jasmine Scott is the only other Titan to lead the team in scoring following her season-high 19-point outburst against Eastern Washington on Dec. 21.
LET'S GO HALVSIES: Leading at the break has usually led to great things for the Titans this season as Fullerton improved to 6-1 overall when taking a lead into the locker room at halftime with their wins over UC Davis and Pacific. The Titans' lone loss in that category came against BYU on Dec. 12 despite leading by a point, 29-28, following the first 20 minutes of play. On the flip side, Fullerton has been unable to dig themselves out of a halftime hole yet this season, going 0-7 thus far when trailing at the break.
THAT IS A SWEET-SOUNDING QUARTET: Cal State Fullerton had four players in double figures in each of its wins over UC Davis and Pacific over the weekend, helping the Titans improve to 4-0 overall this year when they have four (or more) players reach double figures in the scoring column - including five players with 10-or-more points in an overtime win against Portland State.
BREITE STILL AMONG THE BEST: Junior Jenna Breite enters this week's games ranked second in the Big West Conference in rebounding, grabbing 7.0 rpg to trail only UC Santa Barbara's Mekia Valentine (7.3 rpg) in that category. Breite, who entered the season averaging 1.8 rpg in her previous two seasons, has grabbed seven or more rebounds seven times this season, including a career-high 13 boards against Wisconsin on Nov. 29 and 11 rebounds as part of her first career double-double against Portland State on Nov. 28. Breite has grabbed a league-high 98 rebounds overall and her 31 offensive rebounds rank fourth.
DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE: And we mean that in a good way. The Fullerton offense, which averaged 62.5 ppg last season (third-best in the league), has kept the momentum going in 2009-10, entering the week ranked second in the league in scoring offense at 68.6 ppg bouyed by six games of 70 points or more and a season-high 90 points in a win over Sacramento State on Nov. 15. Fullerton's 960 points thus far this season are 61 points more than second place UC Davis (899).
OR YOUR POINTS ARE FREEEEE: The Titans, who led the Big West Conference in free throw percentage a season ago, have continued to be one of the most accurate at the line this season, standing second entering the weekend at .742 on the year. Junior Lyndsey Grove ranks third in the conference at .857 (60-for-70) while sophomore Megan Richardson is ninth at .761 (54-for-71). On a national level, the Titans stand No. 33 in the nation as a team in free throw percentage behind Drexel's nation-leading 81.7 percent (as of Jan. 3).
NOT IN A GIVING MOOD: Fullerton hasn't been one to just hand the ball over to its opponents this season, committing a Scrooge-esque 16.6 turnovers per game and ranks No. 59 in the nation in that category (as of NCAA stats of Jan. 3) and first in the Big West Conference. The 232 turnovers overall are tied for the second fewest in the league entering the week, Fullerton's +3.00 turnover margin is second in the conference, while the Titans' 274 turnovers forced are third-best in the league. Cal State Fullerton is also one of only four teams with a positive turnover margin (trailing only league-leading UC Davis at +4.00).