Mustangs, Matadors Close Out Titans' Homestand

Jan. 12, 2011

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THIS WEEK...
Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton
Jan. 13, 2011
7 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton
Jan. 15, 2011
3 p.m.
Titan Gym (4,000) | Fullerton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (5-11 overall, 1-3 in the Big West Conference) looks to get back on track this week as the Titans close out their longest homestand of the season with a pair of league contests at Titan Gym. Fullerton, which has lost its last three straight and 10 of the last 12, welcomes Cal Poly on Thursday night (Jan. 13) at 7 p.m. before Cal State Northridge comes to town on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 15) for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF Athletics), Twitter (@CSUFAthletics) and Vimeo.com (vimeo.com/fullertontitans). In addition, the women's basketball team has established its own official Facebook fan page (search for Cal State Fullerton Women's Basketball).

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, select Cal State Fullerton women's basketball contests will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com. Patrick Alog will have the call live from Titan Gym for both contests this week.

I SEE YOU: For the fifth consecutive season, live streaming video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be available (on a subscription basis) live over the Internet courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthly 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 BigWest.org/TV. Live video will be available for both of this weekend's games.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the second consecutive season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker interface for all of the Titans' home games as well as select road contests. Links will be available on both the men's and women's basketball schedule pages at FullertonTitans.com.

CAL POLY BRIEFLY: The Mustangs enter the week with a 7-7 overall record and a perfect 3-0 mark to rank atop the league standings entering Thursday's contest... Cal Poly has won three straight, and five of seven, after opening the year 2-5... the Mustangs posted wins over Pacific (84-74) and UC Davis (74-65) last week following a conference-opening victory over Long Beach State (83-72) to ring in the New Year... Cal Poly has been playing without the services of defending Big West Player of the Year Kristina Santiago, who suffered a season-ending injury just two minutes into the season opener at Seattle... Rachel Clancy has picked up the slack, averaging 16.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg while shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from three-point range... Ashlee Burns is also in double figures, averaging 10.2 ppg while shooting 43 percent from the floor... the Mustangs lead the league with 68.9 ppg as a team while ranking second in field goal percentage (.418), first in three-point percentage (.368), first in assists (16.7 apg), and second in steals (10.1 spg).

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE BRIEFLY: The Matadors have struggled to a 1-14 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big West Conference play under the direction of first-year head coach Jason Flowers, claiming their only victory of the season at Pacific on Dec. 31 by the score of 74-68 in overtime... Cal State Northridge has lost back-to-back games entering the week to UC Davis (78-56) on Jan. 2 and Long Beach State (64-50) on Jan. 5... the Matadors travel to UC Riverside on Thursday before facing the Titans... Jasmine Erving (12.8 ppg) and Violet Alama (12.1 ppg) are one of the top scoring duos in the conference and also one of the top shooting pairs, hitting on 41 and 45 percent from the field, respectively... Northridge is averaging 58.1 ppg and shooting .362 from the floor for the season while allowing 73.6 ppg and .412 shooting from the field.

SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal Poly, 25-15, dating back to the 1970 season, but are just 13-15 against the Mustangs (10-4 at home) since they joined the Big West Conference in 1997... the Titans have won three of the last five, but split two regular-season meetings last year with each team winning at home... Fullerton is 16-4 all-time against Cal Poly at home, winning the last eight consecutive meetings dating back to a 74-47 loss in 2002... the Titans lead the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 31-9, but have lost the last four straight to the Matadors - accounting for all of their conference wins in the last two seasons... Northridge swept the series last season by the scores of 66-53 at home and 72-64 at Titan Gym... Fullerton is 12-6 against the Matadors since they joined the Big West in 2002 and 13-4 all-time against the Matadors at Titan Gym.

RICHARDSON JOINS SELECT GROUP: Junior Megan Richardson became the 19th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, scoring a season-high 26 against UC Irvine last week to push her over the mark. Richardson, who leads the team with 216 points this season, jumped past Joey Ray (1988-92) for 18th place with 1,034 career points following last week's contests and needs just 45 points to pass both Terri Withers (1981-85) and Amber Pruitt (2002-06) for 16th on the list. Richardson became the fifth Titan in the last eight years to reach the milestone, joining Toni Thomas (2008-09), Charlee Underwood (2006-07), Pruitt (2005-06), and Tamara Quinn (2003-04).

KEEP AN EYE ON...: Senior Lyndsey Grove could quickly join her teammate Megan Richardson as 1,000-point scorers as the Placentia native enters the week with 914 career points - just 86 shy of the milestone (6.6 ppg over the final 13 regular season contests). Junior Lauren Chow is also approaching the mark with her 831 career points, but will need to average 13.0 ppg over the final 13 regular season games to reach the milestone.

MILESTONE FOR TWO?: Should Grove reach 86 points this season, the Titans will have two players reach the 1,000 career point plateau since 1991-92 when Claudette Jackson (1990-92) and Joey Ray (1988-92) accomplished the feat. Aside from Jackson and Ray, only two other duos and a scoring trio have reached the 1,000-point mark in the same season: Genia Miller and Jill Matyuch in 1989-90, Nancy Ratliff and Marlene Kline in 1981-82, and Robin Holmes, Meg Gallagher, and Terri Withers in 1984-85.

TITANS IN THE MIDDLE OF BIG WEST PACK IN LATEST RPI RELEASE: The NCAA released its second RPI report (as of Jan. 11) and the Titans are near the middle of the Big West pack after the first two months of play at No. 242 (up eight spots) out of 343 teams. UC Riverside (No. 85, down six spots) leads the way followed closely by UC Irvine (No. 92, down five spots) in second. The two are followed by UC Santa Barbara (No. 136), UC Davis (No. 139), Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State (No. 302), Pacific (No. 314), and Cal State Northridge (No. 326).

ALUMNAE GAME SCHEDULED: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program will host an alumnae game and luncheon prior to tip-off of the Titans' Big West Conference contest against Long Beach State on Saturday, Jan. 29. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. with the luncheon to follow at approximately 1:30 p.m. Admission to the game is free, however, there is a \$5 charge for fans who wish to attend the luncheon and will be payable at the door. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, please contact Kellie Cox in the athletic department at (657) 278-7016 or via email at kelliecox@fullerton.edu.

LUTU TAKES ADVANTAGE: With injuries decimating the Titans' front-court depth, sophomore Simone Lutu has provided some much-needed spark off the bench for Cal State Fullerton. Lutu, who scored just two points on three shots in four games as a freshman, tied and set a career high in last weekend's contests against UC Irvine and UC Riverside. The Carson, CA native opened the week by matching her career best (set earlier this year at Bowling Green on Dec. 4) with five points on 2-of-5 shooting and a career-high four rebounds against the Anteaters before following that up with a seven-point, three rebound night in 21 minutes against the Highlanders. Lutu improved her season average from 1.0 ppg to 2.1 ppg in the process and is shooting .471 from the floor (8-for-17) for the season.

SAY HEY YVONT'E!: Freshman guard Yvont'e Neal exploded for a career night offensively against UC Riverside, reaching double figures for the second time this season with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench - three of those coming from behind the arc -to go with three rebounds. Neal, who had combined to score just 12 points in her previous four games altogether, played a career high 27 minutes and raised her season average to 4.1 ppg - good for seventh on the team.

CHOW THIS CLOSE TO ANOTHER RECORD: Junior Lauren Chow, who earlier this month set the mark for most three-point attempts in school history, is inching closer to yet another career mark, needing just two more three-pointers made to break Charlee Underwood's record for 164 trey's from 2003-07. The La Palma native has hit 162-of-489 from long distance in her Titan career, standing seventh all-time with a .331 three-point percentage. Of her 283 career field goals, over 57 percent have been taken from beyond the arc, including 19 of her 31 baskets made (61.2 percent) this season.

IN OTHER RECORD NEWS: Chow's 253 career assists are just 62 helpers shy of the school's top 10 list (Chris O'Sullivan - 315) and her 114 steals are 39 back of that career top 10 list (Heidi James - 153).

THREEEE-CO-LA!: Aside from Lauren Chow's shooting exploits, junior Megan Richardson is also making her way up the three-point charts, entering the week ranked eighth in career three-pointer's made (97) and 10th in career three-point attempts (294). With three more three-pointers made, she will become only the eighth player in school history to sink 100 career shots from beyond the arc since the three-point line was introduced during the 1987-88 season.

T-O WOES: One of the Big West Conference's best teams at taking care of the ball has fallen on hard times as of late as the sure-handed Titans have become a bit error prone as of late. Fullerton, which stood atop the league in fewest turnovers per game for most of the season, has slipped to third after the last two weeks as the Titans have gone from committing just 15.5 per game through the first 11 contests to 20.4 per game over their last five contests, including a season-high 25 against Gonzaga on Dec. 23.

BREITE BACK ON THE BOARDS: Senior Jenna Breite has been the most consistent Titan on the boards this season, entering the week ranked among the top five in the league in the category at 6.8 rpg and standing as one of only eight players in the league to grab 100 rebounds thus far this season (108 overall). This follows-up last year's performance when the San Diego native finished the year seventh in the league in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and finished with 187 boards. Of her 365 career rebounds, over 80 percent (295) have come in the last two seasons.

PUT ME IN COACH!: Cal State Fullerton's depth has been tested and the Titans' bench has responded on numerous occassions this season, providing the team with a much-needed spark. Fullerton's bench has outscored its counterparts in four of the last six games and nine times overall in 2010-11, including a season-high 37 points in a win over Sacramento State on Dec. 9 at Titan Gym. The bench has scored 30 points or more four times this season and contributed at least 20 points in five other games. Freshman Yvont'e Neal has led the charge off the bench, leading the team with 61 points in 15 games followed closely by Lauren Chow's 58 points off the bench (11 games) and Lauren Bushong's 56 points (15 games). Overall, the Titans' bench is averaging 21.1 ppg in 16 contests this season to 20.9 ppg for the opposition - a difference of just two points overall (337-335 points).

BUSHONG BLOCKS BUNCHES: Sophomore Lauren Bushong entered the team's Big West openers in Northern California with eight blocks on the season, but felt like that just wasn't enough. The second-year Yucca Valley native nearly equalled her entire season total in one game against Pacific, swatting down a career-high six shots in 13 minutes off the bench in the Titans' four-point loss to the Tigers - the most by a Fullerton player this season, tied for ninth in a single game in school history, and the most since the great Genia Miller tallied seven blocks against Long Beach State in the 1991 Big West Conference Tournament Championship game.

IRON WOMEN: Senior Lyndsey Grove played in her 100th career game at Pepperdine on Dec. 18, joining a select group of 33 Titans - including teammate Ashley Richie, who joined the club on Dec. 4 at Bowling Green - who have appeared in at least 100 career games. Barring injury and major catastrophe, both Richie (108 games) and Grove (105 games) both have a great chance to break the current career mark held by Genia Miller with 13 regular season games remaining plus any possible conference tournament and postseason contests. Miller played in 118 games during her illustrious career from 1987-91, and her mark could be matched by Richie as soon as Feb. 17 against UC Santa Barbara at Titan Gym.

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: Eat your heart out Steve Martin. Following 11 games away from the friendly confines of Titan Gym to start the 2010-11 season, Cal State Fullerton has racked up a grand total of 12,020 miles traveled during the first two months of the season. When the regular season finally wraps up in March, Fullerton will have finished the season with 13,001 miles under its belt this season - not counting any trips the Titans may have to make during the conference tournament and any subsequent postseason jaunts.

THE TITANS' SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Senior Lyndsey Grove has been a "jill of all trades" this season for the Titans, providing a lift on both ends of the court for Cal State Fullerton. Grove, who leads the team and ranks eighth in the Big West in scoring entering this week (12.9 ppg), has reached double figures in scoring in 13 of the team's 16 contests this season while also ranking fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.479), sixth in three-point percentage (.400), ninth in minutes (30.63 mpg), and 10th in three-pointers made per game (1.38 pg), while also standing first on the team in steals (20), third on the team in assists (36), and fourth in free throw percentage (.788).

BLOCKS A PLENTY: The Titans ranked last in the Big West Conference in blocked shots last season with just 38 swats in 32 games, but it looks as if Cal State Fullerton is out to buck that trend in 2010-11. Through 16 games this season, the Titans have already rejected 49 shots - already 35 more than they had through 16 games in 2009-10 and the most in a single season since they swatted 71 shots in 2006-07. Fullerton, which stands seventh in the league in blocks (3.06 bpg) entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of senior Lauren Bushong (14) and Jenna Breite (12), who have combined for just over half of the team's total. Already this season, 12 different players have tallied a blocked shot - the most since 12 Titans finished with at least one swat during the 2008-09 campaign.

THE COMFORTS OF HOME: With the rigors of bus rides and plane trips behind them (for now), the Titans return to Titan Gym for their longest homestand of the season beginning this week - truly a sight for sore eyes for a squad that has struggled to a 2-8 record in true road games this season (and 0-1 in neutral site contests). Fullerton is averaging 74.2 ppg in its five home contests this season compared to just 60.9 ppg in its 10 road games (a difference of 13.3 ppg) and is shooting .449 (140-for-312) at Titan Gym to just .382 (224-for-586) on the road. Opponents, on the other hand, are scoring just 65.6 ppg at Titan Gym compared to 75.7 ppg on their own floors.

QUITE A 1-2 PUNCH: The Titans scoring duo of junior Megan Richardson (13.5 ppg) and senior Lyndsey Grove (12.9 ppg) is among one of the Big West Conference's top 1-2 scoring punches this season, accounting for just over 40 percent of the team's scoring (422 of 1,042 total points) and combining to average 26.4 ppg. They are one of the hardest working duo's in the Big West when it comes to sharing the scoring load, standing behind only UC Irvine's Mikah Maly-Karros and Jade Smith-Williams (who have combined to score 505 of the team's 1,003 points and are averaging a combined 33.7 ppg) and Cal State Northridge's Jasmie Erving and Violet Alama (who have combined for 43 percent of the team's 872 points for and are averaging a combined 24.9 ppg). Richardson and Grove rank fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Big West in scoring this week and Fullerton is one of six schools with a pair of players in the top 15 in the league in scoring.

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