Jan. 15, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - After dropping a pair of one-point decisions to close out its longest trip of the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (2-12 overall, 1-2 in the Big West Conference) returns home for six of its next eight contests beginning this weekend at Titan Gym.
The Titans open the week with a match-up against league newcomer UC Davis on Thursday night (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. before welcoming Pacific on Saturday evening (Jan. 19) for a 5 p.m. tip-off.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: Both of this week's contests will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Click on the logo with the microphone on the right-hand side of the main page to access the links.
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?: Live video streaming for all home games and all Big West Conference contests will be available on a subscription basis by logging on to the league's website at www.bigwest.org/tv.
SERIES RECORDS: Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 4-2, sweeping the season series with the Aggies in 2006-07 and winning the last three straight overall... The Titans are 2-1 all-time against Davis at home, winning 62-53 in the regular season finale last year... Pacific leads the series with Fullerton, 30-17, but the Titans have won two straight and four of the last six dating back to the end of the 2005 season... Cal State Fullerton defeated the Tigers at home on Feb. 8, 2007, by the score of 75-69 before handing Pacific a 69-58 defeat in the opening round of the Big West Tournament... The Titans are 10-12 all-time against Pacific at Titan Gym.
A LOOK AT UC DAVIS: The Aggies enter the week with an 8-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in their inaugural Big West Conference season... UC Davis snapped a four-game losing streak with a pair of wins over Cal State Northridge (76-60) and Long Beach State (51-49) last weekend at home... The Aggies are back to their winning ways after winning their first five games of the year and then losing seven of their next eight... Jessica Campbell is the league's second-highest scorer at 14.9 ppg and is joined in double figures by teammate Haylee Donaghe (13.3 ppg)... Donaghe leads the team with a .461 field goal percentage while Heather Bates is the team's top rebounder at 5.7 rpg.
A LOOK AT PACIFIC: The Tigers enter the week with a 6-10 overall record and a 1-2 mark in league play after splitting their two games at home against Long Beach State (a 62-56 loss) and Cal State Northridge (a 79-73 win) last week... Pacific will meet UC Irvine on Thursday night before taking on the Titans... Janae Young, who has started all 16 games for the Tigers, leads a quartet of players in double figures at 11.6 ppg and is the team's second-best rebounder at 6.7 rpg... Karen Dawkins (11.3 ppg), Andrea Swanson (10.7 ppg) and Jake Kelly (10.6 ppg) are also in double figures.
THAT CLOSE: The Titans are a combined two points shy of being one of only two undefeated teams in the Big West this season after suffering back-to-back one-point losses to Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara - the latter in overtime. Cal State Fullerton has suffered one-point losses in three of its last five games and half of the team's losses this season have been by 10 points or fewer.
EVEN CLOSER: Fullerton's loss to UC Santa Barbara was the 29th straight in the series, but the Titans are poised to break through against the Gauchos. The last five games between the two programs dating back to the 2005-06 season have been decided by a total of 15 points.
WATCH YOUR WALLETS: Thursday night's contest against UC Davis will match two of the league's most adept at stealing the basketball as the Aggies lead the Big West Conference at 11.2 spg while the Titans stand third at 9.71 spg.
FIVE MORE MINUTES: Saturday's overtime game at UC Santa Barbara was the first extra period for the Titans in a little over three years dating back to their 80-74 loss to Cal State Northridge on Dec. 28, 2004. It was also Fullerton's first OT game on the road since Jan. 10, 1997 - a 102-94 loss at Long Beach State.
THOMAS HITS THE BOARDS: She can rebound too. Junior Toni Thomas narrowly matched her career-high on the boards on Saturday at UC Santa Barbara, grabbing a season-high 16 rebounds against the Gauchos - the most by a Fullerton player this season and the second-highest total by any Big West competitior in 2007-08. Thomas set her career high with 17 rebounds at Pacific back during her freshman year on Feb. 16, 2006.
MOVIN' ON UP: Thomas' 44 points against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara now gives her 1,173 for her career - good for 10th place on the school's all-time scoring list. Thomas passed Cheryl Peterson (1978-81) with her performance and needs just 87 more points this season to match Marlene Kline's total of 1,260 points from 1979-83.
SIGHTS SET: With 14 games remaining in the regular season, Thomas is on track to score more than 500 points for the second straight season. Should she accomplish that, Thomas would become only the third Cal State Fullerton player in the history of the program to score more than 500 points in two seasons, joining all-time leading scorer Eugenia Miller-Rycraw (1987-91), who did it three times, and Claudette Jackson (1990-92), who did it in both of her seasons as a Titan after transferring from Golden West College.
ALSO IN THE BOOKS: Thomas' 16 rebounds gave her 565 for her career, moving her into 10th place on the school's all-time list.
TOO EARLY FOR "BACK-TO-BACK" TALK?: Just as she has all season, junior Toni Thomas stands atop the Big West scoring race at 18.5 ppg entering this week's contests. Should she repeat as the conference's scoring champion in 2008, Thomas, who leads UC Davis' Jessica Campbell (14.9 ppg) by almost four points per game in the standings, would become only the fourth player in league history to lead the conference in scoring in back-to-back seasons and the first since Idaho's Emily Faurholt accomplished the feat in 2004-05. Other Big West players to do so: Long Beach State's Cindy Brown (1986-87) and Hawaii's Judy Mosley (1989-90).
FOR FREEEEEEEEEE: After three games without reaching the free throw line, freshman guard Lauren Chow has returned to her league-leading form, hitting her last 12 consecutive free throws dating back to the USC game on Nov. 30 to increase her Big West-leading percentage to .967 (29-for-30). Chow, who hit 17 consecutive free throws to start her Division I career, hit a league single-game best 11-for-11 in a home victory over San Jose State back on Nov. 17.
ACROSS THE NCAA: Individually, Toni Thomas ranks No. 23 in the nation in scoring at 18.5 ppg and No. 85 in field goal percentage at .491... Lauren Chow is No. 78 in three-point percentage (.375), and No. 53 in three-point field goals made per game (2.40).
ALL ACCOUNTED FOR: With Thomas' 24-point, 16-rebound effort at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 12, Cal State Fullerton became the final school to have a player record a double-double in the Big West Conference this season. Thomas, who has 22 career 20-point games, tallied her 16th career double-double against the Gauchos and her first since scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards against Pacific in the first round of last year's Big West Conference Tournament.
CHOW HOLDING STEADY: Freshman Lauren Chow tallied her ninth double-digit scoring performance in 14 games on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara, and has developed into a steady offensive threat for the Titans, especially from outside. Chow is averaging 11.7 ppg over her last seven contests and has four games of 20 points or more this season.
DOIN' THE DISHES: Freshman Lauren Chow and junior Daviyonne Weathersby has proved to be a formidible backcourt for the Titans this season, each ranking amongst the Big West Conference leaders in assists entering the week. Chow stands fourth in a close race for the top spot with 3.36 apg while Weathersby is tied for ninth at 2.79 apg.
BOARD WORK: Saturday's game at UC Santa Barbara marked the first time all season that Cal State Fullerton had not been outrebounded, matching the Gauchos with 42 rebounds as a team in the one-point overtime loss. The rebounding total was the second-highest for the Titans this season, just one shy of the season high of 43 set against Pepperdine on Dec. 7.