Jan. 26, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP OFF: Having lost its last three straight games after four consecutive victories, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (8-11 overall, 4-3 in the Big West Conference for fourth place) looks to get back in the win column with a pair of games this week. The Titans take a break with a non-conference match-up on Wednesday night (Jan. 27) at 7 p.m. against reclassifying Seattle University before closing out the first go-round of Big West play at UC Irvine on Saturday afternooon (Jan. 30) at 4 p.m.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD!: Both of this week's contests will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Veteran Titan broadcaster Patrick Alog will have the play-by-play live from Titan Gym. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of the all-new 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: Wednesday's meeting with Seattle will be the first-ever meeting on the court between the two programs... Fullerton leads the all-time series with UC Irvine, 29-28, after splitting the two regular season match-ups with the Anteaters and taking the Big West Tournament first-round match-up... the Titans have won eight of the last 11 meetings with UCI after losing 14 consecutive games to the Anteaters from 1997-2004... Fullerton is 12-15 all-time in games at UC Irvine, winning three of the last five.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS: Seattle University enters the week with a 4-18 overall record, snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 60-51 win over Longwood University on Jan. 21... the Redhawks are in their second year of reclassification from Division II and will be a full-fledged Division I member in 2012-13... Seattle is 0-3 against Big West opponents this season, falling to UC Davis (71-49), UC Irvine (60-59), and Cal Poly (94-66)... the Redhawks are 0-11 in games away from home this season, including an 0-2 mark in neutral site games... Ashley Brown leads the offense, averaging 14.0 ppg to go with 4.8 rpg... Elle Kerfoot is also in double figures, averaging 11.5 ppg and shooting .431 from the floor and .449 from three-point range... Seattle is averaging 56.9 ppg and shooting .382 from the floor while allowing 64.8 ppg and .408 shooting from the field.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with a 6-14 overall record and a 3-5 mark in Big West play for seventh place... the Anteaters travel to Pacific on Wednesday (Jan. 27) before welcoming the Titans to the Bren Center... LMU transfer Mikah Maly-Karros leads the offense, averaging 16.4 ppg and 11.0 rpg while shooting 40 percent from the field... Chico State transfer Jade Smith-Williams (13.1 ppg) and Rebecca Maessen (10.6 ppg) are also in double figures for the Anteaters... UC Irvine is averaging 60.0 ppg and shooting .370 from the floor as a team while allowing 68.8 ppg and .429 shooting from the field to its opponents.
SORRY... IT'S MY FIRST TIME: Wednesday night against Seattle University will mark the Titans' last chance this season to get a win against a first-time opponent as Fullerton's woes against such teams has continued this season. The Titans, who have also lost first-ever meetings to Oregon (Nov. 27), Wisconsin (Nov. 29), Tulsa (Dec. 28), and Oklahoma (Dec. 30) earlier this year, have lost their last nine-straight games against first-time opponents, and 11 of their last 12, dating back to the 2005-06 season. Fullerton's only win in that stretch came against Utah Valley with an 84-63 victory on Jan. 26, 2006, at Titan Gym.
AN OLD NEMESIS RETURNS: When Seattle University head coach Joan Bonvicini brings her Redhawks team into Titan Gym on Wednesday, it won't be an unfamiliar setting for the long-time coach. Bonvicini spent 12 seasons as head coach at Big West Conference rival Long Beach State from 1979-91, when she posted a 25-1 record against the Titans, and then was 2-0 against Cal State Fullerton as head coach of Arizona from 1991-2008. The Titans' only win against a Bonvicini-coach squad came in 1991 when they posted a 75-63 win over the 49ers on Jan. 21 at Titan Gym.
OLIVIER DOUBLES UP: Cal State Fullerton freshman Mya Olivier tallied her first career double-double on Saturday night against UC Santa Barbara, scoring 10 points and finishing with a career-high 11 rebounds in the double-overtime loss to the Gauchos before fouling out. Olivier reached double figures in points for only the second time this season (15 points against Sacramento State) and is averaging 6.2 rpg over her last five contests. She became only the second Titan with a double-double this season after Jenna Breite's 11-point, 10-rebound performance against Portland State on Nov. 28 at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, Ore.
RIPKEN-ESQUE: On Sept. 6, 1995, Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak with his 2,131st appearance against the then-California Angels in Baltimore. Little did we know that as Gehrig's streak was coming to end, another was just beginning. Fullerton's loss to UCSB on Saturday night extended the Titans' losing streak to 34 consecutive games against the Gauchos dating back to Fullerton's last win in the series, a 97-86 victory on March 8, 1995. The unfortunate streak is one of the longest in the nation against any one opponent according to a survey conducted by Loyola-Chicago assistant SID Leo Krause. In the silver lining department, it is not the longest streak in the nation, however, as Stanford owns a 48-game winning streak over Pac-10 rival Washington State
JAHNE ON THE SPOT: In only her ninth appearance of the season, sophomore Jahne Williams came off the bench to provide some much-needed offense against the Gauchos on Saturday night. Williams, who entered the night averaging just 1.6 ppg and having scored just 13 points overall on year, nearly matched that mark, hitting 4-of-6 from the floor to finish with a career-high eight points in 13 minutes. It was a break-out performance for the Palmdale native, who scored just eight points in 33 total minutes (eight games) in all of her freshman seasonin 2008-09.
ACT NOW AND YOU'LL GET A SECOND OVERTIME FREE!!!: Postgame plans for everyone were put on hold on Saturday night against UC Santa Barbara, as the Gauchos and the Titans battled to only the second double-overtime game in Cal State Fullerton history and only the third overtime contest in the history of the series. The only other double-overtime game in school history finished in favor of the Titans, who defeated BYU, 98-96, on Jan. 14, 1984. Fullerton fell to 1-2 in overtime this season with the loss (W vs. Portland State, L at Cal Poly) and is now 9-15 all-time when playing an extra period.
MINUTE WOMEN: No need for gassers this week, coach, we already got our running in. Four Titans topped the 40-minute mark against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, including junior Lyndsey Grove, who played in 48 of a possible 50 minutes against the Gauchos. Sophomore Megan Richardson and freshman Mya Olivier each set career high's with 41 minutes played while senior Jasmine Scott appeared in a career-high 40 minutes. After not having a player among the top 10 all season, Grove's marathon run propelled her into the top 10 in minutes played in the Big West this week as her 31.6 mpg average ranks 10th in the league while she is among nine players in the conference with at least 600 minutes played overall this season.
PETERS HELPS OUT: Junior guard Britt Peters took a break from her scoring exploits to help out the Titans' offense in a different way last weekend, notching a career-high six assists to go with three points and four rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes against the Gauchos. Peters, who missed the first six games of the season, surpassed her previous career-best of four assists set on Jan. 9 in a home victory over UC Riverside.
FREE THROW WOES: After leading the league in free throw percentage for a good part of the season thus far, the Titans have seemingly lost their touch from the line, shooting just 13-for-25 (.520) in their last two games combined after hitting no lower than 72 percent from the stripe in each of their previous six games - including a pair of 90 percent performances. As a result, Fullerton, which enters the week still atop the conference with a .738 free throw percentage as a team, has seen it's percentage drop 16 points from .754 following a 10-for-11 (.909) performance at Cal Poly on Jan. 14.
STREAK SAPS OFFENSE: Like Kryptonite to Superman, Fullerton's three-game losing streak has sapped all the oompf out of the Titans' offense. Fullerton, which enters the week with the Big West's second-best scoring offense at 67.9 ppg, has been held to under 60 points in each of its last two games and has shot just .329 (69-for-210) from the floor and .293 from three-point range (24-for-82) in each of the last three games - which included a pair of overtime contests. Opponents, on the other hand, are averaging just over 67 points per game while shooting .444 (79-for-178) from the field in that stretch.
GROVE LOOKING TO THE RECORD BOOKS: Junior Lyndsey Grove is experiencing a break-out year offensively and that is translating into some record book-like numbers. The Placentia native is shooting .422 (27-for-64) from three-point range, which would rank fourth in the single-season books, while her .852 (75-for-88) free throw percentage has her in second place - just .002 points behind Toni Thomas' single-season record of .854 in 2008-09.
TAKING THEIR SWINGS: The Titans' have not been cheated out of their shot attempts this season, averaging a Big West-high 64.00 field goal attempts per game and standing as one of only two schools to average more than 60 attempts per game entering this week's contests (Pacific at 60.24 per game). Fullerton has taken a season-low 42 shots twice this year against Wisconsin (Nov. 29) and Eastern Washington (Dec. 21) but has not taken fewer than 54 shots in the remaining 17 games - including a Big West-high 81 shots at Oregon on Nov. 27 and 80 attempts at Sacramento State on Nov. 15 while also taking 70 or more shots six times.
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 67.9 ppg (No. 96 in the NCAA) bouyed by eight games of 70 points or more and a season-high 90 points in a win over Sacramento State on Nov. 15. Fullerton's 1,290 points thus far this season are 15 points more than second place Cal Poly (1,275).
OR YOUR POINTS ARE FREEEEE: The Titans, who led the Big West in free throw percentage a season ago, have continued to be one of the most accurate at the line this season, leading the league once again entering the weekend at .738 on the year. Junior Lyndsey Grove ranks second in the conference and No. 38 in the NCAA at .852 (75-for-88) while sophomore Megan Richardson is 10th at .765 (65-for-85). On a national level, the Titans stand No. 40 in the nation as a team in free throw percentage behind Drexel's nation-leading 80.2 percent (as of NCAA stats of Jan. 24).
GIMME A SECOND CHANCE: Fullerton's work on the offensive boards have done just that for its offense this season as the Titans top the league entering the week with 263 offensive rebounds and 14.61 offensive rebounds per game. Individually, juniors Jenna Breite (5th - 2.47 per game), freshman Mya Olivier (t6th - 2.00) and Lyndsey Grove (t8th - 1.95 per game) lead the way.
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 15.8 turnovers per game and ranks No. 41 in the nation in that category (as of NCAA stats of Jan. 24) and first in the Big West Conference. The 300 turnovers overall are the fewest in the league entering the week, Fullerton's +3.11 turnover margin (No. 54 in the NCAA) is second in the conference (UC Davis +4.80), and the Titans' 359 turnovers forced are fourth-best in the league.
EIGHT IS GREAT...: But not enough for the Titans, whose 8-11 mark this season puts them just two wins shy of their total for all of last season when they finished 10-20 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the Big West Tournament. Fullerton didn't notch it's eighth win last year until game 26 in a 70-61 win at Long Beach State on Feb. 28.
FOUR IS FINE...: Continuing a theme... Fullerton's four conference wins are also just one shy of last year's 5-11 mark that placed the Titans sixth in the league during the regular season. Cal State Fullerton h asn't won more than eight games in conference play in each of the last 18 seasons since posting a school record 14 league victories in 1990-91, finishing with an 8-10 mark in 1994-95 and 2003-04 and an 8-8 record in 2007-08.
THREE-CO-LA: Cal State Fullerton has been one of the league's top three-point shooting teams all season, entering this week ranked fifth in thel eague in percentage (.319), tied for second in three-pointers made (116), and tied for third (and No. 82 in the NCAA) in three-pointers made per game (6.1). Individually, junior Lyndsey Grove has been the Titans' most successful from long distance, ranking fifth in percentage (.422) and seventh in three-pointers made per game (1.4). The Titans have twice hit 11 three-pointers in a game this season (vs. UC Riverside and at Cal Poly) - falling just three shy of the school single-game record set against Iowa State on Nov. 15, 2006.