Feb. 1, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
The longest homestand of the 2005-06 season for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team comes to a close this weekend as the Titans (6-13 overall, 3-4 in the Big West Conference) host a pair of local rivals at Titan Gym this weekend.
Fullerton opens the second go-round of Big West Conference play on Thursday (Feb. 2) against UC Irvine at 7 p.m., looking to avenge a seven-point loss to the Anteaters at the Bren Center back on Jan. 21.
The Titans then take on unbeaten conference leader Long Beach State on Saturday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. in the latter game of a day-night doubleheader with the Cal State Fullerton men's team, which faces UC Riverside earlier in the afternoon at 2:05 p.m.
LIVE, FROM TITAN GYM...
Audio for both of this week's games will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com and, for the first time in the history of the program, fans of Cal State Fullerton women's basketball can watch the action live over the Internet thanks to a partnership between the Big West Conference and CSTV.
All remaining men's and women's regular season games not on an ESPN or Fox Sports Net platform are to be streamed as part of a subscription service beginning Jan. 25 for \$24.95. To sign up an view the games, please visit www.cstv.com/ot/bigwest-aa.html.
SCOUTING UC IRVINE
The Anteaters enter the weekend with a 4-15 overall record and a 2-5 mark in Big West play to stand in a four-way tie for fifth in the league standings.
UC Irvine is coming off a 79-50 loss to league-leading Long Beach State on Saturday and has split its last four games, including a 73-66 victory over the Titans on Jan. 21.
The Anteaters are led offensively by guard Angie Ned, who is averaging 12.4 ppg to go with 23 steals. Ned was one of four Anteaters in double figures in the last game with the Titans, scoring a team high 16 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman Kelly Cochran is second on the team in scoring at 8.8 ppg, but had the game of her young career against Fullerton, pouring in 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the UCI victory.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
The 49ers bring an unblemished 7-0 league record into the weekend when they face UC Riverside on Thursday (Feb. 2) before meeting the Titans. Long Beach State (14-5 overall) has won its last seven games dating back to a Jan. 2 loss to UC Davis and 10 of its last 11 games have been victories.
Long Beach State is led offensively by guard Crystal McCutechon, who leads the Big West at 16.7 ppg and is also tops in free throw percentage (.885) and steals (2.53 spg). She had 17 points in the two teams' first meeting on Jan. 19 in Long Beach.
If the Titans are going to catch the 49ers, it will be on Saturday as Long Beach State is 11-1 at home, but only 3-4 on the road.
&\#149; UC IRVINE: UCI leads the all-time series, 28-22, winning the last three straight... the Titans' last win came on Feb. 12, 2004, by a 59-50 count in Irvine. &\#149; LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers lead the longest-running series in school history, 56-23, including the last five straight meetings... The Titans' last win in the series was on Feb. 13, 2003, a 77-74 win in Long Beach.
HOW `BOUT THIS JANUARY?
It may be chilly outside in the month of January, but junior Charlee Underwood and freshman Toni Thomas have heated things up in the gym, both averaging better than 15 points and six rebounds to help the Titans to four wins. Both players scored exactly 136 points (15.1 ppg) while Underwood held the slight advantage on the boards by a 65-61 (7.2 rpg-6.8 rpg) tally. However, it was Thomas who was a monster on the offensive end, grabbing 36 offensive rebounds and shooting .527 from the field.
"DR. J" TWO SHORT OF NO. 400
Cal State Fullerton head coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah stands just two wins short of 400 career coaching wins and just five away from tying Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore's school record of 140 coaching wins. Jeremiah, who is in her 10th season at Cal State Fullerton and 26th overall, currently stands at 398-291 (.578) overall in her coaching career and 135-146 (.480) as head coach of the Titans. Jeremiah led Fullerton to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in 1989 and 1991 behind the strong play of All-America center turned Titan assistant coach Eugenia Miller-Rycraw. and her 25-8 season in 1990-91 serves as the program's standard for single-season victories.
HOME STREAK COMES TO AN END
Cal State Fullerton's 75-71 loss to UC Davis on Saturday ended the Titans' six-game home winning streak - the longest single-season streak for the Fullerton program since the Titans won 12 straight in 1990-91. The record for consecutive home wins is 15, which includes the first three home contests of the 1991-92 season. During their winning streak, the Titans averaged 74.8 ppg (11 points better than the opposition) and shot only .415 from the field to the opponents' .464 from the floor.
MORE FROM HOME
Despite their home court winning streak coming to an end, the Titans' 6-2 mark at Titan Gym still isn't shabby. In fact, the six home wins are the most in eight years since the 1997-98 season went 7-5 at Titan Gym. However, Fullerton will have a difficult time to surpass that mark as three of its remaining four home games are against the top three teams in the league standings entering this week - Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 23), and Cal Poly (Feb. 25).
LOOKING FOR THAT CERTAIN, SPECIAL...
Someone? How about five someones? In it's 19 games this season, the Titans have used 14 different starting lineups, with only Charlee Underwood (18 starts), Toni Thomas (16 starts), and Audrey Taylor (15 starts) seeing the most action this season in the starting five. In fact, last week was not only significant in that the Titans used yet another starting five, but it was also only the second time this season that Fullerton used the same lineup in back-to-back games since the Northern Arizona and Army games at the end of November.
THOMAS CONTINUES TO BURN UP THE NETS
Fullerton freshman Toni Thomas extended her double-digit scoring streak to six straight games this past weekend against Utah Valley State and UC Davis, averaging 16.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg in that stretch while shooting just under 54 percent from the field. Thomas, who is third on the team in scoring at 11.4 ppg, has scored 216 points this season - the highest total for a Fullerton freshman since Charlee Underwood scored 265 in 2003-04.
Cal State Fullerton's woes in the win-loss column haven't been due to a lack of scoring. The Titans' trio of senior Amber Pruitt, junior Charlee Underwood, and freshman Toni Thomas all rank in the top eight in the Big West Conference in scoring and in the top 15 in rebounding as well as a host of other categories. Underwood is third in the Big West in scoring at 13.2 points per game and tied for 12th in the league at 5.4 rebounds per game. Pruitt is seventh in the league in scoring at 11.7 ppg and seventh in rebounding at 6.0 rpg while Thomas is eighth in scoring (11.4) and ninth in rebounding (5.9). The trio also ranks in the top 10 in field goal percentage with Thomas (.472) in fourth, Underwood (.454) in fifth, and Pruitt (.437) in sixth.
THOMAS TOPS IN THE BIG WEST
On the boards, that is. Cal State Fullerton freshman Toni Thomas is a close second on the team in rebounding at 5.9 per game, but has been even more of a force on the offensive end - entering this week's play as the best offensive rebounder in the league. Thomas is averaging 3.37 offensive rebounds per game, edging much-taller post Jayme Connors (6-foot-2) of Long Beach State, who has grabbed 62 offensive rebounds and is averaging 3.26 per game.
FOUR SCORERS AND THREE WINS AGO
Fullerton has had four players score double figures four times this season, but UC Davis ended the Titans' three-game winning streak in those games with its 75-71 win on Saturday at Titan Gym. Cal State Fullerton had been 3-0 in games where four Titans had scored 10 or more points until Saturday, posting wins over Montana State, Cal State Northridge, and Pacific.
EIGHT IS GREAT, BUT 80 IS BETTER
If one is the loneliest number, then 80 must be the winningest. Cal State Fullerton reached the 80-point plateau for the third time this season on Thursday in its first-ever meeting with Utah Valley State, downing the Wolverines, 84-63, to up the Titans' home winning streak to six games. In fact, the Titans, who have also reached 80 or more points in wins over Montana State and Cal State Northridge this season, have won their last 12 straight games in which they have scored at least 80 points dating back to a 97-80 road loss to UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 23, 1997.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Senior Amber Pruitt and juniors Charlee Underwood and Andrea Adams have all been making their way up various career record charts this season.
Pruitt, whose scoring exploits have been discussed earlier in this release, also ranks 10th in career free throws made (208), 4th in free throw percentage (.737), and tied for 10th in career blocks (33). Her 519 rebounds are just 12 short of breaking into the top 10.
Underwood is 19th on the all-time scoring chart with 845 career points and a season-plus to play in her collegiate career. She is fifth in career three-pointers made chart (92) and ranks 6th in career attempts (288). Her .319 career three-point percentage is eighth all-time.
Andrea Adams is also one of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history, ranking ninth in three-pointers made (82), eighth in three-pointers attempted (264), and ninth in three-point percentages (.311).