Three-Game Road Trip Tips-Off at UC Irvine
Feb. 2, 2011
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Bren Events Center (5,000) | Irvine, CA
Live Audio | Big West TV
Cal State Fullerton at UC Riverside
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011
Student Rec Center (2,753) | Riverside, CA
Live Stats | Live Audio | Big West TV
TIP-OFF: Winners of three of its last four Big West Conference games, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (8-14 overall, 4-5 in the Big West) opens up a three-game league trip this week looking to avenge a pair of conference defeats from earlier in the year. The Titans battle Orange County rival UC Irvine on Thursday (Feb. 3) at 7 p.m. at the Bren Events Center before making the trek east to the Inland Empire to take on UC Riverside on Saturday evening (Feb. 5) at 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.
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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 for both contests live from the road 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.
UC IRVINE BRIEFLY: The Anteaters enter the week with a 12-8 overall record and stand in fifth place in the Big West Conference with a 4-4 league mark... after opening the season 11-4, UC Irvine has struggled as of late, dropping four of its last five following a split with Cal State Northridge (59-53 win) and UC Davis (91-72 loss) last weekend... Mikah Maly-Karros leads the Big West in both scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg) while ranking second in field goal percentage (.510)... she stands as one of two Anteaters in double figures as Jade Smith-Williams is averaging 13.9 ppg (5th in the Big West) and leads the Big West in assists at 4.20 apg while ranking fifth in steals (1.75 spg)... UC Irvine is averaging 67.1 ppg (3rd in the Big West) and shooting .417 from the floor (3rd in the league) as a team while allowing just 63.8 ppg (4th) and holding opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting (3rd in the Big West).
UC RIVERSIDE BRIEFLY: The Highlanders enter the week with an 11-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Big West Conference play to stand one-half game ahead of UC Irvine in fourth place in the conference... UC Riverside split its games last week, defeating UC Davis, 72-50, before falling to Pacific, 62-59... the Highlanders have won five of their last seven overall beginning with their win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 8... UCR travels to Cal State Northridge on Thursday before hosting the Titans... guard Alyssa Morris leads a trio of Highlanders in double figures, tied for the team lead in scoring with TreShonti Nottingham at 12.7 ppg while leading the team with 5.8 rpg and a .474 field goal percentage... Nottingham leads the team with 44 steals and is second with a .465 field goal percentage... Brittany Waddell is also in double figures at 10.4 ppg to go with 16 blocks and 3.6 rpg... UCR is averaging 62.0 ppg and is shooting .410 from the field while the opposition is averaging 60.9 ppg and shooting .381 from the floor for the season.
SERIES NOTES: The series with UC Irvine is tied, 31-31, following the Anteaters' five-point win at Titan Gym earlier this year... Fullerton is just 12-17 all-time on UCI's home court, having lost its last two trips to the Bren Events Center since a 69-66 win in 2008... UC Riverside leads the all-time series with Cal State Fullerton, 20-18, following the Highlanders' 12-point win in Fullerton earlier this year... the Titans are 8-8 all-time in the Inland Empire having lost their last two trips dating back to a 62-54 win in 2008.
TITANS REMAIN SIXTH AMONG BIG WEST TEAMS IN LATEST RPI: Cal State Fullerton remained sixth among Big West Conference teams in the NCAA's latest RPI listings as of Jan. 31, coming in at No. 261 out of 343 teams - a drop of 10 spots from a week ago. UC Riverside leads the way at No. 95 (down one spot) followed by UC Davis at No. 115 (up one spot), UC Santa Barbara (No. 129, down 11), UC Irvine (No. 143, down eight spots), and Cal Poly (No. 153, up 17 spots) in the top five. Pacific is seventh at No. 297 (unchanged from a week ago) followed by Long Beach State (No. 312, down six) and Cal State Northridge (No. 326, up one).
WELCOME TO THE CLUB, LYNDSEY: Senior Lyndsey Grove became the 20th Titan - and the second this season - to score 1,000 points in a career on Jan. 29 against Long Beach State, hitting the mark on the nose with her 16th point against the 49ers and helping her team to a crucial 16-point victory. Grove joined teammate Megan Richardson, who reached the milestone on Jan. 5 against UC Irvine, as members of the elite club to accomplish the feat this season.
MILESTONE FOR TWO: Thanks to Lyndsey Grove's performance, the Titans had two players reach the 1,000 career point plateau for the first time since 1991-92 when Claudette Jackson (1990-92) and Joey Ray (1988-92) accomplished the feat. Aside from those pairs, 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.
KEEP AN EYE ON...: With seven regular season contests and any potential tournament games remaining in the 2010-11 campaign, the Titans have an outside chance of a third player reaching the 1,000 career point milestone this season as junior Lauren Chow is closing in on the mark. Chow enters this week's games with 882 career points, needing 118 points this season to make it a trio of Titans at 1,000. Assuming the Titans reach the Big West Tournament, but are ousted in the first round, Chow would need an offensive explosion to close out the year and reach the milestone, needing to average around 14.8 ppg over that span to join teammates Megan Richardson and Lyndsey Grove in the club.
A PERFECT DAY: En route to her highest scoring output of the season against Long Beach State on Jan. 29, junior Lauren Chow added her name to yet another category in the school's record book with her perfect showing from behind the arc. The La Palma native hit 6-of-6 from three-point range to match the school record for three-point percentage set by Shayla Bradshaw in 1993 at UC Irvine in a 96-91 victory. It added to a perfect day for Chow, who finished 7-for-7 from the field against the 49ers, and completed an almost perfect week for the junior, who missed only two shots in two games, going 10-of-12 (.833) from the floor and 8-of-10 (.800) from three-point range while averaging 14.0 ppg off the bench.
RICHARDSON CONTINUES CLIMB UP SCORING CHART: While teammate Lyndsey Grove was busy reaching a career milestone, junior Megan Richardson continued to make her way up the Fullerton scoring charts as her 24 points last week gave her 1,134 career points, good for No. 12 on the all-time list and only 29 points shy of Cheryl Peterson (1978-81) for 11th place and 125 points to move past Marlene Kline (1979-83) and into the top 10.
DOUBLING UP: With their performances last week, Megan Richardson and Lyndsey Grove notched, respectively, their 16th and 17th double-digit scoring performances of the season. Combined, their totals are 10 more than the rest of the Titans' roster (23 double-digit scoring games) on the season.
DIALED IN: Fullerton's sharpshooters were on target last week, combining to shoot 20-for-47 (.426) from three-point range against Cal State Bakersfield and Long Beach State, hitting 10 three-point baskets in each contest. It marked the second and third times this season that the Titans have reached double digits in three-pointers made after they hit 12-of-28 (.429) from beyond the arc against San Jose State on Nov. 21, 2010. Fullerton has shot better than 40 percent from behind the arc in three of its last four games and nine times overall this season.
SPONSORED BY WINDEX: Don't worry, NCAA rule makers, it's just a headline. With senior Jenna Breite, one of the conference's top rebounders, out due to illness against Cal State Bakersfield, head coach Marcia Foster needed someone on her roster to step in and control the boards. She probably got more than she asked for as sophomores Lauren Bushong and Simone Lutu were more than up to the task, combining to grab half of the Titans' 50 rebounds on the night and set career high's in the process. Bushong led the way with a game-high 14 rebounds (including six on the offensive end) while Lutu added 11 boards (five on the offensive glass) as the duo were the first Titan pair to grab double-digit rebounds in a game since Lyndsey Grove (11) and Toni Thomas (10) accomplished the feat against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 10, 2009.
ROOM TO BOARD: Fullerton's 50 rebounds against the Roadrunners was the second-highest total for the Titans on the glass this season, trailing only the 51 rebounds grabbed against Sacramento State on Dec. 9, 2010. The 21 offensive rebounds were also the second most this season behind the 23 offensive boards collected against the Hornets.
300: In bowling, it's a perfect game. In Cal State Fullerton women's basketball lore, it's part of a special group. Junior Megan Richardson became only the 11th player in the history of the program to have scored 300 points in three consecutive seasons with her 14 points against Cal State Bakersfield and the first since Toni Thomas in 2009. Looking ahead to her senior season, should she reach the "perfect" number in 2011-12, Richardson would join Robin Holmes (1982-86), Shayla Bradshaw (1992-96), and Thomas (2005-09) as the only Titans to reach 300 points in all four years of their collegiate careers in a Fullerton uniform.
BREITE GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE: Already enjoying one of the best rebounding seasons of her career, senior Jenna Breite is also in the midst of the best offensive seasons of her collegiate career. Breite's 119 points this season are a career high, surpassing the 93 points scored last year, and her 5.7 ppg are also a career high. Of her 247 career points scored entering this week, almost half (48 percent) of those have come during her senior season.
BACK ON THE BOARDS: Breite has also been the most consistent Titan on the boards this season, entering the week ranked eighth in the league in the category at 6.7 rpg and is averaging 7.5 rpg over her last four contests - including her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the year with 11 boards at Long Beach State on Jan. 19. 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 397 career rebounds, over 82 percent (327) have come in the last two seasons.
SPEAKING OF REBOUNDS: Cal State Fullerton accomplished something last week that it has been unable to do all season - hold an advantage on the glass in back-to-back games. The Titans outrebounded Cal State Bakersfield by three and Long Beach State by four in their match-ups, marking only the fourth and fifth times this season that they have led in that category all season - and the first since a six-rebound advantage against UC Irvine on Jan. 5 at Titan Gym.
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 (114 games) and Grove (111 games) both have a great chance to break the current career mark held by Genia Miller with seven regular season games remaining plus any possible conference tournament and postseason contests. Miller played in 118 games during her career from 1987-91, and her mark could be matched by Richie as soon as Feb. 17 against UC Santa Barbara at Titan Gym.
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 22 games this season, the Titans have already rejected 60 shots - already 35 more than they had through 22 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 (2.73 bpg) entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of senior Lauren Bushong (20) and Jenna Breite (14), 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.
BLOCKING BUNCHES: Sophomore Lauren Bushong's team-high 20 blocks this season are the most for the Titan since Toni Thomas finished with 22 swats in 2007-08 and, when you add in Jenna Breite's 14 blocks, Fullerton has two players with double digit blocks in the same season for the first time since 2006-07 when Thomas (25) and Charlee Underwood (24) accomplished the feat.
THIRTY-SOMETHING: For junior sharpshooter Megan Richardson, 33 is the new 20. The Manhattan Beach native went off for a career-high 33 points in a loss to league-leading Cal Poly on Jan. 13, becoming the first Titan since Toni Thomas in 2007 (32 points in a loss at UTEP) to reach the 30-point plateau and accomplishing the feat for the 75th time in school history. Richardson, whose previous career high was 29 points set last season as a sophomore against San Jose State, scored the most points in a single game by a Fullerton player since Natascha Stokely netted 36 points against Long Beach State on Feb. 22, 1998.
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 five of the last eight games and 12 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 nine other games. Junior Lauren Chow leads the way with 101 points off the bench in 16 games this season with freshman Yvont'e Neal (87 points) close behind. Overall, the Titans' bench is averaging 21.0 ppg in 22 contests this season to 21.8 ppg for the opposition - a difference of just 17 points overall (480-463 points).
POINTS... FOR FREEEEEEEEE!: Cal State Fullerton enters this week's contests ranked atop the Big West Conference and No. 27 in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting .748 from the line thus far this season - 11 points better than second place UC Riverside (.737) - led by junior Megan Richardson's 80 percent shooting from the line which stands tied for fourth in the league. Should the Titans remain atop the category at the end of the year, Fullerton will become only the second school in the history of the Big West Conference to lead the league in free throw percentage in three consecutive seasons joining the 1991-94 Hawaii squads. Overall, the Titans have led the Big West in free throw percentage five times, including three of the last four seasons.
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 stands second on the team and ranks ninth in the Big West in scoring entering this week (13.3 ppg) and has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of the team's 22 contests this season while also ranking ninth in the league in field goal percentage (.450), fourth in three-point percentage (.417), sixth in three-pointers made per game (1.59), tied for fourth in three-pointers made overall (35), and seventh in minutes (30.91 mpg), while also standing first on the team in steals (24) and third on the team in assists (46).
QUITE A 1-2 PUNCH: The Titans scoring duo of junior Megan Richardson (14.4 ppg) and senior Lyndsey Grove (13.3 ppg) is among one of the Big West Conference's top 1-2 scoring punches this season, accounting for just under 43 percent of the team's scoring (608 of 1,428 total points) and combining to average 27.7 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 649 of the team's 1,341 points and are averaging a combined 32.5 ppg). When it comes to shouldering the load for their team, Richardson and Grove rank third in the conference behind the UCI duo, which contributes 48.4% of the team's scoring, and Cal State Northridge's Jasmine Erving and Violet Alama, who have combined to average 24.8 ppg and contribute 43.6% of the Matadors' 1,195 points this year. The Titans' duo ranks third and ninth, 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.