Feb. 6, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Sporting its longest winning streak in almost 17 years, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (7-13 overall, 5-3 in the Big West Conference) closes out a four-game homestand by hosting unbeaten and league-leading UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. and Cal Poly on Saturday evening (Feb. 9) at 5 p.m. at Titan Gym.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: Both of this week's games 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.
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SERIES RECORDS: Fullerton trails the all-time series with UC Santa Barbara by a count of 36-21... the Gauchos have defeated the Titans in the last 29 meetings dating back to their 1995 Big West Tournament meeting won by Fullerton, 97-86... The Titans are 12-13 all-time against the Gauchos at home, having lost 12 straight since an 89-86 win on Feb. 26, 1995... Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal Poly, 22-13, and looks to snap a two-game losing streak after a one-point defeat to the Mustangs earlier this year... The Titans are 13-4 at home against Cal Poly, having won five straight dating back to the 2002-03 season.
A LOOK AT UC SANTA BARBARA: The Gauchos are the only unbeaten team in the Big West, standing atop the conference with an 8-0 record and a 13-6 overall mark after the first go-round of the league schedule... UCSB has won nine straight games dating back to a Dec. 29 win over Mississippi (74-66)... Jessica Wilson leads the team offensively at 12.1 ppg and is the team's top rebounder at 6.3 rpg in the absence of All-Big West performer Jenna Green - who is out for the year due to injury... Kat Suderman is also in double figures, averaging 10.5 ppg to go with 4.8 rpg and a .458 field goal percentage.
A LOOK AT CAL POLY: Cal Poly enters the weekend with an 8-13 overall record and a 5-3 mark in league play - standing in a three-way tie for third place with Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis... After winning four straight, the Mustangs have fallen on hard times as of late, losing four of their last five, including a 12-point decision at UC Riverside last weekend... Megan Harrison leads the team offensively, averaging 13.8 ppg and 6.5 rpg... Lisa McBride is also in double figures at 10.8 ppg and is shooting .477 from the floor while grabbing 5.9 rpg.
STREAKING: Cal State Fullerton's longest winning streak in almost 17 years moved to five games last week thanks to the Titans' victories over Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. The five straight wins are the most for a Fullerton squad since the school won eight straight from Feb. 9-March 7, 1991.
MORE ON THE STREAK: Cal State Fullerton is averaging better than 73 points per game during its five-game winning streak and doing it by winning the close ones - outscoring the opposition by an average of 6.8 ppg. Four of the five wins have come by 10 points or less, including a two-point victory at Cal State Bakersfield on Jan. 26. The Titans are shooting 44 percent from the field during the streak and have four players averaging double-digits in the scoring category: Toni Thomas (16.2 ppg), Ashley Richie (15.8 ppg), Daviyonne Weathersby (11.2 ppg), and Lauren Chow (11.0 ppg).
ADJUSTMENTS MADE: Cal State Fullerton set a season-low with only 18 points in Saturday's first half - the second lowest point total in any half of basketball for the Titans this season. However, adjustments were made and the game was won thanks to a 41-point second half - the third straight game that Fullerton has scored better than 40 points in the second half and the fourth such occasion in the last five contests. The Titans have outscored the opposition by an average of 11.3 ppg in the last three games (46.3 ppg-35.0 ppg), rebounding from halftime deficits in each of those contests.
THAT CLOSE: Cal State Fullerton has lost 29 straight to UC Santa Barbara, but the Titans have been poised to finally break through against the Gauchos over the course of the last two seasons. Each of the last five meetings with UCSB have been decided by six points or less and a grand total of 15 points overall, including a one-point overtime loss (59-58) at UC Santa Barbara earlier this season on Jan. 12.
DAY-OH MY!!!: It was quite a weekend for junior co-captain Daviyonne Weathersby, who tallied her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in Fullerton's come-from-behind victory over Cal State Northridge on Feb. 2. The 5-foot-2 point guard also tied her career-best with six assists and set a new career standard with five steals against the Matadors. After scoring 12 points against Long Beach State two nights earlier, Weathersby finished the week averaging 11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, and 3.5 spg in 29 minutes per game.
ONE FINE "DAY": Weathersby has scored in double figures in each of her last three contests, averaging 11.7 points per game while also helping out her teammates to the tune of 4.67 assists per game. The junior has hit double digits in points in four of her last five contests, averaging 11.2 ppg and shooting .514 (18-for-35) from the field while swiping a team-high 14 steals.
FAB FROSH: Freshman guard Ashley Richie became the third Titan to average double digits in scoring this season, thanks to a huge scoring weekend against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. Richie averaged 20.5 ppg and shot .486 from the floor against the 49ers and Matadors - including setting a career high with 21 points against Long Beach State for the first 20-point game of her career. She followed that up two nights later with a 20-point effort against Cal State Northridge. Richie has hit double figures in five of her last six games, averaging 14.8 ppg and shooting 50 percent (37-for-74) from the field in that stretch.
THOMAS MOVES INTO NINTH: Junior forward Toni Thomas had her eight-game double-digit scoring streak snapped against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 2, but her 24 points this past week were enough to power her into ninth place on the school's all-time scoring list. Thomas enters this week's games with 1,267 points - passing Marlene Kline (1979-83) on the scoring chart and standing just 23 points behind Andrea Thieme's (1995-99) 1,290 career points for eighth place all-time.
THE 600 CLUB: Thanks to her 18 boards this past weekend, Thomas became the ninth player in school history to reach 600 rebounds in a career, needing five more to tie Heather Hansen (1999-03) for eighth place on the school's all-time list. Other members of the "600 club" include: Eugenia Miller-Rycraw (1,162), Terri Withers (805), Nancy Dunkle (749), Erin Whiteside (729), Meg Gallagher (702), Amy Torczon (676), Charlee Underwood (630), and Hansen (612).
SCORE MORE, WIN MORE: Fullerton's five-game winning streak is thanks, in large part, to a very balanced scoring effort from the Titans' lineup that has seen three or more players score in double figures in each contest. Fullerton is 4-0 this season when it has four or more players score 10 points or more and has won its last three straight games (3-5 overall) when the team has three players in double figures.
DOIN' THE DISHES: Freshman Lauren Chow and junior Daviyonne Weathersby has proved to be a formidible backcourt for the Titans this season, each ranking among the Big West Conference leaders in assists entering the week. Chow stands second in a close race for the top spot with 3.45 apg while Weathersby is sixth at 3.25 apg. Fullerton is one of three schools (UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly are the others) to have two guards in the top 10 this week.
A WIN IS A WIN: It doesn't matter how many you score, just that you have one more than the other team. Fullerton's 59 points in last Saturday's 59-55 win over Cal State Northridge was the fewest points scored in a victory for the Titans since they defeated UC Riverside on the road by the identical score on Feb. 9, 2006.
ACROSS THE NCAA: Individually, Thomas ranks No. 43 in the nation in scoring and No. 91 in field goal percentage (.488)... Lauren Chow ranks No. 90 in the nation in three-point percentage (.352) and No. 72 in three-pointers made per game (2.3).
SIGHTS SET: With eight games remaining in the regular season, Thomas will need to recover from a scoring hiccup on Saturday against Cal State Northridge if she is to score more than 500 points for the second straight season. Should she accomplish that, Thomas would become only the third 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.
TOO EARLY FOR "BACK-TO-BACK" TALK?: Just as she has all season, junior Toni Thomas stands atop the Big West scoring race at 17.7 ppg entering this weekend's game. Should she repeat as the conference's scoring champion in 2008, Thomas, who leads UC Davis' Jessica Campbell (15.0 ppg) by almost three 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).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?: With the Big West Conference season halfway through, freshman guard Lauren Chow is making a stellar case for league freshman of the year honors. The Titans' rookie ranks ninth in the Big West Conference in scoring and is the only underclassman to rank among the league's top 15 scorers this week. She also stands among the league's best in assists (2nd), free throw percentage (1st), steals (t6th), three-point percentage (4th), three-pointers made (1st), and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th).