Feb. 13, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Winners of six of its last seven games, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (8-14 overall, 6-4 in the Big West Conference) hits the road for its next three games beginning this weekend in Northern California.
The Titans open on Thursday night (Feb. 14) with a Valentine's Day match-up against Pacific at 7 p.m. in Stockton, Calif. Fullerton then heads to conference newcomer UC Davis on Saturday (Feb. 16) for a 4:45 p.m. tip-off against the Aggies in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: Neither of this weekend's games will be broadcast over the Internet, but CSTV's Gametracker live stats will be available for both contests. Fans can access the links via Cal State Fullerton's official athletics website at FullertonTitans.com.
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: Cal State Fullerton trails the all-time series with Pacific by a 30-18 count, but the Titans have won the last three straight games and five of the last seven... Fullerton posted a 94-83 win at Titan Gym earlier this year... The Titans are just 5-17 all-time in Stockton, last posting a win at the Spanos Center on March 3, 2005, by the score of 80-59... Cal State Fullerton narrowly leads the all-time series with UC Davis by a 4-3 count, but had its three-game winning streak in the series snapped with a 77-45 loss to the Aggies earlier this year in Fullerton... The Titans are 2-1 all-time in Davis, winning the last two.
A LOOK AT THE TIGERS: Pacific has already bested last season's win total (8) with six games remaining in its regular season... The Tigers enter the week with a 9-14 overall record and a 4-6 mark in Big West play for sixth place - two games back of Cal State Fullerton in the standings... Pacific has lost four of its last six, splitting last weekend's games at Cal State Northridge (W, 66-52) and Long Beach State (L, 69-57)... Janae Young leads a balanced Tigers offensive attack, pacing the squad at 12.2 ppg... Andrea Swanson (10.7 ppg), Jake Kelly (10.6 ppg), and Karen Dawkins (10.2 ppg) are also averaging double figures... Pacific features three players in the top 15 of the Big West rebounding leaders: Whitney Price is third at 7.4 rpg, Young is fourth at 7.2 rpg, and Dawkins is 12th at 6.1 rpg.
A LOOK AT THE AGGIES: UC Davis enters the weekend with a 13-9 overall record and a 7-3 mark in Big West play for third place in its inaugural season of conference play... The Aggies will meet UC Irvine on Thursday before hosting the Titans... UC Davis has won its last three straight and seven of its last nine, including a sweep of its games against Long Beach State (W, 51-48) and Cal State Northridge (W, 86-48) on the road... Jessica Campbell is the conference's second-leading scorer at 14.4 ppg and leads the league in field-goal percentage at .525... Haylee Donaghe (13.0 ppg) and Heather Bates (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures for the Aggies.
IN THE NCAA: Individually, junior Toni Thomas ranks No. 72 in nation in scoring and No. 95 in field goal percentage... freshman Lauren Chow ranks No. 68 in three-point percentage and No. 31 in three-pointers made per game.
I LOVE YOU, MAN: Fullerton is 4-4 all-time in games played on Valentine's Day, but has lost its last two such games since posting a win on Feb. 14, 1997, defeating Pacific, 78-55 at Titan Gym. Thursday will mark the first time since 2004 that the Titans have played on Feb. 14 and the third straight year that they have played a road game away from their loved ones on Valentine's Day - a bad omen for Cal State Fullerton as all four of it's Valentine's Day losses have come on the road.
CHOW SETS FRESHMAN MARK: Cal State Fullerton rookie guard Lauren Chow etched her name into the record books, setting a new school rookie records for three-pointers made (56) and attempted (152), breaking Charlee Underwood's previous marks of 43 and 131, respectively, set during the 2003-04 season.
RICHIE RICH WITH POINTS: Freshman guard Ashley Richie has filled up the basket has of late, scoring in double figures in each of her last four contests, averaging 18.0 ppg in that stretch that includes a career-high 21 points against Long Beach State (Jan. 31) and a 20-point outing against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 2). The rookie guard is shooting .455 (30-for-66) from the field in that span while averaging 33 minutes per contest.
TITANS WIN BIG: Fullerton's 15-point win over Cal Poly last weekend was the Titans' largest margin of victory over an opponent this season as all but three of their wins have come by less than 10 points. The victory surpassed the 12-point win posted by Cal State Fullerton over San Jose State on Nov. 17 at Titan Gym.
ADJUSTMENTS MADE: Cal State Fullerton's 47-point second half in Saturday's comeback win over Cal Poly marked the fifth time in the last seven games that the Titans have posted a 40-point second half, winning all five of those contests.
SHARP SHOOTING: Those second half comebacks have been the product of some great shooting by the Fullerton offense as the Titans have shot 40 percent or better from the floor in the second half in six of their last seven games, including 50 percent or better in four of those contests. Compare that to the team's first half shooting during that same stretch as Fullerton has shot better than 40 percent twice and has hit on just 31 percent (49-for-160) from the field in its last five straight games.
GREAT SCOTT: Sophomore guard Jasmine Scott has been a welcome addition to the Titans' offense in her last four starts, reaching double figures in each of those games and averaging 10.3 ppg in that stretch.
"STEAL"-Y RESOLVE: Cal State Fullerton's defense forced UCSB into 16 turnovers last Thursday, 14 of those via the steal - the second-highest total of swipes for the Titans this season. Fullerton is averaging 12 steals per game over its last four games and ranks second overall (No. 82 in the NCAA) in the Big West with 9.68 spg this season. Individually, three Titans are ranked among the league's top 10 entering the week: Daviyonne Weathersby is tied for No. 8 (1.82 spg) while Lauren Chow and Ashley Richie are tied for No. 10 (1.73 spg).
FOUR SCORE...: And a loss? Cal State Fullerton lost its first game in five tries this season when the Titans have four or more players score in double figures on Thursday night against UC Santa Barbara. The quartet of Lauren Chow (15), Toni Thomas (13), Ashley Richie (13), and Jasmine Scott (11) accounted for all but 11 of the Titans' points in their 72-63 loss to the Gauchos.
SHOOTER!!!: Opposing defenses better start getting a hand in Lauren Chow's face when the freshman pulls up to shoot. Fullerton's rookie guard hit 11-of-24 (.458) from behind the arc last week as all but six of her field goal attempts were from three-point range. Chow, who moved into second place in the Big West Conference in three-point percentage (.368) and remained atop the league in three-pointers made overall (56) and three-pointers per game (2.55), shot .433 (13-for-30) from the field overall last week against UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.
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 fourth in a close race for the top spot with 3.41 apg while Weathersby is fifth at 3.36 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. The duo also ranks among the league leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking as two of only five players to have more assists than turnovers entering this week's games.
SCORING RACE DOWN TO THE WIRE: With only six games remaining in the regular season, Fullerton's Toni Thomas continues to hold the top spot in the Big West Conference scoring race, leading UC Davis' Jessica Campbell by just under three points per game (17.0-14.4 ppg) entering this week's games. Should Thomas repeat as the conference's scoring champion in 2008, she 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).
WINDEX WOMEN: For the first 16 games of the year, Cal State Fullerton just could not find a way to keep the other team off the boards, being outrebounded in each game. However, it seems the tables have turned as the Titans have found a way to grab more boards than the opposition in four of their last six games, posting a 5-1 mark in those contests.
GUARDING THE BOARDS: Fullerton guard Jasmine Scott grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go with her 10 points in the Titans' 70-55 win over Cal Poly - marking only the seventh time in 22 games that a Fullerton guard has either led or co-led the team in rebounding this season. The eight rebounds by Scott marked the second time this season she has grabbed that many boards and is tied for the second-highest amount by a Titan guard this season, trailing only Daviyonne Weathersby's 10 rebounds against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 2.
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 its 59-55 win over Cal State Northridge on Feb. 2 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.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR?: With the Big West Conference season winding down, freshman guard Lauren Chow continues to make a stellar case for league freshman of the year honors. The Titans' rookie ranks eighth in the Big West Conference in scoring and is one of only two underclassmen (the other being her teammate Ashley Richie) to rank among the league's top 15 scorers this week. She also stands among the league's best in assists (4th), steals (t10th), three-point percentage (2nd), three-pointers made (1st), and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th). Her .878 free throw percentage would also rank second in the league, but she does not meet the league minimum for attempts to qualify.