Titans Control Destiny in Regular Season Finales
Feb. 29, 2012
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State
Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 7 p.m.
Walter Pyramid (4,200)
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Cal State Fullerton at Cal State Northridge
Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 4 p.m.
The Matadome (1,600)
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TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team can wrap up a berth in this years Big West Conference Tournament with a victory in one of its final two regular season contests this week, but the Titans (11-16, 4-10) will have to do it on the road at Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. Fullerton takes on the rival 49ers on Thursday (March 1) at 7 p.m. before a battle with the Matadors on Saturday (March 3) at 4 p.m.
THE BIG WEST BIG PICTURE: Cal State Fullerton controls its own destiny when it comes to the Big West Conference Tournament needing just one win in its final two games to lock up a berth for the 11th-consecutive season. The Titans, who would also advance with a UC Riverside loss to UC Irvine on Thursday, could finish as high as seventh in the standings with two wins and a pair of losses by Long Beach State as Fullerton would then hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 49ers in the case of a tie at 6-10 in league play. Should the Titans and Highlanders end up tied at 4-12, Cal State Fullerton would advance to the tournament only if UC Davis finishes ahead of UC Irvine in the standings thanks to the Titans' win over the Aggies and UCR's 0-2 finish against UC Davis. If the Anteaters top UC Davis in the standings, Riverside, with its win on Thursday over the Anteaters, would advance thanks to its 2-0 finish against Irvine while Fullerton ended 1-1 against UCI.
NEW LOOK BIG WEST: The Big West Conference Board of Directors announced on Dec. 12, 2011, that San Diego State will return as the conference's 11th member effective July 1, 2013. The Aztecs, whose women's teams were members of the league from 1985-90, were an original member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association from 1969-78, and will join Hawaii as the league's "newest" members. The Warriors, whose women's programs were part of the Big West from 1984-96, were introduced as the 10th member of the league on Dec. 10, 2010, and will officially compete as a member of the Big West in July of 2012.
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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.
I SEE YOU: For the sixth 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 visit www.BigWest.org/TV or access the video player at www.fansonly.com/schools/bigw/allaccess/index.html.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the third 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 and women's basketball schedule pages at FullertonTitans.com.
LONG BEACH STATE BRIEFLY: The 49ers enter the weekend with an 11-17 overall record and a 6-9 mark in Big West play for seventh place... Long Beach State was swept on the coast last weekend at Cal Poly (68-41) and UC Santa Barbara (47-35) and dropped a 73-68 contest to Pacific on Tuesday in a rescheduled contest... the 49ers have lost six of its last eight contests save for back-to-back wins over Cal State Northridge and UC Davis two weeks ago... the 49ers are 9-3 at home this season, having won three of the last four... Tipesa Moorer is the team's leading scorer at 13.1 ppg, shooting .418 from the field and averaging 4.6 rpg.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE BRIEFLY: The Matadors enter the weekend with a 16-12 overall record and a 10-5 mark in Big West play for second place, just a game-and-a-half behind Cal Poly for the top spot... Northridge fell at UC Santa Barbara (66-41) and Cal Poly (70-56) and has lost three of its last five contests... the Matadors are 9-4 at home this season, having won six of their last eight... Jasmine Erving leads the offense at 15.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg while shooting .455 from the field... Janae Sharpe is also in double figures at 11.1 ppg.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton trails in the all-time series with Long Beach State, 59-33, but the Titans have won their last six meetings with the 49ers dating to the 2008-09 season, including a 74-53 win at Titan Gym earlier this season... Fullerton is 11-29 on the road in Long Beach, but has won its last three trips to the Walter Pyramid... The Titans lead the series with Cal State Northridge, 32-11, but the Matadors have won two straight, and six of the last seven, from Fullerton dating to the 2008-09 season... the Titans are 16-5 all-time in Northridge, but have lost their last three trips to the San Fernando Valley.
BACK-TO-BACK RARITY: Cal State Fullerton's sweep of UC Riverside and UC Irvine last week marked the first back-to-back victories for the Titans since they won three-straight games from Dec. 10-22 against Nevada, San Francisco, and San Jose State.
OUT LIKE A LION: The Titans sent out the month of February in style, and they were probably happy to see it go, as Fullerton's wins over UC Riverside and UC Irvine were its first of the month as the Titans finished 2-5 in February.
NOT HALF BAD: Surely you've heard the adage, "Defense Wins Championships." In the Titans' case last week, it also wins first regular season games. Cal State Fullerton's defense held UC Riverside to just 16 points in the first half last Wednesday and stymied UC Irvine to just 17 first-half points en route to a pair of wins, helping the Titans improve to 11-4 when leading at halftime this season. The 16 points are tied for the second-fewest allowed by Fullerton this season while the 17 points are tied for fourth as the Titans held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in a half for the seventh and eighth times this year.
THE MAGIC NUMBER: One is the lonliest number, but 40 is the winningest for the Titans. Fullerton shot just over 41 percent from the field in its win over UC Irvine on Saturday, improving to 8-0 when shooting over 40 percent from the floor in a game this season.
\#WINNING: Fullerton's two wins last weekend gave them 11 wins overall on the year, marking the second time in three seasons under Head Coach Marcia Foster (and six of the last seven overall) that the Titans will finish with double digits in the win column. Speaking of wins, a victory this week on the road will give Fullerton six triumphs away from the friendly confines of Titan Gym in 2011-12, the most for the program since the 1990-91 squad finished 9-6 on the road en route to the NCAA Tournament.
CHOW REACHES CENTURY MARK: With her five-assist game against UC Irvine on Saturday, senior Lauren Chow surpassed the century mark in assists for the second time her career, amassing a career-high 103 helpers this season with two regular season contests remaining. She became the first Titan with at least 100 assists since Daviyonne Weathersby finished with 103 assists in 2007-08 and only the 21st Fullerton player overall to finish with at least 100 assists in a single season.
A'S FOR CHOW: With 409 assists to her name in her Cal State Fullerton career, redshirt senior Lauren Chow needs just two more helpers to jump past Shayla Bradshaw (1992-96) and move into third place on the school's all-time list. With her second assist against UC Riverside last week, Chow became only the fourth player in school history to accumulate 400 career assists, joining Bradshaw (410 assists), Meg Gallagher (454 assists from 1981-85), and career leader Andrea Thieme (462 assists from 1995-99).
ANOTHER GAME, ANOTHER RECORD: Senior Lauren Chow's start against UC Riverside last Wednesday set a new school record, breaking Ashley Richie's mark of 122 career games played from 2007-11 with her 123rd career appearance, which was extended to 124 on Saturday against UC Irvine. Senior Megan Richardson also moved herself up the same list with her 119th career game against the Anteaters, which now places her in a tie for third with former teammate Lyndsey Grove.
BACK IN THE GROOVE: After being held to just 24 points combined in her previous five contests, sophomore Mya Olivier went out and scored 23 last week against UC Riverside and UC Irvine, averaging 11.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg while shooting 7-for-15 (.467) from the floor for the week.
AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A TITAN BLOCK PARTY: Junior Lauren Bushong (16), freshman Natalie Williams (14), and sophomore Mya Olivier (13) give the Titans a trio of players with 10-or-more blocks in a season for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign when Andrea Thieme (17), Erin Whiteside (14), and Ada Lake (14) all finished in double figures in the category. Fullerton's 74 blocked shots are just three shy of last season's total and, with four more swats, the Titans will post the most blocks in a season since the Thieme-Whiteside-Lake-led Fullerton team in 1998-99 blocked 80 shots.
ALL GO, NO QUIT: Senior Megan Richardson made her 100th consecutive start with the Titans' opening tip against Cal Poly on Jan. 5 and has started 113 consecutive games dating back to her freshman season. The Manhattan Beach native has not missed a start since coming off the bench on Dec. 4, 2008, against No. 16 Vanderbilt and has not missed a single one of the program's 119 possible contests overall dating to the 2008-09 campaign, starting a total of 114 of those games.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DOMINATION: You know the old saying, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes?" We'd like to add a third -- Megan Richardson and double-digit points. The Titans spectacular scoring guard has reached double digits in points in 86 of her 119 career games (72 percent), including 29 career 20-point contests and a 33-point effort against Cal Poly on Jan. 13, 2011. She is one of only three active Fullerton players with at least 10 career double-digit games (Lauren Chow and Mya Olivier) and is one of three active Titans who have reached 20 points in their collegiate careers (Chow and Olivier).
"400" IS THE NEW "300": With her 18th point against Bakersfield on Feb. 16, senior Megan Richardson ascended into rare air in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history, becoming only the fourth player in school history to reach 400 points in three-consecutive seasons. Richardson, who ranks fifth on the Titans' all-time scoring list, joined Shayla Bradshaw (1992-96) and All-American's Genia Miller (1987-91) and Nancy Ratliff (1980-83) as the only Fullerton players to accomplish the feat. Richardson's 438 points this season are the third-most in her Titan career and, with 62 more points this year, she would become the first Fullerton player with 500 points in a season since Toni Thomas finished her junior year with 512 points in 2007-08.
CHOW DIALS LONG DISTANCE FOR MILESTONE: With her three trey's against UC Riverside last week, senior sharpshooter Lauren Chow moved into fourth place on the Big West Conference's all-time list for three-pointers made, jumping past UC Santa Barbara's Stacy Clinesmith, who hit 227 career three-pointers from 1996-00. Now, with 230 career three-pointers made, Chow needs four more made three-pointers to move past UC Santa Barbara's Erin Alexander (233 makes from 1993-96) for third all-time and 21 more to pass Pacific's Nancy Dinges (2000-04) for second place. Earlier this season against Nevada on Dec. 10, Chow became only the eighth player in the history of the Big West Conference to reach 200 career three-pointers made.
BOARD WORK: Cal State Fullerton's 58 rebounds against Bakersfield on Feb. 16 marked a season-high on the boards for the Titans in 2011-12 and the most for a Fullerton team since it had 58 rebounds at Sacramento State in a 90-68 victory on Nov. 15, 2009. However, both marks are way off the school record of 86 rebounds grabbed against San Diego on Nov. 28, 1980.