Oct. 29, 2009
IRVINE, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the nine-team Big West Conference for the 2009-10 season according to a vote of media members that cover the league released on Thursday.
The Titans, who finished sixth a season ago and reached the semifinals of the Big West Tournament, received 59 points to finish ahead of Cal State Northridge (41) and UC Irvine (39).
Defending Big West champion UC Santa Barbara received 10 of a possible 20 first-place votes and 162 points overall to stand atop the poll, picked to win their third consecutive and 14th overall league crown. UC Davis was close behind in second place with six first-place votes and 155 points followed by Cal Poly (3 first-place votes, 146 points) and UC Riverside (1 first-place vote, 112 points) to round out the top four.
Long Beach State (99 points) was chosen fifth while Pacific (87 points) was selected sixth.
Fullerton finished 10-20 overall with a 5-11 mark in Big West play a season ago - its fourth consecutive year with double-digit victories. The Titans enter the 2009-10 season led by first-year head coach Marcia Foster, who has spent the last six seasons on the Fullerton sideline - including three years as the program's Associate Head Coach from 2006-09.
Cal State Fullerton returns three starters and eight letter winners off of last season's team led by 2009 All-Freshman Team selection in sophomore guard Megan Richardson (11.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and junior sharpshooter Lauren Chow (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.93 apg).
Seven freshmen also dot the roster, giving the Titans one of the deepest rosters to start a season in school history.
Fullerton opens the 2009-10 campaign on Saturday (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. as the Titans host Biola in an exhibition contest at Titan Gym. The regular season begins on Friday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. at San Jose State as Cal State Fullerton opens a six-game road swing to start the year.
2009-10 BIG WEST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
1. UC Santa Barbara (10) - 162
2. UC Davis (6) - 155
3. Cal Poly (3) - 146
4. UC Riverside (1) - 112
5. Long Beach State - 99
6. Pacific - 87
7. Cal State Fullerton - 59
8. Cal State Northridge - 41
9. UC Irvine - 39