Nov. 3, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team tunes-up for its 2007-08 season with a pair of exhibition contests. The Titans open on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m. as they take on Point Loma at Titan Gym before heading just up the freeway to visit Cal Poly Pomona on Tuesday (Nov. 7) at 6 p.m.
SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton and Point Loma have never met in a regular season contest, but the two schools more recently met one another in an exhibition game during the 2005-06 season... The Titans defeated the Sea Lions, 82-76, in that contest led by Toni Thomas' game-high 20 points and eight rebounds... Fullerton is 18-18 all-time against Cal Poly Pomona, but the two teams haven't met in a regular season contest since 1988-89... the Titans have lost seven straight in the series, last posting a win in 1983-84, a 69-64 win at Titan Gym.
POINT LOMA LOW DOWN: The Sea Lions are picked to finish second in the Golden State Athletic Conference, receiving two first-place votes and 107 points behind preseason favorite Vanguard University... Point Loma is ranked No. 9 in the NAIA preseason polls - one of four from the GSAC in the top 20... The Sea Lions finished the 2006-07 season with a 24-8 overall record and a 17-3 mark in the GSAC for second place, finishing the year ranked No. 7 in the NAIA... PLNU returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from last season's squad that is led by senior forward Kerra Sutton-Wodarski, a third-team All-American who averaged 16.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg... Seniors Meghan McGuire (10.2 ppg) and Brittany Dove (10.7 ppg) also averaged double digits in scoring last season.
CAL POLY POMONA POINTERS: The Broncos finished the 2006-07 season with a 9-18 overall record and an 8-14 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association for eighth place... Cal Poly Pomona returns nine letterwinners and four starters off of last season's squad... Seniors Vanessa Dominguez and Ashley Moody return after averaging 11.4 and 11.2 ppg, respectively, last year to lead the team... The Broncos return five of the top six scorers off of last season's team.
CONNECTIONS: Twin sisters will go head-to-head on Tuesday night in Pomona as Cal State Fullerton's Jenna Breite goes up against Cal Poly Pomona's Cara. The duo prepped at Mt. Carmel HS in San Diego, Calif.
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED: Cal State Fullerton will make the transition from one of the eldest, most experienced teams in the nation to one of its youngest as the Titans' roster features seven freshmen and four sophomores for the 2007-08 campaign.
CLOSING ON A MILESTONE: After only two seasons in a Titan uniform, junior forward Toni Thomas has her sights set on becoming one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the program, needing only 86 more points to become the 17th player in Cal State Fullerton history to reach 1,000 career points. In addition to those points, with 39 more rebounds, Thomas will become the 10th player in school history to join the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club.
QUICKLY NOW: Should Thomas reach the 1,000-point milestone this season, she would be one of only nine players to reach the plateau in their first three seasons. Claudette Jackson (1990-92) was the fastest to accomplish the feat in school history, scoring 1,100 points in just two seasons after transferring from Golden West College in nearby Huntington Beach, Calif.
COACHES MEDIA PICK TITANS SIXTH: In a repeat of last year's preseason prognostications, the Titans are picked to finish sixth in the Big West Conference according to a poll of the league's coaches and media during the league's annual media day in Irvine on Oct. 24. Fullerton received 24 points from the coaches to trail Long Beach State, which was picked fifth with 37 points. The media gave the Titans' 43 points to finish behind the 49ers and league newcomer UC Davis, who were picked in a dead heat for fourth place with 53 points. Defending champion UC Riverside was picked to defend its title by both the coaches and media.
PRESEASON LAURELS FOR THOMAS: Junior forward Toni Thomas was named to the preseason all-conference team, joining Long Beach State's Karina Figueroa, UC Santa Barbara's Jenna Green and Jessica Wilson, and UC Riverside's duo of Seyram Gbewonyo and Kemie Nkele. Thomas was a first-team all-conference and all-tournament team honoree as a sophomore last season, leading the league in scoring (17.5 ppg) and finishing fourth in the conference in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Titans will open their 2007-08 season seemingly living out of their suitcases as 11 of Fullerton's first 15 regular season games will be played away from the friendly confines of Titan Gym where they posted a 10-4 record last season and have won 19 of their last 26 games.
SOLID BLOCK TO BUILD ON: Fullerton is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent history as the Titans' 16 wins and .500 winning percentage last year were the highest for the program since the 1990-91 squad finished 25-8 (.758) en route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
JUST WIN, BABY: Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah became the winningest coach in school history with last season's win over San Jose State on Nov. 11 and enters this, her 28th year as a head coach, among the top 50 winningest active coaches in the nation, ranking No. 35 with 419 career wins.