Nov. 4, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team opens its 2010-11 campaign this weekend as the Titans host the NAIA's Point Loma Nazarene in an exhibition on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 6) at 2 p.m. at Titan Gym. The contest is the first of a doubleheader with the Fullerton' men's team, which hosts an exhibition with Cal State Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
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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 beginning with this weekend's contest against Point Loma. Veteran women's basketball broadcaster Patrick Alog will have the call live from historic Titan Gym. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com.
I SEE YOU: For the fifth 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 log on to BigWest.org/TV. Due to scheduling conflicts, however, this weekend's exhibition will not be available.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the second 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's and women's basketball schedule pages at FullertonTitans.com.
TITANS LOOK TO KEEP EXHIBITION STREAK GOING: Who says they don't count? Cal State Fullerton enters Saturday's meeting with Point Loma riding a six-game exhibition winning streak dating back to a 78-57 loss to "Love & Basketball" on Oct. 30, 2004. Since then, the Titans have posted wins over Point Loma (twice), Biola (twice), Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State Los Angeles.
POINT LOMA BRIEFLY: The NAIA Sea Lions were picked to finish fourth in the Golden State Athletic Conference after finishing 26-5 overall and 17-3 in the GSAC for third place a season ago... Point Loma returns eight letter winners and two starters off of that squad while welcoming in seven new faces - including a trio of Division I transfers - for the 2010-11 season... the Sea Lions lost their top three scorers from a year ago and are led by junior forward Kaitlyn Trotter, who averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 games a season ago... Head Coach Bill Westphal is in his 12th season at the helm of the program, compiling a 256-108 (.703) in his previous 11 seasons.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton and Point Loma have never played an "official" regular season contest, but the two programs know one another well thanks to a few exhibition meetings over the past seven years. The Titans won the last meeting between the two, 84-69, in a 2007 exhibition behind 18 points from Toni Thomas, 14 points from Lauren Chow, and 10 points from Ashley Richie. The two teams also meet in a 2005 exhibition won by Fullerton, 82-76, and again in 2003, also won by Cal State Fullerton, 74-55.
LOOKING AHEAD: Fullerton officially opens its 42nd season of women's basketball next weekend as the Titans head to the Pacific Northwest to take on Eastern Washington on Friday (Nov. 12) and Seattle University on Sunday (Nov. 14).
TITANS TABBED FIFTH IN BIG WEST MEDIA POLL: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Big West Conference race in 2010-11 according to a poll of conference media members released on Oct. 28 by the league office. The Titans received 113 total points to edge out Orange County rival UC Irvine (96 points) for the spot. Defending champion UC Davis was selected to repeat, receiving 16 of the 25 first-place votes and 210 points overall. Cal Poly was picked to finish second in the league with four first-place votes and 183 points overall, squeaking by UC Riverside, which was picked third with 2 first-place votes and 182 points. Perennial favorite UC Santa Barbara (three first-place votes, 164 points) was forth, followed by the Titans, Anteaters, Long Beach State (84 points) in seventh, Pacific (51) in eighth, and Cal State Northridge in ninth (42).
THE TITANS, QUICKLY: Cal State Fullerton returns four starters and 12 players overall from last season's squad that finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in the Big West Conference for sixth place in Head Coach Marcia Foster's first season at the helm. The Titans, who advanced to at least the second round of the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season, return six of their top seven scorers from a season ago led by the exploits of junior Megan Richardson, who led the team at 15.3 ppg to go along with 3.7 rpg, 82 assists, and 25 steals. Senior Lyndsey Grove (12.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Big West All-Freshman Team selection Mya Olivier (5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg) also return as does redshirt junior Lauren Chow, who averaged 8.0 ppg and 2.9 rpg in the first seven games of the year before going down with a knee injury.
BY THE NUMBERS: Cal State Fullerton returns 82 percent of its 2,155 points scored, 84 percent of its 1,262 rebounds, 82 percent of its field goals made, 82 percent of its three-pointers, 82 percent of its free throws, 78 percent of its assists, and 84 percent of its steals for the 2010-11 season. What does that mean? We don't know, but numbers are fun.
CONFERENCE CALL: Along with their requisite slate of eight home-and-home contests against Big West Conference opponents, the Titans may qualify as affiliate members of the West Coast Conference as they will face five of the league's eight members in 2010-11 (San Francisco, San Diego, LMU, Pepperdine, Gonzaga) as well as possibly three (depending on tournament outcomes) Big Sky Conference members (Eastern Washington, Portland State, Sacramento State), a Western Athletic Conference foe (San Jose State), a Pacific-10 Conference power and 2010 WNIT Champion (California), a Mid-American Conference NCAA Tournament qualifier (Bowling Green), a possible match-up against a Conference USA NCAA Tournament qualifier (Tulane), and a pair of Division I Independents (Seattle, Cal State Bakersfield).
NOT YOUR RANK AND FILE PRESEASON: Cal State Fullerton's 2010-11 non-conference schedule could possibly feature four opponents who begin the year ranked among those receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25. Gonzaga, whom the Titans face on Dec. 23 in Spokane, leads the way with 64 votes followed by California (Nov. 27) with 44 votes, Bowling Green (Dec. 4) with 22 votes, and Tulane (a possible tournament opponent on Nov. 28 in Berkeley, CA) with one vote. In the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, three of the aforementioned teams are listed with Gonzaga entering the season ranked No. 22 in the nation while California (16 votes) and Bowling Green (2) are among those receiving votes.
RICHARDSON EARNS PRESEASON KUDOS: Junior guard Megan Richardson was one of six players named to the league's preseason all-conference team as voted on by the media, joining other Big West standouts Mikah Maly-Karros from UC Irvine, UC Davis' Paige Mintun, UC Riverside's Alyssa Morris, defending Big West Player of the Year Kristina Santiago of Cal Poly, and UC Santa Barbara's Mekia Valentine. Richardson, one of four returning starters for the Titans in 2010-11, finished third in the league in scoring (one of only three underclassmen in the top 15) a season ago at 15.3 ppg en route to All-Big West First-Team honors.
THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED: Think practice is tough? Just wait until you get a load of the workout the Titans' luggage is scheduled to get to tip-off the 2010-11 season. Fullerton will compete 14 of its first 17 contests of the year on hostile courts, hosting only San Francisco (Nov. 18), San Jose State (Nov. 21), and Sacramento State (Dec. 9) before the start of the New Year. Also included in the Titans' extended road trip are their Big West Conference openers in Northern California to ring in said new year at preseason favorite UC Davis on Dec. 31 and Pacific on Jan. 2.
MILLENIUM WATCH: Keep an eye on the scoring column this season as the Titans have potentially three players who could join the 1,000 point clubs this season. Junior Megan Richardson, who led the Titans with 489 points as a sophomore last season, is the closest to the mark, needing just 182 points to become the 19th player in the history of the program to reach the milestone. If she follows the same pace as her sophomore year, it took Richardson only 13 games to reach that many points. Also closing in on the mark, redshirt junior Lauren Chow (738 points) and senior Lyndsey Grove (708).
THE LEADER IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Chow is the Big West Conference's active leader in a pair of categories entering the season as her 208 assists are tops among returning Big West players (UC Riverside's Alyssa Morris is second with 169) as are her 143 career three-pointers (UC Santa Barbara's Emilie Johnson is next with 106).
TREY MAGNIFIQUE: Chow is also closing in on a couple of school records as well, standing just 21 made three-pointers shy of Charlee Underwood's career mark of 164 set from 2003-07 and 40 three-point attempts back of Underwood's mark of 482. With 45 more three-pointers made, the La Palma native will also break into the Big West top 10, with some work to do to reach Pacific's Selena Ho, who holds the league mark with 271 made. Chow enters the season with a career three-point percentage of .324 - a mark that stands eighth all time.
OR YOUR POINTS ARE FREEEE-EE-EE: So what do you do for an encore Lyndsey Grove? A year after setting a school single-season record and leading the Big West Conference with her .864 (114-for-132) shooting performance from the line, Grove enters the 2010-11 season as the league's active career leader in the category at .847 (UC Riverside's Brittany Waddell is second at .824) - a mark that would also stand atop the Fullerton charts had she reached the minimum of 250 attempts, easily eclipsing the current mark of .815 by Toni Thomas from 2005-09. Grove became the second Titan in as many seasons to lead the Big West in free throw shooting after Thomas' .854 performance from the line in 2009 and only the fourth Titan overall, joining Shayla Bradshaw (1996 - .833) and Allison Jackson (1993 - .811).