Nov. 5, 2009
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP-OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team opens the 2009-10 campaign on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. as the Titans host Biola in an exhibition contest at Titan Gym. It will be Fullerton's only tune up for the rapidly approaching regular season which begins on Friday (Nov. 13) on the road at San Jose State.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: For those unable to make the trip to Titan Gym, fans will be able to follow the Titans from their computer as Cal State Fullerton will feature Gametracker live stats for the first time for all home games and selected road contests. Links to "watch" the game will be available on the women's basketball schedule page at FullertonTitans.com.
A LOOK AT BIOLA: The NAIA Eagles are coming off of one their most successful seasons to date after finishing 20-12 overall and 11-9 in the Golden State Athletic Conference in 2008-09... Biola defeated No. 9-seeded Trevecca Nazarene in its first game at the NAIA National Championships in Jackson, TN, before falling to No. 6-seeded Lee University... junior forward Jessilyn Conicelli leads the returning group offensively after averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest while starting all 32 games for the Eagles as a sophomore... she also shot 55 percent from the floor and blocked 18 shots on the season... junior forward Jennifer French also finished in double figures, averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 30 games for Biola last season... Head Coach Ken Crawford is in his fifth season at the helm of the Eagles, posting a 49-72 overall record.
SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton is 4-0 all-time against Biola during the regular season, but the two haven't played a game that has counted during the season since a 63-56 Titans victory on Nov. 19, 1981... the two teams last faced one another in an exhibition prior to the 2006-07 season with Fullerton defeating the Eagles, 78-53, behind 19 points from Toni Thomas and double-figure outings by Jasmine Scott (14) and Andrea Adams (11).
FULLERTON SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: 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.
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.
A LOOK AT THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton returns three starters and eight letter winners off of last season's squad that finished 10-20 overall and 5-11 in the Big West Conference for sixth place. The Titans, who finished with double-figure wins for the fourth consecutive season, enter the 2009-10 season led by first-year head coach Marcia Foster, who enters her seventh season on the Titan Gym sidelines - including the last three as the program's Associate Head Coach. The group of returnees is led by 2009 Big West All-Freshman Team selection, Megan Richardson, who averaged 11 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season and was joined in double figures by junior Lauren Chow, who averaged 10.3 points and 2.93 assists per contest last season. Seven freshmen also dot the Fullerton roster for the 2009-10 campaign - tying a school record and giving the Titans one of the deepest rosters to start a season in school history.
BY THE NUMBERS: Despite the loss of leading scorer and four-time All-Big West Conference selection Toni Thomas, the cupboard is far from bare for the Titans in 2009-10 as they return 68 percent of their scoring from a season ago as well as 53 percent of their rebounds, 70 percent of their assists, and 71 percent of their steals on the defensive end.
CONFERENCE CALL: Cal State Fullerton will face a variety of opponents this season, taking on three schools apiece from both the Big Sky and West Coast Conference's along with schools from the Western Athletic Conference (San Jose State), Pacific-10 (Oregon), Big Ten (Wisconsin), Mountain West (BYU), Conference USA (Tulsa), and Big 12 (Oklahoma). The Titans will take on five schools that saw postseason action in 2009: UC Santa Barbara (NCAA 1st Round), Oklahoma (NCAA Final Four), Portland State (WNIT 2nd Round), UC Riverside (WNIT 1st Round), and Wisconsin (WNIT 3rd Round).
TITANS LOOK TO KEEP EXHIBITION STREAK GOING: Cal State Fullerton has won its last five consecutive exhibition contests dating back to the 2005 season, defeating Point Loma Nazarene (twice), Biola, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State Los Angeles in that stretch.