Nov. 7, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team opens its 2006-07 campaign this week with a pair of games. Fans will get their first look at the Titans on Tuesday (Nov. 7) as Fullerton takes on nearby Biola University in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym. The Titans then tip-off the regular season on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 11) at 2:30 p.m. as they travel north to take on San Jose State at the Event Center. The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m., but was moved up due to conflicting event schedules.
ON THE AIR
Cal State Fullerton's exhibition opener against Biola will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Student Mike Martinez will handle the play-by-play. Live streaming video will be available once again during the regular season through a partnership with the Big West Conference and CSTV. The subscription video service is \$79.95 for the entire season or \$9.95 per month. For more information, please visit the Big West website at www.bigwest.org/tv.
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with its La Mirada neighbor, Biola University, by a 4-0 count, but the two schools have not met one another on the court since the 1981-82 season... The Titans won that contest by a 63-56 count at Biola... Fullerton has also seen success against its former Big West Conference rival in San Jose State, leading the all-time series by a 23-9 count... However, the Spartans have won the last two meetings , including a 66-54 win in 2001... Fullerton's last win in the series came in 2000 as the Titans triumphed 86-77 at Titan Gym.
A QUICK LOOK AT BIOLA
The Eagles finished 10-19 overall and 6-14 in the Golden State Athletic Conference... Sophomore center Megann Alberts is the leading returner for Biola after averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 29 appearances off the bench... she was also third on the team with 21 blocks... Senior guard Rachel Dulin averaged 9.9 points and 2.3 rebounds last season to go with 2.3 assists per contest... The Eagles are 2-0 already this season after wins over Bethany University (61-55) and Pacific Union College (87-15) at the Bethany Pepsi Challenge in Scotts Valley, Calif.
A QUICK LOOK AT SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans were 13-15 overall and 8-8 in the Western Athletic Conference... Senior guard Brittany Imaku is the leading returner for San Jose State after averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 assists per contest last season... the Spartans are without their top two scorers from last season in Lamisha Augustine (17.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 58 blocks), who graduated, and Amber Jackson (17.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg), a two-time All-WAC performer, who was granted a release from the program... SJSU earned an 86-59 exhibition win over San Francisco State on Nov. 4 and has one more exhibition game against The Master's College on Wednesday (Nov. 8).
Cal State Fullerton is 22-15 all-time in regular season openers dating back to the 1969-70 season, but has lost the last three straight season openers since a 13-point win over Centenary in 2002.
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?
Sing-along time. Fullerton is 10-3 all-time against the Spartans in San Jose, including winning three of the last four meetings up north. San Jose State won the last meeting at The Event Center, 86-61, in 2000 with the Titans' last win coming in 1998, a 65-51 victory.
PLENTY OF FIREPOWER BACK
The Titans return nine letterwinners, four starters and five of the top six scorers from last season's squad that finished 11-17 overall and 7-7 in the Big West Conference (tied for third). Those five scorers accounted for almost two-thirds of the team's points and over half of the rebounds in 2005-06.
UNDERWOOD CLOSING IN ON 1,000
Senior Charlee Underwood needs just 74 more points to reach 1,000 for her career and become the 16th player in school history to reach that milestone. Should she accomplish that feat, Underwood would also be the third player in the last four seasons to reach 1,000 career points, joining Tamara Quinn (2004) and Amber Pruitt (2006).
COACHES & MEDIA PICK TITANS SIXTH
Cal State Fullerton was picked to finish sixth in the Big West Conference this season in a poll of media members and league coaches conducted at the conference's annual media day event at the Irvine Hilton Hotel on Oct. 25. UC Riverside was the slight favorite by a single point over UC Santa Barbara according to the coaches with the Gauchos and Highlanders flip-flopping spots in the media poll. Both groups had Long Beach State third, Cal State Northridge fourth, Cal State Fullerton sixth and Pacific eighth. Cal Poly and UC Irvine were interchanged at fifth and seventh with the coaches favoring UCI and the media leaning toward the Mustangs.
PAIR OF WALK-ON'S ADDED
The Titans added a pair of walk-on players to the 2006-07 roster in 5-8 shooting guard Jasmine Scott and 5-7 guard Tiffany Casanova. Scott, who was born in Portugal, prepped at Valley HS in Sacramento where she averaged betted than 19 points her junior and senior seasons. She was a three-time All-Delta League honoree and a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior after averaging 20.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Casanova prepped at Los Angeles Southwest Middle College High School, averaging better than 15 points throughout her four-year career, and attended Cal State Fullerton last year, but did not play basketball. A three-time All-Freeway Magnet League honoree, Casanova averaged 24 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists as a junior.
COACH CLOSING IN
Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah is just one victory shy of becoming the winningest basketball coach in the history of the program, currently standing tied with Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore with 140 wins with the Titans. Dr. Jeremiah, who is entering her 11th season as head coach at Cal State Fullerton and her 27th season as a head coach overall, reached the 400-victory milestone last season with a one-point win over Long Beach State at Titan Gym on Feb. 4, 2006. Dr. Jeremiah ranks among the winningest active coaches in the nation, ranking No. 40 with her 403 career victories entering this year.
Cal State Fullerton is the only team in the Big West Conference with a roster comprised entirely of Californians. Taking this theme one step further, the Big West Conference is the only conference in the nation, at any level, with its membership completely contained in a single state.
DIFFICULT SLATE FOR TITANS
The Titans' 2006-07 non-conference schedule will be one of the most difficult in recent memory. Two of the opponents are already receiving preseason accolades as UCLA (Nov. 30) is ranked No. 23 and Drake (Nov. 19) is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason top 25. In addition, three of Fullerton's first six games (with the possibility of a fourth) will be against schools that finished among the top 120 of last year's RPI standings: Iowa State (70), Nebraska (73), Drake (104), and Texas-Arlington (119). The home schedule then kicks off against a pair of postseason squads as Fresno State (final RPI of 80) visits on Nov. 28 after making the second round of the WNIT and the Bruins (final RPI of 21) come calling after a second-round NCAA appearance.
NEW FACES ON THE BENCH
Fullerton's bench will be sporting some news faces in 2006-07 as former Titan letterwinner Allyson Alhadeff and Sara Perry enter their first seasons as assistant coaches. Alhadeff spent the last three seasons as an administrative assistant with the Fullerton men's basketball team while earning her master's degree in kinesiology. She played four seasons for the Titans from 2000-03, including serving as team captain for three years. Perry was an administrative assistant for the women's basketball program last season and was a four-year basketball letterwinner for Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif., graduating in 2003.