Pacific Northwest Hosts Titans for 2010-11 Openers

Nov. 10, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Fullerton at Eastern Washington
Nov. 12, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Reese Court (6,000) | Cheney, WA
Live Stats | Audio

Cal State Fullerton at Seattle University
Nov. 14, 2010
1 p.m.
Connolly Center (1,050) | Seattle, WA
Live Stats

TIP-OFF: The 2010-11 regular season begins in earnest for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team as the Titans open their 42nd season on the road this weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Fullerton, which won its exhibition opener over Point Loma Nazarene last weekend, will officially tip-off the season on Friday (Nov. 12) at 7:30 p.m. at Eastern Washington in Cheney, WA, before heading to Seattle University to take on the Redhawks on Sunday (Nov. 14) at 1 p.m.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in Titans athletics by following us on Facebook (CSUF Athletics), Twitter (@CSUFAthletics) and Vimeo.com (vimeo.com/fullertontitans). In addition, the women's basketball team has established its own official Facebook fan page (search for Cal State Fullerton Women's Basketball).

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. To access the links, click on the headphones icon in the upper right-hand corner of FullertonTitans.com.

There will be no Fullerton-originated broadcast of this weekend's contests; however, both Eastern Washington and Seattle will be offering live stats while audio/video streams may be available through their providers. Please visit the women's basketball schedule page to access the links or visit GoEags.com or GoSeattleU.com for more information.

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.

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.

EASTERN WASHINGTON BRIEFLY: The Eagles return 10 letter winners and three starters off of last season's squad that finished 19-12 overall and 12-4 in the Big Sky Conference, claiming the league's regular season title... EWU advanced to the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament and earned a berth in the Women's NIT, falling to Oregon (95-66) in the first round... senior forward Julie Piper, the 2009-10 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year and unanimous all-conference first-team selection, is the leading returning scorer, averaging 11.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg in 31 starts as a junior... three others also return at least 8.7 ppg from a season ago... head coach Wendy Schuller, the Big Sky Coach of the Year for 2009-10, is in her 10th season at the helm of the program, compiling a 113-148 (.433) record in her previous nine years with the Eagles.

SEATTLE BRIEFLY: The Redhawks return six players and three starters off of last season's squad that finished 6-24 overall and is currently in the third year of reclassifying to the NCAA Division I level... senior forward/center Tatiana Heck is the team's leading returning scorer after pouring in 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season while shooting .469 from the floor... junior guard Elle Kerfoot also averaged 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds as a sophomore while starting 16 of 19 games... head coach Joan Bonvicini is in her second season at the helm of the program, compiling a 618-318 (.660) career coaching record that also includes stops at Long Beach State (1979-91) and Arizona (1991-2008)... Bonvicini was 325-71 (.821) in her 12 seasons with the 49ers, winning 10 conference championships and 10 berths in the NCAA Tournament - including Final Four berths in 1987 and 1988... as head coach at Long Beach State, Bonvicini was 25-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton and then 2-0 against the Titans while with the Wildcats... Prior to last season's victory, Fullerton's only win against a Bonvicini-led squad was in 1991 with a 75-63 2in over Long Beach State on Jan. 21 at Titan Gym.

SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton trails in the all-time series with Eastern Washington, 3-2, but the Titans emerged victorious in their last meeting with the Eagles, edging out EWU, 58-55, last season at Titan Gym... both of Fullerton's wins in the series have come at home as the Titans have struggled to an 0-2 mark in Cheney, WA, with losses in 1997 (55-51) and 2001 (67-50)... Cal State Fullerton has won the only meeting with Seattle University, stealing an 82-76 win in overtime last season at Titan Gym in the inaugural meeting between the two programs.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK: Cal State Fullerton won its seventh-consecutive exhibition contest last weekend, running away from Point Loma Nazarene, 86-60, at Titan Gym. Led by a game-high 21 points and five boards from senior Lyndsey Grove, the Titans shot 43 percent from the field for the game and finished with four players in double-figures. Junior Megan Richardson (16 points), senior Ashley Richie (12 points), and freshman Alex Thomas (10 points) joined Grove in double digits as 12 of the 13 Titans that entered the game scored at least two points.

WHEN WE LAST MET...: Cal State Fullerton swept both of this weekend's opponents last season at home behind huge offensive efforts from the now-graduated Jasmine Scott, who combined to average 22.5 ppg in the Titans' two wins over Eastern Washington and Seattle - including a career-high 26 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds against the Redhawks in the overtime win. Megan Richardson also had a couple big games, scoring 11 points against EWU and 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting against Seattle while Lyndsey Grove added 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the two contests. Fullerton held the Eagles to just 39 percent shooting in their meeting a season ago, but were outrebounded 44-24 - including an 18-3 deficit on the offensive boards. Julie Piper lead Eastern Washington with 13 points while Brianne Ryan finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Against Seattle, it was the Titans' free throw shooting that helped propel the team to victory as they hit on 24-of-27 from the line, including 11-of-11 in the extra period for the difference. Scott added 12 rebounds to complete her double-double by Ashley Brown hit six three-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the Redhawks, who had four starters in double figures.

LET'S PLAY TWO: A phrase usually reserved for baseball fans could be applied to the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team's season as the Titans will play as part of six "doubleheaders" in 2010-11. Both of Fullerton's games this weekend in Washington State will be part of doubleheaders as the EWU men's team will take on San Jose State at 5:35 pm prior to the women's tip and Seattle's men's team will take on Cal Poly at 5 p.m. following the Titans-Redhawks' game at 1 pm. Fullerton will then play as part of back-to-back games at the Collier's Invitational Tournament in Berkeley, CA, during Thanksgiving and then compete as the front-end of doubleheaders at LMU on Dec. 7 and Pepperdine on Dec. 18.

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).