Foster Era Opens This Weekend in Bay Area

Nov. 12, 2009

FULLERTON, CA -

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TIP OFF: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (10-20 overall, 5-11 in the Big West Conference in 2008-09) opens its 41st season this weekend as the Titans kick-off the 2009-10 campaign in the Bay Area to start a six-game season-opening road trip. Fullerton takes on San Jose State on Friday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. before heading to the State Capital to take on Sacramento State on Sunday (Nov. 15) at 2 p.m.

I SEE YOU: For the fourth consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home regular season contests and selected road games will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) courtesy the Big West TV platform. For a monthy 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 BigWestTV.org.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: For the first time this season, Cal State Fullerton men's and women's basketball will feature live stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker for all of the Titans' home games. Links will be available on both the men's and women's basketball schedule pages at the redesigned FullertonTitans.com.

SERIES RECORDS: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with San Jose State by a 25-9 count, including a 12-4 record on the road against the Spartans... the Titans have won the last two straight meetings, posting an 80-68 victory on Nov. 17, 2007, and a 69-52 win in San Jose on Nov. 11, 2006... Fullerton leads the all-time series with Sacramento State by a 4-1 count, winning the first four straight meetings before the Hornets posted a 79-75 win in the last meeting between the two schools on Dec. 30, 1997, in Fullerton... the Titans have won both meetings between the two programs in Sacramento - posting a 71-63 win on Nov. 24, 1996, and an 80-62 win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Jan. 20, 1977.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: San Jose State returns eight letter winners and four starters off of last season's squad that finished 2-28 overall and 1-15 in the Western Athletic Conference (9th Place)... the Spartans welcome eight newcomers to the roster for the 2009-10 season... SJSU defeated Cal State East Bay, 62-44, on Nov. 7 in its only exhibition game of the season... senior guard Chasity Shavers leads all returning players after averaging 10 points and three rebounds in 26 games last season... senior forward Shaunna Ridge returns the bulk of the team's rebounds after leading the team with 188 rebounds overall and 6.3 rpg to go with 53 blocks and 7.4 ppg... head coach Pam DeCosta is in her third season at the helm of San Jose State.

SCOUTING THE HORNETS: Sacramento State returns 11 letter winners and four starters off of last season's squad that finished 9-21 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky Conference (5th Place)... the Hornets also welcome three new faces to the roster for this season... Sacramento State defeated Dominican, 126-74, in an exhibition on Nov. 10 and will open the year against the Titans... senior forward Charday Hunt led the team in scoring a season ago, averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 rpg while shooting 39 percent from the floor... senior forward Erika Edwards also returns after a monster season on the boards, averaging 8.1 rebounds and shooting 44 percent from the floor as a junior... head coach Jamie Craighead is in her first season at the helm of the Hornets.

FOR OPENERS: Cal State Fullerton is 24-16 all-time in season openers, but just 10-11 when opening on the road. The Titans have lost four of their last six openers, but posted a win last year with a 62-46 decision over Santa Clara at Titan Gym. Fullerton's last win when opening on the road came in 2006 when the Titans defeated this season's opening-game opponent, San Jose State, by the score of 69-52.

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).

FULLERTON SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Big West Conference in 2009-10 according to a vote of media members that cover the league. The Titans, who finished sixth a season ago, received 59 points to finish ahead of Cal State Northridge (41) and UC Irvine (39). Defending 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. ong Beach State (99 points) was chosen fifth while Pacific (87 points) was selected sixth.

A LOOK AT THE TITANS: Cal State Fullerton returns eight letter winners and three starters off of last season's squad that finished 10-20 overall, 5-11 in the Big West Conference, and reached the semifinals of the Big West Tournament before falling to eventual tournament champion UC Santa Barbara. The roster features a good mix of Division I veterans (seven upperclassmen and a pair of sophomores) and newcomers to the college game (seven freshmen), but will have a pair of big holes to fill with the loss of starters Toni Thomas (ranked second on the school's career scoring and rebounding lists) and point guard Daviyonne Weathersby (199 career assists and 129 career steals).

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 for the 2009-10 season 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.

FOSTER... AUSTRALIAN FOR WINS: First-year head coach Marcia Foster has had a big hand in revitalizing the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program since arriving in Orange County prior to the 2003-04 season. During her last three seasons as the program's Associate Head Coach, Foster helped guide the Titans to more wins in that span (37) than in the previous four years combined (36). Aside from also posting double-digit win totals for the last four consecutive seasons, the team has also won 65 games since her arrival at Cal State Fullerton - the most since the Titans won 70 games in a six-year period from 1990-96.

DON'T GET FROSH WITH ME: Cal State Fullerton lists seven true freshmen on its roster for the 2009-10 season, the most since the Titans featured the same number prior to the start of the 2004-05 campaign. In fact, the seven freshmen in both of those seasons are a school record as the Titans have never listed more than six freshmen on a roster since 1980-81 when complete roster are available.

SO THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LIGHTS: Junior guard Lauren Chow just may go down as one of the most prolific sharpshooters in school history if she keeps this up. Chow, who set freshman records for three-pointers attempted (214) and made (77) in 2007-08, is now also the sophomore record-holder in those very same categories after hitting 56-of-191 from three-point range last season. Chow enters this season ranked seventh on the career three-pointers made list and sixth on the attempts chart and will need a big year to set the junior record held by Autumn Hollyfield, who led the NATION with her 110-for-289 performance from beyond the arc in 1993-94.

LOOKING TO AVOID THE "SLUMP": Sophomore Megan Richardson will be one of the catalysts to the Titans' offense in 2009-10 after a stellar rookie campaign that saw her finish second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) while shooting .395 from the field, .379 from three-point range, and .787 from the line. Richardson, an All-Big West Freshman Team selection last season, finished as the only freshman among the league's top 15 scorers and ended up sixth in three-point percentage. Her free throw percentage would have also ranked fifth in the league, but she did not meet the league minimum of 2.0 free throws made per team game.

STOP, THIEVES!: Cal State Fullerton's defense was stealthy enough to lead the league in steals in 2008-09, nabbing 287 (9.57 spg) to rank as the Big West's top thieves. Fullerton had seven players with 20 or more steals last season and bring back five of those quick-handed players in an attempt to defend their "title" led by junior Lauren Chow's 41 swipes. Senior Jasmine Scott (32), sophomore Megan Richardson (26), junior Lyndsey Grove (25), and junior Britt Peters (20) also join the club.

NEW WOMAN IN CHARGE: The 2009-10 season marks the beginning of the Marcia Foster era at Cal State Fullerton as she takes over for Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah, the winningest coach in the history of the program. Foster is in her seventh year with the Titans' program, joining Fullerton prior to the 2003-04 season and spending the last three years as Dr. Jeremiah's Associate Head Coach. Foster, who spent one season as a head coach at Cal Tech and six years as an assistant coach at Big West Conference rival Cal Poly, is one of two new head coaches in the Big West Conference this season, joining Long Beach State's Jody Wynn.

OTHER CHANGES ON THE BENCH: Fans of the women's basketball program may also notice a couple of other changes on the sidelines for the Titans. Former Cal State Fullerton letter winner Allyson Alhadeff enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with a new last name after she and her husband, Corey Kelly, were married in August of 2009. In addition, former UC Riverside standout Crystal Harris joined head coach Marcia Foster's staff after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Division II Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich., following a standout collegiate career with the Highlanders.

WELL, I HAD A DOCTOR'S NOTE: Our congratulations to assistant coach Sara Perry, who was absent from the Titans' exhibition victory over Biola after giving birth to her second son, Max Ludwig Perry, on Nov. 6. Max weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long. Mom, husband Dan, and big brother Owen are all doing well.