Nov. 18, 2009
FULLERTON, CA -
TIP OFF: Off to its best start in 13 years after a pair of wins in Northern California, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (2-0 overall) takes a return trip to the Bay Area this weekend for a single contest against San Francisco on Friday night (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Gym.
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 and select road contests. 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 trails in the all-time series with San Francisco, 8-4, but won the last meeting between the two schools by the score of 60-57 in San Francisco last season... it was the first win in five chances against the Dons on their home court after a 3-3 record at home... each of the last four meetings between the schools have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
SCOUTING THE DONS: San Francisco enters the weekend with an 0-1 mark after dropping its opener to UC Davis on the road, 69-47... the Dons split a pair of exhibition contests, falling to Vanguard, 81-78, before defeating Sonoma State, 49-36... USF returns four starters and six letter winners overall from last season's squad that finished 7-22 and 3-11 in the West Coast Conference for seventh place... the Dons lost their top two scorers off of last season's squad and are led by sophomore guard Rheina Ale, who averaged 10.1 ppg and 2.14 apg in 27 starts as a rookie.
RICHARDSON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal State Fullerton sophomore Megan Richardson was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after the hot-shooting guard helped the Titans to their best start since 1996. The Manhattan Beach native, who earned conference weekly honors for the first time in her career, opened her second season in a Titan uniform by scoring a career-high 29 points in 25 minutes against San Jose State and followed that up with a game-high 16 points in a more balanced Fullerton scoring attack, hitting on 7-of-15 from the field while adding five assists. Richardson shot 52 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three-point range while averaging 22.5 ppg. Richardson became the first Titan to win weekly honors since Toni Thomas earned the fifth award of her career on Jan. 28, 2008.
FOSTER JOINS ELITE CLUB: Thanks to the Titans' 2-0 start, first-year head coach Marcia Foster became the first Fullerton head coach to win her first game with the Titans since Denise Curry opened her Fullerton coaching career with a win over UNLV in 1997. Taking it a bit further, Foster's 2-0 start also puts her in select company, joining Chris Gobrecht (1979), Nancy Dunkle (1977), and Billie Moore (1969) as the ony Titan coaches to start their careers with two straight wins.
AND THEY'RE OFF!!!!: Cal State Fullerton is off to its best start in 13 years, opening a season 2-0 for the first time since 1996 when the Titans won at Sacramento State and at home against Eastern Washington. Fullerton won three straight, and five of their first six games, that year en route to a 10-16 overall mark.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LIGHTS?: The Titans' 90 points against Sacramento State were the most for a Fullerton squad since they posted a 94-83 victory over Pacific on Jan. 19, 2008. The Titans also hit 40-of-80 (.500) from the floor against the Hornets, shooting 50 percent from the field for the first time since they hit 22-of-43 (.512) at UC Riverside on Jan. 23, 2008.
THE MARGIN: Not quite as exciting as "The Matrix," but it'll do. Fullerton's 22-point victory over Sacramento State marked the Titans' largest margin of victory over an opponent since they defeated league rival Cal State Northridge by 26 points, 87-61, on Jan. 7, 2006.
MY-OH-MYA: After scoring just two points in 17 minutes in her Division I debut, freshman forward Mya Olivier found a trip to the state capital more to her liking as she exploded for 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and added seven rebounds in Fullerton's victory over Sacramento State. Olivier missed just two shots on the weekend, hitting a Big West Conference-best 8-of-10 (.800) from the floor and making her only free throw attempt.
BURNT TO A CRISP: Freshman guard Alicya Crisp had a solid Division I debut in Northern California, rebounding from a three-point effort against San Jose State to score seven points, grab four rebounds, dish out two assists, block a pair of shots, and swipe six steals - all in just 16 minutes against Sacramento State. The six steals were the most for a Titan in almost two years since Toni Thomas posted seven steals on the road against USC on Nov. 30, 2007.
WINDEX WOMEN: After struggling on the boards a season ago, the Titans really cleaned up in the rebounding department against Sacramento State on Nov. 15 in Northern California, grabbing 58 rebounds - the most since Fullerton had 61 boards in a three-point loss to UC Riverside on Jan. 29, 2001. The Titans, who held the advantage on the boards only six times in 30 games last season, netted one of the top rebounding games in the history of the program against the Hornets as the 58 boards is tied for fifth in a single game dating back to the 1980-81 season.
ALREADY ROAD WARRIORS: Just two games into the 2009-10 season and the Titans are already seeing success away from Titan Gym as compared to just a season ago. Fullerton's wins at San Jose State and Sacramento State are just one fewer that it had in 12 chances all of last year as the Titans were just 3-9 in true road contests.
SWIPER NO SWIPING: Picking up right where they left off, the Cal State Fullerton defense continued to frustrate opposing offenses, racking up 24 steals on the weekend to lead all Big West Conference schools. The Titans, who led the league with 287 steals overall (9.57 spg) last season, racked up a season-high 15 steals against Sacramento State - the most since Fullerton stole 17 balls in last year's season opener against Santa Clara.
ANNOUNCING THEIR PRESENCE WITH AUTHORITY: Cal State Fullerton notched five blocks on the weekend (two each by Jenna Breite and Alicya Crisp and one by Ashley Richie), putting the Titans well ahead of last year's pace that saw them block just 39 shots - tied for the fourth-lowest total in school history. Last season, it took Fullerton six games to tally five blocked shots and the Titans had just two games with more than two blocks - five vs. UC Irvine on Jan. 3 and four at Long Beach State on Feb. 28.
FRESHMEN MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Three of Cal State Fullerton's seven freshman got into the scoring column this past weekend in their Division I debuts: Mya Olivier (17 total points), Alicya Crisp (10 total points), and Simone Lutu (2 points vs. Sacramento State). While not scoring, three others also made their way onto the stat sheet as Jaslyn Cosey grabbed two rebounds in four minutes, Alysa Ito had a steal in two minutes of play, and Lauren Bushong had an assist in two minutes of action.
SPARK OFF THE BENCH: Coming off of a season where she earned All-Big West Honorable Mention honors as a freshman and ranked third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg), junior Ashley Richie struggled a bit last year, averaging just 4.2 ppg and shooting just 32 percent from the floor. However, this past weekend in Northern California, she looks as if she has shaken off all the rust, averaging 12.0 points and shooting 39 percent from the floor in two games off the bench, including scoring a season-high 13 points in the opener against San Jose State and adding 11 more against Sacramento State. The two performances were Richie's first double-digit scoring games since she had 10 points in a win over UC Irvine on Jan. 3, 2008 - one of her six double-digit games last season.