Nov. 20, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - After splitting its first two games to open the 2008-09 season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (1-1 overall) has a light week ahead of it with only a single game this weekend. The Titans welcome Saint Mary's College to Titan Gym on Friday night (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. in their only game of the week.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: For those fans who won't be able to make it out to the game this weekend, Friday night's contest will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Patrick Alog will have the play-by-play from Titan Gym.
I SEE YOU: For the third consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home women's basketball games and selected road contests will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) thanks to Big West TV. For a monthy subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from Titan Gym and points beyond. Fans can take a test run of the service during the month of November as all basketball games are airing for free of charge. All it takes is a no-cost registration with CBS College Sports by visiting BigWest.org/TV.
SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's College enters the weekend with an 0-3 record after a brutal stretch in Austin, TX, that saw the Gaels fall to host Texas (110-76), No. 20 Old Dominion (93-63), and Dayton (68-62) at the World Vision Classic... Ashlee Smith leads the team in scoring in the early-going, averaging 12.3 ppg in the first three games of the year... Louella Tomlinson is second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and paces the team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and blocked shots (18).
SERIES VS. SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE: The Gaels have won three of the four all-time meetings with Cal State Fullerton, including a one-point win at the buzzer last season in Moraga, Calif... The Titans' only win in the series came in 1991 as they posted a 77-65 victory on the road... since then, the Gaels have posted wins in 1999 (72-42 in Fullerton) and 2000 (75-47 in Moraga).
LAST TIME OUT VS. SAINT MARY'S: The Gaels' Sierra Chambers scored 19 points, including a driving scoop shot with 3.7 seconds to play, to lift Saint Mary's to a 71-70 victory. Daviyonne Weathersby's long three-point try at the buzzer missed the mark as the Titans fell to 1-9. Toni Thomas scored a game-high 29 points while Lauren Chow added 22 points, including a three-pointer that gave Fullerton the lead with 48 seconds left. Louella Tomlinson added 15 points, eight rebounds, and eight blocked shots for the Gaels.
IT'S GONNA BE A `BREITE' SUN SHINY DAY: Sophomore forward Jenna Bretie was a shining star in the post for the Titans against UCLA last weekend, posting career-high's in points and rebounds in relief of teammate Toni Thomas, who played most of the game in foul trouble. Breite, who finished with four total points in all of last season, hit on 2-of-4 from the field in her first appearance of the year, grabbed a career-high tying four rebounds, and dished out two assists against the Bruins in 18 minutes of play.
WCC... TAKE TWO: Fullerton will meet its second of five West Coast Conference opponents on Friday night, looking to make it two straight following the Titans' 62-46 season-opening win over Santa Clara. Fullerton will face every WCC member except Portland, Gonzaga, and Loyola Marymount, and are 31-43 all-time against the league after snapping a five-match losing streak against conference schools with its win over the Broncos.
OPENING ACT A SUCCESS: Cal State Fullerton's win over Santa Clara last weekend marked the second time in the last three seasons that the Titans have kicked-off a season with a win and was the first time since 2003 that Fullerton won a season-opener at home. The Titans have been rather successful opening at home when they get the chance (five times in the last 12 seasons), improving to 4-1 in home openers since the 1996-97 campaign, and 14-5 overall.
MOVIN' ON UP: Senior Toni Thomas made her move up a couple of career record lists with her play this past weekend. With nine boards against Santa Clara and UCLA, Thomas moved into sole possession of fifth place on the school's all-time list with 706 - just 23 boards shy of Erin Whiteside for fourth all-time. Thomas was also 7-for-9 from the free throw line, moving her into third on the school's career free throws made list (378) and seventh on the attempts chart (471).
WATCH YOUR WALLET: Cal State Fullerton's defense was flying all over the court this past weekend, causing havoc and forcing opponents into 55 turnovers and turning those into 43 points. Many of those miscues translated into steals for the Titans as they rank second in the league with 15.5 steals per game in the early going. Senior Daviyonne Weathersby, responsible for seven of the team's 31 steals, ranks second in the Big West with 3.5 spg while sophomore's Ashley Richie and Lyndsey Grove are tied for sixth with 2.50 spg. In addition, all but three Titan players this season have tallied at least one steal.
SCORING TRIO BACK AT IT: At the end of last season, three Titans were ranked among the league's top 15 scorers: Toni Thomas (17.1 ppg), Lauren Chow (12.5 ppg), and Ashley Richie (10.5 ppg). Well, the tremendous trio is back at it as they stand as the only three Titans to score in double figures in both of Fullerton's first two games and stand, once again, among the league's top scorers. Thomas and Chow are tied for 10th at 12.5 ppg while Richie is tied for 13th at 11.5 ppg.
GET `EM WHILE THEY'RE FREE: Cal State Fullerton leads the Big West in free throw percentage after the first weekend of the regular season, hitting on 22-of-28 (.786) from the line to outpace second-place UC Santa Barbara (.778). Individually, sophomore Lauren Chow is among the league leaders with her perfect 4-for-4 performance thus far this season - one of six players in the league to have not missed from the line this year.
CHOW... FOR FREE: Chow, who shot just under 83 percent from the line as a freshman in 2007-08, has hit her last 10 straight free throws dating back to a 70-66 victory over UC Irvine on March 8 of last season.
VERRRRY INTERESTING... BUT FOUL: Senior Toni Thomas has had a difficult time staying on the floor to open the season, fouling out in both of Fullerton's contests thus far. The two DQ's this season are a quarter of her entire career total entering the year as she had fouled out only eight times coming in to the 2008-09 campaign.
NEWCOMERS HAVE SUCCESSFUL DEBUTS: Cal State Fullerton newcomers Sabrina Gonzalez, Megan Richardson, Jahne Williams, and Sara Lycans-Roy had successful Division I debuts over the weekend. Richardson saw the most time, coming in off the bench in both games and scoring eight points to go with three steals and a pair of rebounds. Lycans-Roy grabbed a rebound in limited action against Santa Clara while Gonzalez (two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes) and Williams (one steal in three minutes) made their first-ever appearances against UCLA.