Nov. 22, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball squad (0-2 overall in 2005) heads east this holiday weekend in search of its first victory of the year at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Titans, who are joined by Army and Manhattan College at the two-day event, take on the host Lumberjacks in the tourney opener for both teams on Friday (Nov. 25) at 6:05 p.m. (PST).
The consolation game between the losers of the first day's games will be on Saturday (Nov. 26) at 3:30 p.m. (PST) with the two winners facing off later that night at 6:05 p.m. (PST).
ON THE AIR
For those Titans' fans unable to make the trip to Arizona this weekend, you can follow the action live from the Walkup Skydome via the Internet as Northern Arizona will provide Live Stats for all of the weekend's games. Live stats can be found on NAU's website by clicking here.
Northern Arizona split its first two games to open the 2005-06 season, defeating New Mexico State in the opener, 61-46, and falling to Texas-El Paso, 68-49, with both games on the road.
The Lumberjacks are led offensive in the early going by junior forward Megan Porter, who is averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She came off the bench to score 19 points against the Aggies and added 28 points in her first start of the year against the Miners in a losing effort.
Redshirt senior Nicky Eason has been cleaning up on the boards early on, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game and ranks third on the team in scoring at 6.5 ppg.
Army enters this weekend's tournament with a 1-1 record, defeating the Coast Guard Academy, 103-51, and falling to St. John's, 74-55, last weekend in a pair of home games.
The Black Knights are led offensively by sophomore guard Cara Enright, who prepped nearby at Rosary HS and hails from Norco, Calif., in the Inland Empire. The 2004-05 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Enright is averaging 15.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg while shooting .600 frm the field. She had 14 points vs. the Coast Guard and 17 against the Red Storm.
SCOUTING MANHATTAN COLLEGE
Manhattan College is 0-1 to start the season after falling to Syracuse in it season opener by a 65-61 tally at home. The Jaspers were led offensively by Kymesha Alston, who scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead two other players in double figures.
vs. NORTHERN ARIZONA: Cal State Fullerton is 0-2 all time against NAU, with the Lumberjacks coming out on top in last year's meeting, 68-56, at Titan Gym on Dec. 3, 2004... Northern Arizona also came out on top in the first ever meeting in 1994 at the NAU Tournament, 80-75, on Dec. 19... vs. ARMY: Saturday's possible meeting with the Black Knights will be the first in the history of the two programs... vs. MANHATTAN COLLEGE: Saturday's possible meeting with the Jaspers will be the first in the history of the two programs.
A LOOK BACK: COLORADO TRIP ROCKY FOR TITANS
The Titans' 2005-06 season got off to a slow start as they dropped a pair of contests in the Rocky Mountain State to hosts Colorado (100-71) and Northern Colorado (88-64).
The Buffaloes relied on two players to dominate the Titans as Jasmina Ilic and Jackie McFarland accounted for 68 of the team's 100 points and 25 of the team's 56 rebounds. Colorado became the first team to put up 100 points against Fullerton since Pepperdine scored 103 in a 48-point win back in December of 2000.
Fullerton had 19 points from Toni Thomas against Northern Colorado, but couldn't get past the Bears, who broke open a close game with a 20-2 run midway through the first half and had three players in double figures.
TITANS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD
The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball program has signed Danielle Parker from Lemoore, Calif., and Sarah de Tuboly of San Francisco, Calif., to National Letters of Intent to play for the Titans beginning in the 2006-07 season Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah announced.
Parker, a six-foot forward/center, is currently entering her senior season at Lemoore HS in California's Central Valley where she helped lead the Tigers to a 20-11 overall record and a second-place finish in the West Yosemite League as a junior.
She averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game last season - both totals ranking third in the league - and tallied a league-best 94 blocks. Parker is a three-time All-WYL selection and the team's Defensive MVP as a freshman while averaging better than 10 ppg in her first two prep seasons - including 16 points per game as a sophomore.
de Tuboly, a 6-foot-4 post player, is also entering her senior year at Mercy HS in San Francisco, where she helped lead the Skippers to a 22-6 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the West Bay Athletic League for second place.
As a junior, de Tuboly averaged just 2.8 ppg, but led the league with 59 blocks and ranked eighth in the league in rebounds (137) on the season. She was named to the All-West Bay Athletic League Honorable Mention squad for her efforts.
FROSH THOMAS MAKES STELLAR DEBUT
Freshman forward Toni Thomas has made quite a splash in her first two contests in a Titans' uniform. Playing well above her 5-foot-11 frame, Thomas leads the team in scoring in the early going, averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her first two collegiate contests. After scoring 10 points in the Titans' opener against Colorado, Thomas caught fire at Northern Colorado, scoring a career-best 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a loss to the Bears.
TITANS' ARIZONA WOES
Cal State Fullerton has lost its last six consecutive meetings with schools from the state of Arizona dating back to the 1985-86 season, last winning in a 70-51 victory over the University of Arizona at the McKale Center on March 2, 1985.
LAST TIME OUT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
Northern Arizona's Natalie Metz had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Lumberjacks shot just over 49 percent from the field to hand host Cal State Fullerton a 68-56 defeat.
Fullerton was led by junior forward Amber Pruitt, who came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points and grab six rebounds on the night. Pruitt hit on 10-of-17 from the floor for the game and also had four steals.
The Titans also got a career night from sophomore point guard Audrey Taylor, who poured in a career high 17 points to go with five assists and five steals.
Metz, Alyssa Wahl, and Nicky Eason all had 15 points for the Lumberjacks. Wahl and Eason narrowly missed double-doubles themselves, falling just one rebound short.
Fullerton grabbed the lead for the first time since the opening basket when Pruitt hit a short jumper to give the Titans a 12-11 advantage out of the first media timeout. The lead was short-lived, however, as NAU exploded for an 11-0 run over the next 3:30 to build a 10-point lead at 22-12 with 7:26 remaining.
Back-to-back buckets by Taylor cut the Titans' deficit to six points, but a three-pointer by Eason rebuilt the Lumberjacks' lead to nine points and they headed into the lockerroom up, 31-24, at the break.
Cal State Fullerton kept things close in the opening minutes of the second half, closing to within six points with just under two minutes gone, but three-pointers by Metz and Wahl kick-started a 9-2 run for Northern Arizona, building a 15-point advantage and the Lumberjacks never looked back.
Fullerton shot just under 38 percent from the field for the game, but forced NAU into 21 turnovers and tallied 11 steals on the night. The Lumberjacks outrebounded the Titans, 44-36, for the game - the sixth time Fullerton has been outrebounded this season.
THE TITANS' OWN "DR. J"
Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah enters her 10th season at the helm of the Titans' women's basketball program - her third since returning from an 11-year hiatus.
Jeremiah enters the season eight wins shy of 400 for her career and just 11 wins away from Hall of Fame head coach Billie Moore's school record of 140 coaching victories.
In her first stint with the Titans, Jeremiah led Fullerton to an 112-93 (.546) overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament berths in 1989 and 1991 behind the strong play of All-America center turned Titan assistant coach Eugenia Miller-Rycraw.
Her 25-8 season in 1990-91 serves as the program's standard for single-season victories.
TITANS PICKED SIXTH IN BIG WEST RACE
Both the media members and the head coaches predicted a sixth-place finish in the Big West Conference women's basketball standings for Cal State Fullerton at the annual pre-season Media Day Wednesday in Irvine.
Defending champion UC Santa Barbara was picked for first place in both polls but the Gauchos were not unanimous selections. They got 9 of 10 first-place votes from the media and 6 of 8 from the coaches, with two opting for Long Beach State. The balance of the poll was identical from both groups with Long Beach second followed in order by Cal Stae Northride, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Fullerton, Cal Poly and Pacific.
A pre-season all-conference team was picked by the media. It consisted of Kemie Nkele of UCR, Ofa Tulikihihifo of Northridge, Jenna Green of UCSB, Crystal McCutcheon of Long Beach, Tina Sanerivi of Pacific and Angie Ned of UCI.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN... AND AGAIN
The first half of the Titans' 2005-06 regular season schedule should be sponsored by a laundry detergent company with the amount of time they will be spending away from home. Of Fullerton's first 12 games this season, all but three will be played away from home. The road has been a sore subject for the Titans in the last five years as they have posted only a 12-51 (.235) away from home.