Titans Give Thanks During Busy Holiday Week

Nov. 23, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Fullerton at San Diego
Nov. 24, 2010
7 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) | San Diego, CA
Gametracker | CSF Audio | USD Video

Cal State Fullerton at California
Colliers International Classic
Nov. 27, 2010
12 p.m.
Haas Pavilion (11,877) | Berkeley, CA
Gametracker | California Video

Cal State Fullerton vs. Tulane/Portland State
Colliers International Classic
Nov. 28, 2010
12 p.m.
Haas Pavilion (11,877) | Berkeley, CA
Gametracker TBA

TIP-OFF: A busy Thanksgiving week looms ahead for the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (3-1 overall in 2010-11) as the Titans open a five-game road trip this week. A midweek non-conference contest at San Diego tips-off Fullerton's trip on Wednesday (Nov. 24) at 7 p.m. at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego. The Titans then give thanks before heading to Northern California where they will participate as one of four teams at the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, CA. Fullerton opens tournament play against host California on Saturday (Nov. 27) and faces either Tulane or Portland State on Sunday (Nov. 28). Both tournament contests for the Titans tip-off at noon.

CAN'T MAKE THE TRIP?: Live Stats via CBS College Sports' Gametracker and live video will be available for both the San Diego contest on Wednesday and Saturday's Colliers International Classic opener against California on Saturday. Gametracker will only be available for Sunday's contest in Berkeley against either Tulane or Portland State.

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.

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.

SAN DIEGO BRIEFLY: The Toreros are the second West Coast Conference opponent for the Titans in the last six days as San Diego enters Wednesday's clash with a 2-1 record after opening the year with wins at Pacific (72-61) and at home against Seattle (78-56) with a loss at UNLV (66-48) sandwiched inbetween... Dominique Conners is one of three Toreros in double figures, averaging a team-high 16.3 ppg and leading the team with 10 assists and eight steals while shooting .452 from the floor... she has led the team in scoring in two of USD's first three games... Emily Hatch (12.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, .615 FG%) and Morgan Woodrow (11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .433 FG%) are also in double figures... the Toreros are shooting .467 from the field and scoring 66.0 ppg while allowing opponents to shoot just .390 from the floor and averaging 61.0 ppg... Head Coach Cindy Fisher is in her sixth season at the helm.

CALIFORNIA BRIEFLY: The Golden Bears will play host this weekend and enter the tournament with a 2-1 overall record following wins over Rutgers (66-57) and Saint Mary's (89-63) preceeding a loss at New Mexico (63-54)... California will take on Yale on Nov. 23 before hosting three other teams in tournament play following the holiday... sophomore post DeNesha Stallworth is averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest while shooting 50 percent from the floor... sophomore Layshia Clarendon is also in double figures at 14.3 ppg while sophomore Eliza Pierre paces the team with 13 assists and 14 steals entering the week... Cal is shooting .361 from the floor and averaging 69.7 ppg as a team while holding opponents to just 33 percent shooting from the field and 61.0 ppg... Head Coach Joanne Boyle is in her sixth season with the Golden Bears, posting a 119-48 (.713) record in Berkeley with four straight NCAA Tournament berths from 2006-09 and three-straight years of 20-or-more wins.

TULANE BRIEFLY: The Green Wave enter the week with a perfect 3-0 mark heading into a mid-week clash with in-state rival LSU on Tuesday in Baton Rouge... Tulane has posted wins over South Alabama (72-62), Mississippi State (62-42), and Stephen F. Austin (83-65) to start the year... they will face Portland State in their opener in the Bay Area... senior guard Tiffany Aidoo leads a quintet of Green Wave players in double figures, averaging 14.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg while shooting .469 from the floor and .412 from three-point range... Roshaunda Barnes (14.3 ppg), Olivia Grayson (13.0 ppg), Whitney Bibbins (11.3 ppg), and Brittany Lindsey (10.7 ppg) ar also in double figures, with three of the four averaging better than six rebounds per game... Tulane is shooting .413 from the floor and averaging 72.3 ppg entering this week's contests while holding opponents to just 32 percent shooting and 56.3 ppg through three games... Head Coach Lisa Stockton is in her 17th season at the helm, posting a 326-162 (.668) record and earning 11 postseason berths.

PORTLAND STATE BRIEFLY: The Vikings enter the week with a 1-1 mark following a three-point overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 18 in their last outing... Portland State will take on Lewis & Clark on Tuesday (Nov. 23) in its home opener before heading to the Bay Area where it will open against Tulane... Courtney Van Brocklin leads the team in scoring at 12.0 ppg and is second at 5.5 rpg... she is joined in double figures by Shauneice Samms at 10.0 ppg and a team-high 7.0 rpg... the Vikings are shooting just .302 from the floor and averaging just 59.5 ppg as a team entering the week while allowing opponents to shoot .366 from the field and score 58.5 ppg... Head Coach Sherri Murrell is in her fourth season at PSU, posting a 63-34 (.649) record in her stay in the Rose City.

SERIES NOTES: Cal State Fullerton is just 7-11 against San Diego in the history of the series with the Toreros having won the last five straight meetings dating back to a 76-74 Titans win in 2002 in Fullerton... the Titans have lost their last three trips to the USD campus since a 66-61 win in 1997... Fullerton is just 3-5 on the road against the Toreros... the series with California is tied at 3-3 as the two programs have not met since the 1993-94 season - a 104-69 victory by the Golden Bears in Berkeley... California has won the last two meetings overall and has won two of the three meetings in Berkeley... Fullerton won three in a row in the series from 1980-84, with its last win coming in 1984 by the score of 67-51 in Fullerton... the Titans are 1-2 all time against Portland State, claiming their first win over the Vikings last season at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene by the score of 75-72 in overtime... Cal State Fullerton and Tulane have never met in women's basketball.

TITANS SIGN TALL TRIO FOR 2011-12: Cal State Fullerton women's basketball head coach Marcia Foster announced Thursday that the Titans have signed three players to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Titans.

Chelsea Austin (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills HS), Natalie Williams (Cerritos, CA/St. Anthony HS), and Jessica Palmer (Elverta, CA/Antelope HS) will join the program as freshmen beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Austin, a six-foot guard/forward, helped lead the Normans to the second round of the CIF Division II State Tournament as a junior, averaging just under 14 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the year while swatting 3.8 blocks per game. She was an All-Ocean League First-Team and All-CIF Second-Team honoree in 2010, helping Beverly Hills HS to a 21-13 overall mark.

Williams, a 6-1 forward/center who played her freshman season at Artesia HS in Lakewood, helped the Saints to a CIF Division V title as the division's top seed and a runner-up finish at the CIF State Tournament as a junior, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds per contest en route to All-Santa Cruz League Honorable Mention honors. St. Anthony's finished 26-10 overall, reaching the state title game for the first time in school history.

Palmer, a 6-2 left-handed post player from Northern California, averaged 9.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg as a junior, earning All-Capital Athletic League honors and serving as team captain for the second-straight season. She was also named the team's Best Defensive Player twice as a sophomore and junior.

ROUT 31: Cal State Fullerton's 31-point margin of victory against San Jose State was the third-largest in the history of the series between the two former Big West Conference rivals and the largest for the Titans in almost 15 years since they swamped UNLV by 33 points (88-55) on Feb. 18, 1996 - a span of 487 games. Fullerton also defeated the Spartans by 38 points (92-54) in 1987 and by a series record 49 points (95-46) in 1991.

AS THE WORLD TOURNEYS: The Titans trip to Berkeley this weekend will mark the seventh straight year that they will compete in a regular season tournament on a hostile court since the 2003-04 season, and Fullerton will look to snap a dreadful streak that has seen it post just a 2-14 record in regular season tournaments since that season. The Titans' win over Portland State last season at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, OR, snapped an eight-game losing streak in regular season tournaments with Fullerton's only other win in that stretch coming against East Carolina at the Four Points Surf `N Slam Shootout hosted by Pepperdine in 2004. Not including conference or other championship tournaments, the Titans are just 45-60 overall in regular season events since the 1977 season.

NOT TOO SHABBY: Cal State Fullerton's 3-1 start to the 2010-11 season is its best since the 1996-97 season when the Titans opened with the same record and wins in five of their first six contests. Fullerton's three-game winning streak is its longest since it won four in a row from Jan. 2-9 last season to open Big West Conference play and its 2-0 record at home to start the season is the Titans' first since 2008 when they opened with wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary's sandwiched around a loss at UCLA. Cal State Fullerton, which doesn't play another home game until Dec. 9 against Sacramento State, hasn't opened 3-0 at home since the 1991-92 season with victories over Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Pepperdine before falling to Ohio State to end the streak.

"BUSH" LEAGUE: Sophomore Lauren Bushong grabbed a game- and career-high nine boards in the Titans' victory over San Jose State on Nov. 21, easily surpassing her previous best of four boards against San Francisco three nights earlier. Bushong was part of a 43-rebound night for Fullerton, helping the Titans to a plus-12 advantage on the boards and their highest rebounding total since they grabbed 50 in the first round of the 2010 Big West Conference Tournament against UC Irvine.

CLOSE ONLY COUNTS IN HAND GRENADES AND HORSESHOES: Fullerton's 12 three-pointers against San Jose State almost matched a school record from long distance on Nov. 21 as the Titans were just two trey's shy of the mark of 14 set at Iowa State back in 2006. Fullerton hit its 12th three-pointer of the game with just over seven minutes remaining in the game against the Spartans, but were unable to convert on its final two tries from long distance to leave them just shy of the mark. Six different players had at least one three-pointer for the Titans in the game, led by three apiece from junior Megan Richardson and senior Lyndsey Grove.

NOT JUST FOR DESSERT ANYMORE: The Titans' defense has been serving up its fair share of turnovers this season, forcing the opposition into 76 miscues thus far and turning those into 85 points for the "good guys" through four games. Fullerton has forced 20-or-more turnovers in three of its four games, including a season-best 24 turnovers at Seattle University on Nov. 14.

WHERE'D THAT COME FROM?: Fullerton's 31-point victory over San Jose State was a little out of character for the Titans in 2010 after their first three contests had been decided by 10 points or fewer and both of their victories entering Sunday's contest against the Spartans had been decided by five points or less.

MISS CONSISTENT: Senior Lyndsey Grove has been giving the Titans a consistent scoring effort thus far this season, averaging 13.8 ppg while setting a season high with 15 points at Eastern Washington on Nov. 12 and tying that mark with 15 points against San Francisco on Nov. 18. However, it is the all-around threat that she has also provided on both sides of the ball that has made her one to key on for the opposition as, aside from shooting .541 from the floor and hitting 7-of-14 from long-distance, she leads the team with 12 assists (3.00 apg) andis also tops with eight steals (2.00 spg) while standing third with 4.0 rpg.

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 103 points to become the latest player to reach the milestone. Also closing in on the mark, senior Lyndsey Grove (763 points) and redshirt junior Lauren Chow (759). There have been 18 players who have reached the 1,000-point plateau in the history of the program, the last being Toni Thomas, who finished with 1,786 points from 2005-09 - the second-highest total in school history.

IN THE BIG WEST: Cal State Fullerton's 69.5 ppg entering this week's contests rank them second in the league while the Titans' defense is third this week, holding opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg. Fullerton also ranks among the top four in scoring margin (2nd - +7.2), free throw percentage (1st - .699), field goal percentage (4th - .420), three-point percentage (1st - .366), three-point defense (3rd - .235), rebounding defense (1st - 38.5 rpg), turnover margin (1st - +5.3), assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd - 1.0), and offensive rebounds (4th - 13.0 rpg).

TREY MAGNIFIQUE: Chow is also closing in on a couple of school records as well, standing just 17 made three-pointers shy of Charlee Underwood's career mark of 164 set from 2003-07 and 30 three-point attempts back of Underwood's mark of 482. With 41 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 .325 - a mark that stands eighth all time in school history.