Difficult Four-Game Homestand Opens This Week With Games Against Fresno State and UCLA
Nov. 27, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - After struggling through a difficult six-game road trip to open the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (1-5 overall in 2006-07) will open the home portion of its schedule this week against Fresno State on Tuesday (Nov. 28) and Pacific-10 Conference powerhouse UCLA on Thursday (Nov. 30) to kick-off a stretch of four-straight games (and eight of the next nine) at Titan Gym. Both games will tip-off at 7 p.m.
Both of Cal State Fullerton's contests this week against Fresno State and UCLA can be heard live over the Internet by logging on to www.FullertonTitans.com and clicking on the graphic on the right-hand side of the main page. Patrick Alog will handle the play-by-play of Tuesday night's broadcast with Todd Reeves on the mike for Thursday's clash with the Bruins.
BIG WEST TV IS BACK!
Live streaming video for all Cal State Fullerton home games and select road contests will be available once again during the regular season through a partnership with the Big West Conference and CSTV. The subscription video service is \$79.95 for the entire season or \$9.95 per month. For more information, please visit the Big West website at www.bigwest.org/tv.
FRESNO STATE: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with its former Big West Conference rival Fresno State by an 18-11 margin, but the Bulldogs have won each of the last six meetings with the Titans... Fresno State won last year's meeting, 68-50, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif... Fullerton is 9-3 all-time at home against the Bulldogs, but has lost the last two dating back to a 79-76 win on Dec. 12, 1992... UCLA: The Bruins lead the all-time series, 23-18, including winning the last three straight meetings... The two schools haven't met since the 1999-00 season, a 108-75 UCLA victory in Fullerton... The Titans are 7-9 all-time against the Bruins at Titan Gym, the last win coming on Nov. 28, 1990, in a 78-63 triumph.
A QUICK LOOK AT FRESNO STATE
Fresno State enters Tuesday night's game with a 3-1 overall record after falling on the road at Oklahoma State on Sunday (Nov. 26) by a 65-49 score... the Bulldogs had opened with wins at Utah (61-55), and at home against \#18 Brigham Young (61-51)and UC Irvine (81-50)... senior guard Chantella Perera leads FSU in scoring at 15.5 points per contest to go with 5.3 rebounds per game... junior guard Tierre Wilson is also averaging 10.3 ppg.
A QUICK LOOK AT UCLA
UCLA enters the week with a 3-4 overall mark after finishing sixth at the Rainbow Wahine Classic last weekend in Honolulu... The Bruins lost to Gonzaga in the opener, 62-57, before downing Sacramento State (87-64) and falling to Texas Tech (75-60)...junior forward Lindsay Pluimer and senior guard Noelle Quinn lead the Bruins' offense, averaging 17.0 and 14.7 points per game, respectively... Sophomore center Chinyere Ibekwe leads the team on the boards at 6.1 rpg while also shooting better than 64 percent from the floor.
UNDERWOOD CLOSING IN ON 1,000
Senior Charlee Underwood needs just 12 more points this week to reach 1,000 for her career and become the 16th player in school history to reach that milestone. Should she accomplish that feat, Underwood would also be the third player in the last four years to reach 1,000 points, joining Tamara Quinn (2004) and Amber Pruitt (2006).
CHANGE OF FORTUNE?
Currently on a five-game losing streak, the Titans will be looking to build off of a successful home season in 2005-06 that saw Fullerton post a 9-3 mark at Titan Gym (including wins in four of its last six home games) and the most wins at home since the 1990-91 team went 12-1 on the home floor.
WHAT SOPHOMORE SLUMP?
Two more games for sophomore Toni Thomas, two more double-digit scoring performances for last year's Big West Conference Freshman of the Year. Thomas had 16 and 14 points in last weekend's games against Montana State and Texas-Arlington, respectively, to extend her streak of games with 10-or-more points to 12 straight dating back to last season, including all six of the Titans' contests this season. In that 12-game span, Thomas is averaging 16.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg while shooting better than 51 percent (79-for-154) from the field to go with five double-doubles.
TUPOU SHINES IN FIRST START
Redshirt sophomore Salote Tupou shined in her first start of her collegiate career last week against Montana State, scoring a career-high 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting and 4-of-5 from the line in the Titans' loss to the Bobcats. The performance came just five days after Tupou, who scored only eight points in 10 games all of last season, doubled her previous career high on the boards with eight rebounds on the road against Drake on Nov. 19.
SHARPSHOOTER Toni Thomas???
Known by many to be one of the Titans' best post players, sophomore Toni Thomas has taken a page out of the playbook of former Titan Amber Pruitt, whose shooting touch allowed the former Fullerton all-conference player to step back and hit a long-range shot. Thomas, who hit five three-pointers in all of last season, has already hit seven in six games this season and enters the week ranking third in the Big West with a .538 (7-for-13) three-point percentage.
TOE THE LINE
Senior guard India McDaniel has provided the Titans with a certain element of consistiency this season, scoring 12 points in three of the team's six contests and ranking third on the team in scoring at 8.8 ppg this season. However, the majority of her time on the floor has spent at the free throw line as she has gone to the charity stripe a Big West Conference-high 48 times this season (UC Santa Barbara's Jessica Wilson is second with 31) - including tying a career high with 11 attempts at Drake on Nov. 19.
THOMAS AGAINST THE BIG WEST
Thomas, who led all Big West freshman in three different categories while finishing second in two others last season has remained among the league's best thus far in 2006-07. Thomas ranks in the top 10 in eight different categories including scoring (2nd), rebounding (6th), field goal percentage (4th), blocked shots (7th), and minutes played (6th).
Senior Charlee Underwood became the second Titan to tally three blocks in a single game this season (Toni Thomas at San Jose State on Nov. 11 to open the year) as she knocked down three shots against Montana State on Nov. 24. Underwood led the team with 11 blocks last season and stands just six blocked shots short of ranking 10th all-time in school history.
BENNETT, SCOTT TALLY CAREER BESTS
Junior Alison Bennett and freshman Jasmine Scott each had career nights this past weekend in Montana. Bennett notched a career-best nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and tied a career high with four rebounds against the host Bobcats before fouling out. Scott, a walk-on to the team in 2006-07, also had a career-high nine points in 10 minutes of play against Texas-Arlington.