Light Week Sends Women's Basketball to Ohio
Dec. 1, 2010
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton at Bowling Green State
Dec. 4, 2010
10 a.m. PT
Anderson Arena (3,500) | Bowling Green, OH
Live Stats | BGSU Audio | BGSU Video (Subscription)
TIP-OFF: After one of the busiest weeks of the season to date, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (3-4 overall) will "take it easy" with a single game this weekend - albeit all the way in Ohio. The Titans will look to snap out of a three-game funk on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Pacific) as they face-off against 2010 NCAA Tournament participant and six-time defending Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green State at Anderson Arena.
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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. There will be no Fullerton-originated broadcast of Saturday's game, but live audio will be available by visiting the women's basketball schedule page and clicking on the appropriate link.
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. Live stats will be available for Saturday's contest.
BOWLING GREEN STATE BRIEFLY: The Falcons are currently 6-1 overall on the season and host nationally ranked and perennial power Vanderbilt on Wednesday (Dec. 1) before welcoming the Titans... Bowling Green State is a perfect 4-0 at home this year and has won six straight following a season-opening one-point loss to Evansville (63-62) on the road... the Falcons won the tournament title at Seattle University last weekend, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock (56-47) and the host Redhawks (71-51) en route to the crown... Lauren Prochaska, the MVP of last weekend's tournament, is BGSU's leading scorer, averaging 18.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to go with 19 assists, six blocks, and 13 steals... Tracy Pontius is second on the team in scorin at 14.0 ppg and leads the team in assists (24)... the Falcons are shooting just under 41 percent from the floor and averaging 74.6 ppg this season as a team while their defense is allowing just 51.9 ppg and a .362 field goal percentage through seven games... the six-time defending Mid-American Conference champions are led by 10th-year head coach Curt Miller, who is 206-80 (.720) in his previous nine seasons at the helm... the Falcons finished 27-7 overall and 14-2 MAC play last season to win the East Division and eventually claim the conference tournament crown... BGSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it fell to Michigan State, 72-62, in the first round.
SERIES NOTES: The Titans and the Falcons have never met in women's basketball... Fullerton is 0-2 against current members of the Mid-American Conference, going 0-1 against Central Michigan following a 76-64 loss in 1983 in Lincoln, NE and 0-1 against Northern Illinois after a 94-80 loss to the Huskies in 1989 at Titan Gym.
HONORS FOR GROVE: Fullerton's offense ran through senior Lyndsey Grove last weekend in Berkeley and the Titans' forward was honored with all-tournament honors at the Colliers International Classic. In performances against California and Tulane (both of which were receiving votes in last week's national polls), Grove averaged 16.0 ppg and shot 44 percent from the field, including setting a season high with 18 points against the Golden Bears.
BLOCKS A PLENTY: The Titans ranked last in the Big West Conference in blocked shots last season with just 38 swats in 32 games, but it looks as if Cal State Fullerton is out to buck that trend in 2010-11. Through seven games this season, the Titans have already rejected 19 shots - accounting for half of last year's total and 10 more than they had through seven games in 2009-10. Fullerton, which stands tied for fifth in the league in blocks entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of senior Jenna Breite and sophomore Lauren Bushong, who have five blocks apiece thus far, and nine different players already have at least one blocked shot this season - one shy of the 10 players who had a block in 2009-10.
O WHEREFORE ART THOU SHOOTING TOUCH?: Fullerton's offense came out firing on all cylinders to start the season, shooting 42 percent or better in three of its first four regular season games en route to its best start in more than a decade. However, that touch has abandoned as of late to kick off their five-game road trip, as the Titans has been held under the 40 percent mark in their last three contests - including 35 percent against Tulane. Fullerton's still ranks third in the league in field goal percentage entering the week at .400 on the season, however, but slipped to ninth in field goal defense (.450) following last week after holding San Jose State to a season-low .326 from the floor on Nov. 21.
A LITTLE HELP HERE: Everybody knows about the scoring exploits of junior Megan Richardson and senior Lyndsey Grove, but the Titans' dynamic duo is going to need some help if Cal State Fullerton is to get over the hump. The Titans are 0-4 this season when they have just two players in double figures, but are a perfect 3-0 when three or more players have at least 10 points.
MILLENNIUM 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 75 points to become the latest player to reach the milestone. Also closing in on the mark, senior Lyndsey Grove (810 points) and redshirt junior Lauren Chow (775).
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.
OLIVIER DOUBLES UP: Sophomore Mya Olivier netted the third double-double of her career last week with her 10-point, 11-rebound effort on the road at San Diego, also marking the first for a Titan this season. Olivier is Fullerton's active leader in the category as only seniors Jenna Breite and Lyndsey Grove have posted double-doubles in their careers with one apiece.
WINDEX WOMAN: Olivier also enters the week as one of the Big West Conference's top rebounders, standing No. 14 in the league at 5.7 rpg while her 15 offensive rebounds overall are tied for third in the conference. The sophomore from Laguna Beach has grabbed at least six rebounds in four of the team's seven games this season, including a season-high 11 boards as part of her double-double at San Diego on Nov. 24.
MISS CONSISTENT: Count on senior Lyndsey Grove to deliver for the Titans this season as the Placentia native enters the week as the only Fullerton player to reach double figures in all seven games this season. Grove, who ranks second on the team behind teammate Megan Richardson in scoring at 14.6 ppg, stands fifth in the Big West in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage (.481), second in free throw percentage (.850), and third in three-point percentage (.458) while also standing 10th in minutes played (30.29 mpg).
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...: As the calendar turns to December, visions of more than sugar plums are dancing in the heads of the Titans. More than just their two front teeth, Fullerton would like some tallies in the win column after it has suffered through a three-season stretch during which the Titans have gone just 2-15 in the month of December since the 2007-08 campaign and havent had a winning December since going 4-3 in 2006-07.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: With its three losses last week, the Titans fell to 1-4 away from the friendly confines of historic Titan Gym and will play just once on their home court (where they are 2-0) before the start of 2011. Fullerton has won 11 of its last 13 home court contests (including three straight) dating back to last season when the Titans were 8-5 in front of the hometown faithful. 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.
QUITE A 1-2 PUNCH: The Titans' tandem of Megan Richardson and Lyndsey Grove have provided most of the offensive punch for Fullerton, combining to make nearly half (71-of-162) of the Titans field goals and 45 percent of the team's points (209-of-462) thus far in 2010-11. Richardson ranks fourth in the league in scoring closely followed by Grove in fifth as the two stand as the only players entering the week who have scored at least 100 points.
FROM SHOOTER TO PLAYMAKER: Redshirt junior Lauren Chow is always a threat to unleash a shot, but she seems more apt to set up her teammates to succeed this season while continuing to recover from a knee injury that ended her 2009-10 season after just seven games. Chow leads the team with 18 assists and has committed just eight turnovers while coming off the bench for a 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio - a mark that would stand second in the league if she met the minimum of 3.00 assists per game.
NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH...: Free points, however, have come in abundance for the Titans thus far this season as Fullerton once again leads the Big West in free throw percentage at .741 through seven games - 38 points better than second-place Cal State Northridge - including a perfect 15-for-15 from the line as a team at California on Nov. 27. Cal State Fullerton was the only team in the league to hit at least 100 free throws entering this week's games until UC Irvine, which was in third place at .677 this season, hit 16 on Monday night against Wyoming to give them 102 on the year. The Titans have led the Big West in free throw percentage in each of the last two seasons (and three of the last four), shooting .750 from the line in 2009-10 and a school-record .771 from the stripe in 2008-09.
IN THE BIG WEST: Cal State Fullerton enters the week ranked third in scoring (66.0 ppg), fifth in scoring defense (67.7 ppg), second in scoring margin (-1.7 ppg), first in free throw percentage (.741), third in field goal percentage (.400), ninth in field goal percentage defense (.450), third in three-point percentage (.328), second in three-point defense (.247), ninth in rebounding (32.6 rpg), third in rebounding defense (40.4 rpg), seventh in blocks per game (2.71 bpg), tied for fifth in assists (13.00 apg), eighth in steals (5.86 spg), second in turnover margin (+2.86), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.86), fourth in offensive rebounding (12.86 pg), ninth in defensive rebounds (19.71), and third in three-pointers made per game (5.43 pg).
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.
TREY MAGNIFIQUE: Chow is also closing in on a couple of school records as well, standing just 13 made three-pointers shy of Charlee Underwood's career mark of 164 set from 2003-07 and 19 three-point attempts back of Underwood's mark of 482. With 37 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.
NOT JUST FOR DESSERT ANYMORE: The Titans' defense has been serving up its fair share of turnovers this season, forcing the opposition into 126 miscues thus far and turning those into 130 points for the "good guys" through seven games. Fullerton has forced 20-or-more turnovers in four of its seven games, including a season-best 24 turnovers at Seattle University on Nov. 14. The 126 turnovers forced are second in the league (UC Davis is tops at 141) and the Titans' stand second in the Big West with a +2.86 turnover margin (the Aggies are first at +3.33).