Titans Open Three-Game Road Trip This Weekend at Fresno State, USF

Titans Open Three-Game Road Trip This Weekend at Fresno State, USF

Dec. 7, 2005


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Riding the momentum of its first victory of the season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (1-5 overall in 2005-06) hits the road once again, opening a three-game road trip this weekend with a pair of contests at Fresno State and San Francisco.

The Titans and Bulldogs meet at the newly-constructed Save Mart Center on Friday night (Dec. 9) at 7 p.m. before Fullerton heads to the Bay Area to take on the Dons on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 11) at 2 p.m.

Both of this weekend's games will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.FullertonTitans.com. Assistant Sports Information Director Jason Spencer will handle the play-by-play from his hometown in Fresno while Media Relations Director Mel Franks will have the call from Memorial Gym at USF. Live stats will also be available for both games thanks to CSTV.com's Gametracker.

The Bulldogs enter the Friday night tilt with the Titans with a 3-2 overall record and are coming off a 56-50 road victory over San Diego. Friday night's contest kicks off a four-game homestand for Fresno State after playing four of its first five games away from home.

Senior forward Amy Parrish leads the team offensively at 17.4 points and 10 rebounds per game while also shooting 51 percent from the floor, 45 percent from three-point range, and 73 percent from the free throw line.

Junior guard Chantella Perera is the only other Bulldog in double figures, averaging just over 14 points.

Fresno State is outrebounding opponents by an average of 15 boards per contest.

The Dons enter the week with a 2-5 overall record and will meet Hawaii on Thursday (Dec. 8) to kick-off a four game homestand before hosting the Titans on Sunday. USF is coming off a 58-52 overtime loss to Long Beach State on Dec. 4 to snap a modest two-game winning streak.

San Francisco is 2-1 against current and future Big West Conference members this season, defeating Cal Poly (71-67 on Nov. 29) and UC Davis (69-55 on Dec. 1) to go with the loss to the 49ers.

Offensively, sophomore guard Dominique Carter leads the way with her 14.2 points per game and ranks second on the squad with her 5.2 rebounds per game. She is the only Dons player averaging double figures as Nickie Warren is second at 8.7 ppg, but leads the team at 7.2 rpg.

FRESNO STATE: Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Fresno State by an 18-10 count, but the Titans have lost the last five meetings with their former Big West Conference rivals... Fullerton is 9-2 at home against the Bulldogs, but only 7-6 in the Central Valley... the two teams last met in December, 2003, at Titan Gym in a 71-53 Bulldogs victory... Fullerton hasn't won in the series since Dec. 12, 1992, in a 79-76 win at Titan Gym... Fullerton hasn't won in Fresno since Jan. 2, 1991, a 74-50 win when the two were members of the Big West. SAN FRANCISCO: The Dons lead the series, 6-2, having won the last four meetings... Fullerton has never won at USF, going 0-3 all time... The two teams haven't met since a 96-56 USF victory on Nov. 25, 2000, at Titan Gym... Fullerton's last win in the series came on Nov. 27, 1987, at the Titan Converse Classic, a 79-54 season-opening win.

Cal State Fullerton's first win of the season was also a big one in another sense as the Titans snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack Tuesday night. Fullerton's last win in the series had been back iin 1995, an 81-70 victory at Titan Gym.

Alright, so it took her one game to get going, but now can she be stopped?

Titan junior Charlee Underwood has tallied double figures in each of her last five games, averaging 15.4 points during that span, including a season-high 18 points in a loss to Army.

She entered the week ranked third in the Big West Conference in scoring at 13.2 points per game, third in field goal percentage (.491), and is leading the league in three-point percentage (.636) in the early going.

Senior post Amber Pruitt is closing in on a milestone in her career as she looks to become the 15th player in the history of the program to reach the 1,000 career point plateau. With her 66 points this season, Pruitt now ranks 18th on the all-time scoring list with 811 career points, just 50 points behind Amy Torczon (1984-88) for No. 17. If Pruitt reaches 1,000 points, she would be the second player in the last three years to reach that plateau joining Tamara Quinn, who finished with 1,109 career points in 2004 to rank 10th.

At a time when the Titans needed offense the most, junior forward Ariel Adams stepped forward and had a career night. Ariel (no relation to similarly surnamed Andrea) poured in a career-high 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting against Nevada, including nine of those points during the Titans' second half rally. The 11 points in the game were one more than her entire freshman season total of 10 and her 25 points in six games this season have pushed her past her entire sophomore season total of 24 points.

Depth was certainly not an issue for the Titans entering this season, and that depth made their presence known in the win over Nevada. The Fullerton bench outscored its Wolf Pack counterparts by a 31-14 count, accounting for almost 59 percent of the Titans' game-winning scoring total. The 31 points by the bench were a season high.

There had been some question about a Titan defense that had allowed an average of 79.6 points per game and ranked seventh among Big West teams entering the week. If Tuesday night's second half against the Wolf Pack was any indication, there could be brighter things ahead for the Titans in 2005-06. Fullerton held Nevada to just 20 points after the break - the lowest single-half point total since the Titan defense held San Jose State to 19 points in the first half en route to a 65-51 win back on Dec. 12, 1998. Three times in the previous six years, Fullerton has held opponents to 21 points in a half: Centenary (W, 74-61 on Nov. 24, 2002), UC Riverside (L, 74-71 in overtime on Jan. 29, 2001), and New Mexico State (W, 70-64 in overtime on Jan. 16, 2000).

The 53 points scored on Tuesday against Nevada marked the Titans' lowest point total since scoring 37 points in a Big West Tournament first round contest against UC Riverside last season. However, a win is a win, no matter how many points you score and Tuesday night's 53 points was the lowest winning point total for Cal State Fullerton since it scored 50 points in a three-point win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 12, 1991.


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