After Finals, Titans Resume Play at USD
Dec. 18, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - After taking most of the week off because of final exams, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (3-5 overall) finishes up a stretch of three-straight games against West Coast Conference schools this weekend as the Titans head south to face the University of San Diego on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 20) at 2 p.m.
FOLLOW THE TITANS FROM AFAR: Gametracker livestats will be available for Saturday afternoon's game at San Diego. Visit the women's basketball schedule page at FullertonTitans.com or USD's website at USDToreros.com.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: For those fans who won't be able to make it out to Saturday's game against San Diego, the contest will be broadcast live over the Internet at FullertonTitans.com. Patrick Alog will have the play-by-play live from the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.
I SEE YOU: For the third consecutive season, video for all of Cal State Fullerton's home women's basketball games and selected road contests will be streamed live over the Internet (on a subscription basis) thanks to Big West TV. For a monthy subscription of \$9.95 or an annual subscription of \$79.95, fans can catch all the exclusive action from Titan Gym and points beyond. For more information, please log on to www.BigWest.org/TV.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: San Diego enters the week having lost two straight games and standing at 6-5 overall this season... Saturday will mark the Toreros' first home game since the end of November... USD fell at Arizona (66-58) and at UCLA (95-58) in its two contests last week... Kiva Herman (16.7 ppg) and Amber Sprague (16.2 ppg) lead the way offensively for USD, both shooting better than 45 percent from the field... The Toreros, as a team, are shooting .424 from the floor and 36 percent from three-point range.
SERIES VS. SAN DIEGO: The Toreros lead the all-time series with the Titans, 9-7, having won the last three straight meetings dating back to the 2005 season... Fullerton's last win in the series came in 2002 as the Titans posted a 76-74 win at Titan Gym... Cal State Fullerton is 3-4 against USD in San Diego, having lost three of the last four meetings.
WAVES CRASH TITANS WCC STREAK: Last week's loss to Pepperdine was the first in four tries for the Titans against West Coast Conference schools this season. The three wins versus the conference this season are the most since the 1990-91 campaign (3-0) while a fourth victory in Saturday's game with San Diego will be the most ever in a single-season.
INJURY SIDELINES THOMAS: Senior Toni Thomas will be sidelined for an undetermined period after suffering an undisclosed leg injury during the Titans' loss to UNLV on Nov. 29. Thomas played only 12 minutes in a loss to No. 16 Vanderbilt before missing each of the team's last two games against San Francisco and Pepperdine. Thomas, who has led the Big West in scoring in each of the last two seasons, was averaging 12.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game through the team's first six contests while shooting .424 from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line. The two-time All-Big West First-Team selection had appeared in 96 consecutive games (read: every game in her Titan career) until missing last week's contest in the Bay Area.
GREAT SCOTT!!: Junior Jasmine Scott continued her hard work on the boards this past week, leading the team in rebounding twice against San Francisco and Pepperdine. Scott, who has led the team in rebounding three times in the last four games, completed her first career double-double with 12 rebounds against the Dons while she grabbed seven boards to pace the team against the Waves. Over the last four games, Scott is averaging a team-best 8.5 rebounds per contest and her 45 rebounds overall this season are more than half of her entire career total of 76 rebounds entering her junior year.
BREITE IDEA: Sophomore center Jenna Breite made the first two starts of her brief Cal State Fullerton career last week against San Francisco and Pepperdine, stepping in admirably for the injured Thomas over the last three games and providing the Titans with much-needed minutes in the paint. Breite competed for a career-high 25 minutes against No. 16 Vanderbilt, scoring a career-high six points and grabbing three boards. Against the Waves, the sophomore set a new career high with six rebounds in 16 minutes, increasing her season averaged by nearly a full rebound per game.
NOT TO BE OUTDONE...: Sophomore Katie Avila also stepped up her game inside for the Titans last week against USF and Pepperdine, making her first appearances since playing two minutes at UNLV on Nov. 29. Avila matched her career high in scoring with four points against the Dons (which was also set last year against San Francisco) and established a new best with five rebounds. She followed that up with two points (making her only shot attempt) and four more rebounds in 11 minutes against the Waves.
MAKA MAKES AN IMPACT: Cal State Fullerton freshman Nneamaka Anyanwu saw her first significant action last week against Pepperdine, scoring her first career points on 4-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbing five rebounds in her second career appearance. Anyanwu, made her collegiate debut on Nov. 28 against Georgia, playing only three minutes off the bench.
TITANS CRASH THE GLASS: Cal State Fullerton hit the boards hard against Pepperdine last week to the tune of a season-high 41 rebounds (21 of those on the offensive end) to outrebound the Waves by five. It is the first time that the Titans have outrebounded an opponent this season, snapping a string of seven straight games to start the season and eight consecutive contests dating back to the second round of the Big West Tournament last season.
FULLERTON GETS OFFENSIVE: And we mean that in the nice way. The Titans' 21 offensive rebounds against Pepperdine last week marked a season high and the best performance on the offensive glass for Fullerton since it grabbed the same number against the same opponent on Dec. 7 last season. The Titans enter this week's games with four players ranked among the league's top 10 in offensive rebounding: Toni Thomas is fifth (2.17 per game), Jasmine Scott is tied for sixth (2.13 pg), and Megan Richardson and Daviyonne Weathersby are tied for 10th (1.75 pg).
LAUREN IS A GIVER: Sophomore Lauren Chow enters the week as one of only four conference regulars with more assists than turnovers on the year, standing second in the league with a 1.25 assists-to-turnover ratio. Her 30 assists rank third overall while her 24 turnovers are also the third-lowest among the regulars. Chow, who has posted four assists or more in five of the team's eight games this season, also ranks third in the league with 3.75 assists per game (including 4.17 apg over her last six games) and has led or co-led the team in assists in four of the last five contests.
FOR DESSERT?: It's safe to say a basketball turnover probably wouldn't taste very good as a meal-ender, but on the court, its a sweet statistic for the Titans. Fullerton's defense has forced its opponents into 179 turnovers on the season, turning them into 164 points for the "good gals." The Titans have forced 20-or-more turnovers in five of their eight contests this season with a pair of 19-turnover games to boot. On the other hand, the Titans have also done a great job of taking care of the ball themselves, committing only 149 turnovers and ranking first in the league in turnover margin (+3.75) while notching 70 steals to rank fourth overall and fourth in the league with 8.75 spg.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE: Despite an off night by their sharpshooters against Pepperdine, the Titans remain as one of the best long-range shooting teams in the conference, standing fourth in the league at 33 percent through eight games bolstered by three games of 40 percent or better and a season high of 47 percent against No. 16 Vanderbilt. Individually, sophomore Lauren Chow leads the way for Fullerton, ranking eighth in three-point percentage (.350) while her 21 three-pointers made and 2.63 made per game lead the Big West Conference. Junior Jasmine Scott is also among the league leaders, standing tied for seventh with 11 trey's made and eighth with 1.38 made per game.
DAY-O: Standing at just 5-foot-2, senior guard Daviyonne Weathersby probably isn't one of the Titans you'd think would be banging around inside with post players measuring almost a foot taller. However, that's just what the veteran backcourt player has done this season, leading the team and ranking No. 15 among the Big West's best rebounders entering this week's games at 5.0 rpg. Weathersby, who stands as the shortest player among the league's top 15 rebounders, grabbed a season-high nine boards against No. 16 Vanderbilt (just one shy of tying her career high) and is averaging 6.2 rpg over her last five contests.