Titans Head to NorCal to Open League Play

Dec. 30, 2010

FULLERTON, CA -

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THIS WEEK...
Cal State Fullerton at UC Davis
Dec. 31, 2010
2 p.m.
The Pavilion (7,100) | Davis, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

Cal State Fullerton at Pacific
Jan. 2, 2011
2 p.m.
Spanos Center (6,150) | Stockton, CA
Gametracker | Live Audio | Big West TV

"SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT...": After struggling through a somewhat inconsistent performance during the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team (4-8 overall) will ring in the New Year this weekend in Northern California as the Titans open up Big West Conference play on the road to close out a stretch of 14 road contests in their first 17 games to start the season. Fullerton draws UC Davis to open the league schedule on Friday afternoon (Dec. 31) at The Pavilion before taking on Pacific on Sunday (Jan. 2) in Stockton at the Spanos Center to conclude the trip. Both games will tip off at 2 p.m. at their respective sites.

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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 this weekend's contests.

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. Live video will be available for both of this weekend's games.

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.

FOR OPENERS (BIG WEST STYLE): Cal State Fullerton is 10-15 all-time in Big West Conference/PCAA openers dating back to the 1985-86 season, having won its last four straight (and six of its last eight), including a 68-57 win over UC Davis last season at home - the only time in school history that the Titans have opened the conference schedule against the Aggies... three of Fullerton's last four conference openers have been won by double figures, including a record 27-point win over UC Irvine in 2008-09... the Titans are 6-6 in conference openers at home, but just 4-9 when playing away from home... Fullerton has won two of their last three conference openers on the road, the last coming in a 69-66 win at UC Irvine in 2007-08.

UC DAVIS BRIEFLY: The Aggies enter conference play atop the Big West standings at 10-2 following the non-conference portion of their schedule, having won four straight following a 70-54 victory over Santa Clara on Dec. 27... UC Davis is a perfect 5-0 at home this season and has won its last 13 consecutive games on its home floor... Paige Mintun leads UC Davis offensively, averaging 13.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg while shooting .468 from the field and blocking 15 shots to go with 25 steals... Vicky Deely is also in double figures, averaging 10.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg while shooting .457 from the field... the Aggies are shooting .426 from the field and averaging 69.9 ppg while holding opponents to a .384 field goal percentage and just 57.0 ppg... UC Davis leads the league in both scoring offense and defense as well as field goal percentage, steals, three-pointers made per game, and turnover margin.

PACIFIC BRIEFLY: The Tigers enter conference play with a 3-10 overall record and a 2-4 mark at home following an 85-42 loss to top-ranked Connecticut on Dec. 28 at the Spanos Center... Pacific has lost four straight overall, and nine of its last 10, with its only win in that span being a 76-54 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 11... the Tigers will host Cal State Northridge on New Years Eve at 2 p.m. before welcoming in Cal State Fullerton... freshman Danielle Peacon has started all 13 games and leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) while shooting .453 from the field and blocking 28 shots... sophomore Jordan Rogers is also in double figures, averaging 11.0 ppg and shooting .360 from the field while making a team-best 25 three-pointers... Pacific is averaging 62.2 ppg and is shooting .381 from the field as a team while allowing opponents 73.1 ppg and a .415 field goal percentage for the year.

SERIES NOTES: The series between Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis is knotted up at 6-6, with the two teams splitting the last four meetings... the Titans are just 2-4 against the Aggies since they became members of the Big West Conference during the 2007-08 season... last season, Fullerton posted a 68-57 win at home before falling, 80-52, in Davis... the Titans are 3-3 against the Aggies in Davis, having lost two of the last three trips north... Cal State Fullerton is 22-32 all-time against Pacific, but the Titans have won the last four straight meetings with the Tigers, including a season sweep last season by the scores of 82-65 at Titan Gym and 65-56 at the Spanos Center - the first such sweep of Pacific since 1990... Fullerton is 19-31 against the Tigers as members of the Big West Conference and are just 6-19 overall in Stockton after last year's win snapped a four-game road losing streak.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INVADES VIMEO: Two new videos featuring the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team are now available on FullertonTitansTV on Vimeo.com. Senior forward Katie Avila is profiled as part of the department's "Everyday Champions" series (view the video at http://www.vimeo.com/11731995) while Head Coach Marcia Foster, senior Lyndsey Grove, and junior Megan Richardson gives fans an inside look at the Titans in the 2010-11 Midseason Report and Big West Conference preview (view the video at http://www.vimeo.com/18109934).

STRUGGLES IN SPOKANE: Fullerton's 101-52 defeat at Gonzaga on Dec. 23 marked the largest margin of defeat for the Titans this season and one of the worst for Fullerton in the history of the program as the 49-point loss is tied for the fifth-worst. The Titans were also held to a season-low 28.8 percent shooting and just 18 points in the second half while committing a season-high 25 turnovers.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!: Cal State Fullerton has played on New Year's Day just once in school history, defeating Saint Mary's on the road, 77-65, in 1991, but the Titans have yet to post a win on New Year's Eve in six tries - the most recent coming in an 88-38 loss at Santa Clara in 2007. The Titans, however, are 5-8 overall on Jan. 2, shaking off any signs of a hangover to win three of their last four, including a 68-57 win over UC Davis to ring in 2010.

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 32 points to become the latest player to reach the milestone. Also closing in on the mark, senior Lyndsey Grove (876 points) and redshirt junior Lauren Chow (799).

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.

ON THE WRONG END OF THE STICK: While two of the Titans' four victories this season have come by double digits, a number of Cal State Fullerton's losses have been disasterous. Of the Titans' eight defeats in 2010-11, seven have been by double-digit margins - including a pair of defeats by more than 30 points.

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: Eat your heart out Steve Martin. The workout finally comes to an end for the Titans' luggage as Fullerton completes a stretch of 14 road contests in its first 17 games this week in Northern California. Following this week's trips to UC Davis and Pacific, the Titans will have racked up a grand total of 12,020 miles traveled during the first two months of the season. When the regular season finally wraps up in March, Fullerton will have finished the season with 13,001 miles under its belt this season - not counting any trips the Titans may have to make during the conference tournament and any subsequent postseason jaunts.

RICHIE BUSTS OUT: Senior Ashley Richie gave the Titans a much-needed offensive spark off the bench last week at Gonzaga, netting a season-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with three rebounds in 20 minutes. Richie, who is averaging just 3.8 ppg overall entering this week's Big West openers, hadn't scored more than nine points in a single game this season entering the Dec. 23 contest in Spokane and had gone without a point five times.

AS GOES MEGAN...: So go the Titans... or so the statistics may say. Richardson has been mired in a little bit of a slump, held to just four points on 2-of-13 (.154) shooting in Fullerton's last two games. The Titans are 0-5 this season when the junior is held to single digits in the scoring column, compared to 4-3 when she reached double figures and 2-1 when she scores 20-or-more points. In Fullerton's four victories, Richardson is averaging 19.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting .491 from the floor; however, the sharpshooting Manhattan Beach native has been held to just 9.3 ppg and a .261 field goal percentage in the team's eight losses.

CHOW GETS THE START: Redshirt junior Lauren Chow made her first start of the season on the road at Gonzaga, appearing in the Titans' starting five for the first time since suffering a season-ending knee injury against San Diego on Dec. 7, 2009 - a string of 36 consecutive games.

THE TITANS' SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Senior Lyndsey Grove has been a "jill of all trades" this season for the Titans, providing a lift on both ends of the court for Cal State Fullerton. Grove, who leads the team and ranks third in the Big West in scoring entering this week, ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (.485), fifth in three-point percentage (.395), eighth in minutes (30.2 mpg), and 10th in three-pointers made per game (1.4 pg), while also standing first on the team in steals (16), third on the team in assists (27), and second in free throw percentage (.808).

COMPLETELY OFFENSIVE: And we mean that in a nice way. Despite the Titans' recent scoring troubles on the road (averaging just 58.8 ppg during their six-game road skid), Fullerton's offense overall is among the Big West Conference's best, ranking second in the league with 793 points overall and ranking third entering this week's games at 66.1 ppg.

CHOW PEEKING AT THE RECORD BOOK: Chow is rapidly approaching the school's three-point record, standing third all-time with 156 made and needing just nine more from long distance to break Charlee Underwood's mark of 164 set from 2003-07 while her 476 three-point attempts are second all-time and six shy of Underwood's mark of 482. Her three-point percentage of .328 is already eighth all-time. In other career record watch news, Chow's 241 career assists are also closing in on the all-time top 10 as she needs 74 more to match Chris O'Sullivan (1976-80) for 10th place while her 108 career steals are 45 shy of the top 10 list.

MORE THREE-POINT RECORDS: Senior Lyndsey Grove's career three-point percentage of .332 would rank mere percentage points ahead of Lauren Chow's mark in seventh place in school history while junior Megan Richardson has joined Chow on a pair of top 10 lists. Richardson's 91 three-pointers made are eighth all-time while her 274 attempts are 10th. Her career .332 percentage already ranks sixth as of this week's contests.

DUO SETS SIGHTS ON FREE THROW TOP TEN'S: Senior Lyndsey Grove and junior Megan Richardson are both closing in on a few career lists, mainly thanks to their accuracy from the free throw line. Grove, who led the Big West Conference in free throw shooting last season, is 215-for-255 (.843) for her career, which would be the school record for percentage if the season ended today while standing 19 makes shy of the top 10 in free throws made and 104 attempts back of that career category. Assuming Grove's record-setting performance above, Richardson's .805 career free throw percentage (207-for-257) would stand third while she would be 27 makes shy of the top 10 and 102 attempts back of the career top 10 list.

IRON WOMEN: Senior Lyndsey Grove played in her 100th career game at Pepperdine on Dec. 18, joining a select group of 33 Titans - including teammate Ashley Richie, who joined the club on Dec. 4 at Bowling Green - who have appeared in at least 100 career games. Barring injury and major catastrophe, both Richie (104 games) and Grove (101 games) both have a great chance to break the current career mark held by Genia Miller with 17 regular season games remaining plus any possible conference tournament and postseason contests. Miller played in 118 games during her illustrious career from 1987-91, and her mark could be matched by Richie as soon as Feb. 17 against UC Santa Barbara at Titan Gym.

THE COMFORTS OF HOME: In the midst of yet another extended road trip, the Titans' affinity for playing in front of the hometown faithful becomes even more evident. Fullerton, which is just 1-7 in true road games this season (and 0-1 in neutral site contests), is averaging 81.7 ppg in three home contests this season compared to just 60.8 ppg in its eight road games (a difference of 20.9 ppg) and is shooting .467 (93-for-199) at Titan Gym to just .381 (180-for-472) on the road. Opponents, on the other hand, are scoring just 61.7 ppg at Titan Gym compared to 79.0 ppg on their own floors.

QUITE A 1-2 PUNCH: The Titans scoring duo of senior Lyndsey Grove (14.0 ppg) and junior Megan Richardson (12.5 ppg) is among one of the Big West Conference's top 1-2 scoring punches this season, accounting for 40 percent of the team's scoring (318 of 793 total points) and combining to average 26.5 ppg. The only scoring duo ahead of the Titans' tandem is UC Irvine's Mikah Maly-Karros and Jade Smith-Williams, who have combined to score just under half of their team's points (390 of 803 total points for 48.6%) and are averaging a combined 32.5 ppg. Grove and Richardson rank third and seventh, respectively, in the Big West in scoring this week and Fullerton is one of six schools with a pair of players in the top 15 in the league in scoring.

THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS YA: Was apparently just a little home cooking. Cal State Fullerton's win over Sacramento State on Dec. 9 improved the Titans to 3-0 at home this season - their best home start since the 1991-92 season when they opened with wins over Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Pepperdine. Fullerton, however, will have to wait a while to see if it can improve to 4-0 at home for the first time since 1983-84 as the Titans, who have won 12 of their last 14 at home (including four straight), don't play another home game until Jan. 5, 2011, against UC Irvine to tip-off a four-game homestand - their longest stretch of games at historic Titan Gym this season.

BREITE'S BLOCK PARTY: When senior Jenna Breite isn't busy cleaning the glass with her team-best rebounding total, the San Diego native has been adept at knock shots straight out of the air, finishing with a career-high five blocks against LMU on Dec. 7, doubling her entire season total to that point, and helping the Titans to a season-high nine swats as a team. Breite's five blocks were the most for a Fullerton player in a single game since Erin Whiteside finished with the same number against Nevada on Jan. 10, 1999. Breite, who leads the team with 10 blocks overall, enters the week ranked ninth in the league at 0.83 bpg, but has not been credited with a block since her breakout game against the Lions.

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 12 games this season, the Titans have already rejected 37 shots - already 25 more than they had through 12 games in 2009-10. Fullerton, which stands seventh in the league in blocks entering the week, is led by the twin-tower duo of senior Jenna Breite (10) and Lauren Bushong (8), who have combined for just under half of the team's total. Already this season, 11 different players have tallied a blocked shot - the most since 12 Titans finished with at least one swat during the 2008-09 campaign.

NOT JUST FOR DESSERT ANYMORE: The Titans' defense has been serving up its fair share of turnovers this season, forcing the opposition into 196 miscues thus far and turning those into 193 points for the "good guys" through 12 games. Fullerton has forced 20-or-more turnovers in five of its 12 games, including a season-best 24 turnovers at Seattle University on Nov. 14 and against Sacramento State on Dec. 9. The 196 turnovers forced are fifth in the league (UC Davis is tops at 270) and the Titans' stand fourth in the Big West with an even turnover margin (the Aggies are first at +6.55). On the offensive side of the ball, Fullerton is also one of the best, as its 16.3 turnovers per game are the best in the league (UC Irvine is second at 16.5 per game).

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.

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