Gibbens Gets Defensive, Earns Big West Player of the Week Honors

Sept. 17, 2007

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior defender Jenae Gibbens (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel HS/San Diego State) was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after leading the Titans' defense in a pair of victories over big-name opposition.

It is the first weekly honor for Gibbens in her Titan career as she becomes the first Fullerton defender to win the award since 2006 Defensive Player of the Year Erica Janke was honored on Oct. 9, 2006.

Against then-No. 14 California, Gibbens helped tame a potent Golden Bears' offense, holding a roster that had seen eight different players score a goal to a season-low nine shots on the afternoon while individually keeping leading scorer Caitlin Hannegan in check, allowing her only two shots.

It was California's first loss of the season after posting four consecutive shutout victories to start the year.

Two days later, Gibbens drew the task of marking Oklahoma's Whitney Palmer, who ranked among the Big 12 Conference's leading scorers with four goals entering the weekend, allowing her just one shot on the day as the Sooners were held to only five shots as a team - tying a season-low and setting a new low for a Fullerton opponent in 2007.

The only returning defensive starter from the 2006 squad, Gibbens has started all six matches this season and ranks third on the team in scoring with a pair of goals on four shots.

Currently riding a three-match winning streak, Cal State Fullerton closes out a three-match homestand on Thursday night (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. as the Titans host Southern California rival Loyola Marymount at Titan Stadium.