Titans Head to North Dakota State to Close Out Non-Conference Play

Titans Head to North Dakota State to Close Out Non-Conference Play

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The Titans head to North Dakota State for their final game before the New Year, taking on the Bisons on Monday night at 5pm PST.

The Titans return to Titan Gym on Saturday, January 9th to open up conference play against Long Beach State. Tip-off is at 4pm and all CSUF students get into the game for free!

There will be live stats and video for the game at North Dakota State on Monday night. You can find all links at fullertontitans.com under the Women's Basketball schedule link.

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Cal State Fullerton (2-11) vs. North Dakota St. (4-8)
Overall Record 1-0
Home Record 1-0
Away Record 0-0
Neutral Site Record 0-0
Longest Win Streak 1
Longest Losing Streak 0
Current Streak W, 1
Record in Last 10 Meetings 1-0
Last Meeting Dec. 20, 2014 (W, 86-79)

NORTH DAKOTA ST: The two teams met for the first time last season in Titan Gym, where the Titans came out on top 86-79.

Head coach Maren Walseth is in her 2nd season at the helm of the Bison, and posted a record of 11-18 in her first year as the head coach of North Dakota State. The Bison return three starters from last year's squad to the floor while welcoming in three to their 2015-16 team.

The Bison are currently 4-8 this season and just recently snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win against Prarie View A&M on Dec. 19. North Dakota State is led by senior guard Marena Whittle who has averaged 17.6 ppg and 9.8 rbg and sophomore guard Taylor Thunstedt who has averaged 16.9 ppg. 

Freshman Michelle Berry is currently on pace to break a few single-season freshman records, including the overall points record of 445 (Berry 186) set by Nancy Ratliff in 1980-81 and free throws made set by Toni Thomas in 2005-06 of 94 (Berry 35).

Michelle Berry also recorded her third double-double of the season in a 11 points, 11 rebounds effort against Cornell on Monday night. 

On Monday night against Cornell, Sami Logan provided a 15-point effort setting a season-high, accumulating all 15 points through five three-pointers.

Transfer center Karima Gabriel has proven to be consistent in the post for the Titans, recording an average of 9.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game while also recording a team-high 22 blocked shots.

Dani Craig returned to the starting lineup after missing three games due to an injury and posted an eight and nine point performance last week against San Diego State and Cornell. 

The Titan defense stepped up last week, allowing an average of 56.5 points in the last two games. 

Freshman Michelle Berry set a program record by scoring the most points by a freshman in history after posting 38 against Portland State. The performance earned her the first Big West Athlete of the Week honors, which also is the first time a Titan freshman has earned the accolades.

Cal State Fullerton is 9-7 all-time against opponents in the Summit League.

In his second season at the helm of the Titans, Park led them to the program's fourth Big West Conference Tournament semi final in the last nine years while producing Big West Conference First Team selection, Chante Miles. The Titans finished with an overall record of 13-19 and a Big West Conference record of 5-11. The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team worked their way into the record books on various occasions, setting records in fewest points allowed in a half, most three-point field goals made in a game, most three-point field goals made in a season, and most three-point field goals attempted in a season.

Park is the first male head coach in Cal State Fullerton women's basketball history and recorded his first win as the head coach of the Titans on Nov. 22, 2013 versus Columbia.

Prior to joining the Titans' staff as the associate head coach, Karen Middleton spent six seasons at the helm of the Western Carolina women's basketball program, leading the Catamounts to a semi-final appearance in the Southern Conference Tournament in 2014.

Before her stint at Western Carolina, Middleton was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Washington University (1994-97), was an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina (1992-94), spent two years as an assistant at the University of Illinois (2007-2009), and was an assistant coach at Stanford University for ten years (1997-2007).

The Big West Preseason Media Poll was released on Oct. 27 with the Titans picked to finish seventh during the 2015-16 season.  After posting 23 wins and claiming the 2014-15 regular season crown, Hawai'i was deemed the favorite with 13 first palce votes. Checking in right behind Hawai'i was UC Riverside in second, earning 2 first place votes followed shortly behind by Cal Poly. CSUN, the two-time defending Tournament champion rolled in at fourth place, while Long Beach State, UC Davis, Fullerton, Irvine and Santa Barbara rounded out the poll.

Cal State Fullerton's 2015-16 schedule slates many competitive games, including games against teams that found themselves in the post-season last year.

"Our goal is to hopefully challenge our team appropriately in the non-conference to ultimately prepare us for the difficult Big West Conference schedule," Park said. "To have a early stretch of 5 out of 6 conference games on the road is a tough challenge for even the most experienced teams so it will be important for us to prepare accordingly and be ready to compete every time we step on the court."

The Titans welcome eight new faces to the squad for the 2015-16 season. Here is more on the transfers and true freshmen ready to make an immediate impact this season: 

Iman Lathan • G • 5-9 • University of Nevada
Played two seasons at the University of Nevada… Academic All-Mountain West honoree ... appeared in 20 games for Nevada during her rookie season ... logged 82 minutes of playing time, averaging 4.1 minutes per game ... totaled 34 points in her 20 games, 1.7 points per game average ... grabbed 17 rebounds, dished out five assists and collected six steals ... shot 49 percent (16-of-33) as a freshman from the field, going 2-for-7 from the free throw line ... scored a season-best eight points during an overtime win at Air Force (2/1), on perfect 4-of-4 shooting ... posted season-high four rebounds during the second game of the season versus Long Beach State (11/15) where she also scored four points and registered her first career assist ... scored at least two points in 11 games ... recorded her first collegiate point, rebound and steal in the season opener at Utah Valley (11/8) ... played a season-best nine minutes in three separate contests, Long Beach State (11/15), San Jose State (1/1) and at Air Force (2/1)

Michelle Berry • G • 6-2 • Miami Country Day HS • Miami, Fla.
A 2015 graduate and a two-year basketball letter winner for the Spartans… Also played varsity soccer where she was named First Team all league…. In her junior year she averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game… Her senior season she averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Dani Craig • G • 5-8 • Iowa City West HS • Coralville, Iowa
Played four years on the varsity squad for head coach BJ Mayer… As a senior she was named First Team All Mississippi Valley League honors while slating her name in the record books in assists with 121 and three-pointers with 51… She was a part of the Trojans squad as a freshman when they played in the State Championship… Dani was also a part of the National Honor Society and played varsity soccer as well.

Madison Crawford • G • 5-8 • Fossil Ridge HS • Fort Worth, Texas
Was a four-year starter on the varsity basketball team under head coach Stacey Henson… Was named to the All-District Second team in her freshman and sophomore seasons before being named to the All-District First team her junior and senior campaigns…. Was named the Offensive Player of the Year three times in her career while being named team MVP her junior season when she averaged 13 points and had a career high 30 point game.

Karima Gabriel • C • 6-2 • Boston College • Manchester, N.H.
At Boston College Karima played in 29 games, started 10 ... Averaged 5.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 15.9 minutes per game ... Scored in double-figures in five games .... Had a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Notre Dame on Jan. 11 ... Had a season-high 14 points vs. Pitt on Jan. 24 ... Finished the season with 45 blocks, most by a BC player since the 2010-11 season ... Led the team in rebounding in six games and in blocks 11 times.  At DePaul as a freshman she played in 18 games for DePaul University...Averaged 4.2 minutes and 1.1 rebounds a game...DePaul advanced to the NCAA Tournament and lost to Tennessee in the 2nd round.

Jordan Jackson • G • 5-8 • Central Florida • Pasadena, Calif.Played two seasons at University of Central Florida… As a Sophomore in 2014-15 she appeared in 21 games, averaging 1.2 points in 6.4 minutes per game…Provided a boost off the bench in UCF's win over Jacksonville, recording 6 points, 3 rebounds in 10 minutes, including a buzzer-beating jumper before halftime… Clocked season-high 16 minutes in conference-opening win at Houston, tallying 2 points and 2 rebounds… Shattered career-high with 8 rebounds against Memphis (2/18)

Lauren Nubla • G • 5-5 • C.K. McClatchy HS • Sacramento, Calif.
Played four years on the varsity squad for head coach Jessica Kunisaki… named Second Team All Metro League in her sophomore and junior seasons…  During her senior year she led the McClatchy Lions to the CIF Division I Championship title while earning First Team All Metro League honors…. Was also named Athlete of the Year and won the CIF sportsmanship award her senior year with 246 points and 14 three-pointers as a senior.

Jade Vega • G • 5-5 • Cardinal Spellman HS • Bronx, N.Y.
Played three years of varsity basketball under head coach Jane Morris… while playing for the Pilots, she led them to their second straight CHSAA championship…. earned Daily News Player of the year and was named to the Daily News First and Second teams throughout her career… Was named Bronx Player of the year and was named to the All Bronx First Team.


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