FULLERTON, Calif. - Women's Basketball is set to host the University of the Pacific for a Saturday matinee in Titan Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
The Tigers are in the midst of a three-game week that started with a loss against Central Florida on Monday. They are currently 6-2 on the season averaging 73.6 points per game. They have four players averaging double-figures led Valerie Higgins, who is averaging 16.8 ppg and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Fullerton and former Big West team Pacific will be matching up for the 63rd time in program history with the Tigers leading the all-time series 23-39. The Titans have lost the last six matchups with the most recent being a 65-81 loss last season.
This season marks the 50th year of women's basketball at Cal State Fullerton. The program made its debut in the 1969-70 season and won the CIAW National Championship that year. The program's history will be celebrated January 5 against Hawaii
RECAPPING WEEK SIX
Fullerton is coming off another perfect week as they won their fifth straight game with a 77-65 victory over the University of Antelope Valley. Daeja Smith led all scorers with 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Carolyn Gill had a career night putting up a career-best 20 points and matching her career-best 16 rebounds to go along with 3 steals and 3 assists.
With three straight perfect weeks, the Titans are riding a five-game winning streak. It is the longest streak since 2008. With a win against Pacific, the Titans would have their first six-game win streak since 1990.
PERFECT IN DECEMBER
Along with Fullerton's winning streak, they are a perfect 4-0 in the month of December. It's the first time they've started a month with four wins since 1988 when the team went a perfect 8-0.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Several Titans have found their way into the record books on the all-time career leaderboards:
Hannah Thompson.....3rd in Three-Point Percentage (36.7%)
Jade Vega.................11th in Assists (324)
Daeja Smith..............2nd in Blocks (121)
...............................5th in Double-Doubles (25)
...............................7th in Rebounds (709)
...............................9th in Field Goal Percentage (48.7%)
ROAD TO 1K
Only 23 Titans have ever surpassed the 1,000-point mark for their careers, but there could be two more to reach it this year. Daeja Smith currently sits at 970 and Jade Vega is behind her at 941. They rank 26th and 28th respectively all-time.
Daeja Smith surpassed 950-career points and 700-career rebounds against UAV. That makes her just the 8th player in program history to reach both of those marks. She currently sits at 970 points and 709 rebounds.
Picking up where she left off last year, Daeja Smith has shown why she's on the Lisa Leslie Award watch list. Through 10 games, she has four double-doubles, averaging 14.7 ppg and 10.2 rpg. Her best game came against CBU when she set a career-high 26 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
Raina Perez was forced to redshirt last season, but has shown everyone what she's capable of already this year. After missing the first game, she is averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.3 assists in a team high 35.4 minutes per game.
RED HOT KIWI
Freshman Amiee Book has been absolutely on fire from the field this season. In seven games, she is shooting 56.4%% (44-78) from the field and 50% (19-38) from three. She also ranks twefth in the Big West with 11.7 ppg and has scored in double-figures in seven of her ten games this season.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Titans have several players ranking in the Top 25 in the NCAA. Raina Perez is 10th in total assists and 12th in assists per game; Daeja Smith is ranked 12th in rebounds and 24th in blocks; and Jade Vega is ranked 21st in made free throws and 24th in assists.
SHARING IS CARING
This year's Fullerton team plays very unselfishly passing up good shots for great shots. Because of that, they lead have 172 assists on the year averaging 15.6 per game. Those rank 32nd and 79th in the NCAA respectively.
ON FIRE FROM THE FIELD
The Titans have shot lights out from the field so far this year, leading the conference shooting 44.4% from the field leading to 68.5 points per game which is the third highest scoring team in the Big West.
TURNING THE PROGRAM AROUND
Coach Harada and company wasted no time improving the program as they eclipsed the 2015-16 and 2016-17 combined win total in their first year with eight wins. They are already at 7 through their first 10 games this year and are on pace to win 18.
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