Posts Tagged ‘Cal State Fullerton’

HUGE upset in the MEAC as perennial top dog Hampton (18-12, 14-2) falls to MD-Eastern Shore (12-16, 8-8) in the quarterfinals courtesy of a game winner by Jessica Long with one second left.

Troy (20-10, 15-5) couldn’t keep its winning ways rolling, and got upset in the quarters of the Sun Belt by LA-Lafayette (19-11, 10-10).

Cal State Fullerton continued with its upsetting ways, this time defeating Cal Poly (15-14, 10-6) for the chance to play in the Big West semi-finals.

“I’m so proud of what these young ladies have accomplished in the last 48 hours,” Fullerton coach Daron Park said. “We challenged them at the beginning of the week to really believe, we challenged them to play for each other, we challenged them to defend, rebound, and play hard.

“We’re not a deep team, and we came through with an amazing performance yesterday (defeating No. 6 seed UCR in Tuesday’s opener). Today was the opposite. The win was a grind, it was hard-fought, it was a slugfest. We challenged them to get one more stop, one more rebound, and (Iwuoha and Butler) did an amazing job.”

WhaddoIknow? Nothin’ about the NEC, obviously. Top seed Central Connecticut State (19-12, 14-4) falls to perennial underdog – who seems to be changing its tune – St. FrancisnolongerNYbutBrooklyn in double OT, 71-63. In the other half of the bracket, Robert Morris (17-14,13-5) got a lead on Bryant (22-9, 14-4), and then held on by its fingernails to secure the 68-62 win. The Terriers will meet the Colonials in the finals to see who gets an NCAA bid. FYI, a second championship would be a nice way to end a coaching career:

 Robert Morris University women’s basketball head coach Sal Buscaglia announced Saturday that 2015-16 will be his final season at the helm of the Colonials program. Currently in his 12th season at Robert Morris, Coach Sal, as he is respectfully called, led the women’s basketball program through a rebirth and into a golden age.

“After last year’s championship season, I started to have serious thoughts about retirement,” said Buscaglia. “And when you have thoughts about it, it’s time to do it. It’s been a great run of nearly 40 years and I look forward to this year’s playoffs and next year as well.

#24 FGCU is going dancing, even though they only won the A-Sun semi versus Jacksonville. Why? ’cause the feisty Norse of Northern Kentucky upset Stetson, 53-52… but NKU can’t dance until next year due to their transition from D2 to D1. But don’t think pride won’t come into play. Florida Gulf Coast wants to finish undefeated in-conferece, and NKU would love to repeat the upset they pulled last season.

Of note: Eastern Michigan thumped Toledo, 74-57, adding evidence to my argument that they’re on a mission and the rest of the MAC better watch out.

Also of note: Tyler Summitt’s LaTech team won their first conference tournament game over Florida Atlantic, 84-74. MSTU is next.

Just ’cause I’ve been taking note: New Mexico gets by Fresno State and now find themselves  in the Mountain West finals.

Of course, there are a lot of bragging rights on the line at noon Friday in the Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center, but there also is a hung carrot dangling at the end of that championship net-cutting – a berth in the 2015 NCAA field.

“One thing that got us here was our confidence in each other,” said UNM’s Bryce Owens. “Once we built that throughout the year, that’s what got us here.

“I think this is a really great game to go into the championship game. I think once we get this day’s (Thursday) rest, once we get our minds collected, get back together, we’ll be fine. I think as a team we’re doing great.”

They’ll play against Boise State, who survived upset-minded San Jose State.

The foundation to get to this point was laid this summer when the team took a retreat to McCall, and there it came up with a pyramid of goals.

“It said ‘finish’ at the top,” sophomore guard Brooke Pahukoa said. “… We knew the final goal was to make it to the championship here, and then hopefully make the NCAA. It feels great knowing that No. 1 goal, we accomplished.”

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Jim Foster out at Ohio State

From B10 Network: Jim Foster will not return to Ohio State. From Jim Massie at the Columbus Dispatch: Coach Jim Foster fired

Cal State Fullerton needs a new head coach, too: Foster Not Returning as Fullerton’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach

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and still generating surprises.

The entire C-USA tourney has been a surprise (or hot mess, depending on your view): The championship game will feature the #6 seed (Tulsa) v. the #8 seed (UCF). UCF, straight of their upset of top-seed SMU, continued their hot play by taking down UTEP, 89-77. Tulsa used a stubborn defense to hold off #2 seed East Carolina, 72-59.

The MAC finals will feature a surprise team: Central Michigan earned a (fair) shot at the title by holding off top-seed Toledo. Tough for fans of Naama who’d hoped she’d get a chance at the Dance. The Chippewas will go up against Akron’s Zips, who defeated Ball State.

The Southland finals will feature top-seed Oral Roberts against #2-seed Sam Houston (who seem to have survived their brief bout with the WHB curse.)

No surprise, Hampton has rolled into the MEAC finals. No surprise, their opponent will be Howard.

Big Sky Finals: Montana v. Northern Colorado.

In the Big West, Cal State Fullerton couldn’t overcome top-seed Pacific (though it took a last-second three to do it). In the finals, the Tigers will go against Cal Poly (another team that seems to have survived the WHB curse).

The Vandals ruined my WAC brack(et). The finals feature Idaho and Seattle U.

D’em Penguins didn’t make it into the Horizon finals. Instead, it will be Loyola (IL) taking on Green Bay.

Revenge of the former team? #4 Prairie View upset Coop’s new team, Texas Southern, 58-62. That mean’s they’re in the SWAC finals against Mississippi Valley State.

San Diego State rolled over New Mexico, which means they’ll face Fresno State, which just escaped Wyoming, in the MWC finals.

It’s Delaware v. Hofstra and Drexel v. James Madison in today’s CAA semis.

The MVC has held serve through their semis: #1 Wichita State v. #4 Northern Iowa and #2 Creighton v. #3 Illinois State.

When Holy Cross takes on Navy, the Middies will be looking to three-peat as Patriot League champs

The biggest surprise of the day would probably be up Albany, if somehow Hartford could take down conference big dog, the Great Danes.

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Irvine shooting victims shared a love of basketball

Four days before her death, Monica Quan had news for her team. Quan, an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, held up her hand to show off an engagement ring. The players screamed and huddled around her for a closer look, head coach Marcia Foster recalled.

Quan was as happy as her basketball players, and later said she wished she had recorded the moment. She loved to have pictures taken with her friends. She wanted a big wedding, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, a public safety officer at USC, was trying to work extra hours to make it possible.

Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team remembers tough, warm ‘Coach Mo’

After the game, Titan head coach Marcia Foster and several teammates spoke to reporters  about Quan’s legacy. Foster said even though Cal State Fullerton dropped a 64-45 decision, the Titans played their hearts out for the woman they affectionately called “Coach Mo.”   

“It’s hard for us to get out on the floor,” Foster said. “A part of our family was missing. We can’t begin to tell you what it feels like to function without a part of your family here.” 

Cal-State Fullerton honors slain basketball coach

As much as the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team tried to return to normalcy Saturday, its first game since the killings of assistant coach Monica Quan and her fiancée, Keith Lawrence, was almost too much to take.

“It was hard, it was really hard,” junior guard Alex Thomas said after a 64-45 loss to UC Riverside. “Harder than I expected it to be. There’s just a lot of emotions that come into it — not being able to look down the line and see her standing up there with us. I know at least for me, it was really difficult … it was hard not having her with us.”

Tribute held for slain Cal State Fullerton womens basketball coach

Monica Quan remembered by her basketball family

Foster knew Quan while she was still a college basketball player and recommended her as an assistant coach to her friend Roy Dow, head coach for Cal Lutheran’s Women’s basketball team. Quan coached there before coming to Cal State Fullerton last year.

She spoke highly of Quan’s work ethic as an assistant coach.

“When I had an opening, I wanted her because I knew she was a professional,” Foster said. “I didn’t realize everything I was getting in Monica Quan. I didn’t realize the depth of the person I was getting from someone so young.

Cal State Fullerton summons strength to move on days after coach’s killing

She was a four-year varsity standout at Walnut High, where friends recall her devoting almost all her waking hours to perfecting her shot. They also recall her father, Randal, and mother, Sylvia, not only being at every game, but at so many of their daughter’s practices. Randal, the first Chinese-American captain in LAPD history, encouraged Monica to defy expectations, to crush limitations.

“I’ve had one goal: to be on a WNBA team,” she wrote in her 2002 high school yearbook. “I’ve always dreamed of playing for the Los Angeles Sparks.”

She set school records for most three-pointers during a season (59) and a game (seven), earned a slew of all-area honors and a basketball scholarship to Cal State Long Beach before transferring to play at Concordia University in Irvine in 2005. There she met Lawrence, a neon-wearing guard for the men’s team who for a while didn’t cut his hair so he’d look taller than his listed 5-10. He dreamed of a fulltime career in law enforcement.

Fullerton women return following tragic week

The Titans are still reeling. This loss on the court was their fourth in a row, and their loss off the court coupled with the growing national attention to the tragedy has felt somewhat overwhelming to a team that just wants to heal.

The healing really hasn’t started yet, and the Titans know it will take time.

“It’s like somebody told me earlier today, each day will be a better crappy day than the one before,” Foster said. “I don’t think anyone feels like they’re healing right now. We’re just showing up.”

Titans’ grief works overtime

“She was very focused on the little details,” said Alex Thomas, the guard from Mater Dei. “We didn’t take care of the little things the way that we should have. So she wouldn’t have been very happy about that.

“But I think she would have been proud of the effort, the way we came out and tried to stay focused.”

In reality no one knew how difficult it was for the Titans to gather their bodies while their emotions were on the floor, in shards.

Moorpark College retires Keith Lawrence’s jersey before game: Jersey is first retired by program

Keith Lawrence’s words were scrawled out on the white board before the game:

“Don’t take the game for granted. You never know which one will be your last.”

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Big West basketball teams wear orange ribbons in honor of Cal State Fullerton assistant coach and former Long Beach State women’s basketball player Monica Quan.

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Ex-LAPD cop suspected in killing of coach, fiancé

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This time it’s Connecticut’s turn: UConn’s Banks out for season with ACL injury

Even worse news: Monica Quan, Titans Basketball Coach, and Fiance Keith Lawrence Found Shot to Death

Any other basketball news seems besides the point, doesn’t it?

Hug your friends.

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