Scouting Report for Cal State Fullerton

The fans will come to see the pregame handshake between ISU head coach Bill Fennelly and son Steven, an assistant with Fullerton, and stay for a likely beat-down

The teams couldn't have started the season any different. Iowa State enters Sunday's game (2 p.m.) against Cal State Fullerton 7-0 and ranked 20th in the AP poll. The Cyclones are defeating their opponent by an average of 27.1 points.

The Cal State Fullerton Titans limp into Hilton Coliseumwith just one win (1-6), losers of their last three, by an average of 12 points.

The obvious distraction heading into this matchup is the return Steven Fennelly, the son of the Cyclones head coach Bill Fennelly. Steven was hired as an assistant coach by the Titans this past summer, and this will be his first return to Ames since taking the position. Once the welcome-home handshake and hug takes places before the game, there is still a game to be played — one that the Cyclones should dominate.

Tale of the Tape

  • Iowa State averages 82.5 points per game this season; the Titans just 56.7.

  • On the season, Iowa State is plus-nine in rebounds against its opponent. The Titans are losing the rebound margin by -1.4 per game.

  • The Titans return 3 starters from last year's team which finished 11-22; guards Tailer Butler, Alex Thomas and Chante Miles.

  • The Titans are performing better on the road this season. They average 12 more points, turnovers are down 40 percent and assists up over 100 percent.

  • The average crowd size Cal State Fullerton has played in front of has only been 471. Iowa State will most likely have close to 10,000 fans at the game.

    Key Matchup

    The Titans' two leading scorers are both quick guards in 5-foot-3 junior Chante Miles (14.9 points per game) and junior Kathleen Iwuoha (11.2 points per game). Both are shooting close to 50 percent from the field this year and Iwuoha is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game as well, good for second-best on the team. Cyclone guards Nikki Moody and Jadda Buckley will have to keep them in front of them and try make they try and shoot from the outside. As a whole, the Titans are only shooting 26 percent from deep.

    Keep an eye on

    Fouls. This could be a concern for the Cyclones all season. The team struggled a little when Hallie Christofferson got into foul trouble early against Northern Iowa the last game, and coach Fennelly even said after the game it was a concern. The Titans are deep and will play everyone on their roster. If fouls start to add up, Cal State Fullerton could hold an advantage due to depth.


    The crowd will stand and cheer for the pre-game handshake between father and son. However that will be the high point for the Titans on this day. The Cyclones have an advantage in every statistical category. In fact, the Titans average more turnovers than assists on the year. And their tallest player is only 6-1, whereas both Cyclone Centers Christofferson and Madison Baier will have a distinct 2-3 inch advantage inside. I like the Cyclones to win comfortably with the reserves playing the last four minutes of the game. Cyclones, 92-50.

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