This Week in CS San Marcos Cougar Athletics: Jan. 7-13


SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Men’s and women’s basketball will be on the road this week for Cal State San Marcos Athletics as the Cougars head to Stanislaus State to face the Warriors on Thursday evening.

The women’s game will get underway at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10 – 5:30 p.m.
CSUSM (9-4, 6-3 CCAA) at Stanislaus State (3-9, 2-6 CCAA)
Turlock, Calif. – Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena

PREVIOUS WEEK •The Cougars recorded a pair of victories last week in The Sports Center, dominating Sonoma State (72-54) before pulling off an overtime comeback against Chico State.
•Junior Jon’Nae Vermillion tallied a game-high 21 points against the Seawolves before collecting her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Chico State.
•Junior Davina Del Castillo pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds in the SSU victory.
•As a team, CSUSM shot a season-high 51.8 percent (29-of-56) from the field and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.
•With the wins, CSUSM is tied for third with a 6-3 conference record alongside San Francisco State in the CCAA standings. UC San Diego remains undefeated at 9-0 while Cal Poly Pomona sits in second with a 6-1 record.
•Sophomore Emma Forel moved into the CCAA top 10 in scoring with Vermillion this week. Vermillion ranks No. 7 with 14.5 points per game while Forel sits in ninth with 14.1 points per game.

STANISLAUS STATE UPDATE •The Warriors defeated Cal State Monterey Bay last Saturday, 61-51, after dropping a 63-48 decision to Cal State East Bay on Jan. 3.
•Stan State sits in 12th place in the CCAA standings with only two conference wins (SSU and CSUMB).
•The Cougars snapped a four-game losing streak against the Warriors last season with an 81-71 victory in San Marcos on Jan. 20.
•Kyanna Davis is Stan State’s leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points per game.
•As a team, the Warriors is averaging the second highest steal percentage in the CCAA with 10.69 per game.
•SSU was picked to finish ninth in the CCAA Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.

THE JIMENEZ FILE •Head coach Renee Jimenez enters her fourth season in charge of the Cougar women’s basketball team, a program that is only in its eighth season of existence.
•In her eleven seasons coaching in the CCAA, Jimenez has compiled a 162-123 (.568) coaching record. She spent two seasons at Cal State San Bernardino after a five-year stint at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Thursday, Dec. 10 – 7:30 p.m.
CSUSM (4-11, 1-8 CCAA) at Stanislaus State (5-7, 2-6 CCAA)
Turlock, Calif. – Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena

PREVIOUS WEEK •The Cougars went 1-1 at home this past week as they took a loss to Sonoma State on Thursday before earning a come-from-behind victory over Chico State on Saturday at the Sports Center.
•Freshman Bryce Sloan tallied 20-plus points in back-to-back games with a season-high 23 points against Sonoma State and 20 points against Chico State.
•Darae Elliott posted his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Cougars’ victory over Chico State. His total ranks second in the conference and 30th nationally.
•JR Williams continues to lead the conference with 37 total steals and ranks seventh nationally. His 2.47 steals per game also lead the league and rank 19th nationally.
•Williams leads the conference with 482 minutes played this season.

ON THE ROAD AT STANISLAUS STATE •Fresh off a win against Chico State, CSUSM will travel to Turlock for a midweek contest at Stanislaus State on Thursday.
•The Warriors ended a four-game losing streak on Saturday by defeating Cal State Monterey Bay 82-70 on the road.
•Stanislaus State has a trio of scorers averaging 14-plus points per game in Vasilije Saraba (15.3), Andy Cleaves (15.0) and Ty Davis (14.1).
•Saraba has the third-best free-throw percentage in the nation at 95.5 percent.
•The Warriors are 11th in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with a 2-6 conference record and a 5-7 overall record.
•Stanislaus State’s scoring offense (71.1 points per game) ranks 10th in the conference while its scoring defense (74.6 points per game) ranks 11th.
•The Warriors’ turnover margin of 3.3 ranks second in the CCAA and 39 nationally.

THE FOSTER FILE •Head coach B.J. Foster enters his third season in charge of the CSUSM Men’s Basketball program after taking over the head position in 2016.
•Under his leadership, the Cougars advanced to the CCAA Tournament for the first time in 2017-18 after finishing the season with a 15-7 conference record and a 20-9 overall record.
•Prior to becoming head coach of the Cougars, Foster was an assistant coach with the team from 2013 to 2016.
•Foster has tallied a career record of 42-30 (.583).


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