Titans Battle, but Drop Heartbreaker in Opener
RENO, Nev. – Cal State Fullerton sophomore Tailer Butler recorded a career-high in points and rebounds, as well as her first career double-double, but ultimately it wasn't enough as the Titans dropped their season-opener at Nevada Friday night, 76-72
Butler scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while senior Lauren Bushong connected on seven of 10 field goals for a career-high 15 points. Junior transfer Brianna Barfield also went 10-for-14 from the free throw line for 10 points in her Titans debut.
The Titans (0-1, 0-0 Big West) fell behind early, as they missed 12 of their first 14 shots from the field, which led to an 18-8 Nevada lead with 12:17 to play in the first half.
Over the next four-plus minutes, sophomore Chante Miles sparked the Fullerton offense, scoring eight of her 11 total points, including two three-pointers and a steal helping to lead a 16-1 scoring run. This gave the Titans a 24-19 lead with 7:48 to play in the half.
An Alex Thomas three-pointer with 5:11 to play in the period gave the Titans their biggest lead of the game at 11 points.
Fullerton went into the locker room with 44-37 halftime advantage, but the Wolf Pack started the second half much like it started the game, scoring 10 of the first 13 points to tie things up at 47-47 with 16:03 left to play.