FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton traded early first half runs with Albany, but couldn't overcome a late first half spurt from the Great Danes, falling 71-49 on Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Albany (4-0) was led by Shereesha Richards who was too much for Fullerton to handle, as she posted a double-figure scoring effort with 22 points, while also grabbing six rebounds. Megan Craig and Tammy Phillips both added 13 points off 6-of-8 shooting.
The Titans and Great Danes each came out with good energy to start the game, as both teams traded bucket after bucket. In fact, Miles hit a mid-range jumper with 15:24 left in the first half to give Fullerton a 10-8 advantage, but that was the last time the Titans had the lead.
Fullerton had seven first-half turnovers, which directly led to 11 of Albany's first half points. Despite the sloppy play, the Titans still found themselves in the game, down 35-22 at halftime.
However, things started to unravel in the second half, as Albany exploded on a 14-4 run just over the first seven minutes of the half to open up a commanding 49-26 lead with 12:54 left to play.
The Great Danes built their lead to as high as 27 points. Albany also outscored the Titans 44-12 in the paint for the ball game.
The Titans finished the night shooting 29.5 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range. Albany had the hot-hand shooting 53 percent from the floor 31 percent from behind the arc. They were outrebounded 41-35.
Fullerton continues its swing of four straight road games on Friday, November 22 in New York, N.Y., at Columbia. The matchup between the Titans and Lions tips off at 9 a.m. PT.
Notes: Fullerton played its first game in New York in the program's history…. the contest was also the first matchup ever between the Titans and Great Danes… the Titans are now 0-1 all-time versus the Great Danes…tonight's game was the first time Cal State Fullerton has played against an America East Conference opponent... Fullerton is now 3-8 in their last 11 road openers… the Titans have scored 22 points in the first half of all three games….Chante Miles recorded her third straight double-digit scoring game and her 20 point effort ties her career high, which she set on Jan. 1, 2013 versus Hawai'i.