Titans Struggle from the Floor in Loss to Cal Poly
FULLERTON, Calif. --- Cal Poly's defense held Cal State Fullerton to its lowest shooting percentage of the season as the Titans suffered a 69-45 loss to the Mustangs on Saturday night at Titan Gym in Big West Conference action.
The Titans (4-20, 1-10 BWC) remain ninth in the Big West standings as Cal Poly improves to 9-14 overall and 5-6 in league play.
Fullerton shot 20.0 percent (11-of-55) from the floor and just 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from three-point range, but managed to get to the free-throw line on 32 occasions, converting 20 times.
Cal Poly shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) from the floor as 13 players saw action compared to the Titans' eight. All but one of Cal Poly's players scored, as the Mustangs were led by Lynn Leaupepe's 11-point, 10-rebounds performance. Dynn Leaupepe added 10 points and nine boards.
Cal State Fullerton was led by Jade Vega's 14-point effort as the sophomore added three steals and shot 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Iman Lathan recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Daeja Smith poured in 10 points and two blocked shots.
Cal Poly held a 55-34 rebounding advantage scoring 23 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds, while the Mustangs also held an advantage in points in the paint (28-14) and bench scoring (32-7).
The Titans trailed just 30-22 at the break despite knocking down only four field goals in the first 20 minutes. Cal Poly, however, pulled away in the third quarter as the Titans made just one field goal on 11 attempts and the Mustangs used a 16-3 run to build a 46-25 lead.
Cal State Fullerton remains at home for its next three games, beginning with a 4 p.m. start against UC Riverside on Saturday at Titan Gym. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Titans men's basketball team.
Notes: Cal State Fullerton is on a seven-game losing streak…Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal Poly 28-27…the Titans' .200 (11-of-55) shooting percentage was a new season low.
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