Jan. 2, 2011
STOCKTON, CA - Pacific's Danielle Peacon finished with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers rallied back from a 14-point second half deficit to post a come-from-behind, 69-65, victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon at the Spanos Center in Stockton, CA.
The Titans lost for the eighth time in 10 road games this season in falling to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in Big West Conference play while Pacific improved to 4-11 overall and 1-1 in league play.
A 17-1 run over a span of 5:18 in the second half erased Fullerton's largest lead of the game as a Peacon jumper to cap the spurt gave the Tigers their first lead of the day, 59-57, with 4:28 to play. A pair of free throws by Titans' senior Lyndsey Grove tied the score once again, but six straight points from Christina Thompson and a pair of free throws from Erica McKenzie gave Pacific an eight-point advantage it would not relinquish despite hitting only 4-of-8 from the line down the stretch.
While the Tigers seemingly could not miss in the second half, hitting 17-of-29 (.586) from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range, the Titans could not find their stroke despite shooting 40 percent in the period, going without a field goal for almost 10 minutes until junior Lauren Chow sank a three-pointer with 26 seconds to play to bring Fullerton to within five points. During the drought, the Titans were 0-for-12 from the floor, committing six turnovers in the process.
Four Fullerton players finished in double figures led by 13 points apiece from Chow and junior Megan Richardson, who also contributed a team-high eight rebounds. Alex Thomas came off the bench to add 11 points while senior Ashley Richie finished with 10 points. Sophomore Lauren Bushong scored four points and tallied a career-high six blocks on the day, nearly matching her entire season total of eight blocks entering Sunday's contest.
Thompson joined Peacon in double figures for Pacific, finishing with 19 points on 8-of-10 from the floor to go with four rebounds. The Tigers outrebounded the Titans, 53-31, and overcame 26 turnovers as no other Pacific player finished with more than seven points, but every Tiger who entered the game scored at least two.
After playing 14 of its first 17 games on the road to start the year, Cal State Fullerton finally has its first extended homestand of the year, beginning a string of four straight games at Titan Gym on Wednesday night (Jan. 5) at 7 p.m. against UC Irvine.