Jan. 4, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Host Cal State Fullerton finished with four players in double figures and capitalized on 26 Pacific turnovers on Monday night, lifting the Titans to an 82-65 victory over the visiting Tigers at Titan Gym.
Fullerton remained unbeaten in Big West Conference play, improving to 6-8 overall and starting 2-0 in league action for the second-straight year. Pacific fell to 3-9 overall and evened its conference mark at 1-1.
The 82 points for the Titans were the most since they scored 90 against Sacramento State on Nov. 15 and marked the sixth game of 70-or-more points for Fullerton this season.
Sophomore Megan Richardson led the way with a team-high 22 points - the fourth time that she has reached the 20-point plateau this season - and tied a season high with seven rebounds.
Starters Lyndsey Grove and Jasmine Scott, who also added six rebounds and set career-high's with seven assists and six steals, finished with 16 and 12 points, respectively, while junior Ashley Richie came off the bench to add a season-high 15 points in the win.
Reigning Big West Player of the Week Christina Thompson finished with a game-high 30 points for the Tigers, hitting 13-of-20 from the floor and adding seven rebounds. Erica McKenzie was the only other Pacific player in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Titans led wire-to-wire, opening the game with a 7-0 run and leading by as many as 17 points on two occasions in the opening period. An 18-5 run midway through the first half gave Fullerton a 32-15 advantage as the Titans eventually carried a 40-30 lead into the locker room at the break.
A 10-4 spurt to open the second half rebuilt Fullerton's lead to 16 points as the defense never let the Tigers to get any closer than 14 points at 50-36 with 17:07 to play. The Titans led by as many as 23 points with just under four minutes to play as they shot 53 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away.
Both teams shot 47 percent from the floor for the game with Pacific taking 19 fewer shots. Fullerton held a 41-30 advantage on the boards, outrebounding an opponent for the second straight night and the fifth time this season, and turned the Tigers' 26 turnovers into 24 points.
Cal State Fullerton, winners of back-to-back games for the first time since opening the season with wins over San Jose State and Sacramento State, looks to make it three-straight in Big West play on Thursday (Jan. 7) as the Titans travel to Long Beach State for a 1 p.m. tip.