Jan. 7, 2006
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton junior Charlee Underwood scored a game-high 22 points and led three other Titans in double figures as they defeated visiting Cal State Northridge, 87-61, in a Big West Conference women's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
Fullerton snapped a brief two-game losing streak in improving to 3-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play. All three of the Titans' victories this season have come at home.
The Matadors fell to 3-10 overall, 0-2 in Big West play, in extending their losing streak to three games.
Underwood was 9-of-12 from the floor to lead the hot-handed Titans' offense, which shot a season-high 52 percent from the field, including a 62 percent clip in the second half as Fullerton outscored Northridge by 20 points after the break.
Juniors Andrea Adams and India McDaniel added 18 and 16 points, respectively, off the bench for the Titans as the bench outscored the starters, 53-34. Amber Pruitt added 10 points for the balanced Fullerton offense.
Northridge was led by Krisztina Fuleki's 14 points and was joined in double figures by Jamie McCaa and LaJoyce King, who added 12 points each.
The Titans trailed by as many as seven points in the first half after being held scoreless for more than six minutes midway through the period. Fullerton broke the skid with a 7-0 run of its own, jumpstarted by an Underwood three-pointer, to tie the game at 21-21 with 5:32 remaining.
Back-to-back lay-ups by the Matadors gave them the lead once again but, after trading baskets, the Titans closed out the first half strong, scoring the final 10 points of the period to take a 37-31 lead into the lockerroom at the break.
The hot hands continued into the second half as Fullerton opened the period with a 9-2 run to build a 13-point advantage just four minutes in. The Titans never looked back from that point on as the Matadors couldn't get closer than 10 points on two occassions and Fullerton led by as many as 30 points late in cruising to the victory.
The 87 points for the Titans were a season high and the most for a Cal State Fullerton squad since scoring 88 points in an eight-point victory over Cal Poly at home back on Jan. 30, 1999.
Cal State Fullerton outrebounded its third consecutive opponent, holding the advantage on the boards, 36-27, and the defense turned 25 turnovers into 33 points.
The Titans look to make it back-to-back victories for the first time this season on Monday night (Jan. 9) as Fullerton hosts Pacific at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.