Jan. 15, 2011
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FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Lyndsey Grove tied a career-high with 26 points, including 10-of-12 from the line, and the Titans used a late 12-5 run to pull away from a hard-charging Cal State Northridge squad en route to a 75-67 victory on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Fullerton, which improved to 6-12 overall and 2-4 in Big West Conference play while winning for just the third time in its last 14 games and ending a four-game losing streak to the Matadors.
Cal State Northridge, which was within striking distance for most of the second half, fell to 1-16 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Grove, whose previous season high was 20 points against Sacramento State on Dec. 9, hit on 7-of-19 from the field and grabbed six rebounds while playing 39 minutes. She matched her previous career best set against UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament last season on March 10.
Jasmine Erving finished with a game-high 34 points on 14-of-31 shooting and 13 rebounds to lead the Matadors - one of two with a double-double for Northridge as Bridgette Conejo added 13 points and 10 boards in the loss.
Leading by five at the break, 36-31, the Titans traded baskets with the Matadors to start the second half as Northridge closed to within a single point three times before a basket by Erving tied the score at 45-45 with 10:53 to play.
The score would be tied again at 50-50 just two minutes later before Richardson ignited the Titans' run that ended with a three-pointer from Alex Thomas for a seven-point, 62-55, advantage with just over four minutes to play.
Northridge came no closer than five points the rest of the way, however, as Fullerton pulled away, using a basket by Thomas and back-to-back three-pointers from Richardson and Grove to build its largest lead of the game at nine points with just over two minutes to play.
The Titans shot just 37 percent from the field for the game after hitting 46 percent in the first period en route to the halftime lead. The Matadors shot just under 36 percent for the game, but 43 percent after the break to fuel their run. Northridge also outrebounded Fullerton, 44-41, including 21 offensive rebounds, while the Titans amassed 18 assists on 22 made baskets and hit 22-of-27 (.815) from the line.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the road for its next two contests, taking on Long Beach State on Wednesday (Jan. 19) at 7 p.m. before heading to the coast to meet UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 2 p.m.