Simmons, Hot-Shooting Tigers Edge Titans, 72-66
Jan. 17, 2009
STOCKTON, CA - Pacific's Amber Simmons tallied a double-double with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead three Tigers in double figures and lift her team to a 72-66 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon in Stockton, Calif.
Titans' freshman Megan Richardson set a career-high with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting to lead two other teammates in double figures as Fullerton (6-9 overall, 3-2 in the Big West Conference) could not overcome a hot-shooting night by Pacific - which hit 52.5 percent of its shots from the floor, including a 57 percent clip in the second half to break open a one-point game at halftime and improve to 10-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Senior Toni Thomas scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to lead the Titans' comeback effort while also grabbing six rebounds for the Titans. Sophomore Lyndsey Grove added 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and five rebounds, finishing the double figures for the fifth time in the last six games.
Simmons hit 13-of-22 (.591) from the field, taking better than one-third of the Tigers' 61 shots on the day. Jennifer Fath came off the bench to finish with 13 points while Gretchen Tiernan added 11 points in the victory. Janae Young added 10 boards for Pacific, which held a 43-30 advantage over the Titans on the glass.
Cal State Fullerton whittled an eight-point second half deficit down to just a single point with 5:50 to play in the game thanks to a 9-2 run, but the Tigers closed out the game with a late charge of their own, scoring 10 of the final 15 points of the game after the Titans had closed to within 62-61 with just under four minutes to play.
In a back-and-forth first half that featured six ties and five lead changes, the Titans led by as many as six points at 25-19 with 11 minutes to play in the period, but a 10-0 run by Pacific over the next four minutes gave the Tigers a four-point advantage with just over six minutes to go before the break.
Fullerton would tie the game at 31-31 thanks to back-to-back baskets by Grove and Richardson and the two teams would trade baskets the rest of the way before Whitney Price hit 1-of-2 from the line in the final minute to give the Tigers the 36-35 advantage at the break.
Cal State Fullerton returns home to kick-off a three-game homestand next Wednesday (Jan. 21) at 7 p.m., welcoming Cal State Northridge to Titan Gym. The Titans then close out their non-conference schedule with a home game against Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday (Jan. 24) at 5 p.m.