Jan. 19, 2008
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton freshman Lauren Chow scored a game-high 22 points to lead four other teammates in double figures and help the host Titans to a 94-83 victory over visiting Pacific in a Big West Conference women's basketball match-up on Saturday evening at Titan Gym.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Fullerton as it improved to 3-13 overall and 2-3 in Big West play. Pacific had its brief two-game winning streak snapped in falling to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in league play.
The offensive output was a season-high for the Titans and was the most points scored in a game by Cal State Fullerton in almost 10 years dating back to a 96-87 victory at Long Beach State on Feb. 22, 1998. The Titans had eclipsed 80 points only one other time this season, scoring 80 in a 12-point victory over San Jose State.
Chow hit on 6-of-11 from the floor and dished out five assists to lead the way while junior Toni Thomas added 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting for Fullerton, which shot just over 55 percent from the floor for the game.
After trailing by as many as seven points in the first half, the Titans caught fire, going on a 10-2 run over a two-minute span midway through the period to regain the lead at 20-19. A pair of free throws by Jasmine Dana gave the Tigers the lead once again minutes later, but Fullerton was undaunted, exploding for a 27-6 run to build its largest lead of the game at 49-29 with just under three minutes to play in the half en route to a 50-36 advantage at halftime.
The Titans would lead the rest of the way, but Pacific would put together a valiant comeback attempt, whittling a 10-point Fullerton advantage down to just three points thanks to an 11-4 run and highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Dana and Beckett Brennan to make it 66-63 with 11:44 to go.
That would be as close as the Tigers would get as the Titans would close the game on an 10-1 run, including 6-for-6 from the line, after Pacific got back to within three points with 3:32 remaining in the game.
Amy VanHollebeke led the Tigers with 16 points and eight rebounds while Janae Young and Emma Head contributed 14 points each. Whitney Price narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards in the loss.
Cal State Fullerton hits the road for a pair of games next week as the Titans travel east to take on UC Riverside on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at 5 p.m. before heading to Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference affair on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 7 p.m.