Jan. 30, 2010
IRVINE, CA - UC Irvine's Mikah Maly-Karros scored a game-high 28 points to go with 14 rebounds and the host Anteaters shot 78 percent from the free throw line in a foul-plagued 73-65 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at the Bren Events Center.
The Titans lost their fourth consecutive Big West Conference contest after starting 4-0, falling to 9-12 overall and 4-4 in conference play. UCI improved to 8-14 with the win and evened its mark at 5-5 in league action.
The two teams were whistled for a combined 59 fouls on the day (32 against Fullerton) with the Anteaters hitting 35-of-45 from the line for the game. Fullerton was not too shabby itself, hitting 24-for-30 from the free throw line, but had five players finish the game with four fouls and a fifth fouled out.
Senior Jasmine Scott led the Titans with a team-high 18 points and six rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. Junior Lyndsey Grove was the only other Fullerton player in double figures, finishing with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Nine other players made their way into the game, all finishing with at least two points to lead a balanced effort.
Leading scorer Megan Richardson, who entered the game averaging 15.5 ppg, was handcuffed to just six points on 2-of-8 shooting, scoring the first basket of the game, then going scoreless until hitting a pair of free throws with just 1:25 remaining in the game.
Jade Smith-Williams and Rebecca Maessen each finished with 14 points for the Anteaters while six other players combined for just 17 points.
UCI led by as many as 11 points in the first half, powered by a 16-6 run over a six-minute span after the Titans had closed to within a point. Fullerton whittled that deficit down to just four points at 30-26 with 4:35 to play in the first period thanks to an 8-2 run and got to within a bucket with 15 seconds remaining on free throws by Katie Avila and Jaslyn Cosey and a basket by Ashley Richie.
However, UCI had the last word in the first half as Jazmyne White scored on a baseline drive right before the buzzer to send the Anteaters into the locker room up, 37-33, at the break.
Scott score the first basket of the second half for the Titans and junior Britt Peters scored on a jumper to tie the game. After a three from Smith-Williams, Peters hit four from the free throw line and another jumper to give Fullerton its first lead of the game since the opening basket at 43-42 with 16:07 to play.
An 8-2 spurt by the Anteaters regained the lead for UC Irvine, but another 9-3 run capped by a basket inside by freshman Mya Olivier in response gave the Titans another one-point lead at 54-53. That would be the last time Fullerton would see the lead as the Anteaters scored 16 of their final 20 points at the line, getting only two field goals from Maessen and Maly-Karros in that stretch to ice the victory.
UC Irvine outrebounded Fullerton, 37-32, for the game and won despite shooting just 30 percent in the second half to the Titans' 48 percent. The Anteaters, however, were 20-of-27 from the line in the second half.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the court on Thursday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. as the Titans host Long Beach State at Titan Gym. Fullerton then travels to the Inland Empire to take on UC Riverside on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.