Feb. 7, 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago scored a game-high 23 points while Megan Harrison added a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to help lift the host Mustangs to a 72-61 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at Mott Gym.
The loss was the seventh straight for the Titans, who fell to 6-15 overall and 3-7 in the Big West Conference. It is the longest losing skid for Fullerton since it lost nine straight from Nov. 19-Dec. 31 last season. Cal Poly improved to 15-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play, winning its sixth straight contest.
Freshman Megan Richardson led the Titans with 13 points, leading two teammates in double figures. Senior Toni Thomas added 12 points on 12-of-12 from the free throw line to go with seven rebounds while sophomore Lauren Chow tallied 11 points to finish in double figures for the first time since Jan. 21 against Cal State Northridge.
The Mustangs avenged an earlier 14-point loss to the Titans on Jan. 8 in Fullerton by holding the Titans to just 26 percent shooting from the field for the game and holding a 38-34 advantage on the boards.
Cal Poly scored the first 13 points of the game and led by as many as 14 points thanks to a first half that saw the Mustangs shoot 63 percent from the field and lead 39-25 at the break.
That advantage grew to as many as 24 points with just under eight minutes to play, before the Titans began to chip away and close the gap. A 14-5 spurt by Fullerton - 10 of those points by Richardson - made it a 14-point game at 67-53 with 3:56 to play and the Titans closed the game with an 8-0 run over the final 1:15 for the final tally.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the floor next week with a pair of games at home, hosting Northern California rivals Pacific (Feb. 12) and UC Davis (Feb. 14) at Titan Gym.