Balanced Effort Leads Aggies Past Titans, 60-47
Feb. 14, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Hana Asano led visiting UC Davis with a team-high 11 points and the Aggies used a 24-7 run over a two-half stretch to break open a three-point game and lift them to a 60-47 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday evening at Titan Gym.
The loss dropped the Titans to 7-16 overall and 4-8 in league play while UC Davis improved to 9-14 overall and 5-7 in the Big West Conference.
Freshman Megan Richardson led all players with 13 points on the night while senior Toni Thomas, who entered the game averaging better than 14 points per contest, was held without a field goal and finished with four points and a team-high eight rebounds - leading the team in the latter category for the 10th consecutive game.
Eight of the nine Aggies who entered the game scored at least six points as they shot 52 percent from the field for the game - including a 67 percent clip in the second half.
A back-and-forth start to the first half ended in favor of the Aggies, who used a big run to carry a 10-point lead into the locker room at the break.
The Titans, who shot 23 percent in the first period, led briefly over the first two minutes, but a 6-0 run by UC Davis gave the Aggies a five-point lead at the first media timeout. Fullerton battled back to get the lead back down to a single point at 10-9 with 14 minutes to play, but the Titans went cold from the floor over the next six minutes while UC Davis built its largest lead to that point at six points with 8:48 to go.
Junior Jasmine Scott hit a three-pointer to end Fullerton's scoreless skid, but the Aggies closed out the half strong, using an 11-4 run over the final seven minutes of the period to take a 26-16 advantage at halftime.
Davis' run continued into the second half as the Aggies came out of the locker room on a 13-3 run over the first five-plus minutes, and building their biggest lead of the game at 39-19 with 14:46 to play and they never looked back. Cal State Fullerton closed to within 12 points at 53-41 with 2:22 to play and closed the gap to 11 in the closing seconds on a put-back inside by Richardson.
Cal State Fullerton takes a week off before traveling to Cal State Northridge on Saturday (Feb. 21) in its lone game next week. Tip-off from The Matadome is scheduled for 4 p.m.