March 4, 2010
STOCKTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Megan Richardson scored a game-high 18 points while senior Jasmine Scott finished with her third double-double of the season to help lift the visiting Titans to a 65-56 victory over host Pacific on Thursday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
The win improved Fullerton to 14-15 overall and 8-7 in Big West Conference play heading into Saturday's regular season finale against UC Davis at 7 p.m. The Tigers fell to 5-22 and 3-12 in Big West play with the loss.
It was only the second conference road win for the Titans (2-5) as they posted back-to-back victories for the first time since winning four straight to open Big West play from Jan. 2-9. Fullerton won its fourth-straight against Pacific (and nine of its last 13) and won for only the sixth time in 25 games in Stockton, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Richardson hit on 6-of-17 from the field and narrowly missed tallying a double-double herself, finishing with nine rebounds in 37 minutes. Scott scores 10 points and grabbed 11 boards while junior Britt Peters also finished in double figures with 13 points off the bench.
Pacific's Eliza Dy scored a team-high 15 points and the Tigers also got a double-double from Emma Head, who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Christina Thompson added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench for Pacific.
The two teams traded baskets to start the first half with neither team leading by more than four points before the Titans' offense found a groove. A 14-0 run by the visitors gave Fullerton its largest lead of the first half to that point at 11 points with 4:44 to play. Pacific never got closer than nine points for the rest of the period as a three-pointer by Peters with 43 seconds to play gave Fullerton a 30-18 lead at the break.
An 8-3 run to start the second half by the Tigers whittled the Titans' advantage down to just seven points at 33-26 three minutes in. Pacific tried to claw its way back into the contest, closing to within seven points once again at 42-35 with 11:47 to play, but a 15-6 spurt by Fullerton gave the Titans their largest lead of the ballgame at 16 points with 5:44 to play and they never looked back.
A 10-0 run by the Tigers made it interesting as they closed to with 57-51 with 2:42 to play, but the Big West's best free throw shooting team held true, hitting 6-of-6 from the line following a jumper by Jenna Breite to hold off any Pacific rally.
Fullerton's defense held the Tigers to just 29.9 percent shooting from the field and 1-of-16 from three-point range while the Titans shot just over 34 percent from the floor and hit 15-of-21 from the line.