Grove Paces Titans to Exhibition Victory
Nov. 7, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior forward Lyndsey Grove scored a game-high 17 points while sophomore Megan Richardson added 15 more in a winning effort as the host Titans posted an 81-57 women's basketball exhibition victory over visiting Biola on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
Grove hit 7-of-9 from the field, including a trio of three-pointers to pace the offense while Richardson was 5-of-12 from the floor to help a balanced attack that saw 12 of the 14 players who entered the game score at least two points. Junior center Jenna Breite added 12 rebounds to lead all players as Fullerton outrebounded the Eagles, 60-38, for the game.
Christina Barclay had 16 points on 8-of-15 shooting to lead Biola, which also featured Jessilyn Conicelli and Charrise Reece in double figures with 11 points apiece.
The Titans jumped out early and often against the Eagles, building a 16-2 lead in the first eight minutes due in large part to a Biola scoreless run that saw it go without a point for almost seven minutes and shoot just 1-for-17 from the floor in the first eight-plus minutes of the contest.
Following a 30-second timeout, the Eagles' offense finally put together a run of its own, exploding for a 12-3 run that cut a 14-point deficit down to just five points at 19-14 with 7:11 to play. However, a 10-3 run by the Titans over the next three minutes built that lead back up to 13 points with 4:08 to play and they never looked back.
An 18-4 run to close out the first half by Cal State Fullerton spilled over into the second period as the Titans' lead ballooned to 21 points and the Titans led by as many as 23 points in the game before the final 24-point margin.
Fullerton led wire-to-wire save for a 2-2 tie 1:10 into the game and the Titans' bench gave them a big boost, outscoring their counterparts from Biola by a 34-9 margin for the contest. Cal State Fullerton shot 41 percent from the field for the game - including a 49 percent clip while jumping out a 46-25 halftime advantage - while holding the Eagles' to just 29.6 percent shooting for the game.
The game marked the only exhibition tune-up for the Titans this season as they hit the road next weekend to begin a six-game stretch of contests away from home to start the regular season. Fullerton opens the campaign on Friday night (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. as the Titans take on San Jose State in the Bay Area.