Nov. 7, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore forward Toni Thomas scored a game-high 19 points and led two other teammates in double figures as the host Titans defeated Biola University, 78-53, on Tuesday night in an exhibition women's basketball contest at Titan Gym.
Thomas, the 2005-06 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year who was the second-leading scorer for Fullerton last year at 12.6 points per game, also had five rebounds and six steals in 24 minutes of play. She hit 8-of-13 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers.
Senior point guard Audrey Taylor tallied 11 assists on the night to go with six points and four rebounds. The Titans had 24 assists as a team on their 33 made baskets.
The Eagles were led by Megann Alberts' 11 points while Rochelle Rausch added 10 points.
The Titans led for all but 28 seconds of the game as an early 11-0 run gave Fullerton a 10-point first half lead that grew to as many as 14 points with just over five minutes left in the half.
Biola attempted to close the gap with an ensuing 9-0 run to get to within five points at 32-27 with 2:31 remaining in the first half, but a three-point play by sophomore Salote Tupou sparked a 7-0 run by Fullerton that gave the Titans a 39-27 advantage at the break.
The second half was all Titans as they led by as many as 29 points on two occassions - the last coming with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
Cal State Fullerton shot 43.4 percent from the field to Biola's 38 percent while the Titans outrebounded the Eagles, 41-32, including a 21-7 advantage on the offensive boards.
Biola was also plagued by 39 turnovers for the game to only nine assists.
Fullerton opens the 2006-07 regular season with six consecutive games on the road, beginning this Saturday (Nov. 11) with a 2:30 p.m. tip-off against San Jose State at The Event Center.