Nov. 11, 2006
SAN JOSE, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Toni Thomas tallied her eighth career double-double while Head Coach Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah became the winningest coach in the history of the program as the Titans defeated host San Jose State, 69-52, on Saturday afternoon at The Event Center.
The win was Dr. Jeremiah's 141st of her Fullerton head coaching career as she surpassed Hall of Fame Head Coach Billie Moore for the top spot. Moore accumulated 140 wins as head coach of the Titans from 1969-77.
Fullerton (1-0 overall) won a season opener for the first time since 2002 and opened the year with a win on the road for the first time since defeating Sacramento State in 1996 - snapping a five-game losing streak.
Thomas, the 2005-06 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, tallied a game-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds while hitting on 9-of-14 from the floor and blocking three shots.
Seniors Ariel Adams and India McDaniel were also in double figures for the Titans, scoring 12 points apiece. Adams added nine rebounds while McDaniel had seven boards and hit on 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
San Jose State was led by Brittany Helm's 13 points while Natalie White added 11 points in the loss.
The Titans trailed by a single point six minutes in before a lay-up by Thomas sparked an 11-2 run to build a nine-point lead with just under 11 minutes remaining.
Fullerton's lead would grow to as many as 10 points with just under three minutes remaining and the Titans would go up by 11 with just under a minute remaining before heading into the lockerroom with a 36-27 advantage at the break.
The second half was more of the same for Cal State Fullerton as it's lead swelled to 13 points early on, but the Spartans battled back, rattling off eight-straight points to close to within five points on a lay-up by White three minutes into the half.
San Jose State would hang around, keeping the deficit to around five points with seven minutes remaining, until an 8-0 run by the Titans - including 4-for-4 from the line by McDaniel - gave Fullerton a 59-44 lead with 5:09 remaining and the Titans would never look back.
Cal State Fullerton shot 46 percent from the floor to SJSU's 30 percent while the Titans were solid from the free throw line, hitting 22-of-29 (.758). Fullerton also held a 48-27 advantage on the boards.
The Titans return to action with its longest road trip of the season next week as they play three games during a five-day span in the Midwest. The road trip begins on Wednesday (Nov. 15) with a 5:30 pm (PST) tip-off at Iowa State.