Nov. 17, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton freshman guard Lauren Chow came off the bench to score a career and game-high 28 points, leading three other players in double figures, as the Titans earned their first victory of the season, 80-68, over visiting San Jose State on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
The win evens Fullerton's record at 1-1 overall while the Spartans fell to 0-3 to start the 2007-08 season.
Chow missed only five shots on the night as she was 7-of-12 from the floor, including three three-pointers, and a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Her 28 points are the most for a Titan since Toni Thomas has 29 points in a win over UC Irvine on Jan. 20, 2007. Chow also added six assists and four steals in 29 minutes of play.
Thomas, meanwhile, added 24 points and narrowly missed another double-double with nine rebounds. She was joined in double figures by sophomore Jasmine Scott, who added 14 points, and senior Alison Bennett, who had 10 points and five rebounds.
Fullerton led wire-to-wire in the ballgame, leading by as many as 17 points with 3:41 remaining in the second half. However, the Titans' eight-point halftime lead was shrunk down to only a single point after a 13-6 run by the Spartans, who shot 59 percent from the field in the second half, closed the gap to 40-39 with just over 15 minutes to play in the game.
However, a three-point play by Thomas and a three-pointer by Chow boosted Fullerton's lead back to seven points and the Titans never looked back. A 12-3 run by Fullerton put the lead back to 14 points and the Titans cruised to the win.
In the first half, Cal State Fullerton held the Spartans scoreless for the first four minutes of the contest before a pair of free throws by Christine Martin broke up the shutout at the 16:09 mark. A 10-3 run by the Titans increased their lead to 10 points with 13:46 to go and San Jose State could get no closer than five points with 3:36 to go in the period.
Fullerton led by as many as 13 points in the half with just over a minute to play and took a 34-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Fullerton shot just over 41 percent from the field for the game, including at a 47 percent clip in the second half. The Titans were outrebounded, 44-33, but committed only 12 turnovers to the Spartans' 24 in the game, turning those miscues into 19 points.
Breana Fields scored 16 points and seven rebounds to lead San Jose State off the bench, while three other Spartans were in double figures. Brittany Powell added 14 points while Martin and Natalie White each scored 11 apiece in the loss.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Monday evening (Nov. 19) at 5 p.m. as they host the University of San Francisco at Titan Gym.