Late Titan Rally Falls Short Against Dons

Nov. 19, 2007

Box Score

FULLERTON, CA - San Francisco's Dominique Carter notched a double-double off the bench, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and the visiting Dons held off a late charge by host Cal State Fullerton for a 73-63 victory on Monday evening at Titan Gym.

The loss drops the Titans to 1-2 overall on the season while USF improved to 2-2 overall on the season.

Freshman guard Lauren Chow notched her second-straight 20-point outing, scoring 21 points to go with five assists and four steals to lead the Titans. Junior Toni Thomas added 16 points and six rebounds for Fullerton, but was held to just 4-of-11 shooting from the floor.

The Titans trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half after a lay-up by Carter gave the Dons a 53-41 advantage with 13:33 remaining in the game.

Fullerton's defensive pressure then kicked in as a three-pointer by Chow jumpstarted a 7-0 run by the Titans to pull them to within five at 53-48 just over a minute later. Cal State Fullerton would stay within seven points before another late run, punctuated by a three-point play from Thomas, tied the game at 62-62 with 2:53 to go.

However, that would be as close as the Titans would be able to get as the Dons converted on eight of their final 10 attempts from the free throw line to ice the game.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with five lead changes and a pair of ties, but it was the hot shooting of Carter and the Dons offense in the latter half of the first period that gave USF a four-point halftime lead.

Fullerton led by as many as six points midway through the first half before Carter hit a jumper with 7:02 remaining gave the Dons their first lead of the ball game at 20-19. A basket by Thomas regained the lead for the Titans before an 8-2 run over a two minute span gave San Francisco, which shot 44 percent in the half, its largest lead of the game at five points at 28-23 with 4:03 remaining.

A three-pointer by Chow with 26 seconds remaining in the period brought the Titans to within two points at 34-32, but Nykia Peace hit two free throws after missing a pair just seconds earlier to give the Dons the 36-32 advantage at the break.

Heidi Heintz and Lisa Olden were also in double figures for San Francisco, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively. Necolia Simmons grabbed 13 rebounds to lead all players.

USF outrebounded Fullerton, 50-26, for the game - including 19 offensive rebounds that led to 22 second chance points - and shot 43 percent from the floor for the contest to the Titans' 40 percent.

Cal State Fullerton returns to the road this weekend, spending the Thanksgiving holiday in El Paso, Texas, for the UTEP Thanksgiving Tournament. The Titans and host Miners meet on Friday night (Nov. 23) at 5:30 p.m. PST while Nevada and Stephen F. Austin battle in the tournament's other game.