Nov. 21, 2011
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FULLERTON, CA - Senior Megan Richardson scored a game-high 19 points to power a balanced offensive attack and Cal State Fullerton clinched its best start in 15 years on Monday night as the Titans won their third-straight, 79-52, over visiting Loyola Marymount at Titan Gym.
Fullerton opens 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season and only the fifth time overall since the NCAA began sponsoring women's championships with the 1981-82 season, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Lions in the process dating back to an 80-66 victory at home in 1997. LMU fell to 0-4 overall with the loss.
Richardson was the only Titan in double figures, hitting 8-of-15 from the field and moving into ninth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,294 career points, passing Andrea Thieme (1995-99). Fullerton combined to shoot 47 percent from the floor for the game and 44 percent from three-point range as 10 different players finished with at least two points.
Leading scorer Alex Cowling, who entered the night leading the Lions with 22.3 points per game, was held to just 3-of-14 from the floor and 11 points overall on the night. Hazel Ramirez and Ashley Lovett added 10 points apiece in the loss.
The Titans led wire-to-wire, using a 16-5 run midway through the first half to break open a one-point contest. Fullerton led by as many as 19 points with two minutes remaining in the first half (and as many as 27 points with under a minute to play in the game), shooting better than 51 percent from the floor while holding the Lions to just 21 percent in the opening half.
Leading 42-25 at the break, Fullerton began the second period on an 11-2 run over the first four minutes to open up a 26-point advantage at 53-27 with 16:26 to play. An 8-0 run late in the second half brought LMU back to within 15 points, but a Lauren Chow three-pointer ended a five-plus minute drought without a field goal and jumpstarted a 12-0 run by the Titans to close out the game.
Fullerton outrebounded LMU, 50-36, for the contest led by sophomore Mya Olivier's game-high 10 boards - the third consecutive contest she has reached double figures in that category.
The Titans return to the floor for a post-Thanksgiving tournament beginning on Friday (Nov. 25) at 4 p.m. PT against host SMU at the Hoops for the Cure Tournament in Dallas, TX. Fresno State and Tennessee State are the two other participants in the event which concludes on Saturday (Nov. 26).