Nov. 28, 2009
EUGENE, OR - Cal State Fullerton junior Lyndsey Grove scored a game-high 18 points while junior Jenna Breite netted her first career double-double to help lift the Titans to a 79-72 overtime victory over Portland State in the third game of the World Vision Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Ore.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Fullerton (3-2 overall, 1-1 in tournament play), which had five players in double figures. It was the first overtime game for the Titans since a 76-72 loss at Pacific on Feb. 14, 2008, and the first overtime victory for Cal State Fullerton since an 84-76 win over Cal Poly on Jan. 2, 2003.
Grove was just 4-of-8 from the floor, but hit on 10-of-10 from the free throw line to augment her offensive attack while also playing in 41 of a possible 45 minutes. Breite finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes and was joined in double figures by senior Jasmine Scott (14), Lauren Chow (13), and Ashley Richie (11).
The Vikings (2-4 overall, 0-2 in tournament play) were paced by Kelli Valentine's 17 points and Claire Faucher's double-double of 10 points and 12 assists. Erin Yankus also finished in double figures off the bench, ending with 16 points and six rebounds.
Chow's three-pointer a minute-and-a-half into overtime erased a one-point deficit and gave the Titans a lead they would not relinquish. It ignited a 10-0 run over the next 3:42 that put Fullerton ahead by nine points, 75-66, with 42 seconds to play.
The lead would grow to 10 points on the backs of free throws by Grove and Richie as Eryn Jones hit a three-pointer with :04 remaining for the final margin.
After falling behind by four points early on, the Titans' offense exploded for a 13-0 run over four-plus minutes to build a nine-point advantage with 12 minutes to play. That lead grew to as many as 15 points at 31-16 with 5:17 to play as Fullerton carried a 33-25 lead into the locker room at the break.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair with the Titans rebuilding their lead to 11 points at 54-43 with 9:18 to play, but Portland State was resilient, closing to within three points with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, and finishing the half strong on a 7-1 run that was capped by a basket inside by Yankus with :13 remaining to tie the game.
A three-pointer by Chow at the buzzer was off the mark, forcing overtime.
The Vikings shot 41 percent from the field, including a 46 percent clip in the second half, to the Titans' 37 percent. The difference, however, came at the line as Fullerton finished 20-of-24 from the stripe - including 10-of-10 in overtime - while Portland State struggled, hitting just 8-of-17 for the game.
Cal State Fullerton concludes tournament play on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 28) at noon as the Titans take on Wisconsin.