Nov. 28, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior forward Charlee Underwood became the 16th player in Titan women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as she joined two teammates in double figures to help upend visiting Fresno State, 61-56, on Tuesday night at Titan Gym.
The victory improved Fullerton to 2-5 overall, snapping a five-game overall losing skid and a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Fresno State lost its second straight in falling to 3-2 overall.
Underwood, who became the third Titan player in the last four years to reach 1,000 career points, scored 15 points to go with five rebounds in 33 minutes of play. The milestone basket came with 9:29 remaining as she slashed to the hoop and laid it in, drawing a foul in the process, to put the Titans up 41-37.
Fullerton went on a 9-2 run from that point to build its largest lead of the game at 11 points with 6:59 remaining in the contest, but the Bulldogs would bite back.
Four consecutive free throws by the Bulldogs' leading scorer Chantella Perera jump-started a 10-2 run that brought Fresno State back to within three points at 52-49 with 4:23 remaining.
The Bulldogs closed to within a single point at 54-53 just over a minute later on jumpers by Paige Diggs and Tierre Wilson, but Cal State Fullerton would hold strong, hitting 7-of-10 from the free throw line in the final three minutes of the game en route to the victory.
The two teams traded baskets to open the game as sophomore Toni Thomas scored the Titans' first 10 points of the game in a wild first half that saw seven ties and five lead changes.
Neither team would lead by more than four points as Fullerton made its first charge midway through the period. The Titans exploded for an 11-3 run over a span of four minutes to lead 24-20 with four minutes to go.
Baskets by Wilson and Jenny Thigpen tied the game once again, but Cal State Fullerton took a lead heading into the lockerroom at the break after senior India McDaniel drove the lane for a basket as time expired to give the Titans a 28-26 advantage.
Thomas, who scored 13 points in the first half, finished with 15 points and seven rebounds on the night for Fullerton, extending her streak of double-digit scoring performances to 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.
McDaniel was also in double figures for the Titans, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds, and a career-high tying seven assists.
Perera led Fresno State with a team-best 14 points and six rebounds.
The Bulldogs, who shot 42 percent to the Titans' 36 percent from the field for the game, also held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Cal State Fullerton, 42-33, but committed 34 turnovers on the night leading to 26 points for the Titans.
Cal State Fullerton, which went to the line just once in the first half, made 12-of-15 from the free throw stripe in the second half and shot 81 percent for the game.
The Titans continue their four-game homestand on Thursday night (Nov. 30) as Pacific-10 Conference power UCLA visits Titan Gym for the first time since 1999. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off.