Titans Fall to Former Rival in Tourney Finale
Nov. 29, 2008
LAS VEGAS, NV - UNLV's Shamela Hampton tallied a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds and the host Rebels used a 22-2 run over a six-minute span in the second half to pull away for a 76-65 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday morning in the consolation game of the Lady Rebel Round Up in Las Vegas.
The loss dropped the Titans to 2-3 overall on the season and 0-2 in tournament play while UNLV moved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the tournament following the victory.
Senior Toni Thomas led the way once again for the Titans, scoring 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Richie came off the bench to add 13 points while senior Daviyonne Weathersby scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the second-straight game. Junior Jasmine Scott led all Titans with 10 boards on the night, narrowly missing a double-double with nine points.
Fullerton led by six points, 34-28, at halftime and held a one-point lead at 49-48 with 11 minutes to go in a see-saw second half that saw the Titans lead by as many as seven points in the period.
That would be the last time Cal State Fullerton would see the lead, however, as the Rebels exploded offensively, holding the Titans to just two points on 1-of-15 shooting over the next six-plus minutes to pull away.
Fullerton finished with a flurry, using a 14-6 run over the final 4:11 to climb back into the contest as the Rebels, who shot 56 percent from the field for the game, hit only six free throws in that span to close out the game, going 0-for-2 from the floor and committing five turnovers.
Cal State Fullerton came out firing to start the contest, opening the game with an 11-4 run and eventually building a 10-point lead during a half in which the Titans shot 47 percent from the field and used 18 points off turnovers en route to the six-point halftime lead.
The Titans' defense had another strong outing, forcing UNLV into 25 turnovers and converting those into 32 points for the game, but could not climb out of the deep hole, shooting just 37 percent from the field for the game - including 29.5 percent in the second half.
Erica Helms added 15 points and six assists in the victory for the Rebels while India Chaney came off the bench to score 10 points in the winning effort.
Fullerton will look to reverse its fortunes next week at home against yet another difficult opponent as the Titans welcome No. 17 Vanderbilt to Titan Gym on Thursday (Dec. 4). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.