Nov. 29, 2009
EUGENE, OR - Tournament Most Valuable Player Alyssa Karel scored a game-high 17 points and the Badgers used a 10-0 run late in the second half to break open a one-point game as Wisconsin defeated Cal State Fullerton, 57-44, to close out the 2009 World Vision Invitational Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
The Titans (3-3 overall, 1-2 in tournament play) were led offensively by junior Lyndsey Grove, who scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed three rebounds while earning all-tournament honors herself. Junior Lauren Chow (10 points) and senior Jasmine Scott (10 points) were also in double figures for Fullerton, which was held to just 31 percent shooting for the game.
Junior Jenna Breite grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to finish with double digits in that category for the third consecutive game.
After trailing by just a single point at halftime, the Titans came out firing in the second period, scoring the first four points of the half to lead, 28-25. The score would be tied three times and the lead would change hands four times in the first seven minutes of the period, but Fullerton would keep the contest close, never trailing by more than four points and pulling to within a single point at 39-38 on a three-pointer by Scott with just over nine minutes to play.
However, that would be as close as the Titans would get as a basket by Tara Steinbauer ignited a 10-0 run by the Badgers (6-1, 3-0 in tournament play), giving them an 11-point, 49-38, advantage with 4:21 to play and they never looked back.
After scoring the first two points of the game, Wisconsin held Fullerton scoreless for almost six minutes as the Badgers built a seven-point lead in the early going. However, a 9-2 run by the Titans drew them even three minutes later and a pair of free throws by Grove and a three-pointer by Chow gave Fullerton its largest lead of the game at 16-13 with 9:26 to go before the break.
A 10-2 run by Wisconsin regained control for the Badgers, giving them a five-point, 23-18, lead with 4:07 to play in the first, but the Titans responded again, hitting 4-of-4 from the line and getting a basket inside by Grove to take the 24-23 lead.
Two free throws by Teah Gant in the final minute gave Wisconsin the lead back as the Badgers took the advantage into the locker room.
Wisconsin shot 43 percent from the floor and outrebounded Cal State Fullerton, 29-26, while dominating inside, outscoring the Titans, 36-10, in the paint.
With a six-game season-opening road trip behind them, Fullerton now hosts six of its next eight games within the friendly confines of Titan Gym, beginning on Monday (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. against San Diego.
2009 WORLD VISION INVITATIONAL
1. Wisconsin (3-0)
2. Oregon (2-1)
3. Cal State Fullerton (1-2)
4. Portland State (0-3)
MVP - Alyssa Karel, Jr., G, WISC
Lin Zastrow, Jr., F, WISC
Amanda Johnson, So., F, ORE
Nicole Canepa, Jr., F, ORE
Lyndsey Grove, Jr., G, CSF
Claire Faucher, Sr., G, PSU