Defense Leads Titans to First Victory of the Season, 53-49, Over Wolf Pack
Dec. 6, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton shot 48 percent in the second half, but it was the Titans' defense that forced 17 second-half turnovers and lifted the home team to a 53-49 come-from-behind victory over visiting Nevada on Tuesday night at Titan Gym.
Fullerton earned its first win of the season in improving to 1-5 overall while the Wolf Pack fell to 1-6 overall on the year.
Junior India McDaniel led the Titans offense, scoring a team-high 14 points, including 8-for-11 at the free throw line, to lead two other Titans in double figures.
Junior Charlee Underwood scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game, netting 13 points. Junior Ariel Adams added a career-best 11 points off the bench.
Nevada was led offensively by Meghan McGuire's 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. No other Wolf Pack player was in double figures.
Trailing 29-18 at halftime, the Titans' comeback didn't start off well, turning the ball over on their first four trips down the court. However, that trend would not last as the Fullerton defense clamped down with its half-court pressure, turning 17 Nevada turnovers into 15 points and picking things up on the offensive end to whittle a 13-point deficit down to just one point thanks to a 21-10 run with 8:53 remaining.
After a Dellena Criner free throw upped Nevada's lead back to two points, the Titans tied it on a slashing lay-up by McDaniel and took their first lead of the game on a jumper by Underwood and Fullerton never looked back.
McGuire tied the game for a second time with a jumper with 4:47 remaining, but a short 6-2 burst by the Titans gave them a five-point lead and they hit 3-of-4 from the line down the stretch to ice the win.
Cal State Fullerton stayed close in the opening minutes of the game, but a 12-6 run by Nevada gave them a nine-point lead with seven minutes left. The Wolf Pack led by as many as 11 points three times in the first half en route to the 11-point halftime advantage.
Nevada shot 44 percent to Fullerton's 39 percent for the game, but the Titans held the Wolf Pack to just over 31 percent shooting in the second half and 20 points in the period to spark the comeback. The Wolf Pack outrebounded the Titans, 35-29.
Fullerton returns to action on Friday (Dec. 9) as the Titans kick-off a three-game road trip at Fresno State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. with a live Internet broadcast on www.FullertonTitans.com.
Nevada hosts in-state rival UNLV on Saturday (Dec. 10) at 7 p.m. in Reno.