Dec. 7, 2007
MALIBU, CA - Cal State Fullerton freshman guard Lyndsey Grove scored a career-high 16 points and led two other teammates in double figures, but host Pepperdine held the Titans to just 28 percent shooting in the second half to rally for a 68-64 victory on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.
The loss drops Fullerton to 1-6 overall, the team's fifth consecutive defeat and their fourth straight loss on the road. The Waves won their third straight game, improving to 5-2 overall on the season.
Grove, who was averaging just 2.2 points per game entering the game, hit on 6-of-12 from the field and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes of play off the bench, putting forth her best scoring effort since she had 11 points in her collegiate debut against Utah Valley in the team's Nov. 10 season opener.
She was joined in double figures by fellow freshman Ashley Richie, who set a career high for the fourth consecutive game with 14 points to go with five assists and five steals. Junior Toni Thomas was held to a season-low 11 points on just 3-of-5 shooting before fouling out with just over seven minutes remaining in the game and her team down by seven points.
Senior Alison Bennett also grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
Trailing by nine points at 24-15 with 9:18 to go in the first half, the Titans' offense got in gear, erupting for a 13-0 run over a four-minute span to take a 28-24 lead with just over five minutes remaining.
A basket by Pepperdine's Daphanie Kennedy and a pair of free throws by Miranda Ayim brought the Waves back even, but a 10-5 run to close out the half by Cal State Fullerton gave the Titans only their second halftime lead of the season at 38-33.
Freshman Lauren Chow hit the first basket of the second half to give Fullerton its largest lead of the game at 40-33, but Pepperdine chipped away, going on a 9-2 run over the next four minutes to tie the game once again at 42-42 with 15:24 remaining.
A basket by the Titans' Danielle Parker and a pair of free throws by Teiosha George kept the score tied, but the Waves would rally to take the lead for good. Ayim hit a jumper at the 13:48 mark to start an 8-3 run by the home team and they never looked back.
Grove hit a three-pointer to bring the Titans to within a pair and, after a 9-3 stretch by the Waves, Fullerton rallied for an 11-5 run, capped by a three-pointer by Chow to close back to within two with 26 seconds remaining.
However a pair of free throws by Kennedy gave Pepperdine its final four-point advantage as the Titans missed on their final trio of three-point attempts to end the game.
Ayim led all players with a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, helping the Waves to a 44-14 advantage in points in the paint. Kennedy added 17 points and six rebounds while George had 16 points and nine boards off the bench.
Pepperdine shot just over 44 percent from the field for the game to Fullerton's 35 percent and outrebounded the Titans, 46-43.
After taking next week off for final exams, the Titans return to the court against Nevada on Sunday (Dec. 16) afternoon at 2 p.m. in Reno, Nev.