Dec. 9, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Toni Thomas notched her second double-double of the season with a career high-tying 27 points and 11 rebounds to help lift the host Titans to a 75-63 victory over visiting Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
The win was the second straight and the third in the last four contests for Fullerton, which improved to 4-6 overall on the season. The Bears fell to 2-7 overall with the loss.
Thomas was 10-of-25 from the floor and also notched a pair of blocks for the Titans while extending her double-digit scoring streak to 16 consecutive games dating back to last year.
Senior Charlee Underwood also poured in 18 points and eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes to help pace the Fullerton offense.
Those performances helped offset a balanced attack by Northern Colorado, which had four starters in double figures, including double-doubles by Heather Barbour (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Nicole Ford (15 points, 10 rebounds).
Bailey Dillon and Whitley Cox were also in double figures for the Bears with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Titans fell behind by four points in the opening two minutes, but that would be the last time Northern Colorado would see the lead as a three-pointer by Underwood gave the Titans their first lead at 5-4 and Fullerton went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to build an eight-point advantage with 13:04 remaining.
Cal State Fullerton extended that advantage to as many as 16 points with just over seven minutes to go in the opening half, but the Bears would rally to close to within seven points at the break thanks to a 13-4 run that saw the Titans go scoreless for the final 2:49 of the first half.
Barbour and Ford kept the Bears running after halftime as they combined to score the first six points of the half to bring Northern Colorado to within a single point at 34-33 just under two minutes into the second half.
After trading baskets and still leading by only one, the Titans broke the game open with a 9-0 run to build a 10-point advantage while the defense didn't let Northern Colorado to get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Fullerton eventually led by as many as 13 points in the second half while shooting better than 48 percent in the period.
The Titans' defense forced the Bears into 21 turnovers leading to 25 Fullerton points. Northern Colorado, which shot 45.5 percent for the game, also held a 38-35 advantage on the boards. The Titans shot just under 45 percent for the game.
With final exams looming next week, Cal State Fullerton will not return to the hardwood until Saturday (Dec. 16) at 1 p.m. as the Titans travel to the University of San Diego to take on the Toreros at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.