Dec. 9, 2010
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FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team broke out of a five-game funk in a big way Thursday night as senior Katie Avila netted her first career double-double and the Titans set or tied a pair of school records in a 100-74 victory over Sacramento State at Titan Gym.
Fullerton (4-6 overall) set the school record for assists in a game with 28 on 42 made shots, which matched the school mark set two other times, the last coming against Cal Poly Pomona in 1981. The Titans, who scored 51 points in the first half Thursday en route to a 51-32 lead at the break, also nearly matched school record for points in a half (58) and points in game (108) set against New Mexico State in 1991.
It was the first 100-point game for Fullerton in 15 years when the Titans posted a 103-78 win over Cal Poly on Valentine's Day in 1995.
Avila, who scored a career-high of 12 points in her first career start two nights ago at Loyola Marymount, finished with career bests of 14 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting. She also set high marks with four assists and two blocks while tying her career high with two steals.
Junior Megan Richardson and senior Lyndsey Grove each finished with 20 points to pace the team as Grove hit 10-of-12 from the field on the night while Richardson finished with five assists. Sophomore Alicya Crisp came off the bench to add a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 from the floor while senior Jenna Breite added 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes of play to lead all players.
Kylie Kuhns, who entered the night ranked No. 1 in the nation in rebounding at 13.9 rpg and No. 2 in double-doubles with six, finished with a game-high 22 points and nine boards to lead the Sacramento State (3-7 overall). Shanti Smith also finished in double figures with 10 points off the bench.
Fullerton led almost the entire game, save for 29 seconds of a tied score early in the first half. The Titans, who shot a season-high 51 percent from the floor, hit on 57 percent in the opening period, using a 12-2 run over a three-minute span late in the half to bust the game wide open and lead by 18 points, 44-26, with 2:45 remaining.
The run continued into the second half as a 15-3 spurt by the Titans to start the period built their lead to 31 points and they led by as many as 32 points in the contest with 12:04 to play. The Hornets, who finished the game shooting just under 42 percent, never got closer than 20 points with 6:17 to play in the contest.
Fullerton, which improved to 3-0 at home for the first time since the 1991-92 season and has won 12 of their last 14 at Titan Gym, takes a break for final exams before head back out on the road to take on Pepperdine on Saturday (Dec. 18) at 2 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse.