Titans Edge Dons to Halt Skid
Dec. 10, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Jasmine Scott tallied her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to help the Titans edge host San Francisco, 60-57, on Wednesday night at War Memorial Gym.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak as Fullerton improved to 3-4 overall on the season and kept it perfect against the West Coast Conference this season at 3-0. The loss dropped the Dons to 2-7 overall, extending their losing streak to four straight.
Sophomore Lauren Chow joined Scott in double figures, leading all Titans with 19 points to go with four assists and three steals. Scott hit double figures for the second straight contest and the fourth time in seven games this season. The 12 rebounds edged her previous career best of 10 set against UNLV on Nov. 29.
A pair of free throws by freshman Megan Richardson with just under a minute remaining gave the Titans a one-point advantage and two more from sophomore Lyndsey Grove gave them a three-point lead with 27 seconds remaining, but Fullerton had to withstand a pair of missed three-pointers from Shay Rollins and Danesha Wright to emerge with the victory.
The Titans led by as many as 10 points in the second half with 9:32 remaining, but a 17-4 run by San Francisco, capped by a Rollins three-pointer, over the next eight minutes brought the Dons all the way back and gave them a three-point lead.
A basket inside by Grove followed and jumpstarted Fullerton's 6-0 run to close out the game as the Titans claimed victory on the road for the first time in 2008.
A back-and-forth first half saw the Titans lead by as many as six points, but a 14-5 run by USF over the final 10 minutes of the period gave the Dons a two-point, 26-24, lead at the break.
Fullerton, which shot just 38 percent from the field to San Francisco's 41 percent, forced the Dons into 19 turnovers on the night, turning those into 21 points. USF outrebounded the Titans, 42-37, but 18 of Fullerton's final rebounding total came on the offensive glass.
The Titans were also dialed in from long range, hitting on 47 percent from beyond the arc - the third time in the last four games that Fullerton has shot 40 percent or better from long distance.
USF's Necolia Simmons led all players with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds and was joined in double figures by Rollins, who finished with 14 points.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the court on Friday night (Dec. 12) at 7 p.m. as the Titans host Pepperdine in another clash with the WCC at Titan Gym.