Dec. 12, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - BYU's Mindy Nielson scored a game-high 24 points and the visiting Cougars hit 6-of-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold off host Cal State Fullerton, 75-72, on Saturday night at Titan Gym.
The loss extended the Titans' losing streak to four straight as Fullerton fell to 3-6 overall on the season. Brigham Young improved to 6-3 overall on the year after winning the first meeting between the two schools since 2003 and only the second since 1985.
Sophomore Megan Richardson co-led all players with 24 points on the night, notching double figures for the third straight game and the seventh time in nine contests overall. She was joined in double figures by junior Lyndsey Grove, who added 15 points to go with three rebounds and a trio of assists.
A back-and-forth affair came down to some tense moments in the final minute after a pair of free throws by Grove tied the game at 67-67 with just 1:06 to play. A basket by Nielson regained the lead for the Cougars, but they kept the door open for the Titans by hitting just 1-of-2 from the line on ensuing trips to the stripe.
Richardson then brought Fullerton down the floor and made it a two-point game with a drive to the basket and Scott made it a one-point contest at 73-72 with a three-pointer after a pair of free throws by Nielson rebuilt the lead to four points.
Foreman would hit two more from the line to make it a three-point game with less than two seconds to play and Fullerton had a chance to tie at the buzzer when the long pass down court was deflected out of bounds to the Titans on the sideline.
However, with time running out, Richardson's leaning three-pointer from the left elbow was just short, allowing BYU to escape with the victory.
Cal State Fullerton led by as many as seven points in the opening half, using a 10-4 run to build a one-point lead into a 25-18 advantage with 4:32 to play. However, the Titans could not find a way to break it open as BYU used a 10-4 run of its own to close out the first half, pulling to within, 29-28, at the break.
The Cougars shot 49 percent for the game - including a 52 percent clip in the second half - while Fullerton could not recover from a poor-shooting first period, hitting just 31 percent as compared to a 47 percent shooting performance in the second half.
BYU, which got a double-double of 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds from Coriann Wood off the bench, outrebounded the Titans, 41-28, and also got double figures from Alexis Kaufusi, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
With final exams looming next week, Cal State Fullerton won't return to the court until Dec. 21 as the Titans host Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. to close out four straight games at home.