Cal State Fullerton Comes From Behind to Defeat San Francisco, 72-69

Dec. 18, 2006

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FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton had four players in double figures and tied a school single-game record with 32 made free throws on the night as the Titans overcame a 15-point second half deficit to defeat visiting San Francisco, 72-69, in a non-conference women's basktball contest on Monday night at Titan Gym.

Fullerton improved to 5-7 overall with the victory, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Dons and ending a seven-game losing streak to West Coast Conference schools. USF lost its fourth consecutive game in falling to 3-8 overall on the year.

The Titans were a combined 32-of-34 from the free throw line, matching the school record for free throws made last accomplished on Feb. 18, 1984, in an 82-64 win over Arizona State.

Senior India McDaniel, who finished with a career-high 20 points, was a perfect 15-for-15 at the line while sophomore Toni Thomas finished 9-for-9 at the line to go with her 17 points and nine rebounds on the night.

San Francisco held a 15-point lead just over five minutes into the second half before Fullerton began chipping away. The Titans whittled the lead down to 10 points with 12 minutes remaining and got it to single digits at 59-50 with 8:27 to go.

After a jumper by Dominique Carter upped the Dons' lead back to 11 points, the Titans began to open fire from long range as McDaniel and senior Charlee Underwood combined to hit a trio of three-pointers to key an 11-3 run and bring the Titans to within three points at 64-61 with 4:51 remaining.

Carter and McDaniel then traded free throws over the next two minutes before Underwood ran the baseline and took a pass from McDaniel in the left corner, launching the game-tying three-pointer with 1:47 to go.

The game then came down to free throws as Heidi Heintz went to the line and hit 1-of-2 to give the Dons a slim, 67-66, advantage with 1:21 to go.

Fullerton then took advantage of Heintz's miss, taking its first lead since the 16-minute mark of the first half on a pair of free throws by McDaniel 15 seconds later to make it 68-67.

USF's Katie Mihalco drained a pair from the line to regain the lead for the Dons, but that would be the last time the Titans would trail.

Thomas hit two free throws with 35 seconds left to give Fullerton a 70-69 lead and, after surviving three missed shots by the Dons - including a three-pointer and a pair from within five feet of the basket, senior Audrey Taylor sank her only two free throws of the game to ice the victory.

San Francisco led by as many as 10 points in the first half en route to the 36-28 halftime advantage. A 12-4 run over a four-minute span in the first half jumpstarted the Dons' offense as they shot just under 54 percent from the floor en route to the halftime lead.

Underwood finished with 15 points and five rebounds while senior Andrea Adams came off the bench to add 10 points.

San Francisco was led offensively by Carter, who had a game-high 21 points, including 11-for-11 from the free throw line, to go with five rebounds off the bench. Heintz and Nykia Peace were also in double figures, scoring 10 and 12 points, respectively.

The Dons shot just over 44 percent from the floor to the Titans' 39 percent while both teams were blistering from the free throw line - 94 percent for Fullerton and 81 percent (17-for-21) for San Francisco.

Fullerton held the advantage on the boards, 32-29, for only the second time this season.

The Titans continue their four-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 20) at 4:30 p.m. as they host Cal State Bakersfield. The game will be the first of a doubleheader with the men's team as Fullerton hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 7:05 p.m.