Dec. 21, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Jasmine Scott scored a season-high 19 points and led two other teammates in double figures as the Titans snapped a four-game skid with a 58-55 victory over visiting Eastern Washington on Monday night at Titan Gym.
Fullerton improved to 4-6 overall, winning for the first time since topping Portland State, 79-72, in overtime at the World Vision Invitational in Eugene, Ore. The Titans, whose last four contests have been decided by a total of 14 points, finished 3-0 against Big Sky Conference opponents this season after wins over Sacramento State and the Vikings.
The loss was the third-straight for the Eagles - all against Big West Conference opponents - as they fell to 6-6 overall on the year.
Scott missed tying her career high by three points, hitting her first six shots en route to 7-of-9 shooting from the field, including a trio of three-pointers. She was joined in double figures by sophomore Megan Richardson and junior Lyndsey Grove, who finished with 11 points apiece. Junior Jenna Breite, the Big West Conference's leading rebounder at 8.0 rpg, led the Titans with nine boards on the night.
Julie Piper led the Eagles with 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:51 to play in the game. Brianne Ryan added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but she also fouled out with 1:03 remaining in the contest.
Chene Cooper's last-second three-point attempt to tie the game for EWU hit the back iron and bounced away as time expired to secure the victory after the Eagles had battled back to erase a 12-point deficit earlier in the half with a 12-0 run.
Four free throws and a three-pointer by Scott rebuilt Fullerton's lead with 4:08 to play, but Eastern Washington chipped away once again. The Eagles started with a basket by Cooper and got four points from Tatjana Sparavalo to close to within two points at 57-55 with 1:18 to play, capitalizing on the Titans' struggles at the line as they missed four straight from the stripe that would have given them a little more breathing room.
The Eagles' first chance to tie in regulation was thwarted, however, by a tremendous hustle play by junior Britt Peters, who got back on defense to swat away Cooper's breakaway lay-up attempt with 13 seconds remaining that would have made it a 57-57 ballgame.
Junior Jenna Breite was then fouled in the corner after gaining the defensive rebound, but hit just 1-of-2 at the line to set up the tense closing seconds.
Fullerton got out of the gate quickly and led for all but a few seconds in the opening half. Trailing 12-10 with 11:40 to go, the Titans' offense exploded for a 13-0 run that featured three-pointers from Grove and Scott to led by 10 points at 22-12, three minutes later
EWU would claw its way back in to close to within three points at 30-27 with 1:13 remaining, but 3-of-4 from the line by the Titans gave them a 33-27 advantage at the break.
The Eagles outrebounded Fullerton, 44-24, including an 18-3 advantage on the offensive boards. Eastern Washington outscored the Titans, 32-12, in the paint and, 12-5, in second chance points.
Fullerton returns to action next week as the Titans ring in the new year with a pair of games in the state of Oklahoma. They open the week with a Monday contest at Tulsa on Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. PST before taking on the No. 13 Sooners in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday (Dec. 30) at 5 p.m.