Grove's Career Best Not Enough in Tulsa
Dec. 28, 2009
TULSA, OK - Larrissa Williams tallied a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while teammate Teka Brooks added a double-double of her own to help lift host Tulsa to a 78-58 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Monday night at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.
The loss was the fifth in six games for the Titans, who fell to 4-7 overall on the year. The Golden Hurricane improved to 4-5 overall, snapping a four-game skid and winning the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Junior Lyndsey Grove scored a career-high 24 points for Fullerton, hitting 8-of-12 from the field, including five three-pointers, and narrowly missed a double-double of her own, finishing with a team-high nine rebounds in 36 minutes of play.
Monday marked the second 20-point game of the year for Grove (she finished with 20 points at Oregon on Nov. 27) and her third 20-point outing of her career.
She was joined in double figures by senior Jasmine Scott and sophomore Megan Richardson, who finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Titans struggled from the field offensively, hitting just 28 percent for the game to Tulsa's 42 percent.
The Golden Hurricane showed no ill effects from a 16-day break, opening the game on an 11-3 run over the first four minutes and led by as many as 13 points at 30-17 with just under eight minutes to go. However, a 13-4 run by the Titans capped by a three-pointer from Richardson, brought them to within four points at 34-30 with three minutes to go in the period.
A three-pointer by Tulsa's Tatum Beer with under a minute to play was the last basket of the half as the Golden Hurricane took a 37-30 lead into the locker room at the break.
Fullerton's offense, however, could not sustain the momentum, going cold from the floor in the second half to the tune of 23 percent shooting while Tulsa pulled away, outscoring the Titans, 41-28, in the second period on the back of 42 percent shooting from the field.
A jumper by Scott with 17:39 to play brought Fullerton to within six points at 39-33, but the Titans would come no closer as the Golden Hurricane offense exploded for a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to build an 18-point advantage and they never looked back.
Tulsa led by as many as 27 points with just under three minutes to play before Fullerton finished strong, outscoring the Golden Hurricane, 8-2, the rest of the way for the final margin.
Tulsa finished with a 53-40 advantage on the boards and outscored the Titans, 38-10, in the paint for the contest.
Cal State Fullerton closes out its brief roadtrip on Wednesday evening (Dec. 30) at 5 p.m. PST as the Titans take on nationally ranked Oklahoma.