Titans Rally for New Year's Eve Victory, 58-56
Dec. 31, 2010
DAVIS, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Lyndsey Grove led four starters in double figures with 14 points and junior Lauren Chow's jumper with 41 seconds remaining proved decisive as the visiting Titans held on for a 58-56 upset of UC Davis in the Big West Conference opener for both teams on Friday afternoon in Davis, CA.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Fullerton (5-8 overall, 1-0 in the Big West) and ended the Aggies' 13-game winning streak at Hamilton Court. The win also snapped a six-game road skid for the Titans, who improved to just 2-7 in true road contests this season, and claimed victory in their fifth-consecutive conference opener.
UC Davis, which entered the week with the best record in the Big West, fell to 10-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, snapping its four-game winning streak in the process.
Fullerton rallied back from a four-point deficit with just 1:25 remaining in the game after UC Davis came back from 10 points down in the second half to grab its first lead of the game with four minutes to play. Grove drained a three-pointer out of a timeout and Chow's jumper off an Aggies' miss regained the lead for the Titans, 55-54, with 41 seconds to play.
Following a turnover, Chow sank a pair from the free throw line to extend Fullerton's lead to three points, but Paige Mintun scored inside after two offensive rebounds, cutting the deficit back to a single point with 11 seconds to play.
Forced to foul, UC Davis sent junior Megan Richardson to the line off the inbounds pass, but she could convert only 1-of-2, setting up the final play. The Aggies came back down the court with at least a chance to tie, but Hana Asano's contested lay-up bounced out and the Titans ran out the clock to secure victory.
Senior Ashley Richie finished with her first career double-double of 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a career-high 11 rebounds in her first start of the season while Richardson (13 points) and Chow (12 points) were also in double figures. Fullerton shot 42 percent from the field while the defense held UC Davis to 14 points below its league-leading season average and stifled the Aggies' shooters to the tune of just 34.3 percent after the Aggies entered the afternoon shooting a Big West best 42.8 percent for the season.
Mintun led all players with 19 points on 9-of-22 shooting while Heidi Heintz added 16 points. Vicky Deely led UC Davis with 10 rebounds -- including seven on the offensive end -- helping the Aggies to a 42-34 advantage on the boards.
Fullerton led for the entire first half, leading by as many as nine points and carrying a three-point, 28-25, lead into the locker room at the break helped by 13 points off 11 Aggies turnovers.
A 13-6 run over the first five minutes of the second half gave Cal State Fullerton its largest lead of the game at 41-31 with 15:11 remaining, but UC Davis responded with a large run, outscoring the Titans, 16-5, over the next 10 minutes to take its first lead of the game and set the stage for Fullerton's rally.
After celebrating the New Year, the Titans close out their trip to Northern California on Sunday (Jan. 2) as they travel to Stockton to take on Pacific at 2 p.m.