Dec. 31, 2011
DAVIS, CA - For the second consecutive season, the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team will ring in the New Year with a victory as the Titans got a game-high 16 points from senior Megan Richardson and a double-double from Mya Olivier to lift them to a, 58-50, victory over host UC Davis on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
Fullerton, which handed the Aggies a 58-56 loss last year on New Year's Eve, improved to 7-6 overall and evened its Big West Conference record at 1-1 following a narrow defeat on Thursday at Pacific in its conference opener. UC Davis, which entered conference play with a league-best 8-4 mark, fell to 8-5 overall in losing its Big West opener and lost for the first time at home this season.
Richardson hit just 4-of-11 from the floor, but 7-of-8 from the line and grabbed six rebounds to go with four assists. Olivier finished with a season-high 14 points (just one off her career high) and grabbed a career high-tying 15 rebounds, matching her total from the Titans' win at Sacramento State on Nov. 11 earlier this season. It was her third double-double of the season and the sixth of her career.
Hannah Stephens finished with a team-high 15 points before fouling out after 35 minutes of action to lead the Aggies, who were held to just 36 percent shooting from the floor for the game.
An 11-3 run by the Titans over the final seven minutes of the first half proved decisive as a jumper by Olivier gave Fullerton the lead for good at 17-16 and the Titans held a seven-point, 26-19, advantage at the break. A three-pointer by Stephens cut Fullerton's advantage to four points just a minute into the second half, but the Titans responded with another lengthy run, this time a 10-2 spurt, to build their lead to 10 points at 36-26 midway through the period.
A trio of three-pointers from Stephens, Brianna Salvatore, and Samantha Meggison later in the period whittled an eight-point Fullerton advantage down to a single point as part of a 13-4 run during which the Titans were held to just four free throws over a four-minute stretch, making it 40-39 with 7:15 to play. However, Fullerton was unfazed as freshman Kathleen Iwuoha converted a three-point play on her team's next possession which jumpstarted a 13-3 run to give the Titans their largest lead of the contest at 53-42 with 3:24 to play and they never looked back.
Cal State Fullerton, which won despite shooting just 34 percent from the field for the game, finished with a decided advantage at the line, hitting 18-of-23 (.783) for the game compared to just 6-of-8 from the stripe for the Aggies, who were whistled for 10 more fouls than the Titans on the night. Fullerton also outrebounded UC Davis, 42-29, for the contest.
After playing six of their last seven on the road, the Titans return home next week to take on Central Coast rivals Cal Poly on Thursday (Jan. 5) at 7 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Jan. 7) at 3 p.m. at Titan Gym.