March 5, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -- - Andrea Adams scored 18 points and Charlee Underwood added 16 Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton qualified for the Big West Conference Post-Season Tournament with a 79-65 victory at Cal State Northridge.
The Titans finish the regular season 8-19 overall and 6-12 in the Big West while the Matadors close the regular season 17-10 overall and 11-7 in conference. The Matadors were the fourth seed in the Big West Tournament next week regardless of how they did tonight, while Fullerton gained the No. 8 seed with UC Irvine (No. 7 seed) holding the head-to-head tie-breaker with Fullerton.
Heather Cushing's 18 points for CSUN was a career-high as she connected on 7-12 shots from the floor including her first three-pointer of the season. Krisztina Fuleki finished the night 5-10 from the floor (4-6 from three-point range) and added three assists. LaJoyce King also finished in double figures with 11 points while adding a team-high eight boards and Jamie McCaa chipped in eight points.
The Matadors had a second consecutive tough shooting night as they shot 34.8% (8-23) in the first half and 36.7% (18-49) for the game. Fullerton wound up shooting 44.6% (25-56) from the floor after a 46.7% (14-30) clip in the first half.
CSUN led by as many as five (9-4) in the first half before CSUN went cold from the field. From the 14:28 mark of the first half with the Matadors holding the five-point lead, the Titans went on a 16-5 run to take a 20-14 lead with 6:10 left in the half. Fullerton would lead by as many as eight (26-18) before taking a seven-point cushion into the locker room.
The Matadors played catch-up for most of the second half after falling behind by 12 (40-28) with 15:27 left. CSUN then got a pair of three's from Fuleki and a King layup to cut the lead to four at 40-36 with 13:45 to go. But a pair of CSUN turnovers led to four Titan points and Fullerton was back up by eight (44-36) with 12:12 remaining. A 7-0 Matador run over the next two minutes got Northridge within one (44-43) but that was a close as the Matadors would get as Fullerton hit free throws down the stretch to salt away the win.