Titans Can't Keep Up With Zags in Second Half

Bushong Battles
Bushong Battles

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SPOKANE, Wash.— Gonzaga's Sunny Greinacher poured in 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lift the Bulldogs to an 83-44 victory over Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Guards Haiden Palmer and Taelor Karr combined for 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while Shelby Cheslek chipped in with eight points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in support of Greinacher's team-leading performance.

Chante Miles scored 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting as the lone double-digit scorer for the Titans in loss, as no other Fullerton player recorded more than seven points.


It looked bad early for the Titans, as Gonzaga (9-2) sprung out to a quick 6-0 advantage less than two minutes into the contest, hitting on three of its first four field goal attempts.


However, Fullerton (2-7) responded immediately to actually take a 10-8 lead with 14:36 left to play in the first half after a 10-2 Titans run.


Fullerton's lead wouldn't last long, as the Zags regained control at 16-13 after a Palmer trey with 12:10 to play in the first half.


Although the Titans would keep it close for most of the first half, Gonzaga never trailed the rest of the way, and ended the half on a 6-0 run, to give the Zags a 40-29 lead at intermission.


Gonzaga came out firing on all cylinders to open up the second half, as they connected on six of their first seven field goal attempts to fuel a 15-4 run, and led the Titans 55-33 with 16:24 to play.


It only got worse for the Titans, as Fullerton managed to knock down just two field goals the rest of the way, en route to their lowest scoring half of the season, with just 15 points scored.


Fullerton has now dropped four games in a row and hasn't won a game away from Titan Gym in 13 straight games going back to last season.


The Titans will wrap up their three-game road trip with a game at Oregon State this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. 


Game Notes: Cal State Fullerton has dropped 13 consecutive games away from Titan Gym going back to Jan. 18, 2012 at UC Irvine…Lauren Bushong's block in the first half gave her 60 for her career and moved her into sixth place on the school's all-time blocks list…The Titans' current six-game losing streak is the longest since they dropped seven consecutive contests during the 2008-09 season...Today's 39-point loss at Gonzaga is Fullerton's largest margin of defeat since a 101-52 loss, also at Gonzaga, on Dec. 23, 2010...Fifteen points scored by the Titans in the second half is the least amount of points scored in any half since Fullerton scored 15 in the first half vs. Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25, 2012.


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