Jan. 2, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Megan Richardson scored a game-high 20 points to lead four starters in double figures and the Titans were a perfect 8-for-8 from the line down the stretch to lift them to a 68-57 Big West Conference victory over UC Davis on Saturday evening at Titan Gym.
Fullerton improved to 5-8 overall and won its conference opener for the fourth-straight season - the longest such winning streak since joining the Big West in 1985-86. The Aggies fell to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in league play.
Richardson was 7-of-16 from the floor to go with seven rebounds in 29 minutes. It is the third time this season she has hit the 20-point plateau and the sixth time in her career. The Manhattan Beach native has now reached double figures in seven consecutive games and 11 of 13 this season.
Leading scorer Lyndsey Grove joined her in double figures, finishing with 14 points, while senior Jasmine Scott and junior Britt Peters finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. The 12 points were a career high for Peters, who reached double figures for only the second time in her career.
Heidi Heintz finished with 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Aggies, who also finished with four players in double figures. Haylee Donaghe, Kasey Riecks, and Paige Mintun each finished with 11 points for UC Davis.
Neither team led by more than four points as until late in the back-and-forth contest. UC Davis used a 7-2 run to start the second half to erase a 27-26 Fullerton advantage at the break and lead 33-29 with 17:11 to play, but a three-pointer by Grove and a lay-up by Richardson out of a timeout regained the lead for the Titans.
The two squads traded baskets for much of the period until a late push by Cal State Fullerton rallied the Titans. Peters hit a three-pointer with 7:36 remaining to kick-start an 8-3 run for the home team and another three by peters with just over three minutes to play gave Fullerton the largest lead of the game to that point at 56-48.
UC Davis could get no closer than six points, however, as the Titans, who entered the game as the second-best free throw shooting team in the conference, were perfect from the stripe, finishing the game 8-for-8 from the line over the final 1:37 to sew up the victory.
Fullerton, which hit 14-of-15 from the free throw line in the second half, finished 18-for-24 for the game (compared to just 9-of-18 for the Aggies), and outrebounded UC Davis, 42-36, for the contest.
The Titans try to make it two straight to kick-off the conference season on Monday night (Jan. 4) as they host Pacific at 7 p.m. The Tigers defeated Cal State Northridge, 76-70, in overtime on Saturday night in their Big West opener.