Fullerton Falls in Big West Conference Opener at Cal Poly
Jan. 2, 2006
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Information Courtesy Cal Poly Media Relations...
Junior point guard Sparkle Anderson registered Cal Poly's first double-double of the season -- 14 points and a school-record 13 assists -- as the Mustangs defeated Cal State Fullerton 81-74 in a Big West Conference women's basketball game Monday night in Mott Gym.
Anderson, who broke the old mark of 12 set by Kristy Baker against Fresno Pacific on Dec. 12, 1998, made four of eight floor shots and five of six free throws and also notched five steals as Cal Poly won two straight games for the first time since the opening week of the season and improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in Big West games.
Cal State Fullerton, which overcame an 11-point first-half deficit and a seven-point deficit midway through the second half, fell to 2-9 overall and 0-1 in conference games.
Junior forward Jessica Eggleston scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Cal Poly surpassed the 80-point barrier for the fifth time this season. Junior forward Emilie Ravn added 16 points and five boards for the Mustangs.
Cal State Fullerton was led by Toni Thomas with 22 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Amber Pruitt added 16 points and 12 boards while Charlee Underwood produced 15 points and six boards.
Cal Poly, which led 26-15 with six minutes to go in the first half, settled for a 35-34 cushion at the break. The Mustangs led 61-54 with 9:01 to play in the game on a free throw by Anderson, but the Titans went on an 11-0 run for a 65-61 advantage with 5:55 to go. Andrea Adams capped the run with a three-pointer.
Cal Poly scored 20 points in the final 4:33 for the win, making seven of nine free throws down the stretch and getting three-pointers from Anderson and Lisa McBride. Cal Poly, which leads the Big West in three-point shooting at 40 percent, hit eight of 20 Monday night.
Cal Poly won despite getting outrebounded 45-42, committing three more personal fouls (19-16) and turning the ball over three more times (30-27) than the Titans.