Second-Half Surge Pushes Santa Barbara Past Fullerton, 68-54
Jan. 4, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, CA -
Cal State Fullerton junior Charlee Underwood scored 13 points and led two other Titans in double figures, but a huge second-half by host UC Santa Barbara lifted the Gauchos to a 68-54 victory on Wednesday night at The Thunderdome.
The Titans dropped their second-straight game and lost for the fifth time in their last six contests in falling to 2-10 overall, 0-2 in Big West play. Fullerton remains winless in road games this season (0-8) and has lost its last 10 games away from home (including neutral site games) dating back to last year.
UCSB won its fifth straight contest in improving to 6-6 overall, 2-0 in league action and won its 24th consecutive game in the series with the Titans.
Underwood reached double digits in scoring for the fifth straight game and for the 10th time in 12 games this season. She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Amber Pruitt was in double figures for the third straight contest with 12 points and six rebounds while freshman Toni Thomas added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Gauchos were led by Autumn Nichols' 14 points and was joined in double figures by Karena Bonds (13 points) and Jenna Green (11 points).
Fullerton led by four at the break, but that advantage was erased quickly as UC Santa Barbara held the Titans to just 27 percent shooting from the field in the second period while the Gauchos shot 58 percent en route to a 42-24 scoring advantage in the second half.
The Titans outrebounded the Gauchos, 44-42, for the game - the second straight time Fullerton has held the advantage on the boards after failing to outrebound an opponent in the first 10 contests of the season.
Cal State Fullerton returns home this weekend, kicking off a three-game homestand against Cal State Northridge on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7) at 2 p.m. at Titan Gym.