Thomas' Double-Double Not Enough to Tame Tigers

Jan. 6, 2007

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STOCKTON, CA - Despite a 20-point, 14 rebound effort from Cal State Fullerton sophomore Toni Thomas, host Pacific emerged with a 61-53 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Titans in a Big West Conference women's basketball match-up on Saturday night in Stockton, Calif.

The loss dropped Fullerton to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the Big West while the Tigers improved to 7-9 overall and won their first league contest of the season in improving to 1-2.

It was the fourth double-double of the year for Thomas and her sixth 20-point outing this season. She was one of three Titans in double figures as senior Charlee Underwood finished with 18 points while playing all 40 minutes and senior Ariel Adams notched 10 points and grabbed seven boards.

Karen Dawkins led Pacific with 20 points and six rebounds while Jerise Freeman (14 points) and Jake Kelly (11 points) also finished in double figures.

Neither team led by more than four points until near the end of the first half when the Titans made a run to take the lead.

Trailing by four, Cal State Fullerton exploded for a 10-2 run to build a six-point advantage at 24-18 with 2:11 to go. The two teams traded three-pointers, including one by Kelly that brought Pacific to within three points, but Fullerton took a six-point advantage into the lockerroom at halftime after Underwood converted a three-point play with :03 to go to make it 30-24.

The Titans' lead would eventually grow to as many as seven points just four minutes into the second half, but the Tigers clawed their way back with a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to build a three-point lead at 38-35 with 14:39 remaining.

Fullerton regained the lead on an Underwood jumper two minutes later, but that would be the last the Titans would see of the lead as the Tigers used a 13-4 run to build an eight-point advantage they would never relinquish.

Cal State Fullerton would close to with two points with just under a minute to go, but the Tigers would hit 6-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 32 seconds to ice the victory.

The Titans shot just under 31 percent for the game - including a frigid 28 percent in the second half. Pacific, on the other hand, shot 35 percent from the floor - including a 40 percent clip during its second half comeback.

Fullerton returns to action with a single game next week on Saturday (Jan. 13) at 5 p.m. against UC Riverside at the Student Recreation Center in Riverside, Calif.

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