Titans Battle to OT Before Falling at Cal Poly

Jan. 14, 2010

Box Score

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago scored a career-high 34 points and Rachel Clancy added 17 more Thursday night as the host Mustangs dealt Cal State Fullerton its first Big West loss, edging the Titans in overtime, 76-73, at Mott Gym.

Fullerton's four-game winning streak came to end as the Titans fell to 8-9 overall and 4-1 in Big West play, losing for the first time since dropping a road decision to nationally ranked Oklahoma on Dec. 30. Cal Poly became the second Big West team to reach double-digit wins in improving to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Junior Lyndsey Grove led the Titans with 12 points on the night and was joined in double figures by sophomore Megan Richardson's 11 points and career-high eight assists and senior Jasmine Scott's 10 points in a balanced scoresheet for Fullerton. Junior Jenna Breite grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with her seven points for the Titans, who outrebounded the Mustangs by a 38-36 margin on the night.

Santiago accounted for almost half of her team's points, hitting on 16-of-24 from the floor and adding seven rebounds, three blocks, and five steals. Clancy was 6-of-10 from the field, including five three-pointers to go with five rebounds.

Cal Poly thought it had the game won in regulation when Santiago hit a jumper with five seconds remaining in the game, but a foul by Kayla Griffin with less than one second remaining on the clock sent Grove to the line with a chance to tie. Grove, who entered the night hitting 85 percent from the line, converted both chances to tie the game and force overtime.

The Titans, who earned an OT win earlier in the year with a victory over Portland State on Nov. 28, then stayed close in the extra period, but just could not get over the hump. Clancy hit a three-pointer to start the overtime and the Mustangs, who hit 5-of-9 from the field in the extra period, led by five points with 1:55 remaining.

Fullerton got a three-pointer from Richardson to pull to within two points and, after a lay-up by Santiago, trailed by only a point when Scott converted a three-point play to make it a 74-73 game with 51 seconds remaining. Caroline Reeves then scored inside for Cal Poly to up the lead back to three with :23 to play and the Mustangs withstood two three-point attempts by the Titans in the final nine seconds to escape with the win.

Cal Poly shot just over 52 percent for the contest, including a 54 percent clip in the first half to the Titans' 33 percent, but led by just two points, 32-30, at halftime. Fullerton then rallied with the help of 43 percent shooting in the second half - mostly on the back of 6-of-12 from three-point range to force overtime.

The Titans trailed by five points with just under nine minutes remaining in the second half, but took the 61-60 lead with an 11-5 run over the next five minutes. A three-pointer by Clancy and a lay-up by Scott with 22 seconds remaining then set the stage for the frantic final five seconds.

Fullerton's long-range shooters came out to play for the second straight game, hitting 11 three-pointers for the second straight contest after shooting 11-of-23 from beyond the arc against UC Riverside on Jan. 9. The score was tied eight times and the lead changed hands 11 times on the night.

The Titans look to get back in the win column on Saturday (Jan. 16) evening at 4 p.m. as they take on Cal State Northridge at The Matadome. The Matadors fell to UC Riverside, 74-61, on Thursday night.