Titans Hold Off Redhawks in OT Victory
Jan. 27, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Jasmine Scott scored a career-high 26 points, including eight in the overtime period, and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds on Wednesday night to help lift the host Titans to an 82-76 overtime victory over visiting Seattle University at Titan Gym.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Titans, who improved to 9-11 overall on the season heading into Saturday's Big West Conference contest at UC Irvine. It was Fullerton's second consecutive overtime contest and its fourth of the season - the most in any single season in school history.
The Redhawks, who entered the night 0-9 on the road, fell to 4-19 overall on the year, losing for the ninth time in their last 10 contests.
Scott's double-double was the second of her career as she hit on 8-of-18 from the floor, including 3-of-4 in the extra period, and 7-of-9 from the line for the contest. She led two other Titans in double figures as sophomore Megan Richardson finished with 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 10 points from junior Lyndsey Grove.
Ashley Brown scored 22 points to lead Seattle, which finished with four starters in double figures: Cassidy Murillo (19), Tatiana Heck (14), and Maggie McCarthy (11).
Fullerton, which built its biggest halftime lead of the season at 38-18 following the first 20 minutes, extended its lead to as many as 24 points in the second half, but watched as it all slipped away. A 21-8 run in the first seven minutes of the period by the Redhawks turned it into a seven-point game at 46-39 with 13:22 to play.
Back-to-back baskets by Richardson and Grove and a pair of free throws by Scott increased the lead back to 13 points three minutes later, and the advantage grew to as many as 15 points as the Titans looked like they were going to salt this one away.
However, Seattle continued to chip away, exploding for an 18-3 run capped by a Brown three-pointer from the left elbow to tie the game at 60-60 with 1:54 remaining. The Redhawks regained the lead for the first time since early in the first half on a pair of free throws by Brown after Fullerton was whistled for a technical foul for calling a timeout when the Titans did not have any remaining.
On their next trip down the court, the Redhawks threw the ball away only to be recovered by Fullerton in its offensive end with a chance to win it in regulation, but a long cross-court pass went awry, giving the ball back to Seattle with 25 seconds to play.
The Redhawks then milked the clock for the last shot out of a timeout, but Julee Christianson's jumper with three seconds remaining went by the wayside, sending the teams to overtime.
Four straight points by Grove to start the extra period got the Titans out quickly, but a three-pointer by Brown and a basket inside by Murillo gave Seattle the one-point advantage. Two more free throws by Murillo extended the Redhawks lead to three points before Scott took over.
The senior converted a three-point play with 2:23 remaining and came back down the court to hit a three-pointer following an offensive foul on Seattle's previous possession to make it a 72-69 game with 1:37 remaining.
A jumper by Brown made it a one-point game once again, but the Titans, who had struggled from the line in their previous two games, locked down the victory, getting a jumper from Scott and hitting 8-of-8 from the line in the final minute to clinch the win.
Fullerton, which hit 24-of-27 from the free throw line for the game, shot just under 36 percent from the field for the contest while giving up just over 40 percent shooting to the Redhawks, who hit 5-of-7 in the overtime and shot 45 percent during their second-half rally.
The Titans and Anteaters tip-off at 4 p.m. from the Bren Center on Saturday as Fullerton closes out the first round of Big West Conference play.