Jan. 29, 2011
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior Lauren Chow tied a school record for three-point shooting with a perfect 6-for-6 night from beyond the arc and senior Lyndsey Grove became the 20th Titan to reach 1,000 career points on Saturday evening as they swept the regular season series with Long Beach State thanks to a 64-48 victory at Titan Gym.
Fullerton, which has won three of its last four Big West Conference contests, improved to 8-14 overall and 4-5 in league play, winning its fifth consecutive game against the 49ers in the series. Long Beach State fell to 5-18 overall, 3-7 in conference play with the loss.
Chow's three-point performance matched the mark set by Shayla Bradshaw against UC Irvine in 1993 and finished the night nearly perfect from the floor overall for Fullerton, hitting 7-of-7 from the floor and all six of her three-point tries with a missed free throw late in the contest the only blemish on an otherwise stellar night.
She was only two shy of Autumn Hollyfield's single-game mark of eight three-pointers made in a game (accomplished three times) as Chow finished with a season- and game-high 20 points in 22 minutes.
Grove entered the night needing just 16 points to become the second Titan this season to reach the 1,000 career point milestone and she hit the mark on the nose as her two free throws with 5:45 remaining gained her admittance into the exclusive club. She also finished with four rebounds and joined teammate Megan Richardson as Fullerton players to reach this milestone this season.
Courtney Jacob collected a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds to finish as the only player in double figures for the 49ers, who were tied with the Titans midway through the second half before Fullerton rattled off a 20-3 run over a five-minute span to essentially put the game away. The Titans led by as many as 17 points at 58-41 with 4:27 remaining in the game.
Richardson and Jenna Breite also finished in double figures for Fullerton with 10 points apiece as the former added four rebounds and six assists and the latter collecting a team-high seven rebounds.
Fullerton shot 38 percent from the floor for the game, recovering from a slow start that saw them hit just one of its first 12 shots from the field and 0-for-6 from three-point range. The Titans then hit 45 percent in the second half and 10-of-25 (.400) from three-point range for the game en route to the win.
Long Beach State shot just 32 percent overall and 25 percent in the second half after a 42 percent first half. The Titans also held the advantage on the boards, 41-37.
Cal State Fullerton kicks-off a three-game Big West road swing next week as the Titans travel to Orange County rival UC Irvine on Thursday (Feb. 3) for a 7 p.m. tip at the Bren Center before heading to UC Riverside on Saturday (Feb. 5) for a 5 p.m. contest.