Titans' Huge Second Half Not Enough Against Tigers
Feb. 16, 2006
STOCKTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton junior guard Andrea Adams scored a career-high 26 points and a 52-point second half by the Titans wasn't enough to overcome a large first-half deficit as host Pacific ended Fullerton's three-game winning streak with an 84-74 win on Thursday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
The Titans fell to 9-14 overall, 6-5 in the Big West Conference with the loss while the Tigers improved to 6-17, 3-7.
Adams hit on 8-of-19 from the field, including 5-of-11 from three-point range, while playing all 40 minutes of the contest. She led two other Titans in double figures: freshman Toni Thomas tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-best 17 rebounds while senior Amber Pruitt added 19 points.
Pacific was led by Carolina Ruiz, who poured in a game-high 33 points to go with 18 rebounds. Kelsey Lavender added 15 points while Tina Sanerivi and Wyvonne Jones each scored 10 points on the night.
The Tigers scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 13 points with just under five minutes left in the first half and used a 17-2 run to close out the period and lead at the break, 46-22.
Pacific's lead ballooned to 28 points with five minutes gone in the second half before Fullerton began chipping away. The Titans whittled the lead down to nine points thanks to 34 points over the next 10 minutes and trailed by only eight points with 2:50 to play.
However, the Tigers went 8-for-8 from the free throw line to offset a basket by Pruitt and a three-pointer by Adams and hold off the Titans for the 10-point victory.
Pacific dominated the paint, outscoring Cal State Fullerton 42-14 inside and outrebounding the Titans, 44-30. The Titans shot just 36 percent from the field for the game while the Tigers were lights out, hitting on just under 60 percent of their shots from the floor.
Fullerton looks to return to the win column on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 18) at 4 p.m. as the Titans face Cal State Northridge at the Matadome.