Offense Held in Check as Titans Fall at UCSB

Feb. 20, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, CA - UC Santa Barbara's Chris Spencer came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points and the host Gauchos held visiting Cal State Fullerton to just 24 percent shooting from the floor en route to a 55-43 victory over the Titans on Saturday afternoon at The Thunderdome.

Fullerton fell to 12-15 overall and 6-7 in Big West Conference play, continuing a roller-coaster ride that has seen the Titans alternate wins and losses over their last eight games. UCSB improved to 9-16 overall and matched Fullerton in the conference standings with a 6-7 record en route to its 35th consecutive win over the Titans dating back to 1995.

Sophomore Megan Richardson led Fullerton with 13 points and seven rebounds and was joined in double figures by freshman Mya Olivier, who added 10 points in the loss. The Titans were held to just 24.3 percent shooting from the floor (17-for-70) for the game.

Spencer hit 4-of-9 from the field for the Gauchos while also grabbing seven rebounds. Meagan Williams added 15 points and Emilie Johnson finished with 12. Mekia Valentine, who had 19 points in the first meeting between the two programs, was held to just four points, but grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked nine shots to help pace the defense, which set a school record with 15 blocks on the afternoon.

Cal State Fullerton trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but battled back to tie the game at 20-20 with just over five minutes to play in the period thanks to a 15-6 run over a seven minute span. Four straight points by the Gauchos' Margaret Johnson and a basket inside by Williams ended the half, sending UC Santa Barbara into the locker room with a 26-20 lead at the break.

The Gauchos would never trail from that point on as the Titans would get no closer than three points at 31-28 with 14:18 to play. An 11-3 run extended UCSB's lead to 11 points and the Gauchos would lead by as many as 13 points in the closing seconds en route to the win.

UC Santa Barbara shot just under 33 percent for the game, but outrebounded Fullerton, 49-46, and hit 17-of-24 from the line to just five free throws in eight attempts for the Titans for the game.

Cal State Fullerton closes out the home portion of its 2009-10 campaign on Thursday (Feb. 25) against Cal Poly at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym. The tip-off will be preceded by "Senior Night" festivities, honoring the Titans' two departing seniors -- Jasmine Scott and Toya Fontenot -- for their contributions to the program.

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