Titans Roll in Season Opener Over Hornets, 81-64
Nov. 11, 2011
SACRAMENTO, CA - Senior Lauren Chow scored a game-high 15 points to lead three teammates in double figures while sophomore Mya Olivier dominated the boards with a game-high 15 rebounds as visiting Cal State Fullerton rolled to an 81-64 win over host Sacramento State in the 2011-12 season opener for both teams on Friday night.
The Titans (1-0 overall) shot just under 48 percent from the field and held a sizable 56-32 advantage on the boards en route to the victory, overcoming 31 turnovers and holding the Hornets (0-1) to just 35 percent from the field.
Junior Alicya Crisp (13 points), freshman Kathleen Iwuoha (12), and senior Megan Richardson (11) joined Chow in double figures as every Fullerton player who entered the game finished with at least two points. Olivier added seven points to her 15 boards.
Emily Christensen led Sacramento State with 14 points, including a quartet of three pointers, while Kylie Kuhns finished with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. Fantasia Hilliard added 10 points in the loss for the Hornets.
The Titans led wire-to-wire, building a lead of as many as 23 points with just over four minutes remaining in the first half and again with three minutes to play in the opening period. Sacramento State closed out the half on an 11-3 run that spilled over into the second half as a 12-1 run by the Hornets to begin the second period trimmed Fullerton's advantage to four points just two minutes in.
However, an 11-0 run over the next five minutes rebuilt the Titans' lead back to 15 points and they salted the game away. Sacramento State never got closer than eight points with 12 minutes to play as Fullerton's lead never dropped below nine points the rest of the way.
The Titans make their home debut with a pair of contests next week as they host a pair of West Coast Conference schools at Titan Gym. Fullerton welcomes Pepperdine on Wednesday (Nov. 16) before Loyola Marymount comes calling on Monday (Nov. 21). Both contests will tip off at 7 p.m.