Nov. 12, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton freshman forward Toni Thomas scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards to lead three other Titans in double figures as host Cal State Fullerton defeated Point Loma, 82-76, in an exhibition match on Saturday afternoon at Titan Gym.
Thomas, who had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in her collegiate debut against Love & Basketball on Oct. 30, led all players with her 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting - including 10 points in eight minutes of play in the first half.
Sophomore Dayana Frias added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior point guard Audrey Taylor added a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Senior Amber Pruitt came off the bench to score 10 points - eight of those in the second half.
The Sea Lions were led by Mica Dehoog's double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while also adding five blocks. Angela Manjarrez (14), Kerra Wodarski (13), and Jaclyn Wesolowski (10) were also in double figures for Point Loma.
Fullerton trailed by six in the early going before a 13-0 run gave the Titans a 15-8 lead. They led by as many as nine points on three different occasions, but watched as the Sea Lions scored 11 of the final 17 points in the first half to trail by only three at the break, 41-38.
Point Loma regained the lead at 48-47 with just under four minutes gone in the second half, but the Titans fought back to take a five-point lead on a pair of baskets by Thomas and a jumper by Taylor to make it 53-48.
Cal State Fullerton led by as many as nine-points once again with 6:58 remaining, but a late 12-5 run by Point Loma brought the Sea Lions to within two points with just over two minutes remaining in the contest.
However, that would be as close as Point Loma would get as a three-pointer by Frias gave the Titans a five-point advantage they would not relinquish.
Both teams shot just over 46 percent from the floor, including a 54 percent clip by the Titans in the first half. Fullerton held a 41-40 advantage on the boards and the defense was credited with 11 steals.
Cal State Fullerton opens the 2005-06 regular season next weekend on the road as the Titans travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Buffaloes at 5 p.m. (PST).