Nov. 15, 2009
SACRAMENTO, CA - Sophomore Megan Richardson scored a game-high 16 points while freshman Mya Olivier added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead a quartet of Titans in double figures as Cal State Fullerton handed host Sacramento State a 90-68 defeat on Sunday afternoon in front of 356 fans at the Hornets Nest in Sacramento, Calif.
The Titans start a season 2-0 for the first time since 1996-97 when they opened 3-0 and won five of their first six contests. The 90 points were the most since they posted a 94-83 win over Pacific on Jan. 19 of last season while the 22-point margin of victory is their highest since defeating league rival Cal State Northridge, 87-61, on Jan. 7, 2006.
Richardson, who poured in a career-high 29 points two nights ago in the season opener against San Jose State, hit 7-of-15 from the floor and added five assists to help the Titans shoot 50 percent from the floor for the game. Olivier was also hyper-accurate, hitting on 7-of-8 from the floor in 20 minutes.
Fullerton also got double-digit efforts from junior Ashley Richie (11 points) and junior Lauren Chow (10 points) as the Titans dominated in the post, outrebounding Sacramento State, 58-47, and outscoring the Hornets in the paint, 56-28. Five Fullerton players finished with at least six rebounds, including seven apiece by Olivier, Chow, and Lyndsey Grove.
Charday Hunt and Erika Edwards each had 13 points to lead Sacramento State, which also got 11 rebounds from Kylie Kuhns off the bench.
Cal State Fullerton's defense forced 26 turnovers (turning them into 29 points) and held the Hornets to just 29.5 percent shooting for the game, including a 27 percent clip in the opening half en route to a 46-31 lead at the break.
The Titans led almost the entire game, building a 16-point lead in the first half and extending that advantage to as many as 29 points with 10:23 remaining in the game. A 19-2 run over a five-minute span in the first half erased a one-point Sacramento State lead and gave the Titans a 23-7 advantage with 12:07 to play in the opening period.
The Hornets got to within eight points at 33-25 with just under five to play in the first, but would come no closer. A 10-4 run to open the second by Cal State Fullerton put the Titans ahead by 21 points and they never looked back.
Currently in the midst of a six-game road trip to start the season, the Titans head back to the Bay Area next weekend to take on San Francisco in a non-conference match-up on Friday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m.