Buffaloes Beat Up Titans in Season Opener, 100-71
Nov. 18, 2005
FULLERTON, CA -
Cal State Fullerton sophomore guard Dayana Frias scored 16 points to lead two other Titans in double figures, but it wasn't enough to overcome a powerful Colorado offense as the Buffaloes rolled to a 100-71 victory on Friday night at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.
The Titans lost their third consecutive season opener and the sixth in the last seven seasons in falling to 0-1. Colorado improved to 1-0 after winning its season opener.
Frias hit on 7-of-14 from the field and was joined by senior Amber Pruitt (13 points) and freshman Toni Thomas (10 points) in double figures, but it wasn't enough to counter the deft scoring touch of Colorado's Jasmina Ilic and Jackie McFarland, who each scored 34 points and added 10 and 15 rebounds, respectively.
Ilic went 12-of-23 from the floor while McFarland was 14-of-29 from the field as the Buffaloes shot just over 47 percent from the field. Point guard Whitney Law added 15 assists in the victory while no other Buffalo scored more than seven points.
Fullerton trailed by six in the opening two minutes, but clawed back to trail by only three points at 13-10 with just under five minutes gone in the first half.
However, the Buffaloes put the game out of reach for good with a 20-2 run over the next six-plus minutes to build a commanding 21-point advantage they would never relinquish.
Colorado led by as many as 31 points in the first half en route to a 58-35 halftime lead, and the Titans never got closer than 19 points in the second half.
The 100 points were the most surrendered by a Titan team since Pepperdine scored 103 in a 48-point victory at Titan Gym on Dec. 6, 2000.
Cal State Fullerton continues its season on Sunday (Nov. 20) at noon against Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.