Nov. 24, 2010
SAN DIEGO, CA - San Diego's Nya Mason and Sam Child each tallied double-doubles and the host Toreros dominated the scoring in the paint on Wednesday night, handing visiting Cal State Fullerton a 71-60 defeat at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The loss snaps the Titans' three-game winning streak as they fell to 3-2 overall heading into a weekend trip to the Bay Area to take part in the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, CA, beginning Saturday. USD improved to 3-1 overall with the victory, using a 44-24 scoring advantage inside en route to the win.
Sophomore Mya Olivier countered with a double-double of her own with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Titans while senior Lyndsey Grove finished with a team-high 15 points pacing Fullerton. Leading scorer Megan Richardson, who entered the night averaging just under 20 points per game, was held to just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and a pair of free throws.
For Olivier, it was her third career double-double and the first for a Titan this season.
Dominique Conners finished with a game-high 22 points augmenting her teammates' double-double performances on the night. Child had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Mason added 14 points and 10 rebounds to help USD to a 49-33 advantage on the boards - including a 22-12 lead on the offensive end.
A 7-0 run in the early-part of the first half by San Diego broke open a tight contest and the Toreros would eventually lead by as many as 13 points on three occasions before the Titans rallied with a 7-2 run to close out the half and make it a nine-point deficit, 37-28, at the break.
Fullerton's offense continued to chip away to start a back-and-forth second half as a three-pointer by Grove two minutes into the period made it a two-point contest at 41-39 with 17:49 to play and the Titans would remain within striking distance, never trailing by more than eight points over the next 11 minutes.
However, a 10-3 spurt over a four-minute span gave the Toreros an 11-point advantage and, following six straight points by Fullerton to close the Titans back to within five points, Conners would score six of USD's final 10 points to close out the game and hold off Fullerton, which was just 1-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the line in the final three minutes.
The Titans shot just 39.7 percent from the floor for the game and hit on just 4-of-14 (.286) from three-point range, but did manage a season-high six blocks on defense - including two apiece from senior Jenna Breite and sophomore Lauren Bushong.
San Diego, meanwhile, had the hot shooting hand, hitting on just over 43 percent from the field - including a 45 percent clip in the first half.
Following the holiday, the Titans head to Northern California to take on host California to open play at the Colliers International Classic at noon on Saturday (Nov. 27) at Haas Pavilion. Fullerton will then face either Tulane or Portland State in the tournament finale, also at noon, on Sunday (Nov. 28).
It's a difficult draw for the Titans as they could face a pair of teams listed among those receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Golden Bears (3-1 overall) are receiving three votes while Tulane (4-0 overall), coming off a two-point win over in-state rival LSU on Tuesday night, garnered one vote this week.