Nov. 26, 2011
DALLAS - Jasmin Shuler scored a team-high 17 points and the Tennessee State defense held Cal State Fullerton to just 28 percent shooting from the field for the game Saturday afternoon, helping lift the Tigers to a 61-48 win over the Titans in the consolation of the Hoops for the Cure Tournament in front of 589 fans at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
The loss was the second straight for Fullerton, which fell to 3-2 overall on the year. Senior Megan Richardson, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with a game-high 18 points for the Titans, who also played without leading rebounder Mya Olivier after she was injured in Friday's loss to SMU. Tennessee State took advantage on the boards, outrebounding Fullerton, 56-39.
Destiney Gaston finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers off the bench to join Shuler in double figures as they led wire-to-wire. Tennessee State shot just under 41 percent from the field in the opening period and led by 15 at the break while holding the Titans to just 23 percent from the floor.
A 15-4 run by the Tigers midway through the half broke open a three-point game as Fullerton would come no closer than eight points at 47-39 with 6:16 remaining in the second half.
Cal State Fullerton returns home for a clash with Gonzaga on Friday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym - one of only two home games for the Titans in the month of December. The Bulldogs, who advanced to the regional finals a season ago before falling to Stanford, were receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls entering the weekend.