Nov. 28, 2010
Berkeley, Calif. - Tulane's Olivia Grayson finished with a game-high 20 points and led four Green Wave starters in double figures, lifting her team to an 80-62 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the 2010 Colliers International Classic hosted by California in Berkeley, CA.
Senior Lyndsey Grove scored 14 points and was named to the all-tournament team for the Titans (3-4 overall), who suffered their third-consecutive loss after a three-game winning streak and their second to a nationally prominent program as Tulane (5-1) was receiving votes in the latest national polls.
Junior Megan Richardson finished with 12 points on just 3-of-9 shooting and was the only other Titan in double figures. After Richardson, no other Fullerton player took more than seven shots as the Titans were held to just 35 percent shooting for the game -- including a 27 percent clip in the second half -- while the Green Wave hit just under 52 percent from the field for the game.
Brett Benzio finished with 18 points and eight boards for Tulane while Whitney Bibbins and Roshaunda Barnes added 15 points apiece as, along with Grayson, the quartet combined for all but 12 of the team's points.
Freshman Alex Thomas scored the first bucket of the game for the Titans and Fullerton would hold a one-point advantage at 18-17 with 13:19 to play in the first on a three-pointer by Lauren Chow after a back-and-forth start to the game.
The two teams would trade baskets once more over the next two minutes, but a jumper by Janique Kautsky sparked a 16-3 run by the Green Wave for a double-digit lead they would never relinquish. Tulane would lead by as many as 14 points in the opening half before the Titans scored the final five points of the period to trail by nine at the break, 41-32.
Both teams started cold to start the second, combining to go 0-for-5 from the floor in the first two minutes before a basket inside by Benzio made it an 11-point game. It was part of a 10-3 run for the Green Wave to start the half, giving them a 16-point lead at 51-35 with 15:56 to play and they never looked back.
Fullerton never got closer than 11 points on four different occasions and Tulane extended its lead to as many as 20 points in the final minute before a pair of free throws from Thomas with three seconds remaining accounted for the final margin.
The Green Wave outrebounded the Titans, 40-35, and outscored Cal State Fullerton in the paint, 56-22.
The Titans' five-game road trip continues with a single game this week with a cross-country trip to Ohio to take on Bowling Green on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 11 a.m. PT.