Dec. 2, 2011
FULLERTON, CA - Kayla Standish scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to complete the double-double, helping lift No. 24-ranked Gonzaga to a 73-60 victory over host Cal State Fullerton in front of 295 fans on Friday night at Titan Gym.
Titan senior Lauren Chow became the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points on a three-pointer with just under eight minutes to play and senior Megan Richardson led all Fullerton players with 18 points on the night, but the Titans (3-3 overall) could not overcome a cold-shooting first half in an upset bid of the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-1 overall on the year.
Standish hit 11-of-18 from the floor and was joined in double figures by Taelor Karr's 15 and 10 points from Haiden Palmer as Gonzaga shot just under 61 percent from the field after the break to hold off the Titans, who got to within nine points at 49-40 midway through the second half and played the Bulldogs even on the scoreboard, 45-45, after halftime.
Gonzaga led wire-to-wire, but both teams struggled to find their shooting touch in the first 20 minutes as the Bulldogs shot just 31 percent in the first half, but closed strong thanks to a 16-8 run over the final seven minutes of the period to take a 28-15 lead into the locker room. The Titans, who shot just 14 percent (5-for-36) in the first half, stayed within striking range until the Bulldogs' last flurry despite their struggles, but could not get closer than five points with 11:18 to play in the period.
Both teams put aside their shooting woes to start the second half, trading baskets over the first three minutes of the period before an 8-2 run gave Gonzaga its largest lead of the game at 41-23 with 15 minutes to play.
Five straight points by freshman Natalie Williams keyed a 7-1 spurt for Fullerton to bring the deficit back to 12 and the Titans continued to chip away closing to within nine points on a lay-up by Richardson, forcing a timeout by the Bulldogs.
Fullerton stayed close, trailing by no more than 13 points over the next four minutes, but Gonzaga proved too tough, exploding for a 9-2 run after the Titans had closed to within 10 points, building a 17-point advantage and they never looked back.
The Bulldogs, who shot 45 percent from the floor for the game, outrebounded Fullerton by a 51-46 count, but the Titans, who shot 42 percent from the field after the break, held a 21-14 advantage on the offensive glass and shared the ball well, tallying 18 assists on 20 made shots, a career-high seven of those by freshman Chante Miles.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the road beginning on Sunday (Dec. 4) as the Titans travel to Northern Arizona for a 1:05 p.m. PT tip off before heading to Tempe to take on Arizona State on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at 5:30 p.m. PT.