Dec. 4, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, OH - Bowling Green's Lauren Prochaska scored a game-high 21 points, leading four Falcons in double figures, and Tracy Pontius added a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists on Saturday afternoon lifting them to a 91-51 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton in a non-conference women's basketball match-up at Anderson Arena.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Titans (3-5 overall), their longest since dropping four consecutive decisions from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12 last season. Senior Lyndsey Grove continued her string of double-digit performances, finishing with 11 to lead Fullerton -- the only Titan to finish in double figures on the afternoon and the only one to reach double digits in all eight contests this season.
Senior Jenna Breite finished with a game-high nine rebounds to go with nine points for Fullerton, which shot just 31 percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 53-34, for the contest. Leading scorer Megan Richardson, who entered the game averaging 15.3 ppg for the season, finished 0-for-10 from the floor and without a point for only the third time in her career and the first since her freshman season in a loss at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 5, 2009.
Prochaska, the two-time Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, hit 6-of-8 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the line to lead a balanced effort for Bowling Green (8-1 overall), which shot 42 percent from the field and 28-for-31 (.903) from the line. Jen Uhl (13 points) and Jessica Slagle (10 points) were also in double figures for the Falcons, who had 21 assists on 27 made shots.
Bowling Green, which extended its regular-season home winning streak to 35 consecutive games dating back to 2008, led wire-to-wire, scoring the first eight points of the game and holding the Titans scoreless for the first three minutes until sophomore Mya Olivier scored inside with just over 17 minutes to play in the opening half. The run grew to 13-2 to start the game for Bowling Green before back-to-back buckets from Grove brought Fullerton back to within six points at 13-7 two minutes later.
That's the closest the Titans would come as Uhl hit a three-pointer to tip-off another 13-2 run and give the Falcons a 26-9 advantage midway through the half en route to a 49-26 advantage at the break. An 8-2 run to open the second half by Bowling Green extended the advantage as Fullerton would never come closer than 23 points in the second half.
The 51 points from the Titans were a season-low and the fewest since they were held to just 43 in a 12-point loss at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 20 of last season. The 40-point defeat was also Fullerton's largest of the year and its largest margin of defeat since falling 117-69 at Oregon on Nov. 27, 2009.
The Titans close out their five-game road swing on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 5 p.m. as they travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. Fullerton then returns home on Dec. 9 for only its third home contest of the year against Sacramento State at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym prior to the start of final exams.