Dec. 4, 2011
FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Aubrey Davis finished with career highs of 12 points and 18 rebounds while Amy Patton came off the bench to finish with 21 points to help lift host Northern Arizona to a 64-54 victory over Cal State Fullerton in a matinee tip on Sunday afternoon at the Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Titans (3-4 overall) dropped their fourth consecutive result after winning their first three to start the season and fell to 0-4 all-time against the Lumberjacks. NAU improved to 5-4 overall on the year with all five of its victories coming on its home floor thus far in 2011.
After finishing with 18 points two nights earlier against nationally ranked Gonzaga, senior Megan Richardson led Fullerton's offense with a season-high 21 points on 6-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the line, adding four rebounds in 32 minutes. No other Titan finished in double figures as Cal State Fullerton shot just over 29 percent from the field for the game.
Jasmine Grayson, Lauren Bushong, and Alicya Crisp finished with five rebounds apiece to pace the Titans, who were outrebounded, 53-32, paced by Davis' 18 for the Lumberjacks -- the ninth-best total in school history and the most by an NAU player since 2007. Davis also added four blocks and hit 5-of-10 from the floor while Patton added seven boards of her own while shooting 7-of-13 from the floor.
The Lumberjacks led wire-to-wire, jumping out early with an 11-2 run and holding Fullerton to without a field goal (0-for-7 from the floor at that point) until a jumper by Alex Thomas at the 12:30 mark cut NAU's lead to seven. Lauren Chow and Grayson would then hit back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to just three points, but the Titans would come no closer.
Northern Arizona, which led 28-23 at the break, opened the second half with six straight points and eventually got the lead into double digits at 34-23 just three minutes into the period, but Fullerton clawed its way back into it, using an 8-2 spurt to make it a five-point game at 36-31 with 14:33 remaining before the Lumberjacks then put the game away.
An 11-2 run by NAU rebuilt the lead to 13 points and the Lumberjacks never looked back, leading by as many as 15 points with five minutes to go in regulation before holding off a late charge by Fullerton, which cut the lead to seven points with just over a minute to play, but could not capitalize on a 1-for-6 effort at the line by Northern Arizona in the final 49 seconds, missing on its final three shots from the field during that stretch -- including a pair of three-pointers.
The Lumberjacks shot 41 percent overall for the game, including a 48 percent clip in the second half after hitting just 35 percent in the first 20 minutes.
Cal State Fullerton remains in the Grand Canyon State for one more match up on Tuesday, travelling to Tempe to take on Pac-12 power Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. PT. The game will be streamed live over the Internet thanks to Fox Sports Arizona on its website at FoxSportsArizona.com.