Thomas Ties Career Best With 27 Points as Titans Down Colorado, 89-77
Dec. 7, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Toni Thomas matched her career high with 27 points while senior India McDaniel notched her first career double-double to help lift the host Titans to an 89-77 victory over visiting Colorado on Friday night in front of 200 fans at Titan Gym.
The victory for Fullerton was its second in the last three games as the Titans improved to 3-6 overall on the year while earning their first-ever win over the Buffaloes in five chances.
Colorado fell to 5-4 overall, dropping its second straight decision.
Thomas, who has now scored in double figures in all nine of Fullerton's contests this season and 15 straight dating back to last season, added nine rebounds and hit 10-of-13 from the free throw line in the victory.
She led three other Titans in double figures as McDaniel tallied 17 points and a career-best 11 assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Senior Charlee Underwood, who picked up her fourth foul just three minutes into the second half, finished with 17 points in just 21 minutes while junior Dayana Frias came off the bench to score 13 points.
Fullerton, which led by as many as 19 points at the 12:20 mark in the second half, fell behind early, trailing for most of the first half. Colorado built its largest lead of four points on four different occassions as the Titans hung around before exploding offensively to close out the period.
Trailing by three points with just over eight minutes to play in the first half, Fullerton went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes that featured baskets from four different Titans as they built a six-point, 30-24, advantage with 4:21 to play.
The Buffaloes never got closer than three points in the final 3:38 as Fullerton closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 40-29 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.
A 12-5 run by Cal State Fullerton to open the second half gave the Titans an 18-point advantage that was eventually extended to 19 points with 11:36 remaining. Colorado would work the deficit down to single digits twice (nine points twice with the last coming with just 1:23 remaining), but Fullerton held strong.
The Titans hit 11-of-14 from the free throw line in the final 2:48 to hold off the hard-charging Buffaloes, who defeated Fullerton 100-71 last season in Boulder to open the year.
Colorado also had four players in double figures led by Jackie McFarland and Jasmina Ilic, who each contributed 20 points in a losing effort. Whitney Houston and Bianca Smith also had 12 points apiece coming off the bench.
A key moment came with 12:20 remaining in the game as McFarland, who scored 34 points against the Titans last season, was whistled for a technical foul, and consequently her fifth personal, to disqualify her from the contest.
Fullerton shot 46 percent from the floor for the game, including 48 percent in the second half, to Colorado's 46 percent. The Buffaloes held a slim advantage, 36-34, on the boards.
The Titans return to action on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 9) at 2 p.m. as they close out a four-game homestand against Northern Colorado before breaking for final exams.