Dec. 23, 2010
SPOKANE, WA - Gonzaga's Janelle Bekkering finished with a career-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting and the host Bulldogs held visiting Cal State Fullerton to just 18 points in the second half en route to a 101-52 win over the Titans on Thursday afternoon in front of 2,803 fans in Spokane, WA.
The loss dropped Fullerton to 4-8 overall as it lost is sixth-straight contest on the road in falling to 1-7 away from home. Gonzaga, which entered the game among the top 10 teams in the nation in scoring, improved to 10-3 overall, claiming its eighth-straight win overall and posting its third 100-point performance this season.
Senior Lyndsey Grove led the Titans with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting while senior Ashley Richie came off the bench to add a season-high 13 points on 5-of-10 from the floor, but Fullerton could not rebound from a 51-34 halftime deficit, shooting just 18 percent (5-for-28) from the floor after the break.
Bekkering wasn't the only one with the hot hand as Kayla Standish finished with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds in 27 minutes, helping Gonzaga shoot 49 percent from the floor for the contest. Courtney Vandesloot, the nation's leader in assists per game, finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 helpers while Claire Raap came off the bench to add 12 points in the win.
The Bulldogs dominated inside, scoring 70 of their 101 points in the paint while taking advantage of a season-high 25 turnovers by the Titans, converting those into 38 points.
Gonzaga opened the game on a 14-0 run and held Fullerton scoreless for the first four-plus minutes before Jenna Breite's jumper with 15:40 to play snapped the string. The Bulldogs led by as many as 24 points in the opening period before a three-pointer by Richie jumpstarted a 10-3 run by the Titans to close out the half.
Grove's three-pointer to open the second half continued the run and cut Gonzaga's lead to just 14 points, but that would be as close as Fullerton would come. Bekkering responded with a three of her own and the Bulldogs exploded with a 25-0 run over the next six minutes to build a 39-point lead they would never relinquish.
Two free throws by sophomore Alicya Crisp would end Gonzaga's run but, following Grove's half-opening three-pointer, the Titans wouldn't make another field goal until Grove's second trey of the afternoon at the 8:31 mark of the second half with the contest well out of reach.
Cal State Fullerton returns home for the holidays to regroup prior to opening Big West Conference play next weekend on the road in Northern California. The Titans ring in the New Year against UC Davis on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m. before heading to Stockton to take on Pacific on Sunday (Jan. 2) at 2 p.m.