Dec. 22, 2011
SAN JOSE, CA - Senior Megan Richardson scored a season-high 27 points to lead two teammates in double figures and Cal State Fullerton shot 45 percent from the floor Thursday night to help lift the Titans to an 81-65 victory over host San Jose State at The Event Center.
Fullerton heads into Big West Conference play next week riding its second three-game winning streak of the season as the Titans improved to 6-5 overall on the season. San Jose State, led by Brittany Johnson's 26 points, fell to 3-9 with the loss.
Richardson hit 10-of-17 from the floor, including a quartet of three-pointers and all three free throws, to go with six rebounds and four assists on the night, reaching the 20-point mark for the third-straight game and the fourth time in her last five contests. She was joined in double figures by sophomore Alex Thomas and junior Lauren Bushong, who finished with 10 points apiece while senior Lauren Chow tied a career high with seven assists to go with seven points and four rebounds.
Johnson accounted for almost half of the Spartans' offensive output, hitting on 8-of-17 from the field and 10-of-15 from the free throw line. Myesha Broaden added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds for San Jose State, which sent only seven players to the floor on the night.
Fullerton led almost the entire game, save for a 1:35 stretch in the first half when the Spartans led 5-4. A 12-4 spurt by the Titans' offense regained the lead and extended their advantage to seven points as they shot just over 48 percent in the opening period and led by as many as 13 points before carrying a 10-point, 44-34, lead into the locker room at the break.
The Spartans kept within single digits for most of the second half, whittling Fullerton's lead down to just three points at 59-56 with 7:32 to play, but a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Alicya Crisp upped the Titans' advantage to 12 points and jumpstarted a 22-3 run over the next six minutes that iced the game, giving Fullerton it's largest lead at 81-59 with just over a minute to play. San Jose State then scored the final six points of the contest -- all courtesy of Johnson -- for the final margin.
The Titans outrebounded the Spartans, 42-32, led by six boards apiece from Richardson and freshman Kathleen Iwuoha while also hitting 14-of-14 from the free throw line and dishing out 20 assists on 30 made baskets in the victory. San Jose State, which shot just under 38 percent from the field for the game, finished with 17 more free throw attempts than Fullerton, but hit just 20-of-31 (.645) from the line for the game.
Big West Conference play opens next week on the road for the Titans as they return to Northern California for games against Pacific on Thursday (Dec. 29) at 5 p.m. and UC Davis on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m.