Titans Open Big West Play With 64-49 Victory Over Mustangs
Dec. 28, 2006
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton senior Charlee Underwood scored a game-high 19 points and led two other teammates in double figures as the Titans opened Big West Conference play with a 64-49 victory over visiting Cal Poly on Thursday night at Titan Gym.
The win lifts Fullerton to 6-8 overall and 1-0 in league play, snapping a brief two-game losing streak in conference openers and avenging an 81-74 loss to the Mustangs in last season's Big West opener.
Cal Poly dropped its fifth consecutive game in falling to 4-8 overall, 0-1 in conference play.
Underwood was 8-of-15 from the floor and added seven rebounds and two blocks in the victory. She was joined in double figures by sophomore Toni Thomas, who had 15 points and seven rebounds, and senior Andrea Adams, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, finishing with 13 points.
The Titans never trailed in leading by as many as 21 points late in the game. Fullerton used a 15-3 run midway through the first half to build a 12-point advantage with just over six minutes to go in the period.
Cal Poly closed to within nine points at halftime to trail, 28-19, but a quick 7-0 run by the Titans to open the second half increased their lead to 16 points and they never looked back.
The Mustangs never got the deficit down to single digits the rest of the way, getting as close as 11 points with 6:16 remaining, but four straight baskets on four consecutive possessions for Fullerton upped the lead back to 19 with 4:05 to go.
Cal State Fullerton held a 34-32 advantage on the boards and shot 50 percent from the floor for the game - including a 56 percent clip in the second half.
The Titans close out their four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 30) at 2 p.m. as they host UC Santa Barbara at Titan Gym.