Win at Northridge Puts Titans in Postseason Tourney

March 5, 2005

FULLERTON, CA -- - Andrea Adams scored 18 points and Charlee Underwood added 16 Saturday night as Cal State Fullerton qualified for the Big West Conference Post-Season Tournament with a 79-65 victory at Cal State Northridge.

The Titans finish the regular season 8-19 overall and 6-12 in the Big West while the Matadors close the regular season 17-10 overall and 11-7 in conference. The Matadors were the fourth seed in the Big West Tournament next week regardless of how they did tonight, while Fullerton gained the No. 8 seed with UC Irvine (No. 7 seed) holding the head-to-head tie-breaker with Fullerton.

Heather Cushing's 18 points for CSUN was a career-high as she connected on 7-12 shots from the floor including her first three-pointer of the season. Krisztina Fuleki finished the night 5-10 from the floor (4-6 from three-point range) and added three assists. LaJoyce King also finished in double figures with 11 points while adding a team-high eight boards and Jamie McCaa chipped in eight points.

For Cal State Fullerton, India McDaniel chipped in 10 points and five assists and Melanie Mosley scored four points but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Matadors had a second consecutive tough shooting night as they shot 34.8% (8-23) in the first half and 36.7% (18-49) for the game. Fullerton wound up shooting 44.6% (25-56) from the floor after a 46.7% (14-30) clip in the first half.

CSUN led by as many as five (9-4) in the first half before CSUN went cold from the field. From the 14:28 mark of the first half with the Matadors holding the five-point lead, the Titans went on a 16-5 run to take a 20-14 lead with 6:10 left in the half. Fullerton would lead by as many as eight (26-18) before taking a seven-point cushion into the locker room.

The Matadors played catch-up for most of the second half after falling behind by 12 (40-28) with 15:27 left. CSUN then got a pair of three's from Fuleki and a King layup to cut the lead to four at 40-36 with 13:45 to go. But a pair of CSUN turnovers led to four Titan points and Fullerton was back up by eight (44-36) with 12:12 remaining. A 7-0 Matador run over the next two minutes got Northridge within one (44-43) but that was a close as the Matadors would get as Fullerton hit free throws down the stretch to salt away the win.


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