FULLERTON, Calif. – A sluggish start from Cal State Fullerton was too much to overcome as the Titans dropped their regular season opener, 66-57, to South Dakota at Titan Gym on Friday night.
South Dakota (1-0) was led by Nicole Seekamp who was too much for Fullerton to handle, as she posted a double-figure scoring effort with 18 points. Raeshel Contreras provided relief off the bench, adding in 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Fullerton came out of the gates slow and didn't hit its first field goal until the 14:14 mark of the first half when Iwuoha connected on a mid-range jumper. With the Titans struggling, South Dakota was able to jump out to a 17-4 advantage after the first 10 minutes of play.
The Titans and Coyotes traded baskets for the last part of the first half and the Titans faced a 15-point deficit heading into halftime. Fullerton opened up the second half with more energy as redshirt senior Mya Olivier knocked down a mid-range jumper and junior Natalie Williams hit a corner trey to cut the Coyote lead down to 11. The Titans, however were never able to cut the lead down to fewer than seven.
The Titans finished the night shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range. They were outrebounded 44-31.
Cal State Fullerton will try to get in the win column next Saturday, November 16 versus Fresno State at 12:00 p.m. in Titan Gym. The women's game will be followed by the men's game against Santa Clara, which will then be followed by the women's volleyball game against Long Beach State.
Head Coach Daron Park
Atmosphere at Titan Gym..
"I loved it, I love this place. It's a small gym and when you put some people in it especially with the dance team, the cheerleaders, and the band it's a great loud environment. It was a great way to start the women basketball year, unfortunately we didn't play better to give the fans something to smile about"
Fresno State is a very good team; they're projected to win the mountain west and compete in the NCAA tournament. South Dakota is also postseason team so its not easy and its going be a tough test for this team early in the year, but my staff and I will get the players ready to play"
Junior Guard Chante Miles
Approach of coming off the bench…