Pacific Women's Basketball: Pacific Falls 82-65 at Cal State Fullerton
With the loss, Pacific fell to 3-9 on the year and 1-1 in Big West Conference play, while the Titans improved to 6-8 overall and hold sole possession of first place in conference with a perfect 2-0 record.
While Pacific had jumped out to its longest winning streak of the year by emerging victoriously in the two previous games, Cal State Fullerton controlled the contest from the start on their home court. A jumper by Megan Richardson at 17:57 sealed a 7-0 unanswered run to start out the contest by tipping the scales in favor of the Titans. Cal State Fullerton never once looked back.
Two back-to-back three pointers from sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) and freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) brought the Tigers the closest they would ever get to the Titans, as they trailed by one, 7-6, with 17:07 left in the first half.
Cal State Fullerton then distanced itself again off another unanswered 7-0 run until 14:29, topping the Tigers, 14-6, after a pair of free throws by Lyndsey Grove. Pacific tried to come back, but a series of turnovers and gaps in the defense gave way for the Titans to do work on fast break lay-ups, claiming a lead as large as 17 (32-15) by 7:47 remained to play in the first half.
To close out the end of the first half, Pacific was able to whittle away Cal State Fullerton's lead, going on an 11-4 run over the final five minutes of the half. Sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) contributed five of the Tigers' points during the run at the end of the half. That closed the Tigers out trailing by 10, 40-30.
Into the second, Cal State Fullerton went on another big run, tallying 10 points to Pacific's four to start off the half, leading 50-34 after another Richardson jumper in the third minute of the half.
Over the course of the next 10 minutes, the Titans padded on the points, stretching the lead out to 20 points at 13:48, when an Ashley Richie trey gave the Titans a 59-39 advantage.
The Tigers could not figure out the Titans from that point on, but were able to cut the lead down to 17 points at 10:56 off a Thompson jumper and then back down to 16 points at 9:29 (66-50) from another Thompson jumper.
Leading by as much as 23 in the second half, McKenzie launched a three-pointer with only 21 seconds left in the game that finished the contest with a 17-point victory for Cal State Fullerton, as the Tigers fell 82-65.
Pacing the way for all players in the game was Thompson, this week's Big West Player of the Week, with a career-high 30 points, the highest single-player point total of the 2009-10 season, and seven rebounds.
Pacific next returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they host Cal Poly at the Alex G. Spanos Center beginning at 7 p.m.