Key as Titans Fall to EWU, 74-59
Dec. 20, 2002 Fullerton, Calif.
Jacqueline Rigtrups three-pointer with less than five minutes remaining snapped a 56-56 tie and sparked Eastern Washington on an 8-0 run as the Eagles came from behind to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 74-59, in a non-conference womens basketball game at Titan Gym on Friday night.
Cal State Fullerton fell to 2-7 overall with the loss while Eastern Washington improved to 7-2 overall.
In the spirit of the holiday season, both teams were in a giving mood, combining for 68 total turnovers 40 of those committed by the Titans. The Eagles capitalized in that department, scoring 38 points 24 of those in the second half off turnovers for the game.
After leading by seven at halftime, Cal State Fullerton let Eastern back into the game for a moment, allowing the Eagles to climb to within four points at 32-28 with just under two minutes off the clock in the period. A 12-6 run by the Titans upped the lead to 10 points with 14:10 remaining in the contest, but EWU would not let Cal State Fullerton pull away.
An 13-4 run by the Eagles pulled them to within one point as Eastern Washingtons defense held the Titans without a field goal for a five-minute stretch. EWU then took its first lead of the game since midway throught the first half on a three-pointer by Stephanie Ulmer that gave the Eagles a 50-48 lead.
Cal State Fullerton regained the lead on a three-point play by Heather Hansen and 1-of-2 from the line by Amber Pruitt, but Eastern Washington tied the score once again on a jumper by Felice Moore to knot the game at 54-54. Out of a timeout, the two teams traded baskets before Rigtrup hit on a three-pointer from the right elbow to give the Eagles a 59-56 lead with 4:50 remaining and EWU never looked back.
The Titans were held to just one field goal in the final five minutes and hit on just 3-of-5 from the free throw line during that stretch. Eastern Washington outscored the Titans 18-3 over the final five minutes.
The Eagles held the Titans to their lowest rebounding output of the season, grabbing the advantage on the boards 33-25, and shot a blistering 63 percent in the second half en route to the victory. Cal State Fullerton, after shooting 55 percent in the first half, hit just 7-of-20 (.350) from the floor after the break.
Hansen led the Titans with 17 points and five boards, notching her seventh-straight game in double-figures and eighth of the season. Junior Tamara Quinn also had 14 points to join Hansen in double figures.
Eastern Washington tallied four players in double figures led by Kathleen Nygaard, who had 14 points and six boards. Stephanie Ulmer and Felice Moore added 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Janelle Ruen came off the bench to contribute 12 points.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Tuesday (Dec. 31) as the Titans play host to Gonzaga at 2 p.m. at Titan Gym.