Shelda Arceneaux scored a career-high 25 points Friday night, but the San Diego State women's basketball team played giveaway in the final moments to drop a 71-70 decision at Cal State Fullerton in Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. play.
The Aztecs (0-1, 6-6) led 63-53 with seven minutes remaining but squandered the lead. The Titans (2-1, 3-9) were led by Wendy Anae, who scored 19 points, and Robin Holmes, who added 18.
"We made some erratic plays at the end and we didn't protect the ball," Aztec Coach Earnest Riggins said. "We seemed to forget what had gotten us that 10 point lead in the first place. We didn't make that many turnovers, we just made them at the wrong times."
SDSU led 35-32 at halftime and increased its lead to 10 with seven minutes left.
However, Anae took over and led a Titan comeback. Anae scored on a driving bank shot with 1:29 remaining to give Fullerton its first lead of the second half, 69-68.
After an Aztec turnover, Holmes scored on a jump shot with 16 seconds left to give Fullerton a 71-68 cushion. Jessica Haynes (16 points) scored a meaningless basket at the buzzer for the Aztecs.
San Diego State will take a break from conference play to travel to Louisiana next week, meeting No. 6-ranked Louisiana Tech and No. 7-ranked Northeast Louisiana before returning home to face UCLA.
USIU 91, Wisconsin-Green Bay 63--Toya DeCree scored 25 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and had four steals to help the Gulls (10-4) snap a two-game losing streak in a game at Point Loma High. Sonja Carter added 21 points, six rebounds and five steals to help USIU. Wisconsin-Green Bay fell to 8-5.
UC San Diego 56, Smith College 51--UC San Diego beat Smith College of Massachusetts in the first round of the La Jolla tournament at UCSD. The Tritons will play Clairemont-Mudd tonight for the championship. Claremont-Mudd beat College of Notre Dame, 56-51.
UCSD was led by Heidi Jungling, a 6-1 center, who scored 14 points. Jungling, a University City High graduate, added six rebounds. Lynne McLevie, a 5-9 senior forward, had 10 points.
UCSD's Chris McCallum had a game-high 11 rebounds.