Less than a week after the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team learned assistant coach Monica Quan had been shot to death in her car last weekend, the Titans played a game in her honor Saturday afternoon.
They lost to UC Riverside 64-45, but the final score was secondary to paying tribute to the 28-year-old woman they knew as "Coach Mo."
Awaiting fans as they walked into Titan Gym was a memorial featuring photos of Quan and several bouquets of flowers. There was also a blank book and a handful of pens to allow fans to offer their condolences.
During pregame warmups, Cal State Fullerton players donned orange T-shirts that read "MOtivation" on one side and "... it is the courage to continue that counts" on the other. They also observed a moment of silence in Quan's honor before tipoff before the catharsis of the game itself finally arrived.
The game was no doubt the first bit of normalcy for Cal State Fullerton since they learned authorities found the bodies of Quan and her fiancé, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, in their car at a parking structure in Irvine Sunday night. Quan and Lawrence met at Concordia University in Irvine, where both played basketball for the Division III school.
Police believe the couple was targeted by fired police officer Christopher Dorner, who has allegedly also killed a Riverside police officer this week and has threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department. Quan's father, ex-LAPD captain Randy Quan, was involved in the 2008 firing of Dorner.
Quan, who graduated from Concordia in 2007, was in her second season as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton under coach Marcia Foster. Earlier this week, Foster told reporters she'll remember Quan for her work ethic, honesty and passion for life.
"We are going to have some work to do," said Foster, "because too many young women have been affected by this."
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