Jan. 2, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps tallied her second-straight double-double to lead a quartet of Aggies in double figures and the home side hit on 48 percent from the floor to ring in the New Year with a victory, swamping visiting Simpson University by the score of 78-46 on Thursday night at The Pavilion.
The win gave UC Davis its third victory in its last four games, closing out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-8 mark. The Red Hawks suffered their sixth-straight defeat, falling to 6-11 overall on the season.
"This was a great opportunity for us to look at somebody different," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "We've had a couple really, really good practices with a focus on a couple of key areas. (This game) was a chance to see, 'how is our focus,' 'how is our effort?' In a couple areas, it was great. In a couple areas it still needs to improve."
Fipps finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds, notching her fifth-consecutive 20-point scoring performance while hitting 7-of-14 from the floor in 21 minutes. Junior Kelsey Harris added 17 points and six rebounds to go with a career-high four assists to reach double figures for the 10th time this season, making 7-of-13 from the field, including a trio of three-pointers.
Sophomore Heidi Johnson, held to just four points in her last outing against Sacramento State, bounced back by scoring 10 of her 14 points in the second half and adding eight rebounds to reach double figures for the third time in her last four contests. Classmate Alyson Doherty had her best performance since missing three games due to illness, totaling 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field to go with five rebounds, two blocks, and a pair of steals in 21 minutes.
"We're stroking the ball pretty good," Gross said. "We just have to make sure we get shots every time down the court."
Esther Wofford scored 11 points for Simpson, which was held to just 26 percent shooting from the floor for the game.
UC Davis led nearly wire-to-wire, save for a one-minute stretch early in the first half when the score was tied at two. A 14-0 run by the Aggies over a seven minute span broke open the game and the home team, which shot 50 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, led by as many as 22 points in the opening period en route to the, 39-17, halftime advantage.
The second half saw UC Davis score eight of the first 10 points in the period as the lead eventually grew to as many as 40 points with just under five minutes to go in the game before the Red Hawks closed the contest with a 10-2 burst for the final margin.
The Aggies held Simpson to just 26 percent from the floor to the game, including just five field goals in the first half, while dominating the points in the paint by a 46-16 margin. UC Davis tallied 11 steals on 16 Red Hawk turnovers -- the most since the Aggies finished with 18 swipes against Akron on Nov. 30.
With the non-conference portion of their schedule behind them, the Aggies open up Big West Conference play next week, welcoming Cal State Northridge (Jan. 9) and Long Beach State (Jan. 11) to The Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
NOTES: Fipps' five-straight 20-point games are the most since Aimee Conner closed out the 1992-93 campaign with six-straight contests... it was Fipps' seventh 20-point game of the season and the 14th of her career... the junior from Mariposa, Calif., needs just 101 points to become the 16th UC Davis player to reach 1,000 for her career... Fipps has led the team in scoring 10 times in 13 games... the Aggies are now 4-0 in doubleheader games this season... UC Davis has had a 20-point scorer in each of its last six games dating back to its Dec. 7 contest at Hofstra... the Aggies grabbed 48 rebounds on Thursday -- their second-highest total of the season (51 vs. San Jose State on Nov. 26)... freshman Brianne Yasukochi finished with a career-high four assists.
UC DAVIS 78, SIMPSON 46
Wofford, Esther 3-11 4-6 11; Aaserude, Tiffany 2-13 2-2 6; Boudreaux, Jodi 2-2 0-0 4; Lenik, Katie 2-3 0-0 4; Menez, Karley 1-3 1-2 4; Shubin, Kayla 2-3 0-2 4; Shank, Melanie 1-3 1-2 3; Saylor, Hannah 1-3 0-0 3; Gallardo, Rianna 1-2 0-0 2; Jones, Nichole 0-7 2-2 2; Ratfield, Katie 1-4 0-1 2; Hahn, Kaity 0-3 1-2 1; Cox, Madison 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 16-61 11-19 46.
UC DAVIS (5-8)
Fipps, Sydnee 7-14 5-5 21; Harris, Kelsey 7-13 0-0 17; Doherty, Alyson 6-8 2-4 14; Johnson, Heidi 4-7 6-8 14; Greubel, Molly 3-7 0-0 6; Oryon, Idit 2-5 2-2 6; Salvatore, Brianna 0-0 0-0 0; McGuire, Taylor 0-5 0-0 0; Yasukochi, Brianne 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 15-19 78.
Simpson....................... 17 29 - 46
UC Davis...................... 39 39 - 78
3-point goals--Simpson 3-19 (Saylor, Hannah 1-3; Menez, Karley 1-3; Wofford, Esther 1-3; Shank, Melanie 0-1; Aaserude, Tiffany 0-9), UC Davis 5-20 (Harris, Kelsey 3-7; Fipps, Sydnee 2-6; Johnson, Heidi 0-1; Greubel, Molly 0-2; Oryon, Idit 0-2; McGuire, Taylor 0-2). Fouled out--Simpson-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Simpson 33 (Aaserude, Tiffany 6), UC Davis 48 (Fipps, Sydnee 11). Assists--Simpson 11 (Aaserude, Tiffany 2; Wofford, Esther 2), UC Davis 19 (Greubel, Molly 5). Total fouls--Simpson 16, UC Davis 24. Technical fouls--Simpson-None, UC Davis-None.