Jan. 3, 2003
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Aggies center Sarah Allen scored a career-high 33 points but it was a balanced Seawolf attacked led by Jessica Jones' 20 points that made the difference as Sonoma State jumped out early and never let up in an 87-66 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Friday evening at Seawolf Gym.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-4 on the season, 0-3 in CCAA play while Sonoma improves to 7-1, 2-1 in conference action.
Allen's 33 points eclipsed her previous career-high of 29 points, set earlier this season against Chico State. It also tied for the third-highest output in school history, three points shy of Aimee Conners' school record of 36 points against Chico State on February 20, 1993.
Sonoma jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Aggies finally ended the drought with an Allen field goal at the 15:52 mark. Allen would lead the Aggies back into the contest as she scored nine of the next 11 UC Davis points to cut the lead to six at 21-15 with just over 11 minutes left in the half.
UC Davis would trim the lead to four at 29-25, after a Kim Omer layup with four minutes left, but the Seawolves responded with an 11-4 run to close out the half, the final basket coming off a Lacey Campbell layup as time expired. The basket capped a half in which the Seawolves shot 61.3 percent from the field, including two of three from long range. In the second half the Aggies would make a run early, but it was quickly answered by the hot-shooting Seawolves. The Aggies made eight consecutive shots early in the half but they came at a time when Sonoma was equally impressive and the deficit would never get under seven.
Jones would score 12 of her 20 points in the second half as Sonoma never let the Aggies back into the game after opening up a double-digit lead with just over 13 minutes remaining. Elizabeth Carr had 11 of her 16 points in the second half to keep the Seawolf lead at a comfortable margin.
"Sarah was terrific tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "Before the game we talked about taking it to their post players and Sarah ran the floor hard and that resulted in a big night for her.
"Sonoma shot the ball well, but we gave them too many open looks," Simpson continued. "We let them run their offense too easily, especially in the second half."
In addition to Allen, who also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, the Aggies received 14 points from Jennifer Decuir, 12 in the second half. No other Aggies scored in double figures, although freshman guard Jackie Turpin let the team with six assists.
For Sonoma, Tara Whiteside added 13 points and seven boards, while Campbell finished with seven points and a game-high 10 assists. The Seawolves ended the game by shooting 61 percent from the field compared to the Aggies 46 percent.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it faces San Francisco State in San Francisco. Gametime is set for 6pm.
UC DAVIS (4-4, 0-3 CCAA)
Kim Omer 3-5-0-0 6, Jackie Turpin 1-5 0-0 2, Kate Rosenberg 0-1 0-2 0, Sarah Allen 14-21 5-6 33, Colleen Turnbull 2-7 0-0 5, Kim Smith 1-2 0-0 2, Jen Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Mansfield 0-0 0-0 0, Desiree Evans-Claassen 0-0 2-2 2, Jennifer Decuir 4-12 5-9 14, Brittany Sieger 0-0 0-0 0, Cecilia Boje 1-3 0-0 2, Anna Griffith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 12-19 66.
SONOMA STATE (7-1, 2-1 CCAA)
Tara Whiteside 6-12 0-0 13, Lacey Campbell 3-7 0-0 7, Jessica Jones 10-15 0-0 20, Domenica Curran 4-7 2-2 10, Lindsay King 4-5 0-0 8, Kelly Wetteland 0-0 0-0 0, Maribel Ambriz 0-0 0-0 0, Julie Strong 1-3 0-0 3, Elizabeth Clausen 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Perez 1-1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Carr 7-10 0-0 16, Julianna Naldi 3-4 0-1 6, Morgan Browning 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-66 2-3 87.
Halftime - SSU, 40-29. Three-point goals - UC Davis 2-8 (Jennifer Decuir 1-4, Colleen Turnbull 1-1, Kim Omer 0-2, Kim Smith 0-1), SSU 5-12 (Elizabeth Carr 2-2, Tara Whiteside 1-4, Lacey Campbell 1-3, Julie Strong 1-2, Jessica Jones 0-1). Rebounds - UC Davis 24 (Sarah Allen 6), SSU 38 (Tara Whiteside 7). Assists - UC Davis 20 (Jackie Turpin 6), SSU 33 (Lacey Campbell 10). Fouls - UC Davis 10, SSU 18. Fouled out - none. Attendance - N/A.