Jan. 4, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Kim Omer scored a career-high 21 points and the Aggie defense turned 28 Gator turnovers into 35 points as UC Davis captured its first conference victory of the season with an 84-59 win over San Francisco State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday evening in front of 245 at Main Gym.
With the win the Aggies improve to 5-4 on the season, 1-3 in CCAA play while the Gators fall to 5-4, 1-3 in conference action.
Omer was a force at both ends of the floor as in addition to her 21 points, she added five assists and five steals without committing a turnover.
UC Davis controlled the pace of play from the opening whistle. The Aggies raced to a 12-6 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back. An 11-2 run over a four minute stretch midway through the period pushed the lead to 15 with Omer scoring six of her 11 first-half points in the run.
UC Davis created its own good fortune with a trapping defense once San Francisco State crossed halfcourt. It resulted in seven steals and 15 Gator turnovers in the half. The Aggies would hold their biggest lead of the half at 40-14, following a Colleen Turnbull layup at the 5:45 mark.
In the second half UC Davis continued it defensive pressure by forcing the Gators into 13 more turnovers. Again it was Omer as she connected for a three-pointer followed by a layup to increase the lead to 25 midway through the period. The lead would grow to as much as 32 with just over three minutes to play before the Aggies finished with the 25-point win.
"Kimmie really set the tone for us tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "She keyed us defensively and played the best all-around game of her Aggie career.
"A big key for us tonight was our energy level," Simpson continued. "The kids responded after a tough loss (at Sonoma) and tonight was a different atmosphere. Hopefully we understand by the results tonight how our defensive effort can impact our offense."
For the night the Aggies shot 52 percent from the field, the second time in the last three games they have been over 50 percent. In addition to Omer, Turnbull finished with her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Allen, who scored a career-high 33 points on Friday at Sonoma, finished with nine points and four rebounds in just 21 minutes.
San Francisco State was paced by Michelle Morgan and Erin Pursell, who had 11 points each. UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it hosts Cal State, San Bernardino at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm.
UC DAVIS (5-4, 1-3)
Kate Rosenberg 1-5 0-0 2, Colleen Turnbull 6-8 6-7 19, Sarah Allen 4-8 1-1 9, Kim Omer 7-12 5-6 21, Jennifer Decuir 0-3 3-4 3, Kim Smith 3-8 1-1 7, Laura Gray 0-1 0-2 0, Jackie Turpin 4-5 0-0 8, Jen Olson 2-4 0-0 4, Amanda Mansfield 0-1 0-0 0, Desiree Evans-Claassen 3-4 1-2 7, Brittany Sieger 0-0 0-0 0, Cecilia Boje 1-1 2-2 4, Anna Griffith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-60 19-25 84.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE (5-4, 1-3)
Marla Stewart 2-6 2-2 6, Renee Jimenez 2-9 0-0 4, Jennifer Kutz 4-11 1-2 9, DeAnna Butler 3-6 0-0 6, Michelle Morgan 2-5 7-11 11, Erin Pursell 5-10 0-011, Crystal Hutchinson 0-1 0-0 0, Tara Noonan 0-0 0-0 0, Shryah Thomas 0-6 2-2 2, Mindi Martinez 0-1 1-2 1, Lexi Loris 2-4 0-0 5, Kellie Gessell 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 22-63 13-19 59.
Halftime - UC Davis 48-29. Three-point goals - UC Davis 3-10 (Kim Omer 2-3, Colleen Turnbull 1-2, Jennifer Decuir 0-2, Kim Smith 0-1, Laura Gray 0-1, Amanda Mansfield 0-1), SFSU 2-21 (Erin Pursell 1-4, Lexi Lorus 1-3, Shryah Thomas 0-6, Renee Jimenez 0-5, Marla Stewart 0-2, DeAnna Butler 0-1). Rebounding - UC Davis 39 (Colleen Turnbull 11), SFSU 36 (Jennifer Kutz 7). Assists - UC Davis 18 (Kim Omer 5), SFSU 11 (Michelle Morgan 5). Fouls - UC Davis 23, SFSU 23. Fouled out - none. Attendance - 245.
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