Jan. 5, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - Molly Greubel scored a career-high 18 points to lead three Aggies in double figures, but the UC Davis women's basketball team fell to Pacific 78-64 in the Big West Conference opener for both teams on Saturday in Stockton.
UC Davis moves to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in the Big West while Pacific improves to 11-2 on the year after picking up their first league win.
In 26 minutes of action, Greubel hit 6-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and sank all four of her free throw attempts. She also dished out three assists and collected three steals.
"Molly always brings great intensity to the court," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "Today, she knocked down big shots for us and also provided great energy on defense."
Sydnee Fipps scored 13 points, all of which came in the second half, to continue her double-digit scoring streak. Fipps has now scored in double figures in all 12 games of the season.
Celia Marfone scored 11 points, making all three of her field goals and 5-of-6 free throw attempts, while Cortney French grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
"There were stretches where we played really well today, but we know that in this conference we have to do it for 40 minutes," said Gross. "I am very confident that we are on the right track and am inspired by how much our players are committed to improving."
Pacific jumped out to an 11-6 lead just four minutes in, but Idit Oryon cut the lead with a jumper and a free throw, then Greubel cut the Tiger lead to just one after sinking a trey at the 14:04 mark. The teams stayed within just a few points of each other until back-to-back treys from Sam Pettinger put Pacific back up by six points with 10:13 to go. Kendall Rodriguez added a jumper of her own and Pacific was up 24-16 for their largest lead of the half.
Two straight buckets from Greubel cut back in to Pacific's lead while French added a jumper in the paint at the 5:41 mark and UC Davis trailed by just four points. Marfone grabbed an offensive board and her putback was good with just 4:18 to play and the Tigers' lead dwindled to two points.
That would be the final field goal of the half for UC Davis, however, as Pacific closed the first period on a 14-1 run to take a 40-27 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Pacific scored six straight points until Fipps' layup stopped the Tiger run and gave the sophomore her first points of the game. Erica McKenzie responded with a three pointer, however, and Pacific held a 49-29 lead with 17:33 to play.
UC Davis, however, would not go away easy and clawed back with a 17-4 run over the next six minutes. The run started with a Greubel jumper and was capped off by a three from French. Fipps added two free throws and UC Davis was within seven points at 53-46 with 11:24 to play.
Pacific regained a double-digit lead on three consecutive baskets, but UC Davis cut into the Tiger lead once again after Marfone scored off an assist from Blair Shinoda, then made two free throws with 7:34 to play.
A long-range three from Shinoda pulled the Aggies to within seven yet again with 5:19 to play and Greubel kept UC Davis there with a pair of free throws, but in the final 3:37, Pacific went on a 9-2 run to seal the 78-64 win.
Kendall Kenyon led all scorers with 19 points while Gena Johnson added 18. Rodriguez finished with 17 points for the Tigers.
UC Davis continues a four-game road trip as the Aggies take on Cal Poly (Jan. 10) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 12).