DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior forward Morgan Bertsch finished with a game-high 26 points to lead four Aggies in double figures, and the defense held visiting Hawai'i to just 31 percent shooting from the floor for the game, lifting UC Davis to a, 76-52, victory over the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
The Aggies open Big West Conference play with a 2-0 record for the third consecutive season, improving to 12-3 overall on the year after shooting 56 percent from the field for the game.
Hawai'i, led by 11 points from Makenna Woodfolk, fell to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Bertsch finished 11-of-17 from the field and added six rebounds in collecting her ninth 20-point game of the year -- her first since scoring 20 at No. 17 Oregon State on Dec. 20 -- and moving past both Ellen Porshneva and Aimee Connor for seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,273 points. Next on the list is her former teammate Alyson Doherty with 1,308 career points.
Senior forward Marly Anderson narrowly missed out on her first double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior Pele Gianotti and freshman Cierra Hall added 10 points apiece.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw Hawai'i take a two-point lead out of the media timeout as Sarah Toeaina found room inside to score for a 16-14 advantage, but that would be the last lead the Rainbow Wahine would enjoy on the day. Sophomore Nina Bessolo drained a three-pointer from the left side to spark an 11-0 run and the Aggies never trailed again.
UC Davis led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but saw the visitors crawl back to within three with six straight points over a two-minute span early in the third, making it a 38-35 game with 7:51 to play.
However, the Aggies responded with a 10-2 burst of their own, holding Hawai'i to without a field goal for nearly five minutes, and closed the period with 10 straight points -- five points each from Bertsch and Anderson -- to lead, 58-39, after three quarters.
UC Davis continued to apply pressure, stretching its lead out to as many as 23 points early in the fourth before the final 24-point advantage thanks to a three-pointer by Karley Eaton to cap the scoring.
Led by Anderson's nine rebounds, and a season-high seven boards from Bessolo, the Aggies out-rebounded the Rainbow Wahine, 38-35, for the game. UC Davis also held a, 40-24, advantage in the paint, and watched its bench outscore their counterparts, 36-13.
The Aggies return to the court with a single game next week, welcoming UC Riverside to Northern California on Thursday (Jan. 11). Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.
UC DAVIS 76, HAWAI'I 52
HAWAI'I (7-8, 0-2 BWC)
Woodfolk, Makenna 2-6 5-10 11; Toeaina, Sarah 4-11 1-3 9; Tago, Julissa 4-12 0-0 8; Kanoa, Tia 3-8 1-2 7; Salanoa, Lahni 2-5 0-0 4; Atwell, Amy 1-5 2-2 4; Odumu, Rachel 1-3 2-3 4; Salanoa, Leah 1-4 0-0 3; Rewers, Lauren 1-5 0-0 2; Alexander, Jadynn 0-2 0-0 0; Clinch Hoycard, Mack 0-1 0-0 0; Middap, Courtney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 11-20 52.
UC DAVIS (12-3, 2-0 BWC)
Bertsch, Morgan 11-17 4-6 26; Anderson, Marly 6-6 0-0 13; Gianotti, Pele 3-6 4-5 10; Hall, Cierra 3-7 2-3 10; Bessolo, Nina 2-8 0-0 6; Gibb, Emma 1-1 2-2 4; Eaton, Karley 1-1 0-0 3; Nafekh, Dani 1-2 0-0 2; Nagel, Rachel 1-3 0-0 2; Song, Sophia 0-0 0-0 0; Hsu, Kaitlyn 0-0 0-0 0; Eaton, Kourtney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-52 12-16 76.
Hawai'i....................... 18 11 10 13 - 52
UC Davis...................... 25 11 22 18 - 76
3-point goals--Hawai'i 3-16 (Woodfolk, Makenna 2-3; Salanoa, Leah 1-3; Tago, Julissa 0-5; Kanoa, Tia 0-2; Atwell, Amy 0-1; Alexander, Jadynn 0-1; Clinch Hoycard, Mack 0-1), UC Davis 6-14 (Bessolo, Nina 2-4; Hall, Cierra 2-3; Eaton, Karley 1-1; Anderson, Marly 1-1; Nagel, Rachel 0-1; Eaton, Kourtney 0-1; Nafekh, Dani 0-1; Gianotti, Pele 0-2). Fouled out--Hawai'i-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Hawai'i 35 (Toeaina, Sarah 7), UC Davis 38 (Anderson, Marly 9). Assists--Hawai'i 5 (Kanoa, Tia 3), UC Davis 9 (Nafekh, Dani 2; Eaton, Karley 2; Anderson, Marly 2). Total fouls--Hawai'i 15, UC Davis 14. Technical fouls--Hawai'i-None, UC Davis-None. A-583
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