Jan. 10, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Colleen Turnbull scored a game-high 20 points and the Aggies held the Coyotes to just one field goal over the final 8:21 as UC Davis came away with a 69-61, overtime victory over Cal State, San Bernardino in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Friday evening in front of 1,367 at Rec Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 6-4 on the season, 2-3 in CCAA play while the Coyotes fall to 7-3, 3-2 in conference action.
With :18 remaining in regulation, the Aggies' last possession went to Sarah Allen in the post. Allen looked to have the layup but was called for traveling, giving the ball back to the Coyotes with the scored tied at 59-59. On CSUSB's final possession, Trisha Raniewicz's running jumper along the baseline fell just short as time expired , forcing overtime.
UC Davis scored the first five points of the extra period, all on free throws, as it jumped out to a 64-59 lead. Shannon Smith's layup cut the lead to three at the 3:50, but that would be all for CSUSB. The Coyotes would miss their final seven shots and UC Davis would seal the win on Allen's layup in the last minute for the final margin of victory.
"It was a gut-check victory for us tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We struggled some in the second half but were able to find a way to win. We did a pretty good job defending over the final four or five minutes of regulation and then throughout the overtime."
After the Coyotes scored the first four points of the game, the Aggies roared back, scoring the next 16 points, the final three on a Kim Omer trey at the 14:23 mark. UC Davis would continue to hold a comfortable lead throughout the half as each Coyote run was answered.
CSUSB would cut the Aggie lead to six midway through the first half, but could get no closer in the period as a three-point play by Cecilia Boje moved the lead back to eight. UC Davis would grow the advantage to 16 following a three-point play by Turnbull, giving the Aggies their biggest lead of the half with just over three minutes remaining. CSUSB would close the half on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 10 at 45-35. Kamesha Bell scored the last six Coyote points as she finished the half with nine.
CSUSB came out blazing to start the second, outscoring the Aggies 14-4 over the opening nine minutes. UC Davis responded with a 6-0 run as all three field goals came inside the paint. But UC Davis would go cold from the field as it shot just 14 percent in the half, hitting only four of their 27 attempts. Boje's layup at 9:52 proved to be the final field goal for UC Davis during regulation.
In addition to Turnbull's 20 and eight rebounds, Omer and Allen each finished with 13 as Allen added a team-high nine rebounds. Boje ended the night with a season-high 10 points while freshman Jackie Turpin had a game-high six assists, five rebounds and two steals as the Aggies held San Bernardino to just 36 percent shooting from the field.
Raniewicz led the Coyotes with 16 points, including four-of-nine from three-point land. Bell added 11 points and 11 boards and Leilani Tirona was the only other Coyote player in double figures with 10.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts Cal Poly Pomona on "Break The Record Night" at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm.
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