Jan. 10, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Lily Ramirez scored a career-high 24 points and the Roadrunners scored the final 11 points of the contest as Cal State Bakersfield rallied for the 85-78 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday night in front of 3914 at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 8-4 on the season, 3-3 in CCAA play while the Roadrunners improve to 9-2, 5-1 in conference action.
UC Davis led 78-74 with two minutes, three seconds remaining following a Jennifer Decuir layup. They were the last Aggie points of the contest and Bakersfield took advantage. Ramirez's putback of a Katie McElree three-point attempt tied the score at 78 with 1:36 left. Another Ramirez layup and a three from McElree put the lead out of reach.
UC Davis had a chance to hold onto the lead with just over a minute to play, but Decuir missed two free throws and Bakersfield scored on its next possession. The Aggies had shot better than 80 percent from the foul line in each of its last six games before hitting on just 73.9 percent on Saturday. Ramirez scored 14 of her 24 points in the second half as the Aggies had no answer for her on the low block.
Decuir scored the first six Aggie points of the second half as UC Davis took its biggest lead of the game at 44-39. With the Aggies leading by one, at 48-47, Bakersfield scored 12 of the next 14 points in the contest, all by McElree as the Roadrunners took a 59-50 lead at the midway point in the half.
The Roadrunners jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the opening two minutes. The lead grew to 10 at 28-18 midway through the half as Gillian Lillich had seven of those points. The Aggies responded with a 14-3 run to take their first lead of the game at the two minute, 46 second mark. Ellen Porshneva and Decuir each had four points in the stretch as Bakersfield made only one field goal during the eight-minute stretch.
The lead went back and forth for the final two minutes of the half until Jessica Campbell converted two free throws with :00.1 left as UC Davis took a 39-37 lead into halftime.
"Bakersfield made plays down the stretch, give them credit," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "It was a good game and it hurts to lose this one. Our kids played hard all night and did a good job of being aggressive down the stretch.
"Bakersfield has better balance this year. They are the best defensive team we've faced in the CCAA this year," Simpson continued.
UC Davis was paced by Campbell's second double-double in as many nights with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Porshneva added 19 points and nine boards while Decuir finished her evening with a team-high 21 points. The Aggies shot 52.6 percent from the field but made only one of 10 three-point attempts on the night.
Ramirez led four Roadrunner players in double figures with 24 and nine boards, followed by McElree's 22, 20 in the second half. Lillich finished with 11 points for Bakersfield.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to San Diego to face UC San Diego in a CCAA contest. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.
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