Jan. 11, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Sarah Allen scored a game-high 28 points and the Aggies shot a season-best 58 percent from the field as UC Davis made it three in a row over two-time defending NCAA Division II champions Cal Poly Pomona, 86-78, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 3,214 fans Saturday evening on "Break The Record Night" at Rec Hall.
With the victory the Aggies record their third-straight win and move to 7-4 on the season, 3-3 in CCAA play. Cal Poly Pomona falls to 4-7 on the year, 2-4 in conference action.
UC Davis jumped out early, taking a 16-9 lead after the opening seven minutes. Allen scored at will in the paint, pouring in eight of the first 10 Aggie points. The lead would remain at seven over the next three minutes before Pomona caught fire from the outside. The Broncos would score the next nine points, all on three-pointers, as Alicia Hernandez sank two and Anna James finished the run with a trey of her own, giving Pomona a two-point lead at 20-18 at the 6:02 mark.
It then became the Colleen Turnbull show as the senior wing scored seven points in an 11-0 Aggie run, giving UC Davis a lead it would not relinquish. The Aggies defensive pressure forced 12 Bronco turnovers in the half, resulting in 13 UC Davis points. Pomona stayed in the game thanks to its three-point shooting. The Broncos' final seven field goals of the half all came from beyond the arc. They would finished the opening 20 minutes hitting eight three-point shots, four by James and two by Hernandez.
The beginning of the second half saw the Aggies increase their lead 20 after the opening five minutes. Jennifer Decuir led the way early on as she scored eight of her 18 points in an 18-second stretch as UC Davis capped an 18-4 run with a Decuir trey. Pomona would answer with a run of its own, outscoring the Aggies 15-2 over a five-minute span bringing the Broncos to with nine at 64-55, with 9:45 remaining. The two teams would go back-and-forth late into the half and the Aggies looked to have the game in hand following Turnbull's three-pointer with 1:58 left, giving UC Davis a 13-point lead at 75-62.
Pomona would not go away and chipped the lead down to six on two occasions. Following each basket the Broncos were forced to foul and the Aggies made them pay. UC Davis would connect on 22 of its 23 free throws for the night, the only miss coming when Decuir was fouled and had to leave the game momentarily with blood on her face resulting from the foul. Junior Amanad Mansfield saw her only action of the game, coming off the bench as Decuir's replacement for the ensuing free throws, making one of two. In the final minute of play the Aggies would make nine of 10 free throws, sealing the victory in front of the fifth-largest crowd to see a women's game in Rec Hall history.
"We have such great fans and the players really feed of their energy," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "This is a storied rivalry, one of the healthiest rivalries on the west coast. I respect (Pomona Head Coach) Paul Thomas tremendously and its always bittersweet to win.
"In the first half we did a great job of generating a lot of offense out of our defense," Simpson continued. "We slowed down a bit in the second half but found a way to win down the stretch and I am really proud of the way this team competed."
For the game, Allen led three Aggies in double figures as Turnbull finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season. The duo did most of its damage in the paint, where the Aggies held a 42-28 advantage over the Broncos. Decuir added a season-best nine assists and two steals to go along with her 18 points. In addition to the season-high percentage from the field, the Aggies also shot a season-best 96 percent from the free throw line.
Pomona was paced by Hernandez, who finished with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists, while James ended her night with 18 points, all from long range.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday, January 17 when it travels to Turlock for a CCAA matchup against Cal State Stanislaus. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.