Nkele Powers Highlanders Over Aggies With Near Triple-Double

Jan. 10, 2005

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DAVIS, Calif. - Kemie Nkele scored 19 points, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and tied a career-high with eight blocks on Monday, leading five UC Riverside players in double figures, as the Highlanders beat UC Davis 75-62 in a nonconference women's basketball game at The Pavilion.

UC Davis, which was led by career-high tying 17 points and a career-best 17 rebounds from point guard Jackie Turpin, dropped to 5-9. UC Riverside improved to 6-5 overall. The Highlanders outscored the Aggies 47-32 in the second half.

Kristin Peters scored 19 points for UC Riverside, Jodi Reber scored 13, and Cassandra Reeves and Agy Frankovits scored 11 points each. Kimberly Smith scored 16 points for UC Davis while Jessica Campbell added 10. In addition to her points and rebounds, Turpin had seven assists.

UC Davis led 30-28 at halftime and was up 34-28 with 18 minutes, 10 seconds remaining before UC Riverside tied the game 36-36 with 13:33 to go. An 8-0, capped by a jumper from Peters gave the Highlanders a 46-38 lead midway through the half and they led the rest of the way.

UC Riverside led 59-47 with 2:12 to go but UC Davis was able to cut it to 67-62 with 52 seconds remaining. However, the Aggies were not able to get any closer after being forced to foul down the stretch. The Highlanders outscored UC Davis by 15 points in the second half, holding UC Davis to just four points over a nearly eight-minute span.

"I thought Nkele altered some shots and we missed a lot of shots around the basket," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson. "I thought she was the key to the game."

The teams were close throughout the first half with UC Riverside forging a five-point lead on a pair of occassions and UC Davis leading by no more than three. The Highlanders and Aggies were also tied seven times, but trailing 28-26 with 2:27 to go, UC Davis got a three-pointer from Ellen Porshneva with 1:29 left and a free throw from Turpin with 1:09 on the clock to lead 30-28 at intermission.



Nkele was a force inside during the first half, blocking five shots, grabbing seven rebounds and scoring eight points. UC Davis also held an 18-17 advantage on the boards, 10 of them pulled from the offensive glass. Smith had 10 points and three assists for the Aggies prior to the break, hitting a pair of three-pointers.

Turpin, a 5-foot-7 guard, tied her career-high in points, also scoring against Lousiana-Lafayette at in the season-opener. Her previous best in rebounds was a 12-board effort at Cal State San Bernardino last season.

UC Riverside finished with a 43-37 advantage on the boards.

UC Davis, after splitting games the last three days against a pair of future Big West Conference opponents in Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, will travel to face two more next weekend.

The Aggies travel to San Luis Obispo to face Cal Poly at 7 p.m. They'll continue their road trip next Monday, facing conference power UC Santa Barbara, also at 7 p.m. UC Davis is 2-1 against Big West Conference teams this season. ™