Jan. 10, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cortney French led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, knocking down 6-of-8 from long range, as the UC Davis women's basketball team saw a late rally come up just short in a 73-71 loss to Cal Poly on Thursday at Mott Gymnasium in San Luis Obispo.
UC Davis moves to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the Big West Conference while Cal Poly improves to 8-6 on the year and 2-1 in league play.
Blair Shinoda was just one point shy of matching a career high with 17 points while also adding a season-high six rebounds. Sydnee Fipps scored 17 points while grabbing six boards.
Midway through the second half, Cal Poly took a 13-point lead on Molly Schlemer's layup, but after that, French took over, sinking five treys in a row.
Her third of the stretch brought UC Davis to within seven with 6:30 to play, then she drained her fourth in a row to cut Cal Poly's lead to six at 68-62 with 5:54 left. Shinoda added two free throws at the 4:44 mark, then yet another three-point shot from French put UC Davis within four points of the Mustangs.
Neither team would score for nearly three minutes until it was French, yet again, who kept the Aggies within striking distance. After missing a layup at the 1:46 mark, she grabbed her own layup then hit a jumper in the paint. Cal Poly's lead was cut to two and the jumper capped off a 7-0 run for the Aggies.
With just 18 seconds left, Jonae Ervin cut through the lane, hitting a layup to put Cal Poly's lead back up to four at 73-69. Just seven seconds later, Shinoda was fouled and hit her seventh and eighth free throws of the night.
Cal Poly inbounded the ball with the 73-71 lead and Ervin was fouled by Molly Greubel
. Ervin, however, missed the first free throw of a one-and-one opportunity and Fipps came away with the rebound.
The Aggies raced down the court as time ran out, but Fipps was unable to get a shot up as time expired and Cal Poly escaped with the 73-71 victory.
Cal Poly took an early 6-2 lead after Brittany Woodard hit back-to-back baseline jumpers, but UC Davis came back with 12-2 run to go up 14-8 with 12:24 left in the first half. French collected a steal and found a trailing Fipps who stopped and drained a three to cap off the run and give the Aggies their largest lead of the half.
The Mustangs, however, came back in a big way, using a 13-0 run over a span of three minutes to take back the lead and go up 25-16. The run started with a Kayla Griffin three pointer at the 9:45 mark and was finally broken up by Fipps with 6:41 left in the first half. The Aggie sophomore hit a layup while being fouled, then made the ensuing free throw to cut the Mustangs' lead to six points.
Shinoda scored six of UC Davis' final eight points of the half and attempted a jumper in the lane at the buzzer, but it wouldn't drop and Cal Poly took a 43-32 lead into halftime.
Woodard led Cal Poly with 21 points while Elegado's 16 points came on a 5-of-10 performance from three-point range. Molly Schlemer added 12 points while Nikol Allison grabbed nine boards.
UC Davis closes our a four-game road trip on Saturday, taking on UC Santa Barbara at The Thunderdome at 2 p.m.