Jan. 12, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Alyson Doherty scored a career-high nine points to go with six rebounds while Heidi Johnson matched with nine points of her own, but the UC Davis women's basketball team fell to UC Santa Barbara 58-43 on Saturday at The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara.
UC Davis drops to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the Big West while UC Santa Barbara moves to 6-10 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. Saturday's loss marked the fifth straight for the Aggies.
Melissa Zornig led all scorers with 24 points, hitting 8-of-15 from the field and 5-of-9 from long range. She also had five assists.
In the opening minutes of the first half, Sydnee Fipps took a steal all the way to the other end for a layup with 16:59 to go to tie the game at two, but the Aggies were held scoreless until Heidi Johnson hit two free throws at the 11:49 mark. She made another two with 10:21 left, but UC Santa Barbara held a 13-6 lead they would never relinquish.
Doherty's underhanded layup nearly 10 minutes later moved the score to 17-8, but the Aggies would not score again until French's baseline three with under a minute to go in the half as the Gauchos took a 26-11 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Fipps drove the baseline for a layup out of halftime break, but the Gauchos responded with another run, outscoring the Aggies 7-1 until Molly Greubel drained a corner three with 17:04 left for her first points of the game.
Two minutes later, Doherty's basket sparked an 8-1 Aggie run and UC Davis pulled to within 10 points at 35-25 while Johnson added a three pointer of her own with 10:24 left in the half.
At the 7:57 mark, French's corner three swished through, then, on the other end, Aniya Baker deflected a Gaucho pass and the steal found French on the other end for a layup. Fipps and Doherty followed with baskets of their own to bring UC Davis back to within 10 points.
In the final two minutes, UC Santa Barbara scored 10 points from the free throw line to claim the 58-43 win.
UC Davis returns to The Pavilion for the first time since Dec. 28, hosting Cal State Northridge on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. and Hawai'i on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
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