UC Davis Holds Off Long Beach State, 51-49

Haylee Donaghe goes up strong against Long Beach State on Saturday night. She finished with a game-high 12 points. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Haylee Donaghe goes up strong against Long Beach State on Saturday night. She finished with a game-high 12 points.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Jan. 12, 2008

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DAVIS, Calif. - Haylee Donaghe scored a team-high 12 points and tied a career-high with seven steals, and UC Davis held Long Beach State without a shot on the game's final possession, as the Aggies edged the 49ers for a 51-49 Big West Conference women's basketball win on Saturday night at The Pavilion.

UC Davis improved to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference, completing a sweep of its first-ever Big West home games after beating Cal State Northridge on Thursday. Long Beach State was led by five three-pointers and 15 points from forward Ally Wade and eight rebounds by forward Ashley Bookman, falling to 3-12 overall and 1-3 in league.

The 49ers gained the final possession after an Aggie miss with 24 seconds and called timeout with 19 ticks to go. UC Davis, however, turned up the defensive pressure as the clock wound down, not allowing a shot before the final buzzer.

"We played it just right and Long Beach State really couldn't get the look they wanted," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson.

The Aggies shot a season-low 30.2 percent from the field (16 of 53), including making just 3 of 16 tries from three-point, but gained a season-high 19 steals and benefitted from 30 Long Beach State turnovers. They also held the 49ers without a bucket for the final 14 minutes, 35 seconds of the first half.

Donaghe, who entered the game ranked 74th nationally in steals, improved her average with seven against the 49ers. That total tied her previous best which came at Gonzaga last season, both marks which are tied for No. 7 on the Aggies' single-game list.

"Haylee really sets the tone for us defensively," said Simpson. "She gets a lot of tips, deflections and outright steals which makes opposing offenses tentative as they come down the court."

UC Davis, which had an early 8-4 lead, went down 17-10 after going more than five minutes without a field goal. Long Beach State, meanwhile, got two three-pointers from Wade and another from Tyresha Calhoun in taking its biggest lead with 14:35 left in the half. But that would be the final bucket before halftime for the 49ers who didn't score for more than 13 minutes and were only able to manage three free throws.

 

 

UC Davis, which shot 26.7 percent in the first half, was able to forge a 24-20 lead, coming back during Long Beach State's drought.

Neither team was able to pull away for most of the second half. Both team's had three-point leads over the first 11 minutes after halftime and were tied five times before the Aggies' Heather Bates made a free throw to give UC Davis the lead for good at 43-42 with 6:12 left.

A pair of charity shots from Kirsten Commins with 2:31 left made it 49-42 - UC Davis' biggest lead of the game - but layups from Bookman and Brett Timmons helped make it 49-46 with 1:02 to go. Trailing 51-46 after a layup from Bates, Long Beach State climbed to within a deuce after a trey from Wade with 33 ticks on the clock. Anna Harp then missed a driving attempt, setting up the final sequence.

Bates finished with nine points and seven rebounds for the Aggies while Jessica Campbell and Commins each added four steals. UC Davis' previous high for steals came against Saint Mary's on Dec. 17 when it had 18.

Wade had five three-pointers in eight attempts for the 49ers while LaTorya Barbee posted a game-high six steals.

UC Davis will return to the road when it travels to face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday and UC Irvine on Saturday.