Jan. 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Kasey Riecks scored her 1,000th career point just two minutes into the second half and finished with 15 for the night, leading the UC Davis women's basketball team to a 78-62 win over Long Beach State on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
With the win, UC Davis improves to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big West Conference while Long Beach State moves to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in league action.
Riecks, who entered the game needing just nine points to reach the milestone, becomes the 15th player in UC Davis women's basketball program history to achieve 1,000 points in her four-year career.
She scored seven points in the first half, then nailed a three at the 18:30 mark of the second half to join the Aggies' 1,000-point club.
"Scoring 1,000 points is no small feat. It shows her consistency from year to year and how much time she's put into her game," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "It's also something that shows the kind of person and player she is to not just settle, but to continue working on her game and improving. She's a complete player and I'm excited for where she, and all of our seniors, have helped to take this program."
UC Davis got off to a strong start, taking a 15-7 lead after Sydnee Fipps drained a three at the 14:13 mark of the first half. Long Beach State brought the game back to within two, but Fipps was fouled while attempting another three-point shot and sank all three free throws to extend the Aggie lead to 18-13 with 11:17 to go.
The Aggies continued to hit their shots and found themselves up by 10 with 5:26 left in the half after Blair Shinoda's jumper was on target, but the 49ers closed out the first half on a 7-2 run to get to within four as UC Davis took a 36-32 lead into halftime.
UC Davis opened up the second half on a 14-3 run with both Riecks and Hana Asano hitting three-point shots during the span and the Aggies took a 50-35 lead before Tipesa Moorer's three-pointer briefly stopped the Aggies' scoring. UC Davis, however, used another large 12-2 run, going up 62-44 with 8:30 left in the game.
The 49ers then began staging a swarming full-court press defense that caused some trouble for UC Davis late in the game and Long Beach State held the Aggies briefly. Moorer hit a three-point shot with 8:07 to go, then followed with a layup off a UC Davis turnover. Jhakia McDonald's jumper at the 7:25 mark cut the Aggie lead to 11, but UC Davis built its cushion back up with another Riecks three and a successful basket from Emily Vann.
Cortney French sealed the Aggie win with back-to-back treys with under two minutes to go, and UC Davis would go on to win 78-62.
UC Davis had one of its best shooting night of the year, hitting 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from the three-point line.
Hannah Stephens finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Meggison added 10 points and four assists. Fipps scored six points and grabbed five rebounds while Brianna Salvatore also had five rebounds for the Aggies.
Long Beach State was led by Moorer's 24 points while Devin Hudson scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
UC Davis closes out the three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 21 when the Aggies host Pacific at 2 p.m. at The Pavilion.
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