Cal Poly Pulls Away Late To Upend Aggies, 69-62

Jan. 15, 2005

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DAVIS, Calif. - Jennifer Dooley and Katy Paterson each scored 12 points on Saturday night and Cal Poly used a 14-7 late run to break away from UC Davis and record a 69-62 win over UC Davis in a nonconference women's basketball game played before 684 fans at Mott Gym.

The Aggies lost for the second consecutive time, falling to 5-10, while Cal Poly snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 8-5. Ellen Porshneva and Kimberly Smith each had 13 points for the Aggies, while Jessica Campbell had 10. Lara Gray had a game-high 11 rebounds.

UC Davis and Cal Poly were deadlocked 56-56 with 5 minutes, 20 seconds to play after a pair of free throws by Campbell. However, Sara Grieve and Michelle Henke converted consecutive layups to give the Mustangs a 60-56 lead with just over three minutes to play and UC Davis was not able to catch up the rest of the way.

The Aggies cut the lead to just 64-62 with 29 seconds remaining after a short jumper from Campbell but Cal Poly made five of six free throws in the remaining time to hold off UC Davis.

"The last three minutes, I thought (Cal Poly) made the plays they needed to and they got the win because of it," said UC Davis coach Sandy Simpson. "I thought we went back a little on our heels down the stretch and that's uncharacteristic of us."

UC Davis led 37-33 at halftime and was up 39-33 before the Mustangs rallied to cut the lead to 42-41 on a three-pointer by Dooley. UC Davis regained the lead and didn't lose it again until Kyle Howell hit a three-pointer for a 51-48 Mustang lead midway through the half. Smith quickly answered witha trey of her own, the last time the teams were tied before the knot with just over five minutes to play.



"I was really proud of how hard we played but we told the team we need to play smarter," said Simpson.

UC Davis, which lost 71-58 at Cal Poly last year, had several small early leads early in the game before Cal Poly used a 9-0 run to turn a 15-12 deficit into a 21-15 lead with 7:39 left in the opening half. A three-pointer by Amy Glassman and a layup from Campbell closed the lead to 21-20 and helped the Aggies take a 22-21 advantage on a pair of free throws from Porshneva.

Tied at 24-24 late in the half, UC Davis went on a 12-2 run - powered by six points from Porshneva and treys from Gray and Glassman to forge a 36-26 lead. The Mustangs rallied to just a four-point deficit at the break.

UC Davis had just five turnovers at the half but committed 13 in the second. The Aggies continued to shoot the ball well from three-point land converting eight of 14. They also held a 34-32 advantage on the boards. Jackie Turpin had eight assists for the Aggies.

UC Davis returns to action on Monday when it travels to take on defending Big West Conference champion UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. on Monday. The Aggies are 2-2 against future conference foes so far this season