Grand Canyons Earns First-Ever Victory Over UC Davis, 97-79

Jan. 17, 2004

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Kelly McRee scored a game-high 26 points and the Antelopes snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Aggies as Grand Canyon defeated UC Davis 97-79 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball game Saturday night at Antelope Gymnasium.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 9-5 on the season, 4-4 in CCAA play while the Antelopes improve to 10-3, 7-1 in conference action. Grand Canyon also picked up its first-ever victory over UC Davis, earning its first win in 13 contests all-time.

UC Davis scored the first four points of the game but it was all Grand Canyon the rest of the way. The Antelopes raced to an 18-6 lead in the first seven minutes as Kelly McRee and Erin Yiakos combined for 15 of those points. The lead grew to 29-10 midway through the half as the Aggies struggled offensively, committing 12 turnovers in the first 10 minutes.

UC Davis entered the contest averaging 84.3 points per game, but the it was the Antelopes with the firepower early. Scoring both inside and out, Grand Canyon hit five three-pointers in the half and outscored UC Davis 10-2 in the paint. McRee and Yiakos combined for 27 first-half points, many coming on the result of 15 first-half turnovers by the Aggies. Grand Canyon took a 44-31 lead into halftime, the largest first-half deficit the Aggies encountered all season.

The second half saw the Aggies shoot much better from the field, hitting on 53 percent of their shots, but it did not matter. The Antelopes connected on its first 10 shots of the half, pushing the lead to 25 at the midway point. UC Davis made a final charge late in the half, stringing together an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 11. But Jennifer Cobb hit one of her six three-pointers in the half to push the lead back to 14 and diminish hope of an Aggie comeback.

The Antelopes shot 73 percent from the field in the second half, including 10 three-pointers, as they scored a season-high 97 points.

"They played great. We hurt ourselves in the first half with our decision making," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson, referring to UC Davis' 15 first-half turnovers. "Offensively we were better in the second half and we tried to mix up our defenses, we just couldn't sustain our defensive execution." Kim Omer led the way for UC Davis with 22 points on the night while Ellen Porshneva added 14 points and six boards. Jennifer Decuir was the only other Aggie in double figures, scoring 13 with team-highs of eight rebounds and five assists.



The Aggies finished the night shooting 50 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the charity stripe.

McRee led Grand Canyon with 26 points and a team-high eight rebounds, leading four Antelopes in double figures. Yiakos finished with 18 as did Cobb, all coming in the second half. Grand Canyon set a school-record with 15 three-pointers on the night as it finished the game shooting 59 percent from the field and 52 percent from beyond the arc.

UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it returns to Recreation Hall to host Sonoma State. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.

UC DAVIS (9-5, 4-4 CCAA)
Kim Omer 8-12 2-3 22, Jackie Turpin 3-6 2-2 8, Jennifer Decuir 5-9 2-2 13, Jessica Campbell 1-3 2-2 4, Ellen Porshneva 6-11 2-2 14, Kimberly Smith 2-5 2-2 7, Lara Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Laura Thomas 3-10 0-0 9, Amy Glassman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 12-13 79.

Lindsay Lawson 3-8 0-1 8, Jennifer Cobb 6-13 0-0 18, Denica Davis 6-12 5-5 17, Kelly McRee 11-16 0-0 26, Erin Yiakos 7-8 3-4 18, Lisa Cass 1-1 0-0 3, Tiffany Yallup 0-0 0-0 0, Desirae Diaz 0-0 0-0 0, Samantha Pimentel 3-5 0-0 7, Kimberly Washington 0-0 0-0 0, Stacey Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-63 8-10 97.

Halftime: GCU 44-31. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 9-25 (Omer 4-8, Thomas 3-9, Smith 1-2, Decuir 1-4, Turpin 0-1, Glassman 0-1), GCU 15-29 (Cobb 6-13, McRee 4-7, Lawson 2-6, Yiakos 1-1, Cass 1-1, Pimentel 1-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 28 (Decuir 8), GCU 29 (McRee 8). Assists: UC Davis 19 (Decuir/Campbell 5), GCU 30 (Lawson 9). Turnovers: UC Davis 24, GCU 19. Fouls: UC Davis 15, GCU 10. Fouled Out: None. Att. 215.