Big Second Half Lifts Bakersfield Over Aggies

Jan. 18, 2003

Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Diane Dittburner and Heather Garay combined for 53 points and 22 rebounds and the Roadrunners used a 25-13 run at the start of the second half to break open a close game as Cal State Bakersfield remained atop the league standings with a 95-82 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,059 Saturday evening at the Icardo Center.

With the loss the Aggies see their four-game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-5 on the season, 4-4 in CCAA play. Bakersfield improves to 12-1 overall, 7-1 in conference action.

It was a seesaw battle in the first half as both teams got up and down the floor. The Aggies took their biggest lead of the game midway through the first half when Sarah Allen's three-point play and two Colleen Turnbull free throws gave UC Davis a 29-24 lead. Bakersfield immediately answered with an 18-4 run, sparked by six Garay points. Allen scored the Aggies last six points of the half in the final two minutes to cut the Roadrunner lead to five at halftime.

The Roadrunners came out strong to start the second half, pushing the lead to 13 in the first five minutes. Dittburner led the way, scoring 10 points in the run, including two three-pointers. Bakersfield kept the pressure on as it increased the lead to 20 on three separate occasions.

The Aggies would cut into the lead late in the second half as Jennifer Decuir scored nine of her 15 points in the half. But UC Davis would have no answer for Garay and Dittburner as the duo scored 32 points and grab 13 rebounds in the half. The Roadrunners never let the lead get under 13 points in the half, capitalizing on 19 Aggie turnovers that were turned into 20 points in the contest.

"We battled to the end tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "I think we are one of the few teams that can run up and down the floor with them and I was pleased with how we responded early in the contest."



Allen led the Aggies as she finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, her fourth double-double of the season. Turnbull added her fifth double-double with 12 points and 12 boards, while Decuir finished with 15 and Kim Omer 12. The Aggies continued their hot shooting from the free throw line, connecting on 17 of 19 attempts.

Garay finished with 27 points to lead all scorers, along with 13 rebounds and two steals. Dittburner ended her night with 26 points, 17 in the second half, along with nine boards and six assists. Beccie Lutes finished with 16 points as she went to the line 17 times, connecting on 12.

UC Davis will continue its four-game stretch away from Rec Hall when it travels to Arizona next Friday for a meeting against Grand Canyon University. Gametime is set for 5pm, PST.

UC DAVIS (8-5, 4-4 CCAA)
Jennifer Decuir 7-23 0-0 15, Colleen Turnbull 4-10 4-4 12, Sarah Allen 9-20 7-7 25, Kim Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Kim Omer 4-12 3-4 12, Jackie Turpin 0-1 0-0 0, Kate Rosenberg 4-5 1-2 9, Cecilia Boje 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 31-78 17-19 82.

Janelle Mack 1-10 2-2 4, Beccie Lutes 2-9 12-17 16, Heather Garay 11-17 5-6 27, Diane Dittburner 8-14 7-9 26, Jasmere Kirby 3-5 0-0 6, Katie McElree 3-7 0-0 6, Ofolangi Mailangi 4-6 2-4 10, Karen Shun 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-70 28-37 95.

Halftime: CSUB 44-39. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 3-12 (Decuir 1-4, Smith 1-3, Omer 1-3, Turnbull 0-2), CSUB 3-14 (Dittburner 3-8, Lutes 0-3, Mack 0-1, Kirby 0-1, McElree 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 40 (Turnbull, Allen 12), CSUB 51 (Garay 13). Assists - UC Davis 13 (Rosenberg 4), CSUB 18 (Kirby 7). Turnovers - UC Davis 19, CSUB 21. Fouls - UC Davis 25, CSUB 18. Fouled out - none. Attendance - 1,059.