Fipps Leads Aggies as Hawai'i Rallies for Win

Sydnee Fipps was just two points shy of a career-high mark, scoring 26 against Hawai'i on Saturday. (Mark Honbo)

Jan. 19, 2013

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds as the UC Davis women's basketball shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, but could not thwart a second-half comeback by Hawai'i and fell 71-63 on Saturday at The Pavilion in Davis.

UC Davis moves to 6-10 on the year and 1-4 in Big West play while Hawai'i improves to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in league action.

Fipps' 26 points were just two points shy of tying her career-high and came on 7-of-14 shooting in the first half and a career performance from the free throw line where she hit 12-of-14.

"Sydnee did a tremendous job of getting us going offensively," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "She's really tough to stop one-on-one. We have a number of capable scorers on our team, so we need to stay confident and keep our focus on continued improvement."

Cortney French added nine points while Aniya Baker and Blair Shinoda each had three steals.

Fipps opened the game with UC Davis' first three field goals while the Aggie defense kept Hawai'i scoreless until Sydney Hadyel made 1-of-2 free throws at the 16:48 mark. Idit Oryon's three with 16:05 to play gave UC Davis a 9-1 lead, then Fipps added another layup as UC Davis made 5-of-6 from the field in the opening four minutes.

Hawai'i came back with a 6-0 run to creep back to within four points at 11-7, but Oryon sank her second trey of the half to put UC Davis back up by seven.

UC Davis continued to hold off the Rainbow Wahine, even as Hawai'i scored five straight to get to within one at 18-17 with 10:10 left. Marfone swished through a trey of her own which sparked another few layups from UC Davis. Fipps' runner at the 7:43 mark put UC Davis up 27-19.



A 9-2 run from Hawai'i again brought the Rainbow Wahine within one with 4:08 left in the half. UC Davis pulled away again to go up 36-29 with under two minutes to play, but Hawai'i scored eight straight points down the stretch. Ashleigh Karaitiana sank a three with just 41 seconds left and Hawai'i took their first lead of the game at 37-36, which they carried into halftime.

The teams traded baskets as the second half got underway with neither team taking more than a four-point lead until Kamilah Martin hit a layup, was fouled and completed the three-point play with 7:27 left in the game to give Hawai'i a 57-51 lead.

From there Martin, who was limited to just two points in the first half, scored another four straight as Hawai'i extended their lead to eight at 61-53 with 5:51 left.

The Aggies pulled to within two just over two minutes later, but Hawai'i went on another run to take back a seven-point lead. Kalei Adolpho made a layup, then Karaitiana sank her second trey of the game. Martin added a layup at the 1:28 mark and Hawai'i was up 68-61.

Down the stretch, UC Davis got to within seven once again after Fipps made her 11th and 12th free throws of the game, but Hawai'i held off the Aggies for the 71-63 win.

Karaitiana led Hawai'i with 22 points while Martin added 18 points. She scored her 1,000th career point for the Rainbow Wahine, becoming just the 17th player in program history to achieve the milestone.

UC Davis returns to the road to continue Big West play, facing Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 24 and UC Riverside on Jan. 26.