Jan. 23, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Kim Omer scored a game-high 21 points and the Aggies shot 52 percent in the second half as UC Davis defeated Sonoma State 65-51 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1050 Friday night at Recreation Hall.
With the win UC Davis snaps a four-game losing streak to Sonoma and improves to 10-5 on the season, 5-4 in CCAA play. The Seawolves fall to 8-6 overall, 5-4 in conference action.
The Aggies led the majority of the half and held its biggest lead of the period at the 12-minute, 15-second mark, 16-7, following an Omer three. It was the 11th straight contest in which Omer has connected from long range. Sonoma chipped away and took its first lead since the opening minute on a Shannon Taylor jumper with 4:22 left in the half.
Both teams shot poorly in the opening half, however, Sonoma managed a two-point halftime edge thanks to 10 offensive rebounds. The Seawolves turned those into 11 second-chance points compared to just two for the Aggies.
The Aggies began the second half on a 13-3 run, erasing a two-point halftime deficit in building the lead back to eight. Jackie Turpin and Jennifer Decuir combined for eight of those points as the Aggies held their biggest lead since midway through the opening half. The lead grew to as much as 17 late in the final minute before a late Sonoma three from Lindsay King closed out the scoring.
The Aggies' success can be traced to its defense effort in the second half. UC Davis played a full-court press for much of the game and it paid off as the Seawolves shot just 30 percent in the half. UC Davis found its groove, hitting on 52 percent compared to just 39 percent in the opening 20 minutes. Omer did much of her damage in the half, scoring 15 points, including three from beyond the arc.
"We had a very good defensive effort tonight," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "In the first half Sonoma controlled the tempo, but we did a much better job in the second half defensively. Omer set the tone early and I thought we helped dictate what Sonoma did tonight and we haven't done that in recent games."
In snapping a four-game skid to Sonoma, the Aggies held the Seawolves to an opponent season-low 51 points.
Omer's 21 points marked the fourth time this season she has scored 20-plus and the third time she has led UC Davis in scoring. Decuir finished with 13 points and a game-high six assists while Turpin finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sonoma was led by Jessica Jones' 10 points, the only Seawolf in double figures. Lacey Campbell added eight points and a team-high seven boards. Sonoma, which shot just 34.4 percent on the night, also struggled at the four line, connecting on just 36.4 percent.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts San Francisco State at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.
SONOMA STATE (8-6, 5-4 CCAA)
Stephanie Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Shannon Taylor 4-7 0-0 8, Lindsay King 1-7 0-2 3, Natalia Worth 1-5 1-3 3, Julie Strong 2-4 0-0 6, Tara Whiteside 2-8 0-0 4, Maribel Ambriz 3-4 1-2 7, Lauren Perez 0-5 0-0 0, Lacey Campbell 4-6 0-0 8, Jessica Jones 4-11 2-4 10, Nichola Hester 1-4 0-0 2, Renee Riberdy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 4-11 51.
UC DAVIS (10-5, 5-4 CCAA)
Kimberly Smith 1-4 2-2 5, Jackie Turpin 4-10 0-0 8, Ellen Porshneva 4-9 2-2 10, Kim Omer 7-12 2-2 21, Jennifer Decuir 4-8 5-8 13, Lara Gray 0-0 2-2 2, Laura Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsey Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica Campbell 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 22-48 15-18 65.
Halftime: SSU: 28-26. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 6-9 (Omer 5-7, Smith 1-2), SSU 3-10 (Strong 3-3, King 1-2, Worth 0-1, Campbell 0-1, Jones 0-1, Taylor 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 34 (Turpin 10), SSU 38 (Campbell 7). Assists: UC Davis 14 (Decuir 6), SSU 12 (Taylor/Campbell 3). Turnovers: UC Davis 14, SSU 13. Fouls: UC Davis 14, SSU 16. Fouled Out: Whiteside. Att. 1050.