Jan. 22, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Aisha Hollans scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the first
half on Saturday night, pacing four 49ers in double figures, as
Long Beach State opened a double-digit lead in the first half
and never looked back in a 73-47 nonconference women's basketball
win played before 895 fans at The Pyramid.
UC Davis lost for the fourth consecutive time, falling to 5-12.
Long Beach State, currently in first place in the Big West Conference,
won its seventh straight game and is 11-4. Kimberly Smith hit
three three-pointers and scored 13 points for the Aggies and was
the lone UC Davis player in double figures.
The Aggies enjoyed a brief 3-2 lead against the 49ers on Saturday
after Ellen Porshneva hit a three-pointer less than a minute into
the game. However, tied at 5-5, Long Beach State embarked on a
17-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 22-7 lead with
9 minutes, 34 seconds left in the half. Hollans had 12 points
during that uprising, scoring on four jumpers and a pair of layups.
UC Davis responded with a 6-0 run of its own, fueled by a pair
of three-pointers from Amy Glassman that made it 22-13, but Long
Beach State opened the lead to 36-18 before settling for a 36-23
lead at halftime after the Aggies rallied late. The 49ers used
good defensive pressure against the Aggies, forcing 14 UC Davis
turnovers before halftime.
"They did a nice a job forcing us to start our offense farther
from the basket, (better) than any other team we've faced this
season," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson. "We had trouble
finding any flow in the game."
A pair of free throws by Smith cut the lead to just 36-25 early
in the second half, but a 14-4 surge by Long Beach State opened
the lead to 50-28 with 13:18 to play. Five different 49ers scored
during the run, including four points each from Candice Wilson
and Petra Glaser.
The lead grew to as much as 18 points before UC Davis was able
to climb to within 62-44 after a three-pointer from Smith with
just over five minutes to play. Long Beach State enjoyed its biggest
lead at 73-44 with 1:54 to go.
"I thought there was a stretch (in the game) where we were
able to do what we wanted but then Long Beach State stepped up
the pressure," said Simpson.
Hollans - a transfer from USC - finished 9 of 15 from the floor
for her 18 points, while center Petra Glaser finished with 10
points and 11 rebounds, recording the double-double. Guard Crystal
McCutcheon had 15 points for Long Beach State while Candice Wilson
Long Beach State held a 44-28 advantage on the boards and capitalized
on 29 Aggie turnovers. Glassman hit a trio of three-pointers and
finished with nine points off the bench while Porshneva also had
nine points. Post Lara Gray led UC Davis with a team-high eight
UC Davis returns to action on Wednesday when the Aggies host
Sacramento State at The Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Aggies beat the
Hornets 58-50 at Sacramento State on Nov. 30.