HONOLULU -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps finished with a team-high 17 points and Alyson Doherty added 11 more, but a 17-3 Hawaii run spanning the two halves erased a five-point lead and lifted the host Rainbow Wahine to a 64-50 victory on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
UC Davis had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped, falling to 8-10 overall and 3-2 in BIg West Conference play. Hawaii won its third-straight, improving to 8-10 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
Fipps had a busy night at the line, hitting 10-of-14 from the stripe adding five rebounds and two steals, inching closer to the 1,000 career point mark. The Mariposa, Calif., native needs just 18 more points to become the 16th Aggie to reach the milestone and the first since Kasey Riecks in 2011-12. Doherty hit 4-of-8 from the field and added four rebounds to join her in double figures.
Kamilah Jackson led the Rainbow Wahine with a game-high 18 points -- 14 of those coming in the second half -- hitting 4-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line after the break. Shawna Lei-Kuehu added 10 points and five rebounds to help a balanced scoring attack that saw every player who entered the game score at least two points.
UC Davis led by as many as five points at 19-14 in the first half thanks to a driving lay-up by Molly Greubel with just over four minutes to play in the period before Hawaii, which shot just 27 percent in the opening half, found a rhythm offensively to take a lead it would never give up. Marissa Wimbley nailed a three-pointer from the right corner to jumpstart an 11-3 run over the final 3:48 and the Rainbow Wahine carried a three-point, 25-22, advantage into the locker room at the break.
Hawaii picked up right where it left off to start the second period, scoring the first six points of the half to extend the run to 17-3 and the Rainbow Wahine never looked back. Fipps nailed a three-pointer to stop the bleeding and the Aggies hung around, whittling the lead down to 11 points on four occasions -- the last coming with 5:18 to play in the game after a basket inside by Celia Marfone -- but they could not get it down to single digits. Freshman Taylor McGuire added a spark off the bench with a pair of three-pointers, but the Rainbow Wahine defense clamped down, holding UC Davis to just four free throws over the final four minutes.
Fipps, Marfone, and Greubel, each added five rebounds to pace the Aggies, while Jackson finished with nine for Hawaii -- including five on the offensive glass to help the Rainbow Wahine to a 14-6 lead in that category.
UC Davis returns to action next week against the Big West Conference's Central Coast contingent, hosting Cal Poly on Thursday (Jan. 30) at 7 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Feb. 1) at 2 p.m.