Jan. 24, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Kim Omer recorded the first double-double of her career and the Aggies withstood a furious second-half Gator rally as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State 78-69 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1648 Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 11-5 on the season, 6-4 in CCAA play. San Francisco State falls to 9-6 overall, 5-5 in conference action.
San Francisco State came out determined in the second half, cutting a 21-point halftime deficit to six midway through the period. Chrissy Ridenour had nine points in that stretch as the Gators used an 11-2 run to get back in the contest. Jennifer Decuir stopped the Gator momentum with a big three-pointer on the Aggies next possession then Omer followed with a 17-foot jumper to push the lead back to double digits with eight minutes, 22 seconds left.
The Gators would not go away, capitalizing on 12 second-half Aggie turnovers that converted into 20 Gator points. Conversely, the Gators committed just two turnovers in the half, nine fewer than the first. SF State also crashed the offensive boards, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds in the second half that converted into a 19-4 Gator advantage in second-chance points.
The Gators drew to their closest point with under a minute to play following an Alex Brady jumper that made the score 69-65. The lead bounced between four and six points until the final seconds, but it never became a one possession game as UC Davis made the most of its trips to the charity stripe. With the Gators trailing and forced to foul, the Aggies made 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute. When Cristal Fernandez's three-pointer bounced out with 10 seconds left, Lara Gray pulled down the rebound, converted the resulting free throws, and the Aggies had their first weekend sweep of the season.
"I'm very happy to come away with two wins this weekend," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "We didn't take care of the little things in the second half and San Francisco never gave up. This is another good learning opportunity for this team. You have to play both halves in this league.
"I was pleased with how we made our free throws down the stretch and hit a few big threes to keep them at bay," Simpson continued. "There are not a lot of sweeps in this league and we'll take this one."
In the first half the Aggies used a 10-0 run early in the period to take a lead they didn't relinquish. The Gators held an early lead at 6-3, but they went scoreless over the next five minutes as UC Davis grabbed a seven-point lead. The Aggies extended the lead to as much as 23 in the half as they found the Gator basket early and often.
UC Davis shot 57 percent in the half, hitting 16 of 28 shots. Ellen Porshneva and Decuir each had 12 points in the opening 20 minutes to lead the Aggies. Defensively, UC Davis forced 11 Gator turnovers into nine points and held SF State to just 29 percent shooting from the field as the Aggies took a 42-21 lead into halftime.
Omer finished with 11 points, including her 12th straight game with a three-pointer, and a career-high 10 assists. Decuir led the Aggies with 22 points, while Porshneva finished with 16 points and a team-best nine rebounds. UC Davis shot 52 percent on the night, the ninth time this season the Aggies have made over half their shots.
The Gators were led by Cristal Fernandez's game-high 23 points, while Ridenour finished with 17 points. Brady added seven points and 10 boards for San Francisco State.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Los Angeles for a meeting against Cal State Dominguez Hills. at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.