Jan. 24, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - Aniya Baker and Alyson Doherty scored 16 points each as UC Davis shot 60 percent from the field and a season-high 59 percent from three-point range and cruised to an 88-44 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at Titan Gym in Fullerton.
UC Davis improves to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big West while Cal State Fullerton drops to 7-11 and 3-3.
Doherty and Baker each set career-high marks in scoring with their 16 points as the freshman duo combined to hit 12-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range.
"Our defensive energy and focus helped us gets stops tonight and that fueled our offense," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "It was exciting to see each player significantly contribute to the win. We are a team that is continually getting better."
Cortney French added 14 points as every Aggie player registered points in the win. The senior also tied a career-high with eight rebounds.
Celia Marfone likewise matched a career-high mark with eight rebounds and scored nine points to finish just shy of a double-double. Doherty also grabbed six rebounds.
UC Davis' 88 points are a season high and the most for the women's basketball team since a 91-72 win over UC Irvine on Jan. 29, 2011.
The Aggie defense held Cal State Fullerton to a 25 percent shooting clip and limited the Titans to a 3-of-17 performance from beyond the arc.
The 44-point margin of victory is the largest for UC Davis since the 2001-02 season when the Aggies defeated Western New Mexico by the same score in Davis.
UC Davis hit its first four field goals of the game, including two from long range, and never looked back. Doherty sparked a 9-0 run with a jumper in the lane at the 14:08 mark. The Aggies held the Titans scoreless for nearly four minutes until Chante Miles hit a three.
By then, UC Davis was up 21-11 and would maintain their double-digit lead through the rest of the half. Celia Marfone added a layup with just 5:14 left in the game to give the Aggies a 15-point lead, their largest of the period.
With just 30 seconds left, Baker swished through her second trey of the half as the shot clock expired and UC Davis took a 37-22 lead into halftime.
The Aggies shot 55 percent from the field in the first half and made 5-of-9 from three-point range.
The hot shooting carried over into the second half as French sank back-to-back treys to extend UC Davis' lead to 47-29 with 16:11 left in the game.
Later, it was Marfone who beat the shot clock as she floated in a baseline runner at the 10:42 mark to give the Aggies a 58-34 lead. Fipps and French followed that with another pair of threes just a minute later and UC Davis pushed its lead to 30 at 66-36.
The Aggies closed the game out strong, holding off intermittent buckets by Cal State Fullerton while scoring their own in the 88-44 win.
UC Davis faces UC Riverside on Saturday at 2 p.m.