Jan. 26, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps led all scorers with 23 points while Molly Greubel added 10 points as the UC Davis women's basketball team never trailed in a 61-49 win over UC Riverside on Saturday at the SRC Arena in Riverside.
After Thursday's 44-point win over Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis swept its Big West weekend series for the first time this year and improve to 3-4 in the Big West. The Aggies are now 8-10 overall.
"Once again, we got huge contributions from so many different people today," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "It is fun to be a part of a team that plays for each other and really buys into the total team concept."
Fipps' 21 points came on 9-of-14 shooting while Greubel went 2-of-5 from the field and hit all four of her free throw attempts. The duo were the only Aggies to attempt free throws in the game.
Emily Vann added a career-high eight points, hitting 2-of-3 from three-point range, while Cortney French had five rebounds in the win.
Defensively, Blair Shinoda had a career-high seven steals.
"I thought Blair Shinoda was huge for us defensively," continued Gross. "She set the tone with her pressure and did a great job of keeping our energy high throughout the game."
For UC Riverside, Natasha Hadley put up 15 points and grabbed six rebounds while freshman Brittany Crain scored 12 points, all of which came in the first half. Janelle Kearney grabbed 10 rebounds.
UC Davis also held Tre'Shonti Nottingham, the leading scorer in the Big West Conference, scoreless in the first half.
The Aggie defense held the Highlanders scoreless until the 16:42 mark of the first half while jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Fipps scored the first four points of the half before Celia Marfone added a basket of her own in the opening minutes.
From there, the Aggies went up 11-3 after Aniya Baker buried a three from the left side and UC Riverside would hover within seven points of UC Davis but would not get much closer. At the 4:21 mark, French grabbed an offensive board, then drove the lane herself to put UC Davis up 24-16 with 4:16 left in the half.
Late in the half, the Highlanders scored six straight, but Greubel swished through a baseline three and UC Davis was back up 27-20 with 2:16 to go before taking a 31-25 lead into halftime.
Midway through the second half, UC Riverside was within three points after Hadley banked in a shot, but Heidi Johnson dished out to Greubel for another three and the Aggies were back up 40-34 with 13:35 left.
The Greubel trey resulted in an 11-2 UC Davis run as the Aggies pulled away to a 51-36 lead with 6:16 to play. Nottingham finally broke up the Aggie run with a free throw over seven minutes after it started.
Down the stretch, UC Davis went up by as many as 16 points, taking its largest lead of the game on another Fipps layup with 2:37 to play before cruising to the 61-49 win.
UC Davis returns to The Pavilion for four straight games, beginning with a Jan. 31 matchup against Long Beach State.