Jan. 26, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Lara Gray posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night, Kimberly Smith nailed five three-pointers and UC Davis shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, as the Aggies downed Sacramento State 74-65 in a nonconference women's basketball game at The Pavilion.
UC Davis snapped a four-game losing streak and improved its record to 6-12. The Hornets, who were led by 17 points from Kim Sheehy, dropped to 5-12. The Aggies' win was their second against Sacramento State this season, joining a 58-50 win on Nov. 27.
The teams were tied 25-25 at halftime but UC Davis went on 17-6 run to start the second half, making its first eight shots, and stretching its lead to 42-31. Jessica Campbell had nine points during the surge, including a three-pointer, while Gray had four points and Ellen Porshneva and Smith each had two.
After Sacramento State climbed to within six points on three different occassions, UC Davis built the lead back up to 52-40 midway through the half. The Aggies improved their advantage to as much as 62-48 with 7 minutes, 41 seconds remaining before the Hornets rallied to within 69-65 with less than two minutes to play, getting nine points from Tyeisha Brown during the run. Sheehy nailed all three of her three-point attempts after halftime, also helping Sacramento State rally.
A pair of free throws by Jackie Turpin with 43 seconds left help put the Aggies up 71-65 while Gray made a trio of shots from the charity stripe the rest of the way for the final margin.
"We had to grind to win tonight," said Aggie coach
Sandy Simpson. "In the second half, we finished chances inside
that we didn't in the first. We spread the court well in the second
half and got a few key defensive stops down the stretch."
UC Davis led 10-2 in the first four minutes of the game but Sacramento State responded and took a 12-10 lead midway through the half when Sheehy hit a trey. The teams were tied four times in the first half and neither team led by more than three points before settling for their halftime tie.
The Aggies shot 64 percent from the floor (26 of 50) during the game, hitting eight of 14 three-point attempts. UC Davis also tied a season-high with 22 assists, including seven by Turpin. The Aggies also held a 35-31 advantage on the boards.
Porshneva scored 18 points for UC Davis, Smith finished with 17 and Campbell had 11. Gray's double-double was her third of the year, joining similar efforts against Lousiana-Lafayette and Cal State Fullerton. Sheehy hit five three-pointers for the Hornets while Katelyn Ciampi had 14 points, Brown added 13 and Ashley Cadotte finished with 12 points.
"It's nice to get a win and we'll look to hopefully put together our first winning streak of the season on Saturday." said Simpson.
UC Davis returns to action on Saturday, traveling to face University of the Pacific for a 7 p.m. contest.
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