Jan. 29, 2005
STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific's Tina Sanerivi scored a game-high 17 points and UC Davis couldn't capitalize on a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds as the Tigers held on to down the Aggies 65-60 in a nonconference women's basketball game played before 950 fans at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday night.
The loss prevented the Aggies from posting consecutive wins for the first time this season, sending their record to a 6-13. The Tigers, who snapped a five-game losing streak, improved to 5-12.
Sophomore Ellen Porshneva scored 14 points for UC Davis, pacing four Aggies in double figures. Guard Kimberly Smith added 13 points, Jessica Campbell had 11 and Lara Gray scored 10. Guard Jackie Turpin had a game-high 10 rebounds.
UC Davis, which led by six points in the first half and by three points two different times in the second, trailed 63-57 with 31 seconds left after a pair of free throws from Pacific's Tanya Green. However, Turpin was fouled with 26 ticks remaining, making her first attempt but missing the second, a miss that was rebounded and put back by Porshneva, bringing the Aggies to within 63-60.
After Pacific's Jessica Brantley missed the front end of a one-and-one two seconds later, UC Davis came down looking for the tie but Campbell's made layup with 13 seconds on the clock was waved off by an offensive foul. Charity Czerwinski made two of four free throw attempts the rest of the way as Pacific held off UC Davis.
UC Davis committed 24 turnovers in the game, including 16 in the first half.
"Every time we got an advantage we gave it back" said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson. "I think this was the most disappointing game (of the year)."
UC Davis led 12-6 just over four minutes into the game, getting four early points from Campbell and Porshneva and a three-pointer from Gray. But the Tigers rallied to tie the game 14-14 with 11:46 left in the half and then went on a 13-2 run later in the half to turn a 20-20 tie into a 33-22 lead with less than two minutes to go.
The Aggies were without a basket for nearly four-and-a-half minutes during the the Tigers' run, before going into halftime only down 33-27.
Turpin's bucket with 15:15 to play tied the game 35-35 and the teams played even until a 5-0 surge by Pacific gave it a 47-42 lead with 11:36 remaining. Three different Aggies then scored as UC Davis tied it 49-49 with 8:24 left. UC Davis was up 55-52 with under five minutes to play but a 7-0 run by Pacific put the Tigers in front 59-55 with three minutes to go and the Aggies had to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Porshneva had seven rebounds to go with her 14 points while Campbell had eight boards. Turpin scored nine points - all in the second half - while grabbing her game-high 10 rebounds.
Sanerivi scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half and tied with teammate Carolina Ruiz for team-high rebounding honors with seven each.
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