Jan. 30, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- Sophomore Alyson Doherty scored 20 points and had a team-high six rebounds for UC Davis on Thursday night but first-place Cal Poly picked up 26 points from Molly Schlemer as the Mustangs held on to beat the Aggies 81-72 in a Big West Conference women's basketball game at The Pavilion.
UC Davis, which also had 15 points from Sydnee Fipps and 10 points from Molly Greubel, fell to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in the Big West. The Mustangs improved to 12-8 overall and 6-1 in the league after also benefitting from 18 points by Kristen Ale and 14 from Taryn Garza.
Doherty finished 8-of-13 from the floor in 34 minutes en route to her second 20-point game of the season. She narrowly missed out on matching her career-high of 24 points set at Hofstra earlier this year while her eight makes were one shy of her career best, also set against the Pride on Dec. 7.
"I was really proud of Aly tonight, she stepped up and battled, and went toe-to-toe with Schlemer," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "(Schlemer) is 6-foot-5, she's got a big frame, and she's hard to keep out of that 'sweet spot.' Aly is becoming someone we're relying upon and she's showing us that she can get it done for us inside."
Fipps finished 6-of-15 from the field, adding four rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes before picking up her fifth foul with 48 seconds to play. The junior needs just three more points to become the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 for her career.
Greubel, in double figures for the fourth time this season, was an efficient 4-of-7 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, while playing nearly the entire game (38 minutes).
The Aggies trailed by eight points at halftime, 43-35, and fell behind by as many as 12 points in the early part of the second half after Cal Poly scored four quick points to force a timeout. UC Davis continued to chip away, eventually closing to within 63-62 with 6:51 to play after a three-pointer by junior Kelsey Harris and a layup by freshman Taylor McGuire.
However, Cal Poly responded with an 8-2 run to make it 71-62 just over two minutes later. The Aggies were within 73-69 with 2:09 left before Schlemer converted from inside the key and the Mustangs hit 6-of-6 from the line to close out the game as UC Davis wasn't able to challenge in the final minutes.
"This is a team (Cal Poly) that is 6-1 in conference, so it's promising to know that we're right there," Gross said. "It was a 10-point game, but I felt like it was closer. We can continue to improve, and that's the most exciting thing. We have so much room to get better and our players are committed to that."
Cal Poly shot 53.6 percent (30-for-56) from the field overall, including 55.6 percent in the second half. The Aggies also shot well, making 53.6 percent after halftime and 47.4 percent (27-for-57) overall.
Behind seven early points by Doherty, UC Davis pushed out to a 16-10 lead six minutes into the game, but a 20-3 run, capped by back-to-back three-pointers by Ale, put the Mustangs up 30-19 midway through the half. Cal Poly, which made seven straight shots during one stretch, extended the lead to 32-21 before the Aggies bounced back by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to climb within a pair with just over three minutes to go.
The Mustangs eventually went up by 11 again thanks to a 9-0 burst before McGuire's three-pointer beat the buzzer to make it an eight-point game at the half.
Doherty had 14 points before halftime, making 5 of 8 shots, while Ale had 16, including a trio of three-pointers. Fipps' 15 points brought her to within three points of 1,000 for her career.
Schlemer was 12 of 16 from the floor while Garza made 7 of 11. The Mustangs also outrebounded the Aggies, 34-26.
UC Davis will return to action on Saturday, hosting UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. The Gauchos fell at UC Irvine on Thursday night, 77-60.
NOTES: With her 20 points, Doherty has now reached double figures in each of her last seven games… Greubel reached double digits for the first time since scoring 11 points at Santa Clara on Dec. 18… Fipps' 15 points gave her double digits in her 11th consecutive outing… Doherty led the team in scoring for only the third time this season (two solo, one shared)… Doherty also notched her 20th block of the season and, with 47 for her career, needs just nine more to match Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 10th on the UC Davis all-time list.
CAL POLY 81, UC DAVIS 72
CAL POLY (12-8, 6-1 BWC)
Schlemer, Molly 12-16 2-2 26; Ale, Kristen 3-5 9-12 18; Garza, Taryn 7-11 0-3 14; Ofodu, Nwamaka 4-5 0-0 9; Ervin, Jonae 1-3 4-4 6; Elegado, Ariana 2-10 0-0 4; Balbierz, Beth 1-2 0-0 2; Gilbert, Hannah 0-3 2-2 2; Allen, Maddison 0-1 0-0 0; Lipton, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 17-23 81.
UC DAVIS (8-11, 3-3 BWC)
Doherty, Alyson 8-13 4-5 20; Fipps, Sydnee 6-15 2-2 15; Greubel, Molly 4-7 0-0 10; Harris, Kelsey 3-5 0-0 8; Marfone, Celia 2-6 3-6 8; McGuire, Taylor 2-3 0-0 5; Oryon, Idit 1-5 2-2 4; Beyer, Lauren 1-2 0-0 2; Yasukochi, Brianne 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson, Heidi 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 11-15 72.
Cal Poly...................... 43 38 - 81
UC Davis...................... 35 37 - 72
3-point goals--Cal Poly 4-13 (Ale, Kristen 3-5; Ofodu, Nwamaka 1-1; Ervin, Jonae 0-1; Elegado, Ariana 0-5; Balbierz, Beth 0-1), UC Davis 7-22 (Greubel, Molly 2-4; Harris, Kelsey 2-4; McGuire, Taylor 1-2; Fipps, Sydnee 1-5; Marfone, Celia 1-2; Johnson, Heidi 0-1; Oryon, Idit 0-3; Doherty, Alyson 0-1). Fouled out--Cal Poly-Garza, Taryn, UC Davis-Fipps, Sydnee. Rebounds--Cal Poly 34 (Elegado, Ariana 9; Schlemer, Molly 9), UC Davis 26 (Doherty, Alyson 6). Assists--Cal Poly 20 (Elegado, Ariana 8), UC Davis 13 (Marfone, Celia 4). Total fouls--Cal Poly 18, UC Davis 20. Technical fouls--Cal Poly-None, UC Davis-None. A-738