Jan. 31, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Colleen Turnbull registered her eighth double-double of the season and the Aggies used a 26-9 run midway through the second half to blow open a close game as UC Davis defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 81-66, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,013 at Recreation Hall Friday evening.
With the victory the Aggies improve to 11-5 on the season, 7-4 in CCAA play. The Toros fall to 5-10 overall, 3-8 in conference action.
It was a lackluster first half for the Aggies as they struggled to find the mark. After falling behind 9-2 in the opening five minutes, UC Davis went on a 9-0 run to take a two-point lead at 11-9. Sarah Allen led the way as she scored six points in the run as UC Davis grabbed its last lead of the half.
It would be a half of runs as both teams scored in spurts. The Toros built their biggest lead of the half following an Octavia Askew jumper at the 7:19 mark, giving CSUDH a 26-16 lead. UC Davis would answer over the next 6:17 as they outscored the Toros 14-2, tying the game at 30-30 with just over one minute remaining in the half. Nakeisha Perkins hit a jumper with :34 left to give CSUDH a 32-30 lead entering halftime.
UC Davis struggled in the first half, shooting just 26 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line. They stayed close as a result of 16 first-half turnovers from CSUDH that resulted in 14 Aggie points.
The second half saw the Aggies jump out early, going on 12-2 run to open the half. Jennifer Decuir scored eight consecutive points, the final coming on a three-pointer as UC Davis stretched its lead to eight at 42-34. The lead would grow to as much as 22 late in the game, although the lead would hover around the 15-point mark for much of the final 10 minutes. UC Davis shot 62 percent from the field in the second half as it broke the 50-point barrier in a half for the second straight game.
It was a team effort for UC Davis in the second 20 minutes as Allen and Decuir each scored 10 points, while Turnbull added eight and Amanda Mansfield and Desiree Evans-Claassen each added six.
"The defense really kept us in the game in the first half," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "In the second half we were able to force some turnovers early and that got our offense going. We shot the ball well in the second half: now we need to find a way to get balanced shooting throughout the game."
Turnbull ended her night with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Allen finished with a game-high 19 points, 13 coming from the free throw line. Decuir added 15 points and five steals for the Aggies, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Adriana Mendez led the Toros with 13 points while freshman Tameka Blue finished with nine points, four rebounds and a game-high six assists.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts Cal State L.A. at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm.
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