Feb. 1, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Seniors Sarah Allen and Colleen Turnbull combined for 40 points and 31 rebounds and the Aggies used a 20-8 run opening the second half to put the game away as UC Davis defeated Cal State L.A., 97-72, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,144 Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
With the victory the Aggies improve to 12-5 on the season, 8-4 in CCAA play, having won eight of their last nine games. Cal State L.A. falls to 6-11 on the year, 4-8 in conference action.
UC Davis jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first four minutes and would hold the lead for almost the entire game. As would be the case for much of the night, the Aggie front line would dictate play. Allen, Turnbull and freshman Kim Smith scored early and often as the trio combined for 28 of the Aggies 45 first-half points. UC Davis held its biggest lead of the half at the 2:47 mark following a Smith three-pointer.
Kelli Kobayashi kept the Golden Eagles close as she scored 10 first-half points on 4-5 shooting.
In the second half the Aggies wasted no time as they used a 20-8 run in the opening six and a half minutes as the lead grew to 20. The Golden Eagles would never make a serious challenge after that point as they would never get the lead under 14. It came down to the strength of the Aggie post players against the quick Cal State L.A. guards, and the Aggies came out on top. UC Davis outscored the Golden Eagles 44-28 in the paint and had 17 second-chance points, compared to just eight for Cal State L.A.
"We played with a lot of energy tonight and the kids followed the game plan we laid out," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We had to adjust to (Cal State L.A.) because they are so good from the perimeter. We did a nice job of making them hit tough shots all night and that was one of our goals. Our post players made the difference tonight."
For the game Allen finished with 30 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Turnbull added her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 boards. She also eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for her career, just the third player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab over 700 rebounds. Smith finished a career-best 16 points while Jennifer Decuir added 15.
The Golden Eagles were led by Monica Tokoro's 19 points and game-high 11 assists. Tokoro, the nation's third leading scorer, was held to four points under her season average. Kobayashi finished the game with 17 points while Mary Toledo added eight points and 10 rebounds.
UC Davis continues its four-game homestand next Friday when it hosts San Francisco State at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm.