Feb. 2, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Cortney French led all scorers with 20 points, tying a career-high with six three pointers, while Molly Greubel added 12 points, but the UC Davis women's basketball team fell to UC Irvine 70-57 on Saturday at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis drops to 9-11 overall and 4-5 in the Big West and sees its three-game winning streak fall at the hands of UC Irvine which picked up its first Big West victory of the season. The Anteaters are now 5-16 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
French's six treys matched her career-high mark set on Jan. 10 at Cal Poly.
Greubel's 12 points came largely from the free throw line where she went 6-of-7 and had hit 22 consecutive free throws until a miss with 3:26 to go. She also added five rebounds and four assists.
Camille Buckley led UC Irvine with 15 points and 22 rebounds while Jennifer Tsurumoto finished with 19 points, hitting 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
UC Irvine built up an 11-0 lead to start the game and held UC Davis scoreless for nearly six minutes until French drained a left side three at the 14:08 mark to put the Aggies on the scoreboard. The Anteaters held on to a double-digit lead until Molly Greubel stepped up to drain a three of her own and bring UC Davis to within seven at 17-10.
UC Irvine briefly took back a 10-point lead after Anete Klintsone hit a three, but Greubel and Marfone combined to score seven unanswered points for UC Davis to put the Aggies just three points back. Marfone got the scoring started with a jumper at the 6:42 mark, then Greubel followed with her second trey of the half and two free throws.
The Anteaters pulled away again to take a 25-17 lead with 3:40 to go, but French swished through a long trey to keep UC Davis within five points. French closed the half with her third trey and UC Davis went into the locker room trailing 30-25.
The second half began much like the first with UC Irvine using a 10-0 run in the first three minutes to go up 40-25. It was French who, again, provided the first basket of the half, sinking a trey at the 16:20 mark.
The Anteaters stayed on top by double digits until Emily Vann cut UC Irvine's lead to eight with a trey from the right side and the Aggies would hover within a single-digit deficit for the next few minutes.
French pulled the Aggies to within five after yet another three-point shot, followed by a pair of free throws at the 9:50 mark. UC Irvine pulled away again until French and Shinoda hit back-to-back threes late in the half to cut the UC Irvine lead to 60-57.
Shinoda's three at the 4:49 mark, however, was the last Aggie field goal of the half as UC Irvine closed the game on a 10-0 run, hitting 8-of-8 from the free throw line for the 70-57 win.
UC Davis continues its four-game homestand as the second half of Big West play opens on Thursday. The Aggies will host UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.