Aggies battle CSUN in road OT thriller

Feb. 3, 2018

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior Morgan Bertsch finished with a game-high 25 points and eight rebounds to pace three players in double figures, and visiting UC Davis staged a huge second half rally to erase a 12-point third-quarter deficit before falling in overtime, 75-71, to CSUN on Saturday evening at The Matadome.

The Aggies suffered their first Big West Conference defeat of the year in falling to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in league play, snapping an eight-game winning streak and ending a run of 18 consecutive conference regular season wins dating back to last season. The Matadors, led by double-doubles from Channon Fluker (22 points, 20 rebounds) and Tessa Boagni (15 points, 10 rebounds), finished with four players in double figures, improving to 13-10 overall and 6-3 in the Big West.

Bertsch, a biomedical engineering major, finished 10-of-22 from the floor en route to her game-high total, passing Paige Mintun and moving into sole possession of fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,401 career points — standing second on the school’s Division I scoring list and just 12 shy of matching Jessica Campbell for fourth on the all-time list. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native also moved into sixth on the single-season list for field goals made with 192, passing both Sydnee Fipps and Mintun in the process, playing in a career-high 41 minutes.

Senior political science major Pele Gianotti, who played a career-high 40 minutes of her own, added 11 points and seven rebounds, with three of her four makes coming from beyond the arc, moving past assistant coach Des Abeyta and into 16th on the all-time scoring list with 1,082 career points. She needs seven more to match Sarah Allen for 15th.

Senior design major Marly Anderson was the third Aggie in double figures, adding 10 points in her first start of the season — including a pair of makes from beyond the arc — while adding six rebounds.

Down by six after one quarter, the Aggies’ withstood a late second-quarter burst from CSUN that ballooned a one-point, 21-20, game into a 35-24 Matador advantage thanks to a 14-4 run that nearly put the game away early. UC Davis, however, closed the first half in style scoring the next six consecutive points before a Fluker lay-up at the end of the half made it a 37-30 game at the break.

That deficit grew to as many as 12 after the break as the Matadors extended their advantage to 12 points early in the third quarter after scoring eight of the first 11 points in the period, before the UC Davis offense found a rhythm. Anderson’s three-pointer from the top of the arc sparked a 13-4 run that made it a three-point, 49-46, game with 4:10 to play in the period. The Aggies’ defense then held CSUN to without a field goal for the final 4:58 of the period, hanging tough at 51-48 after three.

The fourth quarter saw UC Davis continue to chip away, tying the game out of the gate in the fourth quarter on a three by Dani Nafekh and trading points with the Matadors to remain tied at 55-all with 6:11 to play. A Boagni free throw and a three-pointer from Claudia Ramos made it a four-point game, but the Aggies did not go quietly, getting a lay-up inside by Bartsch and a three-pointer by Gianotti from the corner to give them their first lead since the first quarter at 60-59 with 4:16 to play.

Another basket by Boagni and a 1-for-2 trip to the line by Fluker put the home team up two, but UC Davis found Bartsch in the post once again, and the junior went to work, tying the game at 62. After a Fluker miss on the Matadors’ next possession and a turnover, the Aggies had a chance to win it in regulation, but Gianotti’s three-pointer was short, giving CSUN another chance with 33 seconds to play.

However, the Aggies came up with a pair of stops after a Matadors’ timeout as Boagni was off the mark on a 10-footer and Ramos’ three-pointer following an offensive rebound was wide as the horn sounded sending the game to overtime tied at 62.

In the extra period, a pair of driving lay-ups by Hayley Tanabe pushed CSUN out to a quick four-point lead before Anderson answered with her second trey of the night from the left corner. Back-to-back baskets by Fluker gave the Matadors a five-point advantage, but UC Davis hung in, hitting four straight from the line by Bartsch and Kourtney Eaton to make it a one-point game once again, fouling Fluker out of the game in the process.

Despite the CSUN star on the bench, however, the Aggies were unable to get any closer as Lauren Shymkewicz found room inside for a bucket and Meghann Henderson nailed two from the line for a five-point lead with 22 seconds remaining. Bertsch scored inside with :19 left to make it a one-possession game, but a pair of turnovers led to a Tanabe trip to the line, who hit 1-of-2 to ice the victory.

UC Davis was held to just 38 percent shooting for the game, but shot 42 percent in the fourth quarter to power the comeback. The Matadors, who out-rebounded the Aggies, 50-38, for the game behind 30 combined caroms from Fluker and Boagni, shot just over 39 percent, and held a, 42-26, advantage in the paint.

A three-game homestead awaits UC Davis over the next two weeks as the Aggies play host to Cal Poly on Wednesday (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m., before hosting CSUN in a quick rematch on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 2:30 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team.


UC DAVIS (18-4, 8-1 BWC)
Bertsch, Morgan 10-22 5-7 25; Gianotti, Pele 4-11 0-0 11; Anderson, Marly 4-10 0-0 10; Eaton, Kourtney 2-3 2-2 8; Nafekh, Dani 2-8 0-0 6; Bessolo, Nina 1-3 2-2 5; Nagel, Rachel 1-5 0-0 3; Hall, Cierra 0-2 3-4 3. Totals 24-64 12-15 71.

CSUN (13-10, 6-3 BWC)
Fluker, Channon 8-17 6-7 22; Boagni, Tessa 6-14 2-3 15; Ramos, Claudia 4-9 0-0 12; Henderson, Meghann 3-12 3-4 11; Tanabe, Hayley 4-12 1-2 9; Shymkewicz, Lauren 2-2 0-0 4; Sullivan, Terrin 1-3 0-0 2; Matthews, Eliza 0-2 0-2 0; Nate, Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-71 12-18 75.

UC Davis......................   12   18   18   14    9  -   71
CSUN..........................   18   19   14   11   13  -   75

3-point goals--UC Davis 11-27 (Gianotti, Pele 3-8; Eaton, Kourtney 2-3; Anderson, Marly 2-2; Nafekh, Dani 2-7; Nagel, Rachel 1-4; Bessolo, Nina 1-3), CSUN 7-18 (Ramos, Claudia 4-8; Henderson, Meghann 2-7; Boagni, Tessa 1-1; Sullivan, Terrin 0-1; Tanabe, Hayley 0-1). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, CSUN-Fluker, Channon. Rebounds--UC Davis 38 (Bertsch, Morgan 8), CSUN 50 (Fluker, Channon 20). Assists--UC Davis 18 (Nafekh, Dani 5), CSUN 19 (Tanabe, Hayley 7; Henderson, Meghann 7). Total fouls--UC Davis 14, CSUN 12. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, CSUN-None. A-356

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