Feb. 6, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Kim Omer scored 17 points and the Aggies rallied from a six-point halftime deficit as UC Davis defeated Cal State Los Angeles 81-74 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Friday night in front of 1,148 at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 12-7 on the season, 7-6 in CCAA play. CSLA falls to 4-14 overall, 3-10 in conference action.
The Aggies scored the first four points but the rest of the half belonged to the Golden Eagles. CSLA took an 18-10 lead midway through the half with 13 of those points coming from Shanna Demus. The Aggies cut the lead to one at 31-30 with two minutes, 41 seconds left before the Eagles closed the half scoring seven of the final nine points.
Demus ended the half scoring 15 points to spark CSLA. UC Davis cooled after the quick start but stayed in the game thanks to 11 offensive rebounds that resulted in 11 second-chance points. Kimberly Smith, getting her first start of the year, had 10 first-half points to pace the Aggies.
In the second half the Golden Eagles extended the lead to 10 at 49-39 with Demus and Charmaine Utz combining for eight of the first 10 points. UC Davis answered with a 17-2 run over the next four and a half minutes, taking a 56-51 lead. Five different Aggies scored in the stretch, led by Lara Gray's six points. Back-to-back three-pointers from Jennifer Decuir and Laura Thomas pushed the lead to seven midway through the period.
Monica Tokoro, the CCAA's second-leading scorer, made a layup with 1:18 left to cut the lead to three, but Decuir responded with a driving, spinning layup of her own to make it a two possession game. It remained a two-possession game the rest of the way as UC Davis made enough free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
"I thought everyone contributed to this victory tonight," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "Jennifer (Decuir) gave us a great lift off the bench at both ends of the floor and Lara (Gray) did a nice job in her first start.
"In the second half we showed a lot of resolve and character," Simpson continued. "We got close a couple of time and then LA would extend its lead. We made smart plays down the stretch and hit some big shots."
Omer led four Aggies in double figures on the night as Smith finished with 14 points, two off her career high, and a team-high five assists. Decuir added 13 points, four boards, five assists and six steals while Gray ended her night with a career-high 12 points. Jessica Campbell grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with her five points.
UC Davis held a big advantage in points off turnovers, turning 18 Golden Eagle miscues into 29 points while CSLA managed just 12 points off 13 Aggie mistakes.
Demus finished with a game-high 24 points while Utz and Jaemy Oda each scored 12. Utz added nine rebounds while Tokoro, who averages over 20 points a game, finished with 10 and six assists. CSLA shot 50 percent on the evening and registered 27 assists on 31 field goals made.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.
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