Feb. 7, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Jennifer Decuir scored a season-high 28 points and the Aggies turned 26 Gator turnovers into 26 points as UC Davis won for the ninth time in its last 10 games with a 74-52 victory over San Francisco State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,031 Friday evening at Rec Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 13-5 on the season, 9-4 in CCAA play while the Gators fall to 8-10 overall, 4-9 in conference action.
UC Davis took control of the game midway through the first half when it went on a 19-4 run as the Gators went cold from the field. SF State took an early lead at 10-7 following a three-pointer from Shryah Thomas at the 15:54 mark. It would be their last field goal for almost 10 minutes.
The Aggies capitalized by scoring 19 of the next 23 points as Decuir did much of the damage, pouring in 11 of her 15 first-half points in that stretch. While the Aggies were rolling, the Gators could not find the basket. They would miss 15 consecutive shots from the field and commit seven turnovers as they went 9:26 between field goals. They managed just two Chrissy Ridenour free throws in that span before Jennifer Kutz ended the drought with a jumper at the 6:27 mark.
The basket sparked a mini 10-0 run for the Gators as they clawed back into the game. The Aggies would end the half on a 10-2 run of their own, taking a 36-24 lead into halftime.
UC Davis pushed the lead back to 14 after the opening six minutes of the second half as Decuir scored the first eight of the half and 13 of UC Davis' first 15. The Gators would not go away as they cut the lead back to seven at the midway point of the half, but they would get no closer as a 14-1 run over the next five minutes put the game out of reach.
"This was a good win for us," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We came out strong to start the game and then they came back. I thought we did a great job in our transition from defense to offense in the first half and that helped get us the lead.
"Jennifer was really good tonight," Simpson continued. "She was smooth, didn't force shots, and finished strong. It was a great effort."
In addition to her game-high 28 points, Decuir added three rebounds, four assists and three steals while Colleen Turnbull finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, her ninth double-double of the season. The Aggie defense held the Gators to just .311 field goal shooting and converted 17 of 18 free throw attempts (.944) on their end.
The Gators were paced by Ridenour's 15 points and seven boards while Kutz added 13 points and 10 boards.
UC Davis conclude's its four-game homestand with a meeting against Sonoma State tomorrow night. Gametime is set for 6pm.
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