DAVIS, Calif. — Junior Morgan Bertsch finished with a team-high 26 points to move into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list, and the Aggies spread the wealth with 10 different players in the scoring column on Wednesday night, lifting host UC Davis to an, 85-77, victory over Cal Poly in a battle of first- and second-place teams at The Pavilion.
Rebounding from their first conference defeat of the season, the Aggies improved to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in Big West Conference play, winning for the 11th consecutive time in league action on their home court.
Led by a game-high 34 points from Dynn Leaupepe, the Mustangs fell to 13-9 overall and 7-3 in league play, held to under 36 percent shooting from the field for the game — including a 2-for-13 clip in the third quarter.
Bertsch finished 11-for-18 from the field in moving past both Jessica Campbell and Staci Stevens on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,427 career points, notching the 14th 20-point performance of the season and the 32nd of her career, tying Sydnee Fipps for the most in a career in school history.
The biomedical engineering major from Santa Rosa, Calif., also moved into fourth place on the single-season field goals made list with 203, passing both Stevens and Carol Rische, while collecting her 23rd consecutive double-digit scoring performance to tie her own single-season record in the program’s Division I history.
Senior psychology major Rachel Nagel finished with 16 points on 5-of-10 from the field, while junior psychology major Kourtney Eaton added seven points, a team-high seven rebounds, and five assists, the latter bringing her season total to 103 — the third time she has reached the century mark in that category.
Trailing by just two points after the first 10 minutes, UC Davis finished the first half with five straight points thanks to a basket inside by senior design major Marly Anderson and a three-pointer by Sophia Song for a, 46-41, advantage at the break.
The Aggies then locked down on defense in the decisive third quarter, opening the period on a 10-3 run and holding the Mustangs to just two baskets while shooting 44 percent at the other end of the floor en route to a 12-point advantage.
Both teams opened the fourth hot from beyond the arc before UC Davis scored eight of nine points over a two-minute span, building a 17-point lead at 79-62 with 2:59 remaining and the Aggies never looked back. Cal Poly got within seven points with 23 seconds remaining, but 6-of-8 from the line in the final three minutes held stave off any Mustang comeback.
Senior political science major Pele Gianotti finished with nine points and two rebounds, moving her past Sarah Allen for 15th on the all-time scoring list with 1,091 career points, just 12 shy of Brenda Wyneken for 14th place. Meanwhile, Bertsch added five rebounds, five assists, and tied a career high with six blocks on the night, falling just one shy of the school single-game record shared by Paige Mintun (vs. Pacific in 2011) and Janae Henning (at San Francisco State in 2001).
UC Davis continues its three-game homestand on Saturday (Feb. 10) at 2:30 p.m., hosting CSUN in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team, which hosts Cal State Fullerton. It will be the second meeting with the Matadors in a week after CSUN handed the Aggies their first league defeat in overtime in Northridge on Feb. 3.
UC DAVIS 85, CAL POLY 77
CAL POLY (13-9, 7-3 BWC)
Leaupepe, Dynn 13-27 2-2 34; Basallo, Ayzhiana 4-8 2-2 12; Stahley, Dye 2-6 5-6 9; Leaupepe, Lynn 4-9 1-2 9; Anderson, Emily 3-4 0-0 8; Stanback, Devin 1-5 2-2 4; Fausey, Nikki 0-4 1-2 1; Smith, Jonni 0-1 0-0 0; Brown, Kirsty 0-1 0-0 0; Evans, Mary Kate 0-3 0-0 0; Wong, Kelly 0-6 0-0 0; Holt, Breezi 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 27-76 13-18 77.
UC DAVIS (19-4, 9-1 BWC)
Bertsch, Morgan 11-18 4-6 26; Nagel, Rachel 5-10 3-4 16; Gianotti, Pele 3-11 3-3 9; Anderson, Marly 3-5 1-2 8; Eaton, Kourtney 1-3 4-4 7; Song, Sophia 2-2 0-0 6; Hall, Cierra 2-4 1-2 5; Eaton, Karley 1-2 0-0 3; Nafekh, Dani 1-4 0-0 3; Bessolo, Nina 1-1 0-2 2; Hsu, Kaitlyn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 16-23 85.
Cal Poly...................... 20 21 12 24 - 77
UC Davis...................... 18 28 19 20 - 85
3-point goals--Cal Poly 10-30 (Leaupepe, Dynn 6-14; Anderson, Emily 2-2; Basallo, Ayzhiana 2-5; Evans, Mary Kate 0-3; Wong, Kelly 0-3; Leaupepe, Lynn 0-2; Stahley, Dye 0-1), UC Davis 9-21 (Nagel, Rachel 3-5; Song, Sophia 2-2; Anderson, Marly 1-1; Eaton, Kourtney 1-3; Eaton, Karley 1-2; Nafekh, Dani 1-3; Gianotti, Pele 0-5). Fouled out--Cal Poly-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Cal Poly 49 (Leaupepe, Lynn 13), UC Davis 36 (Eaton, Kourtney 7). Assists--Cal Poly 8 (Stahley, Dye 4), UC Davis 15 (Bertsch, Morgan 5; Eaton, Kourtney 5). Total fouls--Cal Poly 20, UC Davis 19. Technical fouls--Cal Poly-None, UC Davis-None. A-497
SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.
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