Feb. 8, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Shannon Taylor scored 15 points and 12 different Seawolves pounded the boards with at least two rebounds each as Sonoma State defeated UC Davis, 74-63, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,299 Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 13-6 on the season, 9-5 in CCAA play while the Seawolves improve to 13-6 on the season, 8-6 in conference action.
UC Davis held a two-point lead midway through the second half after Sarah Allen jumper at the 12:35 mark. But Sonoma would take control of the game over the next four minutes as they went on a 14-1 run sparked by consecutive field goals from Kelly Wetteland, the last a three-pointer giving Sonoma a double-digit lead at 56-45. The lead would grow to 15 on two occasions as Sonoma pounded the boards and seemingly came away with every loose ball. Sonoma came away with 26 second-half rebounds and held a commanding 38-20 advantage on points in the paint for the game.
Taylor did most of her damage in the second half as she connected on all four of her shots, all coming at key stretches, and grabbed four boards. UC Davis made one final run late in the game as it cut the lead to six following a 9-0 run with 4:12 left. But they would get no closer as the Aggies missed seven of their final eight shots, preventing a final comeback and dropping their fourth straight game against the Seawolves.
"They just outplayed us tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "Sonoma did a great job of competing all night, they had good production from their bench players and they did a nice job on the boards."
The first half saw both teams go back-and-forth with neither able to pull away Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball as there were a combined 28 turnovers in the first half. UC Davis held its biggest lead at 12-7 early on following a Colleen Turnbull three-pointer, but they could not extend the lead any further as Sonoma's Lacey Campbell answered with a three of her own to bring the lead back to two.
The Aggies held a 23-22 lead on a Jennifer Decuir jumper at the 6:23 mark, but it would be the last field goal the Aggies would have in the half. They would commit eight turnovers and miss their only three shots the rest of the half. The game stayed within range as UC Davis made six of its last seven free throws, entering halftime trailing by five at 34-29.
For the game Sonoma held a 45-34 edge on the boards and forced 24 Aggie turnovers. Neither team shot the ball well as Sonoma finished the night at 43.8 percent while the Aggies fired at a 32.7 percent clip.
Allen led the Aggies with 17 points and added seven rebounds while Turnbull finished with 15 points and a game-high 11 boards. Decuir finished her night with 16 points.
In addition to Taylor's 15 points, Domenica Curran added 12 points and seven rebounds and Julie Strong was the only other Seawolf in double figures with 11.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it faces Cal Poly Pomona in a road contest in Pomona. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.
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