Feb. 7, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. -
UC Davis cut a 23-point deficit in the second half to just three points late in the game but Cal State Fullerton spoiled the comeback bid and held on for 75-69 win over the Aggies in a nonconference women's basketball game played at Titan Gym.
UC Davis lost for the fourth straight time, dropping to 6-16 overall while Cal State Fullerton improved its mark to 4-15. Ellen Porshneva scored a game-high 22 points for the Aggies while guard Laura Thomas hit four three-pointers and finished with a career-high 16 points. Andrea Adams scored 18 points for the Titans while Charlee Underwood had 17 and Audrey Taylor posted 12.
UC Davis trailed 60-37 with 13 minutes 22 second to play after Underwood hit a jumper but the Aggies outscored the Titans 28-8 over the next 11:22 to cut the lead to just 68-65 with just under two minutes to play.
The comeback was reminiscent of the Aggies' 76-73 win at UC Irvine last Dec. 11, a game in which they trailed 71-50 early in the second half.
Amber Pruitt's jumper made it 70-65 with 1:24 to play but UC Davis couldn't slice into the lead until there were 12 seconds left and Thomas made a pair of free throws. By then, the Aggies were being forced to foul and the Titans converted three free throws and a last-second basket for the final margin.
Thomas converted 13 of her 16 points in the second half, hitting a trio of three-pointers, while Porshneva had 10 points after the break.
UC Davis trailed 43-32 at halftime after taking an early 5-0 lead, then falling behind by 10 points at 30-20. The Aggies got back to within four points on a pair of occassions before Cal State Fullerton scored the final seven points of the half for its intermission cushion.
The Aggies went the final 2:36 of the first half and the the first 5:13 of the second half without scoring a basket as the Titans extended their lead to to 19 points, setting up UC Davis valiant comeback attempt.
The Aggies shot 54 percent from the field in the first half before finishing the game at 44 percent. Jessica Campbell
had 11 points for UC Davis also finishing with five assists.
"I thought Ellen and Jessica played extremely well," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson. "They battled the entire time at both ends of the floor."
UC Davis will return to action on Feb. 14 with a 7 p.m. game at The Pavilion against Cal Poly. The game marks the beginning of a season-ending five-game homestand for the Aggies.