Feb. 7, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps led all scorers with 16 points while Molly Greubel added 14 points, but UC Santa Barbara held off a late UC Davis rally to claim a 60-52 win on Thursday in a Big West Conference women's basketball matchup at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis drops to 9-12 overall and 4-6 in conference play while UC Santa Barbara moves to 10-13 on the year with a 6-4 mark in the league.
Fipps' 16 points came on 5-of-13 shooting and a 6-of-7 performance from the free throw line. She also grabbed four rebounds and had two steals.
Greubel hit 4-of-7 from the field and knocked down 2-of-3 from long range. She also made 4-of-6 from the charity stripe as Greubel and Fipps combined to make 10 of UC Davis' 14 free throws.
"We can take a number of good things away from this game," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "At times, our offensive flow was very good and I thought we did a nice job of looking for opportunities in transition. Defensively, we were able to use great pressure to force turnovers. If we can do these things more consistently, we are going to see great results."
For UCSB, Sweets Underwood registered a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Nicole Nesbit and Angelei Aguirre added 13 and 12, respectively.
UCSB built up an 8-3 lead to start the first half, but Aniya Baker and Idit Oryon combined to pull UC Davis to within two points with 14:56 to go in the first. Baker slapped down a pass between two Gauchos and took it the other way for a layup, then Oryon tacked on a left-wing three and UCSB's lead was cut to 10-8.
From there, however the Gauchos used a 9-0 run to take a 19-8 lead with 12:05 to play until Greubel stopped the run with a trey. Five minutes later, she hit two free throws to spark an 8-0 UC Davis run that brought the Aggies to within three. Down the stretch of the first half, however, UC Santa Barbara outscored UC Davis 8-4 to take a 31-24 lead into halftime.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair until the 14:56 mark when a pair of free throws from Fipps set UC Davis into motion. Trailing 36-30, the Aggies pulled to within four after layups from both Doherty and Fipps while the stifling UC Davis defense held UC Santa Barbara scoreless for nearly six full minutes.
Greubel's runner off the glass put the score at 42-44 with 10:32 to go, then she hit a free throw and UC Davis was down just one. Melissa Zornig, however, hit a corner three to end the UCSB scoring drought and put the Gauchos back up by four.
The game resumed its back-and-forth nature with UCSB going up by five at 52-47 on another Zornig trey only to see UC Davis come back to within one with under three minutes to play. Shinoda broke up a two-on-one situation, batting down a pass between two Gauchos on the fast break, then lobbed a pass to Cortney French for the layup on the other end.
That was as close as UC Davis would get, however, as the Gauchos outscored the Aggies 8-1 in the final 1:12 of action. Six of the Gauchos' final eight points came on free throws.
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