Feb. 8, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore Molly Greubel set a school single-game record with 14 assists but host UC Irvine picked up 20 points and 13 rebounds from Methlyn Onogomuho, including a key three-point play late in overtime, as the Anteaters posted a 79-73 Big West Conference women's basketball win on Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies, playing their third overtime game of the season, fell to 10-12 overall and 5-4 in the Big West despite holding UC Irvine to just 37 percent shooting for the game and 27 percent in the second half. The Anteaters swept their two games on the weekend, improving to 12-11 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Greubel's 14 assists bested the previous mark that had stood for 24 years, breaking the record held by Sara Lillevand, who had 13 helpers at Cal State Stanislaus on March 10, 1990. She added four points, four rebounds, a block, and a steal while playing 44 minutes, becoming the first Aggie with at least 10 assists in a game since Kim Omer finished with 10 against San Francisco State in 2004.
Fipps added a team-high 21 points -- her third-straight 20-point game and the 11th of the season for the junior -- while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Senior Idit Oryon came off the bench to add a career-high 13 points (10 of those in the first half) on 5-of-7 from the floor for her first double-digit scoring performance of the season while junior Kelsey Harris added 12 points on a quartet of three-pointers.
Sophomore Alyson Doherty, held to single digits (eight points) for the first time since her return from illness on Dec. 28, finished with a team-high eight rebounds to help the Aggies to a 40-38 lead on the boards for the game.
Camille Buckley led all players with 23 points -- including 13-of-16 from the line -- and was joined by three teammates in double figures, including Methlyn Onogomuho, who finished with a double-double of 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
In a game that featured nine ties and 12 lead changes, it was a decisive 14-0 run by UC Irvine midway through the second half that turned the tide after a three by Oryon had given UC Davis its largest lead of the game at 60-50 with 10:17 to play. Buckley hit a pair from the line to spark the burst and back-to-back three-pointers by Lauren Spinazze, who finished with 12 points, and Madison McKenney around an Aggie turnover gave the Anteaters their first lead since the 5:50 mark of the first half.
Johnson finally ended a six-minute drought for UC Davis with a basket inside and a pair from the line by Celia Marfone tied the game at 64. Fipps' final basket of the game with 1:32 to go gave the Aggies their final lead in regulation at 68-66, but two more free throws by Buckley on UC Irvine's next trip down the court tied it up and UC Davis was unable to get a shot off in its final possession to force overtime.
In the extra period, Greubel's layup at the midway point of OT put the Aggies in front, 70-69, but the Anteaters scored the next seven points to forge a 76-70 lead with 1:14 remaining. Harris then buried a three-pointer from the left corner to cut the deficit to three, but Onomoguho converted a key "and one" with 15 seconds to play to put the game just out of reach.
UC Davis trailed by as many as eight points in the first half at 26-18 with 7:36 to play, but a 14-2 run -- which included four-straight makes from beyond the arc by Fipps, Oryon, and Harris (twice) -- turned that deficit into a four-point advantage, 32-28, with 4:37 to play. The Aggies led by as many as five in the closing minutes, but settled for a two-point, 42-40, lead at the break following a 6-for-6 performance from the line and a jumper by Tsurumoto with just under a minute to play.
Of UC Davis' 28 makes, the Aggies assisted on a season-high 22 of them as a team, topping the previous season best of 21 against San Jose State on Nov. 26, and the most for a UC Davis squad since they had 23 assists on Feb. 26, 2011 against UC Irvine.
UC Davis returns to the court on Thursday, hosting Cal State Fullerton in its only contest of the week at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.