Feb. 9, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - An 11-0 blast to start the game and a key 12-2 run in the second half gave UC Davis needed fuel as the Aggies snapped Cal Poly's three-game winning streak with a 79-69 Big West Conference women's basketball win at The Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
UC Davis, which snapped a brief two-game losing streak, was led by 18 points from sophomore Sydnee Fipps and a career-best 18 from freshman Celia Marfone. Freshman Molly Greubel added 13 while freshman Alyson Doherty pitched in with 10.
UC Davis sported pink uniforms for the first time on Saturday as part of the "Pink Zone" promotion in support of breast cancer awareness.
The Aggies improved to10-12 overall and 5-6 in the Big West while the Mustangs, led by 22 points off the bench from Nikol Allison, dropped to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in the conference.
Senior Blair Shinoda had a career-high nine assists for UC Davis which had 20 on 25 buckets. The Aggies also canned 10 of 20 from beyond the arc, including two each from Fipps, Marfone and Greubel.
Two key runs, one at the start of the game and one in the second half helped UC Davis turn back the Mustangs. Marfone had two treys and Fipps had one to combine with a layup from Doherty that staked the Aggies to an 11-0 lead barely two minutes into the game.
Caroline Hughes hit a jumper a little later as the Mustangs rattled off nine straight to get close. Beth Balbierz's three-pointer midway through the half gave Cal Poly its first lead, 17-16. The game remained tight the rest of the half with five ties in the final eight minutes before Greubel's trey helped put UC Davis into a 36-35 halftime lead.
"I told the team I thought we started the game with tremendous energy, knocking down shots, and sometimes when you do that, obviously the other team is usually going to make a run at some point," said Aggie coach Jennifer Gross. "We had to overcome a little adversity throughout the game. We had a few lulls throughout that first half. The exciting thing was in the lockerroom at halftime I really felt like our team just believed in ourselves."
The Aggies led 41-39 four minutes into the second half before a 12-2 run, sparked by a three-pointer from Idit Oryon at the start and Shinoda's layup at the end, gave them a 53-41 advantage with 11:34 to go. Oryon and Doherty had layups in the surge while Fipps added another trey.
UC Davis enjoyed its biggest lead at 56-43 with 10:52 to go.
Thanks to an effective press which helped force 23 Aggie turnovers, Cal Poly rallied into single-digit deficits, getting as close as five points on two occasions down the stretch. However, UC Davis made 10 of 12 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to help keep the lead and pick up the win.
Fipps had a game-high seven rebounds for the Aggies. Cal Poly held a 40-32 advantage on the boards overall.
Allison made 9 of 15 from the floor and had nine rebounds for the Mustangs while Kayla Griffin had a game-high nine boards to go with a team-best six assists.
UC Davis ended a four-game homestand with the win and will now hit the road for games on Thursday at Hawaii and on Saturday at Cal State Northridge.