DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis held visiting CSUN to just 36 percent shooting from the floor -- including a 29 percent clip in the first half -- and forced the Matadors into 23 turnovers on the day, as the Aggies avenged their only Big West Conference loss of the season thus far, rolling to a, 72-46, victory on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
The quickest team to reach 20 wins in the program's Division I history, UC Davis improved to 20-4 overall and 10-1 in league play, maintaining its game-and-a-half lead over second-place UC Irvine. Following up their 25-win campaign from a year ago, the Aggies have now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2009-11.
CSUN, which did not have a player reach double figures in the game, fell to 13-12 overall and 6-5 in the Big West. Terrin Sullivan led the way with eight points off the bench, while junior Channon Fluker, who entered the day averaging a double-double on the year, was held to just six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes -- her lowest scoring output since scoring only five points against Cal Poly on Jan. 7 of last season.
Junior biomedical engineering major Morgan Bertsch scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half on 8-of-11 from the floor, setting a new program Division I record for field goals made with 211 (breaking her old mark of 207 set last season), and moving into third on the all-time single-season list for field goals in the process.
The performance was also her 24th consecutive double-digit scoring performance -- also a new program Division I record, breaking her own mark of 23 straight from Feb. 18, 2016, to Jan. 5, 2017 -- while the 74 career double-digit scoring games are now second on the list by themselves, trailing Sydnee Fipps' mark of 80 from 2011-15.
Senior psychology major Rachel Nagel added 16 points on 6-of-11 from the field and four three-pointers, dishing out three assists and swiping four steals on the day. Nagel enters next week's games needing just eight points to reach 1,000 career points. Three other players (senior political science major Pele Gianotti, senior design major Marly Anderson, and sophomore communication major Nina Bessolo) finished with nine points apiece
CSUN opened with the game's first five points before an 11-2 burst -- keyed by a pair of three's by Gianotti and another from Nagel -- gave the Aggies a lead they would not relinquish with 4:53 to play in the first. Another Nagel three before the first quarter buzzer put UC Davis up six at the end of the period, and the Aggies led by the same margin just two minutes into the second before exploding for a decisive 12-0 run over a five-minute span that seized control of the game and put them up 18 at, 33-15, with 1:56 to play in the half.
UC Davis shot 64 percent from the floor in the second quarter while the defense limited the Matadors to just 4-of-14 (.286) from the field at the other end, allowing the Aggies a 23-9 scoring advantage in the period and a, 39-19, lead at the break.
The run continued into the third as UC Davis scored nine of the first 11 points and pushed its lead out to as many as 33 points on two occasions in the fourth quarter. The 26-point margin of victory is tied for the second largest of the season, trailing only the 32-point win at Pacific on Nov. 20.
While turning CSUN's 23 turnovers into 26 points for the good, UC Davis committed just six of its own on the night, tying a season low in the category with the six turnovers against nationally ranked Oregon State on Dec. 20 in Corvallis, Ore. Meanwhile, the Aggies dished out 21 assists as a team on their 27 made baskets, six of those coming from the hands of junior psychology major Kourtney Eaton, who moved into fourth place on the school's Division I single-season list with 109.
UC Davis' 15 steals were also a season high and the most since the Aggies swiped 18 steals at Cal Poly on Feb. 2 of last season.
A three-game home stand comes to an end on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 6 p.m., as UC Davis hosts Long Beach State in its annual "Pink Game" and celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day at The Pavilion. Please note the change in start time from the originally scheduled 7 p.m. tip off.
UC DAVIS 72, CSUN 46
CSUN (13-12, 6-5)
Sullivan, Terrin 3-6 0-0 8; Boagni, Tessa 3-10 0-0 7; Fluker, Channon 2-7 2-4 6; Shymkewicz, Lauren 3-9 0-0 6; Henderson, Meghann 3-6 0-0 6; Tanabe, Hayley 2-6 0-2 5; Louis, Juliana 1-2 2-5 4; Ramos, Claudia 1-2 0-0 2; Matthews, Eliza 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 19-53 4-11 46.
UC DAVIS (20-4, 10-1)
Bertsch, Morgan 8-11 1-1 17; Nagel, Rachel 6-11 0-2 16; Anderson, Marly 3-7 3-4 9; Bessolo, Nina 3-7 2-2 9; Gianotti, Pele 3-5 1-2 9; Nafekh, Dani 2-6 2-2 7; Song, Sophia 1-3 0-0 3; Hsu, Kaitlyn 1-2 0-0 2; Eaton, Karley 0-2 0-0 0; Eaton, Kourtney 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 9-13 72.
CSUN.......................... 10 9 11 16 - 46
UC Davis...................... 16 23 19 14 - 72
3-point goals--CSUN 4-18 (Sullivan, Terrin 2-3; Boagni, Tessa 1-4; Tanabe, Hayley 1-5; Henderson, Meghann 0-3; Matthews, Eliza 0-2; Shymkewicz, Lauren 0-1), UC Davis 9-25 (Nagel, Rachel 4-8; Gianotti, Pele 2-4; Song, Sophia 1-3; Bessolo, Nina 1-3; Nafekh, Dani 1-3; Eaton, Karley 0-2; Eaton, Kourtney 0-1; Anderson, Marly 0-1). Fouled out--CSUN-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--CSUN 43 (Shymkewicz, Lauren 7; Boagni, Tessa 7), UC Davis 25 (Gianotti, Pele 6). Assists--CSUN 13 (Tanabe, Hayley 4; Shymkewicz, Lauren 4), UC Davis 21 (Eaton, Kourtney 6). Total fouls--CSUN 12, UC Davis 17. Technical fouls--CSUN-None, UC Davis-None.
SAAC COIN DRIVE
Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC's receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.
PACK THE PAVILION!
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