Feb. 13, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps notched her fourth-consecutive 20-point game to move into a tie for 13th on the school's all-time scoring list and led two teammates in double figures, but a late jumper by Cal State Fullerton's Chante Miles with 26 seconds remaining rallied the Titans from three points down to secure 65-62 win on Thursday night at The Pavilion.
The loss dropped UC Davis to 10-13 overall and 5-5 in Big West Conference play while Fullerton improved to 9-13 overall, 5-4 in league play.
Fipps, who had scored 21 points in each of her last three games, hit 7-of-12 from the field -- including 6-of-11 from three-point range -- and grabbed five rebounds in 33 minutes, passing Kasey Riecks (2008-12) and matching current Aggies assistant Des Abeyta (1996-00) among the school's top scorers with 1,080 career points. The six three-pointers were just one shy of the single-game record of seven makes from beyond the arc shared by Lindsey Jones and Karen Boisvert.
She was joined in double figures by junior Kelsey Harris, who nailed 4-of-6 from beyond the arc herself to finish with 14 points, and sophomore Alyson Doherty, who added 10 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Sophomore Celia Marfone added a team-high seven rebouds to go with five assists on the night.
Alex Thomas led all players with a game-high 22 points as the Titans sent only six players to the floor for the night, overcoming a 32 percent shooting night from the floor en route to the win. Chante Miles with 15 points was also in double figures while Kathleen Iwuoha (nine points, game-high 14 rebounds) and Samantha Logan (17 points, nine rebounds) narrowly missed a double-doubles.
The Aggies trailed by as many as five points with just under seven minutes to play as an 11-2 burst by Cal State Fullerton erased a four-point UC Davis lead and put the visitors up, 57-52, after Logan nailed a three-pointer and Thomas converted a 1-and-1 after drawing a foul with the ball in the air for an unconventional five-point play. Fipps answered the run with her sixth three-pointer of the night and Marfone scored inside to tie things up at 57 with 4:05 to play and force a Titans timeout.
UC Davis' momentum continued out of the timeout as a missed three-pointer by Fullerton turned into a three-point play by Doherty, who converted the free throw to put her team up three, 60-57, with just over three minutes to play. Tailer Butler and Thomas each followed with a pair of free throws to put the Titans back up one, but Doherty responded by being in the right place at the right time, tipping home a miss by Marfone for the seventh lead change of the night with 45 seconds to play.
However, Miles put home the eventual game-winner on Fullerton's next trip down the court, floating home her sixth basket of the night for the, 63-62, lead and Thomas added a pair of free throws with 7.6 seconds to play as the Titans' defense thwarted a pair of chances in the closing seconds to escape with the win.
UC Davis shot just over 42 percent from the floor for the game, but the Aggies were outrebounded, 40-36, for the contest, including 18-7 on the offensive boards.
After falling behind by as many as four points in the first half, Fullerton exploded for an 8-0 run -- five of those from Thomas -- to build a four-point lead of its own midway through the period. Back-to-back three's by Fipps and Harris turned the tide in favor of UC Davis and keyed an 11-2 run by the Aggies that gave them a 24-19 advantage with 5:14 to play.
Miles nailed a three-pointer to stop the bleeding, but Molly Greubel and Taylor McGuire added two more three-pointers and UC Davis, which held Cal State Fullerton to just 24 percent shooting from the floor in the opening period, carried a three-point, 30-27, lead into the locker room at the break.
The Aggies have the weekend off and won't return to the court until Feb. 20, when they take on Long Beach State in Southern California in a contest to be televised on ESPN3.