DAVIS, Calif. -- Sophomore Rachel Nagel tied her career high with 20 points on a career-best six three-pointers and host UC Davis used a 22-2 run over a six-minute span between the second and third quarters to erase a two-point deficit and lift the streaking Aggies to an 80-56 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
UC Davis clinched its third straight win, improving to 15-9 overall and 8-3 in Big West Conference play, matching its win totals in both categories from all of last year. The Titans, led by a 20-point night from Jade Vega and a double-double from Michelle Berry, fell to 2-23 overall and 0-11 in league play, dropping their 23rd consecutive contest.
Nagel, who set a season high with 19 points in Wednesday night's win over Cal Poly, followed that up with her second career 20-point game, matching her best set against UC Irvine in the opening game of last year's Big West Conference Tournament. She hit 7-of-13 overall from the field and set a new career mark with six three-pointers in 23 minutes.
Sophomore Pele Gianotti collected her second 20-point game of the year, hitting 7-of-11 from the field and four three-pointers, while senior Celia Marfone chipped in with 12 in the win. Senior Alyson Doherty, who was honored for her 1,000th career point earlier in the year prior to the game, finished with a team-high nine rebounds and three blocked shots, the latter moving her into fifth place on the school's single-season list with 42.
After the two teams played to a four-point decision just a week earlier in Orange County, a 12-0 run that lasted nearly five minutes broke open a two-point game in the first quarter as the Aggies led by 11 points after 10 minutes. Fullerton answered, opening the second period on an 8-0 run -- a burst that grew to 13-2 -- and tied the game at 22 with just under six minutes to play in the quarter. The Titans hit 5-of-6 from the field -- including a pair of three-pointers -- during that span to claw their way back in it, and took the lead for the first time on a jumper by Berry two minutes later.
Trailing, 28-26, with 2:25 to play in the half, UC Davis made its move as a three-point play by Doherty gave the Aggies the lead for good, sparking a 9-2 run to end the half -- punctuated by a corner three from Marfone at the buzzer -- en route to a 35-30 halftime advantage, and the home team piled on with a 13-0 run to start the third quarter that put the game out of reach.
UC Davis led by as many as 18 points in the third, and grew the advantage to as many as 27 points late in the fourth en route to its 11th double-digit win of the season.
Freshman Kourtney Eaton tied a career high with seven assists, while sophomore Dani Nafekh added six more without a turnover, helping the Aggies tally 24 assists on 28 made baskets. UC Davis, which opened just 4-of-17 from long distance, finished with a season-high 14 three-pointers -- the most since draining 17 from beyond the arc against Long Beach State last season on Feb. 19.
UC Davis returns to the court next week, making the long flight to the islands to take on Hawai'i on Thursday (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m. HT, before returning home to take on league-leading UC Riverside at The Pavilion on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS 80, CAL STATE FULLERTON 56
CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-23, 0-11)
Vega,Jade 7-11 5-9 20; Berry,Michelle 5-16 4-5 15; Logan,Samantha 4-12 0-0 12; Craig,Dani 2-7 0-0 5; Tivenius,Amanda 1-1 0-0 2; Nubla,Lauren 1-2 0-0 2; Johnson,Dhanyel 0-0 0-0 0; Neale,Portia 0-3 0-0 0; Crawford,Madison 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 9-14 56.
UC DAVIS (15-9, 8-3)
Nagel, Rachel 7-13 0-0 20; Gianotti, Pele 7-11 2-2 20; Marfone, Celia 4-11 2-2 12; Bertsch, Morgan 2-3 4-6 8; Doherty, Alyson 3-8 1-1 7; Eaton, Karley 2-3 0-0 6; Nafekh, Dani 1-3 1-2 3; Johnson, Heidi 1-2 0-0 2; Beyer, Lauren 1-2 0-0 2; Eaton, Kourtney 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 10-13 80.
Cal State Fullerton........... 9 21 10 16 - 56
UC Davis...................... 20 15 23 22 - 80
3-point goals--Cal State Fullerton 7-22 (Logan,Samantha 4-11; Craig,Dani 1-3; Vega,Jade 1-3; Berry,Michelle 1-3; Neale,Portia 0-2), UC Davis 14-32 (Nagel, Rachel 6-12; Gianotti, Pele 4-8; Eaton, Karley 2-3; Marfone, Celia 2-5; Eaton, Kourtney 0-2; Nafekh, Dani 0-2). Fouled out--Cal State Fullerton-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Cal State Fullerton 32 (Berry,Michelle 11), UC Davis 38 (Doherty, Alyson 9). Assists--Cal State Fullerton 9 (Vega,Jade 8), UC Davis 24 (Eaton, Kourtney 7). Total fouls--Cal State Fullerton 14, UC Davis 15. Technical fouls--Cal State Fullerton-None, UC Davis-None. A-776