Feb. 14, 2003
POMONA, Calif. - Marisa Lattin scored a career-high 38 points and the Broncos made 13 free throws in the final two minutes and 12 seconds as Cal Poly Pomona rallied for the 96-87 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 165 Friday evening at Kellogg Gym.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 13-7 on the season, 9-6 in CCAA play while the Broncos improve to 10-10 on the year, 8-7 in conference action.
The first half resembled a track meet as both teams pushed the ball upcourt at every opportunity. It was the Aggies jumping out early, taking a 13-4 lead in the opening five minutes. Sarah Allen scored nine of those points as she had her way underneath the basket. UC Davis would go cold over the next four minutes, converting just one field goal, allowing Pomona to tie the game at the midpoint of the half. The only thing slowing down the teams in the first half were the officials, who called a combined 27 first-half fouls.
Lattin caught fire in the final 10 minutes of the first half, scoring 11 points in that stretch. UC Davis went through another cold spell late, making its final field goal at the 5:30 mark, scoring just six free throws down the stretch as the Broncos took a 40-39 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Aggies came out strong, taking the lead following a technical foul on Pomona Head Coach Paul Thomas just one minute into the half. That began a 14-4 run over the next three minutes that ended with a Jennifer Decuir three-point play, giving UC Davis a 53-44 lead. Pomona answered with a 12-2 run of its own to take a 56-55 lead. Colleen Turnbull's 15-foot jumper two minutes later gave UC Davis its last lead at the 9:45 mark, at 63-62. From that point on it was too much Lattin and Alicia Hernandez as the two combined for 34 points in the half.
UC Davis would get the lead to six with 1:30 left, but they would be forced to foul and Pomona made enough of its free throws down the stretch the preserve the victory.
"We just didn't handle Pomona's defensive pressure and gave them too many second chances," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We did a nice job in the opening seven or eight minutes, but they were the aggressors after that point and we didn't respond back as well as we are capable of." For the game Decuir led the Aggies with 21 points while Allen finished with 20 and 12 rebounds. Turnbull added 18 points and five boards, ending a streak of five straight double-doubles. The Aggies committed a season-high 35 turnovers, compared to just 21 for Pomona.
In addition to Lattin, Hernandez finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals. Monica Armstrong was the only other Bronco in double figures with 16 points.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when they complete the two-game road swing with a 5:30 matchup at Cal State, San Bernardino.