Aggies Struggle To Find Shooting Touch In Loss At Sonoma State

Jennifer Decuir led UC Davis with 19 points Saturday night against Sonoma State. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
Jennifer Decuir led UC Davis with 19 points Saturday night against Sonoma State. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 14, 2004

Box Score

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Tara Whiteside scored 21 points and the Seawolves held the Aggies without a field goal for nine minutes is the second half as Sonoma State pulled away late for the 67-51 win over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday evening at Seawolf Gym.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 13-9 on the season, 8-8 in conference play while Sonoma improves to 13-8 overall, 10-6 in CCAA play.

The Aggies recent shooting woes continued as they connected on just 26 percent of their attempts in the first half. Sonoma scored the first bucket and never trailed in the game as Tara Whiteside, who scored just four points in the first meeting back in January, erupted for 12 first-half points.

The Seawolves led by as many eight midway through the half before the Aggies cut it to three at 24-21 following a Jennifer Decuir three at the six minute mark. Those were the last Aggie points of the half as Sonoma hit two more field goals to take a seven-point lead into halftime.

The second half provided little relief for UC Davis as again the Aggies went cold for long stretches of time. Following Laura Thomas' jumper at the 10:41 mark, UC Davis went almost nine minutes without a field goal as Sonoma extended a three-point lead to 14. Kimberly Smith's layup ended the drought with 1:44 to play, but the game was out of reach at that point.

"We didn't shoot the ball well tonight and struggled ofensively," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "Tonight we had more fight in us, but we couldn't take advantage of Sonoma's turnovers or when we got defensive stops. When you shoot 29 percent you are not going to win too many games."

The Aggies finished the night connecting on just 28.6 percent of its shots from the field, a season-low.Decuir led UC Davis with 19 points while Lara Gray came off the bench for 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds. Smith was the only other Aggie in double figures with 10.



UC Davis managed just 16 field goals for the night and recorded a season-low five assists.

Whiteside added six rebounds and three assists to her 21 points with Jessica Jones adding 10 points for the Seawolves. Sonoma shot 52 percent in the second half and finished the game at 46 percent.

UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it returns to Recreation Hall to face Grand Canyon. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.

UC DAVIS (13-9, 8-8 CCAA)
Kim Omer 0-4 0-0 0, Jackie Turpin 0-1 0-0 0, Jennifer Decuir 7-19 4-4 19, Jessica Campbell 1-5 0-0 2, Ellen Porshneva 1-8 6-6 8, Kimberly Smith 3-8 3-4 10, Lara Gray 3-8 4-6 10, Laura Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Lindsey Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Cecilia Boje 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-56 17-20 51.

SONOMA STATE (13-8, 10-6 CCAA)
Tara Whiteside 7-10 6-6 21, Julie Strong 2-6 0-0 5, Lacey Campbell 3-7 0-0 7, Shannon Taylor 3-4 2-2 8, Jessica Jones 4-9 2-2 10, Natalia Worth 0-2 0-0 0, Maribel Ambriz 3-8 0-0 8, Stephanie Scott 1-1 0-0 2, Juliana Naldi 1-5 0-0 2, Nichola Hester 0-0 0-1 0, Renee Riberdy 2-3 0-0 4, Lindsay King 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 10-11 67.

Halftime: SSU 28-21. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 2-12 (Decuir 1-3, Smith 1-5, Thomas 0-1, Omer 0-3), SSU 5-12 (Ambriz 2-3, Campbell 1-2, Whiteside 1-2, Strong 1-3, King 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 33 (Gray 8), SSU 39 (Campbell 9). Assists: UC Davis 5 (Decuir 3), SSU 16 (Campbell 7). Turnovers: UC Davis 17, SSU 20. Fouls: UC Davis 16, SSU 17. Fouled Out: None. Att. 302