Feb. 14, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Ellen Porshneva and Kimberly Smith each scored 18 points for UC Davis as the Aggies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 71-66 win over Cal Poly on Monday night before 402 fans at The Pavilion.
The Aggies improved to 7-16 with the win while Cal Poly lost its sixth straight game and fell to 9-12. The victory was the first for UC Davis over a Big West Conference team since a 70-55 win against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 8. UC Davis joins the Big West beginning in 2007-08.
Lara Gray scored 17 points for the Aggies, while Jessica Campbell added 11. UC Davis also tied the school record for most three-pointers made in a season when Smith hit her third trey of the game in the second half. The Aggies have made 144 this season, tying the mark set last year. Heidi Wittstrom scored 16 points to lead Cal Poly while Courtney Cameron had four three-pointers and finished with 12 points.
The Aggies led 48-38 with 13 minutes, 41 seconds remaining on Monday before the Mustangs rallied to within two points at 56-54 with 8:56 to go. However, four points by Porshneva and two more by Campbell helped UC Davis rebuild the lead to eight points. Cal Poly closed to 68-66 with 1:34 to play on a three-pointer by Cameron but a layup by Gray with 1:08 left and a free throw from Jackie Turpin with 26 seconds to go helped give UC Davis the win.
The teams were tied three times in the opening minutes before the Aggies took an 8-7 lead on a free throw by Smith. UC Davis didn't trail the rest of the game. Campbell's layup just past the midway point of the first half gave the Aggies an eight-point lead at 21-13, a lead they would match two more times before settling for a 32-26 halftime advantage.
Gray had 11 points before the break to pace UC Davis while Smith posted four assists.
Leading 38-36 early in the second half, UC Davis went on an 8-0 run - fueled by six points from Porshneva - to go up 46-36 just over five minutes into the second half. The Aggies again led by 10 at 48-38 before Cal Poly rallied to 56-54 after a three-pointer by guard Sparkle Anderson with just under nine minutes to play.
UC Davis continued to lead the rest of the way, despite the Mustangs keeping their deficit to six points or less during the final four minutes.
"Cal Poly didn't give up," said UC Davis coach Sandy Simpson. "They just couldn't get over the hump. And that could've been us on the road (recently).
"We made big plays when we had to."
UC Davis had 17 assists in the game, including six by Porshneva, who also had three blocks and a steal. Five of her assists came in the second half.
"I thought Ellen made some great passes out of the high-post set," said Simpson, whose team avenged a 69-62 loss to Cal Poly on Jan. 15 in San Luis Obispo.
UC Davis shot 50 percent (26 of 52) from the field while the Mustangs converted 38 percent (28 of 73) despite taking 21 more shots than the Aggies.
UC Davis will host UC Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m.