Feb. 15, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii -
Sydnee Fipps scored 18 pts and UC Davis outscored Hawaii by nine points in the second half, but the Rainbow Wahine posted a 59-48 Big West Conference women's basketball win over the Aggies on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The loss dropped the Aggies overall record to 10-13 and their Big West mark to 5-7. Hawai'i, which got four three-pointers and 20 points from guard Monica DeAngelis, improved to 12-11 overall and 8-4 in the league.
Cold shooting stifled UC Davis in the first half when Hawai'i held the Aggies to just 22 percent from the floor (5 for 23) on its way to a 34-14 halftime lead. UC Davis held the Rainbow Wahine without a point for more than four minutes to start the second half as it tried to scramble back into contention.
The Aggies got to within 40-27 with nine minutes remaining but DeAngelis hit a three-pointer to keep UC Davis at length. Hawai'i rebuilt the lead to as many as 19 points before the Aggies were able to get within 11 at the final buzzer.
"Our production improved a lot in the second half but unfortunately we couldn't close the gap," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We are going to learn from our mistakes tonight, keep improving, and be ready to compete on Saturday."
The Rainbow Wahine disrupted UC Davis from the start, scoring five straight points to erase the Aggies' early 2-0 lead, its only advantage of the game. A 10-0 run over a two-and-half minute span of the first half built Hawai'is advantage to 17-6.
Fipps' layup with 7:11 left in the half was part of six straight points for her and cut the deficit to 20-12. However, Hawai'i outscored the Aggies 14-6 the rest of the way, held UC Davis without a field goal the remainder of the half, and opened a 34-14 lead at the break.
Fipps scored the first three points of the second half, Doherty added the next three and UC Davis forced a trio of turnovers as it slowed Hawai'i. The Aggies outscored the Rainbow Wahine 13-6 over the first 11 minutes of the second half before Hawai'i was able to stop the threat.
The Aggies shot 43 percent from the field in the second half and outscored Hawai'i 34-25.
Fipps hit 6 of 10 from the floor and the same from the free throw line while adding a team-high tying four rebounds. She also led all players with five steals. Doherty matched her with four boards while hitting five free throws and going 4 for 8 shooting, most of her buckets on nice double-moves inside.
DeAngelis was 4 of 9 from beyond the arc to help with her 20 points while Kamilah Martin added 10 points while completing the double-double with 12 rebounds. Hawai'i outrebounded the Aggies 39-26.
UC Davis will finish its weekend roadtrip with a 2 p.m. Big West game on Saturday at Cal State Northridge.