Aggie Defense Shines In Victory Over Grand Canyon

Feb. 20, 2004

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Kim Omer led a balanced Aggie attack with 14 points and the defense did the rest as UC Davis defeated Grand Canyon University 65-54 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,431 Friday evening at Recreation Hall.

With the win UC Davis improves to 14-9 on the season, 9-8 in conference play. The Aggies also stretch their home winning streak to five. Grand Canyon, ranked No.5 in the West Region, falls to 14-8 overall, 11-6 in conference action.

The Aggies came out strong on the defensive end, holding the Antelopes to eight points in the opening 12 minutes. UC Davis raced to an 18-8 lead in that time but then struggled offensively, letting Grand Canyon back in the game thanks to a 15-0 Antelope run over the next seven minutes. Denica Davis scored the first five points to ignite Grand Canyon.

UC Davis trailed by three in the final minute of the half before a Jessica Campbell free throw and Kim Omer three-pointer just before the horn gave the Aggies a 26-25 lead at intermission.

In the second half UC Davis turned a one-point halftime advantage quickly into nine as Omer hit another three to start the period and Campbell added four points for the 34-25 lead. The lead hovered around seven for the next five minutes until Kelly McRee's three-pointer tied the game at 40-40 with just over 10 minutes to play.

That was as close as Grand Canyon would get to a victory as the Aggies went on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to pull away. Back-to-back three's from Laura Thomas and Kimberly Smith sparked the run and when Jennifer Decuir's layup at the 7:38 mark fell, her first field goal of the game, the lead reached double-digits.



Grand Canyon briefly cut the lead to six with six minutes remaining, but a Jackie Turpin jumper and a final three from Omer pushed the lead back to double digits where it stayed the rest of the night.

Last month the Aggies surrendered 97 points to the Antelopes and Grand Canyon shots lights out from the field, especially beyond the three-point line where they connected on 15 of 29 attempts. Tonight the Aggie defense limited Grand Canyon to just 3 of 21 shooting from three-point range, and 37 percent shooting in all.

"That was our best defensive effort of the year for 40 minutes," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "Our defense kept us in the game in the first half when our offense went cold. It's nice to win a game with defense and that's what we did tonight.

"I can't say enough about the job Jackie (Turpin) did on (Kelly) McRee and Jen (Decuir) did on (Jennifer) Cobb," Simpson continued. "They made those two work hard for everything they got.

Omer led four Aggies in double figures with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ellen Porshneva added 13 points and four boards. Campbell finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals while Decuir ended her evening with seven points, seven boards and a game-high five assists. Turpin added a season-high 10 points to go with five boards.

Lindsay Lawson led the Antelopes with 13 points while McRee added 12 points and 11 boards In their last meeting McRee, the CCAA's second-leading scorer had 26. Cobb, who torched the Aggies for 18 points last month in Phoenix, all on three-pointers, finished with eight points and went 0-9 from three-point range.

UC Davis continues its weekend homestand with a Saturday contest against UC San Diego. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.

GRAND CANYON (14-8, 11-6 CCAA)
Jennifer Cobb 4-17 0-0 8, Kelly McRee 4-15 3-4 12, Denica Davis 4-9 1-1 9, Lindsay Lawson 5-8 2-2 13, Samantha Pimentel 2-4 0-0 4, Lisa Cass 0-0 1-2 1, Desirae Diaz 0-0 0-0 0, Erin Yiakos 3-6 0-0 7, Stacey Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 7-9 54.

UC DAVIS (13-9, 8-8 CCAA)
Jackie Turpin 5-7 0-0 10, Jessica Campbell 3-10 4-7 10, Ellen Porshneva 6-10 1-3 13, Kim Omer 4-10 2-2 14, Jennifer Decuir 1-10 5-6 7, Kimberly Smith 1-5 0-0 3, Lara Gray 0-3 0-0 0, Laura Thomas 2-4 0-0 6, Lindsey Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Cecilia Boje 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 12-18 65.

Halftime: UC Davis 26-25. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 7-19 (Omer 4-8, Thomas 2-3, Smith 1-2, Campbell 0-1 Decuir 0-5), GCU 3-21 (Yiakos 1-2, Lawson 1-4, McRee 1-6, Cobb 0-9). Rebounds: UC Davis 39 (Campbell 9), GCU 38 (McRee 11). Assists: UC Davis 18 (Decuir 5), GCU 10 (Cobb/McRee 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 19, GCU 23. Fouls: UC Davis 13, GCU 17. Fouled Out: None. Att. 1,431.