Feb. 20, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps finished with a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to lead three Aggies in double figures, but host Long Beach State finished the game on a 12-3 run to lead the 49ers to a come-from-behind 65-62 win on Thursday night at The Walter Pyramid.
Fipps hit 6-of-12 from the floor in 35 minutes to log her fourth double-double of the year for UC Davis (10-14 overall, 5-6 in the Big West Conference), which shot 43 percent for the game, but suffered its third-straight loss. Fipps' 15 points moved her past Sarah Allen (1998-03) and into 12th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,095 points -- just eight shy of Brenda Wyneken (1981-84) for No. 11.
Lauren Spargo finished with a game-high 16 points for the 49ers (15-11, 7-5), who suited up only seven healthy players on the night in winning for the third time in the last four contests, avenging a last-second loss to the Aggies back on Jan. 11 in Northern California.
Trailing by four at the break, UC Davis came out of the locker room on fire, opening the second period with a 12-4 run to turn a six-point deficit into a four-point lead with just 3:30 gone in the half. UC Davis withstood a Long Beach State assault, getting a pair of key three-pointers with the 49ers closing in to build a seven-point advantage at 56-49 with just under seven minutes to play in the contest and the Aggies were up six points, 59-53, with 4:26 to play.
That's when the 49ers found their second-wind, scoring seven of the next nine points before Ella Clark's three-pointer with 58 seconds to play brought Long Beach State all the way back and she added a short jumper off a steal for the decisive points as the Aggies were held without a field goal over the final two minutes of the game.
Both teams were sluggish to start with neither team leading by more than three points through the first nine minutes until Harris drained her second three-pointer of the game to put the Aggies up four, 18-14, with 10:56 to go. The teams traded baskets and UC Davis built a 23-19 lead with 8:45 to go before Long Beach rallied to take the lead at the break.
Anna Kim's jumper started a 9-0 run for the 49ers to go up five, 28-23, with 5:51 to play, and Long Beach State finished with a 13-5 run to go up, 32-28, at the end of the period.
The 49ers out-rebounded the Aggies, 40-31, including a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass, rebounding from a 38 percent shooting performance in the opening half to hit on 47 percent from the floor during their second-half rally.
UC Davis returns home on Saturday at 2 p.m., hosting Hawaii in their annual "Pink Game" at The Pavilion to benefit breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to join the two teams in wearing pink to support the cause as former UC Davis student-athlete Genevieve Costello, who passed away from breast cancer in May of 2013, will be honored throughout the game.