Feb. 21, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Diane Dittburner scored 23 points, including a key three-pointer with 53 seconds remaining in overtime, as Cal State Bakersfield jumped out early then held on for the 102-97 overtime victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Friday evening in front of 1,127 at Rec Hall.
With the loss UC Davis drops it's fourth straight game and falls to 13-9 on the season, 9-8 in CCAA play while Bakersfield improves to 21-1, 16-1 in conference action.
Trailing by seven with 1:25 left in regulation, the Aggies made a late charge as back-to-back three-pointers from Kim Omer and Amanda Mansfield brought the Aggies to within one with :29 remaining. A Jasmere Kirby free throw bumped the Roadrunner lead back to two before Omer sank two free throws with :19 left, sending the game into overtime.
UC Davis took a quick lead in the extra period on a Sarah Allen layup and had a chance to increase the lead, but three straight turnovers allowed the Roadrunners to take a two-point advantage. With just under a minute to play, Dittburner drained a long three to give Bakersfield a five-point lead. UC Davis would have one more chance on its final possession, but needing a three they could manage just a two-point attempt, which rimmed out. Bakersfield grabbed the rebound and Heather Garay sank two free throws with :02 left to provide the final margin of victory.
Bakersfield look to be in control for much of the second half as it led by double-digits with just over three minutes remaining before the Aggies late charge. Omer sparked the rally as she scored eight points in the final 2:10 on her way to a career-high 28 for the night.
"I'm pleased with how we bounced back after a slow start," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We hit a couple of three's down the stretch in regulation and shot the ball well all night. We were aggressive and didn't give up. Bakersfield just hit a few big shots when it needed to and that proved to be the difference."
In addition to Omer's 28, which included 4-6 three-points, the Aggies received 21 points from Allen, 17 from Colleen Turnbull and a career-high 13 from Mansfield in 34 minutes off the bench. The Aggies hot 53 percent from the field, 46 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the charity stripe.
Bakersfield had six players score in double figures, paced by Dittburner and a career-best 23 from Janelle Mack, who also added a game-high 13 rebounds. Garay added 15 points while Kirby finished with 14.
The Aggies will next be in action on Saturday when they host Cal State Stanislaus at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (21-1, 16-1 CCAA)
Janelle Mack 11-19 1-2 23, Beccie Lutz 4-7 3-4 13, Heather Garay 4-12 7-7 15, Diane Dittburner 9-15 1-1 23, Jasmere Kirby 5-10 4-8 14, Katie McElree 5-9 2-2 12, Ololangi Mailangi 1-7, 0-0 2, Karen Shun 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 39-79 18-24 102.
UC DAVIS (13-9, 9-8 CCAA)
Kate Rosenberg 0-1 0-0 0, Colleen Turnbull 7-12 3-3 17, Sarah Allen 8-13 5-6 21, Kim Omer 10-17 4-4 28, Jennifer Decuir 6-19 1-2 14, Lara Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Jackie Turpin 1-2 0-0 1, Amanda Mansfield 6-9 0-0 13, Desiree Evans-Claassen 1-1 0-1 2. TOTALS 39-74 13-16 97.
Halftime: CSUB 53-44. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 6-13 (Omer 4-6, Mansfield 1-3, Decuir 1-4). CSUB 6-13 (Dittburner 4-8, Lutes 2-4, McElree 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 40 (Allen 9), CSUB 39 (Mack 13). Assists: UC Davis 23 (Omer 6), CSUB 16 (Dittburner 6). Fouls: UC Davis 19, CSUB 20. Fouled Out: UC Davis Decuir, CSUB Lutes. ATT: 1,127.