Feb. 21, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Guard Crystal McCutcheon scored 19 points, Petra Glaser added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Long Beach State used a 9-0 run to erase a seven-point halftime deficit, as the 49ers downed UC Davis 70-59 in a nonconference women's basketball game played before 416 fans at The Pavilion on Monday night.
Long Beach State, currently in second place in the Big West Conference, improved to 17-6 with the win while UC Davis, which lost 73-47 to the 49ers earlier this season, fell to 8-17. Guard Kimberly Smith scored 18 points to lead the Aggies while post Lara Gray posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The loss also snapped UC Davis' modest two-game winning streak.
The 49ers used strong starts to both halves, the first one covering the opening 10 points of the game while the second was a 9-0 run that erased a 29-22 halftime deficit. Down by seven at intermission, Long Beach State got scoring from four different players to take a 31-29 lead just over two minutes into the second half.
UC Davis tied the game twice before taking a 35-33 lead on a layup by Jessica Campbell. However, a 12-0 run by the 49ers, keyed by three-pointers from McCutcheon and Saunders, gave them a 45-35 advantage with 12:28 to go. The Aggies cut the lead to 61-57 with 2:09 to play on a three-pointer from Smith but UC Davis could get no closer.
Aggie coach Sandy Simpson was pleased with his team's efforts, especially after a 26-point loss in Long Beach last month.
"Down at their place they were the car, and we were the deer and we had the lights on us, and we reacted the way most deer do," he said. "This time we competed. We could've gone the same way the way the game started but we responded."
Long Beach State took quick control of the game, blanking UC Davis for nearly six minutes as the 49ers took a 10-0 lead. But UC Davis battled back, going on 13-4 run to cut the deficit to just 14-13 with 9:41 to left in the half. Smith, Gray and Amy Glassman each hit three-pointers for the Aggies as UC Davis got back into the game.
Trailing 17-13, UC Davis put together another run, taking its first lead of the game with at 22-20 with 4:23 left before halftime when Gray nailed a trey. The Aggies continued to build on their advantage, going up 29-20 with 35 seconds on the clock after a free throw by Gray.
UC Davis led 29-22 at intermission after making 11 of 22 shots and holding a 15-14 advantage on the boards. Gray scored 11 points in the first half to lead all scorers and had a game-high five rebounds. Long Beach State was held to just 36 percent from the field (9 of 25), including 1 of 7 (.143) from behind the three-point arc.
The 49ers made 5 of 9 three-pointers in the second half and shot 53 percent (17 of 32) from the field. McCutcheon hit all three of her trey attempts and had 13 points after halftime while Glaser had 10 points and seven rebounds after the break. Smith hit 5 of 9 shots and scored 13 points after halftime for UC Davis..
Aisha Hollans scored 12 points for Long Beach State while Ellen Porshneva had 14 points and five rebounds for UC Davis. Campbell and Porshneva contributed six assists while Candice Wilson had a game-high nine dishes for Long Beach State.
UC Davis concludes its 2004-05 season with a pair of home games beginning on Saturday. The Aggies will host Cal State Northridge on Saturday before facing Cal State Northridge on Monday. Both games begin at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.
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