Second-Half Comeback Falls Short As Pomona Escapes With 60-59 Win

Jennifer Decuir scored a game-high 20 points Friday against Cal Poly Pomona. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Jennifer Decuir scored a game-high 20 points Friday against Cal Poly Pomona. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 27, 2004

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Jaida Williams' layup with 22 seconds left gave the Broncos a one-point lead and the defense made it stand as Cal Poly Pomona defeated UC Davis 60-59 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,349 Friday evening at Recreation Hall.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 15-10 on the season, 10-9 in CCAA play. Pomona, the No.3 team in the West Region, improved to 18-6 overall, 14-5 in conference action.

Pomona held a four-point lead with five minutes to play following a Brandi Fletcher free throw. Kimberly Smith's three-pointer cut the lead to 54-53 with 3:07 remaining and under a minute later, Ellen Porshneva's short jumper gave UC Davis a 55-54 lead.

The lead bounced back to Pomona when Keila Beachem soared above everyone to grab her own miss and putback the rebound for the 56-55 lead. Two Jackie Turpin free throws gave the lead back to the Aggies before Tami Swanson-Cades' layup gave the Broncos a one-point advantage with :50 left. On the next Aggie possession, Jennifer Decuir hit a runner in the lane for the final Aggie lead of the night.

On their next possession, the Broncos went right at the basket with Williams' layup accounting for the final points of the night. UC Davis had a chance on its next possession, but Smith came up short of an open three-pointer and the Broncos grabbed the rebound and were immediately fouled. Pomona misses the one-and-one and the Aggies grabbed the rebound to set up a final play.

Inbounding on the side, guard Kim Omer received the ball in stride and looked to have a lane up the sidelines, but Omer ran into a Broncos defender, causing both playing to hit the floor. No foul was called and the ball turned over to the Broncos. The Aggies were forced to foul and Pomona kept UC Davis' hope alive as it missed its final five free throws, but the Aggies didn't capitalize and Pomona earned the season sweep.

 

 

In the second half alone there were nine lead changes and two ties.

"In some ways it was a fitting end to a great rivalry," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "We have had so many close games with Pomona and they have always been respectful and competitive and tonight was no different.

'We played well enough defensively to win but didn't get it done on the offensive end," Simpson continued. "I'm very proud of the team's effort and character tonight."

Pomona scored the first 10 points of the contest before the Aggies got on the board with two Porshneva free throws. It would be over five and a half minutes before Porshneva recorded the first Aggie field goal, cutting the Bronco lead to 12-4. Pomona pushed the lead back to double-digits midway through the half and held its biggest lead of 11 on three different occasions.

Decuir finished the night with a game-high 20 points, along with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Porshneva was the only other Aggie in double figures with 10 while Jessica Campbell added eight points, nine boards and a game-high five assists. The Aggies allowed the Broncos just 60 points and Pomona scored a season-high 109 in the first meeting back in January.

Beachem led four Broncos in double figures with 12 points, while Candice Allen, the nation's leading scorer at over 25 points per game, was held to just 11.

UC Davis concludes its home season on Saturday when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino on Senior Night. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.

CAL POLY POMONA (18-6, 14-5 CCAA)
Candice Allen 5-16 1-3 11, Marissa Lattin 0-5 2-2 2, Keila Beachem 5-9 2-2 12, Tami Swanson-Cades 4-7 0-1 10, Shanika Perkins 3-8 0-0 8, Britt Sumida 0-1 0-0 0, Jaida Williams 5-9 0-4 10, Brandi Fletcher 0-3 4-8 4, Rachel Gatdula 1-1 0-0 3, Alexis Wilson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 9-20 60.

UC DAVIS (15-10, 10-9 CCAA)
Jackie Turpin 2-5 3-4 7, Jessica Campbell 2-3 4-4 8, Ellen Porshneva 4-8 2-2 10, Kim Omer 1-5 0-0 3, Jennifer Decuir 6-18 8-8 20, Kimberly Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Lara Gray 2-4 0-0 4, Laura Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Lindsey Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Cecilia Boje 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-51 17-18 59.

Halftime: CPP 32-22. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 2-9 (Smith 1-2, Omer 1-2, Thomas 0-1, Jones 0-1, Decuir 0-3), CPP 5-15 (Swanson-Cades 2-4, Perkins 2-5, Gatdula 1-1, Sumida 0-1, Lattin 0-1, Allen 0-3). Rebounds: UC Davis 39 (Campbell/Decuir 9), CPP 35 (Allen 7). Assists: UC Davis 13 (Campbell 5), CPP 14 (Swanson-Cades 5). turnovers: UC Davis 23, CPP 20. Fouls: UC Davis 18, CPP 15. Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: Allen. Att. 1,349.