Feb. 28, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Sarah Allen led four players in double figures and the Aggies used a big second half to erase a 10-point halftime deficit as UC Davis snapped a five-game losing skid with a 72-63 victory over UC San Diego in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 1,016 Friday evening at Rec Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 14-10 on the season, 10-9 in CCAA play while the Tritons fall to 9-15, 9-10 in conference action.
Trailing by 11 two minutes into the second half, UC Davis went on a 22-5 run over the next 8:50, taking a six-point lead. The run included a 4:10 stretch in which the Tritons would go scoreless. Kim Omer scored seven points in the run while Allen added six as the Aggies limited UC San Diego to just one shot each possession, controlling the defensive boards.
The Tritons would regain the lead as back-to-back field goals from Margaret Johnson put San Diego up one. On its next possession, Thea Bachmann connected on a three-pointer, pushing the Triton lead back to four with 5:28 remaining. Kim Smith answered for UC Davis as the freshman hit two key jumpers inside the key, both times getting fouled in the process. The second shot, and the ensuing free throw, gave UC Davis the lead for good.
Down the stretch UC Davis converted from the free throw line, making nine of its final 10 attempts in the closing minutes, sealing the victory.
"I'm pleased with how we battled back in the second half, both times," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "Sometimes the second comeback is the hardest. We shot the ball better in the second half and Kim Smith made two big plays for us.
"It's nice to right the ship a little bit and get back in the right direction," Simpson continued. "Tonight was as much about heart and desire as it was about winning."
The Tritons began the game scoring the first four points and led the entire first half. Ali Ginn did much of the damage in the period as she scored 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting. The Aggies struggled to put any sort of run together in the half. They cut the lead to two midway through the period, but the Tritons answered, getting the lead back to nine with a 7-0 spurt.
UC Davis managed just 29 percent shooting in the period as UC San Diego took a 10-point lead into halftime at 35-25.
In addition to Allen's 18 points, she added a game-high 10 rebounds. Omer finished with 16 points while Jennifer Decuir added 15 points. For the game UC Davis outrebounded the Tritons 46-39.
San Diego was led by Ginn who scored a game-high 25 points and added five rebounds. She was the only Triton in double figures as Stacy Gallagher-Bolton added nine points and Johnson finished with eight. UC Davis will close out the home portion of the 2002-03 schedule with a meeting against Grand Canyon Saturday night at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 6pm