Feb. 28, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Hannah Low scored a game-high 20 points and the Coyotes won back-to-back games for the first time in conference play as Cal State San Bernardino defeated UC Davis 69-62 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 15-11 on the season, 10-10 in conference play. San Bernardino improves to 10-15 overall, 7-13 in CCAA action.
The first half saw six lead changes and four ties, all coming in the opening 10 minutes. Hannah Low had the hot hand in the first, hitting a jumper midway through the half that gave CSUSB its final lead. She followed that with a three-pointer and another long jumper that extended the Coyotes lead to six.
The lead grew to as much as 11 as the Coyotes were on fire from the field, hitting 61 percent of its shots, including 55 percent from three-point range. Conversely, the Aggies shot just 41 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
The Coyotes held a nine-point lead to open the second half and had it up to 12 in the first few minutes. UC Davis used a 6-0 run, capped by a Kimberly Smith three, to get within six at 41-35. By the midpoint of the second half the lead was back to double-digits as Sequoia Williams and Amanda Fitzgerald hit back-to-back three's.
Trailing by 13 at the 6:08 mark, UC Davis outscored the Coyotes 9-1 over the next four and a half minutes to get with five. That was as close as they got as a William's jumper and two Low free throws pushed the lead back to nine with under a minute to play, sealing the win.
"We couldn't get a basket tonight," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "I thought San Bernardino did a good job defensively keeping us off the boards. When we did get good looks, we couldn't knock them down."
Jennifer Decuir led four Aggies in double figures with 16, along with team-highs of six rebounds and four assists. Kim Omer, who along with Decuir was playing her final game at Recreation Hall, added 13 points while Ellen Porshneva and Jessica Campbell each had 11. UC Davis finished the night shooting just 35 percent from the field and 20 percent beyond the three-point line.
Low added 11 points to her 20 points while Fitzgerald also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists. Lacy Tanneberg added 14 points and eight boards for the Coyotes, who cooled off in the second half but finished the night shooting 51 percent from the field.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it faces Cal State Bakersfield in Bakersfield. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.