Aggies Send Seniors Off With Win In Final Home Game

March 1, 2003

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Seniors Colleen Turnbull and Sarah Allen combined to score 34 points and grab 17 rebounds to lead UC Davis to a 76-56 victory over Grand Canyon in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday evening in front of 1,140 on Senior Night at Rec Hall.

With the win the Aggies improve to 15-10 on the year, 11-9 in CCAA play, and close out their home schedule with an 8-4 mark at Rec Hall. Grand Canyon falls to 6-19 overall, 3-17 in conference action.

The game opened up with both teams going back and forth as there were four lead changes and three ties in the first half. Neither team could pull away, although the Aggies held a seven-point lead following two Turnbull free throws with just under nine minutes remaining. Jennifer Decuir hit a three-pointer with 1:18 left in the half, giving UC Davis a four-point lead. Desiree Evans-Claassen, the third senior along with Turnbull and Allen, sank one of two free throws with :48 left to give UC Davis a 31-26 lead entering halftime.

The second half was all UC Davis as the Aggies built the lead to double digits in the opening six minutes and never looked back. A 13-2 run sparked the Aggies to a 16-point lead as Decuir scored the final seven points of that stretch. The lead would grow to as much as 24 late in the contest before the game finished with the 20-point victory margin.

"It's always great to send your seniors off with a win in their final home game," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We played a real solid game tonight and that makes it even more special. It was a fun game to coach because the players stepped up and played together."

For the game, Turnbull led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Allen added 13 points and eight boards. Decuir finished with 17 points and a game-high nine assists. Kim Omer added 14 points and Evans-Claassen scored three points in her final Aggie home game.



Crystal Stephens scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Grand Canyon. Lauren Westerman was the only other player in double figures, matching her teammates 15 points.

UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Los Angeles for a meeting against Cal State L.A. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.

GRAND CANYON (6-19, 3-17 CCAA)
Shamika Marsh 0-4 0-0 0, Crystal Stephens 5-12 4-5 15, Lauren Westerman 7-11 1-2, 15, Lindsay Lawson 3-7 1-2 9, Leah Smith 3-13 2-2 8, Lisa Cass 0-2 0-0 0, Jennifer Cobb 3-6 2-2 9, Kate Elles 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 21-56 10-13 56.

UC DAVIS (15-10, 11-9 CCAA)
Desiree Evans-Claassen 1-3 1-2 3, Colleen Turnbull 9-12 3-3 21, Sarah Allen 3-10 7-7 13, Kim Omer 5-11 0-0 14, Jennifer Decuir 6-15 3-4 17, Kim Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Lara Gray 2-3 0-0 4, Jackie Turpin 0-0 0-0 0, Jen Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Mansfield 0-2 0-0 0, Kate Rosenberg 1-2 0-0 2, Cecilia Boje 1-1 0-0 1, Anna Griffith 0-0 0-2 0. TOTALS 28-63 14-18 76.

Halftime: UCD 31-26. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 6-17 (Omer 4-8, Decuir 2-7, Smith 0-2), GCU 4-10 (Lawson 2-3, Stephens 1-2, Cobb 1-2, Cass 0-1, Smith 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 37 (Turnbull 9), GCU 34 (Stephens 11). Assists: UC Davis 24 (Decuir 9), GCU 14 (Lawson/Smith 4). Fouls: UC Davis 16, GCU 15. Fouled Out: None. ATT: 1,140.