Feb. 28, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Jessica Campbell and Kimberly Smith each scored 14 points, Lara Gray had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and UC Davis finished its first season against an NCAA Division I schedule on a high note with a 69-50 nonconference women's basketball win against Pacific at The Pavilion on Monday night.
The Aggies, playing their most difficult schedule in program history, finished their second year of reclassification to Division I with a 9-18 record. Pacific, which was led by 14 points from Jessica Brantley, is 5-20. UC Davis' victory also avenged a 65-60 loss to the Tigers in Stockton on Jan. 29.
Ellen Porshneva added 10 points for the Aggies, who led 33-25 at halftime and led by as much as 67-42 in the second half.
UC Davis held the Tigers to just 30 percent shooting (20 of 66) and outrebounded Pacific 42-32. The Aggies also had nine steals.
"I was really pleased defensively," said UC Davis coach Sandy Simpson. "For the most part we really communicated well. Most of their shots were contested and those that weren't were by design."
UC Davis didn't waste any time taking early control, jumping to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The Aggies extended it to 16-2 and didn't let Pacific get any closer than six points the rest of the half, eventually settling for a 33-25 lead at the break.
Gray, who tied a career-high with her 13 boards, had 10 in the first 20 minutes as UC Davis held a 23-14 rebounding advantage in the first half. Campbell scored 10 points in the first half, hitting 5 of 7 shots while Smith contributed four assists.
Turpin opened the second half with a layup as the Aggies took a 35-25 lead just 13 seconds in. They later led 41-31 before going on a 10-3 run to take a 51-34 lead with 11 minutes to play. The Aggies continued to stretch the lead, earning their biggest advantage at 67-42 when Turpin tossed in a layup with less than four minutes remaining.
UC Davis, which finished its home season with a 7-5 record, ended the year by winning three of its past five games. Among the losses were a 78-68 overtime loss to Cal State Northridge on Saturday night, currently third in the Big West, and a tough 70-59 loss to second-place Long Beach State last Monday.
"The team got better as the season went on," said Simpson. "We were playing our best basketball the last five games."
UC Davis finished the campaign breaking school records for three-pointers (168), three-point attempts (445) and three-point percentage (.378). Gray earned her fifth double-double of the year while Smith finished with a team season-high 72 three-pointers.
The Aggies also finished the year with a 5-10 record against Big West Conference teams, which would place them seventh in the current conference standings had they been official members. UC Davis officially joins the league in 2007-08 when it becomes an active Division I member but will continue to be incorporated into the Big West's scheduling until then.
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