March 5, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Katie McElree recorded her first double-double of the season to lead No.23 Cal State Bakersfield to a 72-55 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Friday evening in front of 1,191 at the Icardo Center.
With the loss the Aggies drop their third straight and fall to 15-12 on the season, 10-11 in CCAA play. The Roadrunners improve to 21-5 overall, 17-4 in conference action.
It was a sloppy first half as the two teams combined for 26 turnovers. The teams exchanged baskets in the opening minutes before the Roadrunners opened up a six-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining. Eight straight points from Shakaria Jones sparked the Roadrunners.
The Aggies cut the lead to three at 24-21 with 4:15 left after a Jackie Turpin layup, but another Jones' basket just before the half gave Bakersfield a 29-23 advantage entering halftime.
Bakersfield held a commanding 22-13 rebounding advantage in the first half, converting nine offensive boards into nine points. The Aggies managed just one offensive rebound resulting in zero second-chance points.
In the second half the Roadrunners got in early foul trouble, collecting its seventh team foul with over 13 minutes to play.
After attempting just three free throw sin the first half, the Aggies went to the line 16 times in the second, making 12. UC Davis was able to keep the game close at the foul line as their shooting from the floor went cold. Midway through the half the Aggies connected on just two field goals over a seven-minute stretch.
The Aggies hit another scoring drought late in the half, going over five minutes without a field goal as Bakersfield extended its lead from five to 11. Twice UC Davis cut the deficit to five but never got closer. McElree answered each run with clutch baskets, scoring 12 second-half points.
Down the stretch the Aggie defense did its job but the offense could not get its shots to fall. The Roadrunners closed out the final five minutes of the contest on a 16-8 run, giving the appearance of a blowout when in fact the game was much closer than the final score indicated.
"We played well enough on the defensive end, but offensively we struggled," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "We had too many turnovers and didn't take advantage when we got good looks."
Jennifer Decuir led UC Davis with 15 points, the only Aggie in double figures, along with four boards, three assists and four steals. Jackie Turpin just missed her third double-double of the season with nine points and nine rebounds while Jessica Campbell finished with nine points.
McElree finished the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jones added 19 points and Ofolangi Mailangi added 12 points and eight boards. Bakersfield finished the game with an 18-2 advantage on second-chance points.
UC Davis closes out its 2003-04 season Saturday night when it travels to Turlock to face Cal State Stanislaus. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.
UC DAVIS (15-12, 10-11 CCAA)
Jennifer Decuir 6-11 2-3 15, Jessica Campbell 3-8 3-4 9, Ellen Porshneva 4-7 0-0 8, Kim Omer 1-6 2-2 4, Jackie Turpin 3-5 3-6 9, Kimberly Smith 0-4 0-0 0, Lara Gray 2-4 2-2 6, Andrea Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Laura Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Stewart 0-0 0-0 0, Julie Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Glassman 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 20-47 14-19 55.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (21-5, 17-4 CCAA)
Margaux Hallahan 1-3 4-4 6, Ofolangi Mailangi 6-13 0-1 12, Janelle Mack 2-8 4-4 8, Shakaria Jones 8-11 3-5 19, Katie McElree 7-23 0-0 18, Jasmere Kirby 2-8 1-2 5, Lena Coit 1-1 0-0 2, Katalina Martinez 0-2 0-0 0, Lily Ramirez 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 27-69 14-18 72.
Halftime: CSUB: 29-23. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 1-7 (Decuir 1-2, Campbell 0-1, Smith 0-1, Jones 0-1, Omer 0-2), CSUB 4-10 (McElree 4-7, Jones 0-1, Kirby 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 26 (Turpin 9), CSUB 49 (McElree/Mack 10). Assists: UC Davis 10 (Decuir 3), CSUB 15 (Mailangi/Ramirez 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 26, CSUB 22. Fouls: UC Davis 17, CSUB 21. Fouled Out: Decuir. Att. 1,191.