March 7, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jennifer Decuir scored 12 points, including a big three with two minutes, 26 seconds left that gave the Aggies an eight-point lead and the defense made it stand up as UC Davis defeated Cal State L.A., 57-49, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game in front of 669 Friday evening in the Eagles Nest.
With the victory the Aggies win their third straight and improve to 16-10 on the season, 12-9 in CCAA play. The Golden Eagles fall to 7-19 on the year, 5-16 in conference action.
The game began on an ominous note for the Golden Eagles when their leading scorer and the second leading scorer in the nation, Monica Tokoro, left the game after losing a tooth while battling for a rebound. Tokoro ran into a Colleen Turnbull elbow and it forced the CCAA's top scorer into missing 11 of the first 13 minutes.
UC Davis would not capitalize on Tokoro's absence early on, but late in the half the Aggies gained some separation thanks to a 7-0 run, capped by a Kim Smith jumper with 3:56 left, pushing the margin to double-digits. Two Sarah Allen layups in the final minute gave UC Davis a 14-point lead at the half, 36-22.
In the second half Tokoro returned and sparked a furious comeback by the Golden Eagles. Trailing by nine midway through the period, Cal State L.A. went on a 9-0 run as Tokoro scored seven of those point. With the score tied at 45-45 and the Aggies in a 6:30 scoring drought, Smith knocked down a big three that gave UC Davis the lead for good with 4:43 remaining. The basket sparked a 12-2 Aggie run with Decuir trey pushing the Aggie lead back to eight with just over two minutes left.
"We played well defensively in the first half but then got rattled in the second and the unforced turnovers cost us," said UC Davis Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "To our kids credit they made some big plays late, regrouped down the stretch and got the win."
In addition to Decuir's 12, Allen finished the night with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Aggies turned the ball over 29 times, but held a decisive edge on the boards, outrebounding the Golden Eagles 51-41.
Tokoro finished the night with 17 points, 13 in the second half, along with five boards and four assists. Jacquelin Lauderdale, who scored 10 points in the first half, finished the night with 16. Darlene Nunez added six points and 10 rebounds.
UC Davis concludes its 2002-03 regular season on Saturday when it visits Cal State Dominguez Hills. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.
UC DAVIS (16-10, 12-9 CCAA)
Amanda Mansfield 1-2 0-0 2, Colleen Turnbull 4-11 1-2 9, Sarah Allen 6-14 0-0 12, Kim Omer 2-11 0-0 4, Jennifer Decuir 4-11 2-2 12, Kim Smith 3-6 0-0 7, Lara Gray 2-2 1-1 6, Jackie Turpin 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Rosenberg 2-5 1-2 5. TOTALS 24-62 5-7 57.
CAL STATE L.A. (7-19, 5-16 CCAA)
Stacy Matsui 0-4 0-0 0, Charmaine Utz 1-3 0-0 2, Darlene Nunez 3-7 0-0 6, Kelli Kobayashi 1-12 2-2 4, Monica Tokoro 7-21 3-5 17, Sharonne Herbert 2-12 0-1 4, Mary Toledo 0-0 0-0 0, Jacquelin Lauderdale 8-14 0-0 16. TOTALS 22-73 5-8 49.
Halftime: UCD 36-22. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 4-20 (Decuir 2-5, Gray 1-1, Smith 1-3, Turnbull 0-5, Omer 0-6), CSLA 0-11 (Matsui 0-2, Kobayashi 0-4, Herbert 0-5). Rebounds: UC Davis 51 (Allen 13), CSLA 41 (Nunez 10). Assists: UC Davis 17 (Decuir 8), CSLA 14 (Kobayashi 7). Fouls: UC Davis 13, CSLA 12. Fouled Out: UC DAvis Omer. ATT: 669.