March 8, 2003
CARSON, Calif. - Sarah Allen ended her career with game-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the Aggies closed the contest on a 23-7 run over the final eight minutes as UC Davis defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 69-60, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's game Saturday evening at the Torodome.
With the win the Aggies conclude the 2002-03 season winning their final four games and finish with a 17-10 record, 13-9 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills ends the year with a 9-17 record, 8-14 in conference action.
UC Davis jumped out to a six-point lead in the first half with Allen leading the way. Playing in her final game, Allen scored eight of the teams' first 14 points as the Toros could not find an answer defensively for her. Dominguez Head Coach Van Girard called three early timeouts, making his point well known that the defense had to get back and cover the Aggie post players. Allen finished the first half with 12 points, moving ahead of Des Abeyta and into 9th place on the all-time scoring list at UC Davis.
A 9-1 run late in the half gave the Toros their only lead of the half at 29-27, following a Tameka Blue three-pointer. An Allen three-point play and a Jennifer Decuir three ended the Aggie half, but they were the only two field goals for UC Davis in the final four minutes as Dominguez Hills carried a 35-33 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Toros increased their lead to six midway through the period as the Aggie went over four and a half minutes without a basket. Kim Omer's layup broke the drought with 7:58 to play and it sparked UC Davis. Kim Smith followed that with a big three that cut the Toro lead to two after they held a seven-point advantage.
UC Davis clawed back and took the lead for good after two Jennifer Decuir free throws with 2:54 left. The Aggies then closed the game on a 9-0 over the final three minutes, the big blow coming when freshman Lara Gray hit a big three from the corner that put UC Davis up by five with two minutes left.
"It is nice to go out with a victory and to end our season by winning our final four games," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We took good care of the ball in the second half and showed a lot of poise down the stretch. Lara hit a huge three for us in the corner and also grabbed some key rebounds."
Allen closes out her Aggie career in the top 10 all-time in scoring and rebounding. Joining her on those lists is teammate Colleen Turnbull, who finished her Aggie career sitting out the final eight minutes after hitting her head on the floor. Turnbull is one of only three players in school history with 1,100 points and 700 rebounds. Omer added 15 points on the night while Decuir ended with 15 points, six assists and five steals.
The Toros were led by Octavia Askew's 14 points while Blue added 13 and a game-high eight assists.
UC DAVIS (17-10, 13-9 CCAA)
Kim Omer 6-12 1-4 15, Amanda Mansfield 1-2 0-0 2, Jennifer Decuir 5-12 4-5 15, Sarah Allen 6-12 7-11 19, Colleen Turnbull 2-10 0-0 4, Kim Smith 2-3 1-2 6, Lara Gray 1-3 1-2 4, Jackie Turpin 1-3 0-0 2, Desiree Evans-Claassen 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Rosenberg 1-2 0-0 2, Anna Griffith 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 25-59 14-24 69.
CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS (9-17, 8-14 CCAA)
Tameka Blue 5-14 0-0 13, Monique Marquez 3-13 0-0 7, Octavia Askew 7-16 0-0 14, Nakeisha Perkins 2-4 3-5 7, Keesha Aldridge 2-4 -1 5, Delaney Turner 4-8 0-0 8, Joi Cooper 3-9 0-0 6, Adriana Mendez 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 26-68 4-6 60.
Halftime: CSUDH 35-33. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 5-18 (Omer 2-6, Smith 1-2, Gray 1-3, Decuir 1-3, Mansfield 0-1), CSUDH 4-17 (Blue 3-9, Marquez 1-5, Turner 0-1, Askew 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 48 (Allen 11), CSUDH 34 (Perkins 10). Assists: UC Davis 17 (Decuir 6), CSUDH 17 (Blue 8). Fouls: UC Davis 10, CSUDH 18. Fouled Out: none. ATT: 403.