Nov. 1, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis sophomore Alyson Doherty finished with a game-high 20 points and six rebounds while Idit Oryon and Heidi Johnson each finished in double-figures, helping lead the host Aggies to an, 80-59, exhibition victory over visiting Humboldt State on Friday night at The Pavilion.
The contest is the only warm-up for UC Davis as the Aggies officially tip-off the 2013-14 campaign next Friday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m., hosting Pac-12 Conference power USC in a rematch of last year’s, 78-69, win by UC Davis in Los Angeles.
“I was really, really pleased with our performance in the first half, especially defensively and on the boards,” third-year head coach Jennifer Gross said. “We set some specific statistical goals for ourselves this season and, in the first half, we did a really good job at those. I was pleased with our productivity from different players, but we have to put together 40 minutes and that’s what we’re working on.”
Doherty scored 14 of her game-high total in the first half, finishing 6-of-9 from the floor and adding 8-of-9 from the line in 26 minutes. Although the stats don’t count toward her season totals, the 20 points would have been a career high, breaking her previous best of 16 set at Cal State Fullerton last season.
“I thought Aly played really well,” Gross said. “She used her body to get position, but she also finished. She’s doing a tremendous job running the floor for us which is opening things up on the perimeter as well. She not only did a good job scoring, but she worked really hard on the boards as well.
Oryon finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 from the floor in 21 minutes while Johnson added 10 of her 12 points in the second half to go with six rebounds. Junior Sydnee Fipps and sophomore Celia Marfone shared game-high honors with seven rebounds apiece.
“Different players, at times, stepped up and made plays to give us the advantage back,” Gross said. “We got contributions from everybody, we got sparks from different people, and that’s what we’re going to need this year. I think we have different people who are capable of making plays both defensively and offensively and they’re going to get the opportunities to do that.”
Danielle Gaumer led the Lumberjacks with 13 points while Kersey Wilcox also finished in double figures with 10.
After Humboldt State jumped out to the early lead, a 13-0 run by the Aggies over a four-minute span in the first half broke a 13-all tie and another 13-5 burst to close out the period gave UC Davis a, 39-20, lead at the break. However, the Lumberjacks would not go quietly, opening the second half with a 14-4 run and eventually closing to within nine points on a three-pointer from Jae Shin midway through the period.
“I thought we had a drop in our energy and, to Humboldt’s credit, they came out firing in the second half,” Gross said. “They’re a strong team, they’ve got some talented kids, and they were knocking down shots.”
The Aggies, however, pulled away, using a 10-2 run capped by a three-pointer from Marfone to go up 17 and they never looked back, scoring 10 of the game’s final 12 points en route to the win.
“I think our focus has been on the defensive urgency,” Gross said. “We had 20 good minutes and I think our team understands that we’ve got to put together 40. The consistency from half-to-half, from four-minute segment to four-minute segment has to be better, but I’m confident in every single person on this team and, although we only have 11, we have great depth at each spot and I like where our team is right now and I’m excited just to keep getting better.”
UC Davis shot just under 41 percent from the floor -- including a 50 percent clip in the second half -- in the victory, holding the Lumberjacks to just 33 percent shooting and forcing 22 turnovers. The Aggies held a, 40-20, advantage in the paint and out-rebounded Humboldt State, 46-35, for the contest.
“Overall, this is a great measuring stick for us, we’ve got a week to prepare for the season opener against USC,” Gross said. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but we’re on our way.”
UC DAVIS 80, HUMBOLDT STATE 59
HUMBOLDT STATE (Exh)
GAUMER, Danielle 4-8 2-4 13; WILCOX, Kersey 2-7 6-7 10; SHIN, Jae 3-10 0-0 9; ANDERSON, Elle 3-5 2-2 8; WIGGINS, Sumayyah 2-6 4-4 8; KIME, Kelly 1-3 3-3 5; SHIELDS, Megan 2-4 0-0 4; KUNST, Amanda 1-6 0-0 2; DE LEON, Julie 0-0 0-2 0; JOHNSON, Jessica 0-1 0-1 0; TUEY, Jain 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 17-23 59.
UC DAVIS (Exh)
Doherty, Alyson 6-9 8-9 20; Oryon, Idit 5-7 2-2 14; Johnson, Heidi 4-8 2-5 12; Fipps, Sydnee 4-12 0-0 8; Greubel, Molly 2-4 3-4 7; Harris, Kelsey 2-7 3-6 7; Salvatore, Brianna 3-5 0-0 6; Marfone, Celia 2-6 1-4 6; McGuire, Taylor 0-3 0-0 0; Beyer, Lauren 0-0 0-0 0; Yasukochi, Brianne 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-63 19-30 80.
Humboldt State................ 20 39 - 59
UC Davis ......................... 39 41 - 80
3-point goals--Humboldt State 6-23 (GAUMER, Danielle 3-6; SHIN, Jae 3-8; KIME, Kelly 0-1; SHIELDS, Megan 0-2; KUNST, Amanda 0-2; TUEY, Jain 0-3; WILCOX, Kersey 0-1); UC Davis 5-18 (Johnson, Heidi 2-3; Oryon, Idit 2-2; Marfone, Celia 1-2; Harris, Kelsey 0-3; Salvatore, Brianna 0-2; McGuire, Taylor 0-2; Yasukochi, Brianne 0-1; Fipps, Sydnee 0-3).
Fouled out--Humboldt State-SHIELDS, Megan, UC Davis-None.
Rebounds--Humboldt State 35 (WILCOX, Kersey 6), UC Davis 46 (Marfone, Celia 7; Fipps, Sydnee 7).
Assists--Humboldt State 13 (WILCOX, Kersey 6), UC Davis 12 (Salvatore, Brianna 3; Marfone, Celia 3).
Total fouls--Humboldt State 23, UC Davis 18.
Technical fouls--Humboldt State-None, UC Davis-None.