Nov. 10, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshmen Jessica Campbell and Ellen Porshneva combined for 40 points and 18 rebounds to lead a youthful UC Davis team to a 92-74 season-opening exhibition win over Australia's Nunawading Spectres team Monday evening in front of 628 at Recreation Hall.
The Aggies, boasting a roster of two seniors and 14 underclassmen, never trailed following a Kimberly Smith jumper at the nine-minute, 43-second mark of the first half.
Nunawading jumped out to a four-point lead early on and continued its hot shooting throughout the first 10 minutes of the contest. It made 11 of its first 13 field goals but could not pull away as the Aggies also opened the game shooting well, hitting 10 of their first 15 shots. Trailing by one at 28-27, UC Davis went on a 6-0 run to take a five-point lead.
The first half lead was largely due to the youthful Aggies, as Campbell and Porshneva combined for 24 of the Aggies 48 points. Nunawading kept the game close thanks to its long-range accuracy. Spectres hit seven of 12 shots from beyond the arc in the half, including three from Andrea McMahon, who scored 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half the Aggies opened its lead to 20 at 72-52 following a 13-0 run midway through the half. Freshman Laura Thomas capped the run with back-to-back three pointers. Nunawading would make a final push, cutting the lead to eight with just over four minutes remaining, but it would get no closer as the Aggies closed the game on a 16-4 run for the final margin of victory.
Campbell showed little signs that it was her first collegiate game, finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Porshneva scored a game-high 21 points with eight rebounds while senior Kim Omer had 17 points and six assists. UC Davis shot 43 percent from the field and a blistering 87.9 percent from the free throw line. As a team the Aggies controlled the boards, outrebounding Nunawading 51-26, including 19 offensive boards which resulted in a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Spectres was paced by McMahon's 19 points while Julia Tan added 13 points and team-highs of seven boards and eight assists. Lynly Doherty was the only other player in double figures with 12 points.
"I was pleased with our effort tonight for this early in the season," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "We did some nice things but still need to work on our timing before we open the season against Western New Mexico. The Australians play an unorthodox style and they we able to penetrate. I thought we helped pretty well on defense and that is a credit to Jennifer (Decuir) and Jackie (Turpin). They set the tone (defensively) for us and made it easy for the freshmen.
"Ellen has stepped in as a freshman and played physical for us," Simpson continued. "Our freshmen played well tonight. Jessica (Campbell) is one of those players who just knows the game. You can take out her point total tonight and she still helps us."
UC Davis will open its regular season on November 24 when it hosts Western New Mexico at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.