Nov. 11, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps finished with a game-high 25 points, including a career-high 17-of-20 from the free throw line, to lead two other teammates in double figures, but a big run to open the second half by host Pacific erased a halftime deficit and lifted the Tigers to an, 86-78, win over the Aggies on Monday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
"Tonight I thought our team showed a lot of resolve," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "We got ourselves in a hole early, but different people stepped up and made plays to get us back in the game. Heidi and Brianna gave us great offensive production and Sydnee was very effective at the free throw line."
Junior Brianna Salvatore finished with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field to go with four rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while sophomore Heidi Johnson added a career-best 17 points on 6-of-9 from the floor for UC Davis (0-2 overall), which shot 47 percent from the field for the game and rallied from 16 points down in the first half thanks to a, 19-5, run over a five-minute span to take a, 42-39, lead into the locker room at the break.
Salvatore had the decisive bucket to close the half, burying a three-pointer with three seconds to play in the period for the team's first, and only, lead of the game and finish as one of three Aggies with 10 points in the opening half. After Pacific (2-0) opened the game hitting 10 of its first 11 from the floor, the UC Davis defense buckled down, holding the Tigers to just 4-of-18 from the field the rest of the half to help key the run while the Aggies hit 9-of-13 to close out the period.
However, Pacific came out the locker room firing, scoring 13 of the first 14 points in the second half to build a nine-point lead and the race was on. UC Davis responded with a 9-3 burst and, following a three pointer by Erin Butler, got a three from Salvatore and a three-point play from Johnson to make it a one-point contest, 56-55, with 12:22 to play. That would be as close as the Aggies would get, however, allowing the Aggies to come no closer than three points the rest of the way, and using another spurt -- this one a 10-2 run -- near the end of the game to pull away.
Pacific finished with four starters in double figures, led by 17 from Erin Butler, and 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists by Kiki Moore. The Tigers, who also got 15 points from Madison Parrish and 14 more from Sam Pettinger, finished the game shooting 47 percent from the field and 52 percent (12-for-23) from three-point range.
"There are areas where we need to continue to improve, but what I love about this team is that we hold ourselves accountable and are committed to improving every day," Gross said.
The Aggies return to the floor on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 2 p.m., heading to Palo Alto to take on No. 3 Stanford.
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