DAVIS, Calif. -- Freshman Nina Bessolo came off the bench and finished with a career-high 16 points, leading a group of five Aggies in double figures, and UC Davis used a balanced scoring effort in cruising to a, 91-51, win over visiting Holy Names on Sunday afternoon at The Pavilion.
UC Davis opens 2-0 with Sunday's victory, its best since 2011 when the Aggies tipped off that year with a 5-0 start thanks to wins over Washington, Seattle, San Jose State, Wichita State, and San Francisco. The game was an exhibition for Holy Names, which officially opens on Nov. 15 on the road at San Francisco State.
Bessolo hit an efficient 6-of-9 from the floor off the bench, including a quartet of three-pointers, to go with a game-high eight rebounds in 21 minutes. She was joined in double figures by junior Pele Gianotti (15 points), Morgan Bertsch (14), Rachel Nagel (14), and Dani Nafekh (11), as nine Aggies found their way into the scoring column.
Lindsay Littlejohn finished with 14 points and six rebounds to pace the Hawks, who were limited to just 25 percent shooting from the floor for the game and 27 percent from beyond the arc.
The Aggies, meanwhile hit on 55 percent from the floor for the game, including a third quarter that saw UC Davis shoot 9-of-11 (.818) from the field, including four three points, while outscoring Holy Names, 27-14, in the period.
A 7-0 run to start the game staked the Aggies to an early lead, and they opened an insurmountable advantage thanks to a 13-0 burst to close out the first quarter -- one they extended to 23-3 into the second period for a 24-point, 33-9, lead just three minutes in.
Leading 49-22 at the break, the two teams traded baskets to open the third before a 12-3 burst by UC Davis over a four-and-a-half minute span put the Aggies ahead by 36 before the bench emptied. UC Davis scored nine of the first 11 points in the fourth, and led by as many as 47 points in the game with 5:26 to play in the final period, as the Hawks closed with the final eight points of the contest.
Bertsch hit 7-of-10 from the floor and added three blocks in just 17 minutes of play, while Nagel was also accurate from the field, making 6-of-8 for the game in 17 minutes as well. In all, nine players played at least 17 minutes, with Karley Eaton and Sophia Song leading the way with 23 minutes apiece.
After taking the next week off from competition, UC Davis hits the road for the first time this season -- albeit a short jaunt down the freeway -- on Monday (Nov. 21), taking on Pacific at 7:00 p.m. at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
It opens a stretch of three games in seven days for the Aggies around the Thanksgiving holiday break, as they host Montana State on Nov. 23 and WNIT quarterfinalist Hofstra on Nov. 27.