Nov. 14, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - Heidi Heintz scored 14 points to lead three Aggies in double figures as UC Davis opened a big early lead for the second straight game, beating visiting Washington State 77-38 in a nonconference women's basketball victory at The Pavilion on Sunday afternoon for its second win over a Pac-10 program since 2007.
Paige Mintun added 13 points, Vicky Deely pitched in with 10, and Samantha Meggison and Hannah Stephens each had six of UC Davis' 21 steals, as the Aggies improved to 2-0. The Cougars, who beat visiting UC Davis by 10 points last season, were led by 12 points from Katie Madison off the bench and fell to 0-2.
The Aggies jumped to an early double-digit lead at San Francisco during a convincing 69-45 win at San Francisco two days ago, and did the same against Washington State on Sunday. Meggison scored the game's first five points and UC Davis tallied the first nine overall, jumping to a 10-point lead at 12-2 less than four minutes in.
Mintun's layup and Blair Shinoda's three-pointer pushed the lead to 24-4 midway through the first half but Washington State bit into the advantage, climbing to 24-10 after a layup from Carly Noyes with 7:33 to go. But a 13-4 Aggie run the rest of the way gave UC Davis a comfortable 37-14 halftime lead.
Meggison had all six of her steals in the first half as UC Davis, which had 16 in the first 20 minutes, benefitted from 20 Washington State turnovers leading to 22 points. Heintz scored 12 of her points before the break.
The Cougars got to within 19 early in the second half but a 9-2 surge, capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Vicky Deely made it 48-22 with 15:06 to go. The lead swelled to 30 points (53-23) near the midway point and didn't get lower the rest of the way.
The win was the second for UC Davis over a Pac-10 opponent since it began Div. I status in 2007. The Aggies beat Washington during a 5-0 start to the 2007-08 season.
The Aggies canned 10 three-pointers and had 17 assists on Sunday, including three each from Meggison, Heintz and Stephens. Deely added a team-high eight rebounds.
Washington State, which was 0 for 19 from beyond the arc, had 28 turnovers but outrebounded UC Davis 46-40. The Cougars shot just 25.5% from the floor. Noyes had four blocked shots while Jazmine Perkins had nine rebounds.
The Aggies will return to the road this weekend, traveling to face Pepperdine on Friday before facing nationally ranked UCLA on Sunday.