Nov. 15, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO - Sydnee Fipps knocked down a career-high 26 points and collected five steals, but the UC Davis women's basketball team dropped a 72-65 decision to San Francisco on Wednesday at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco.
UC Davis drops to 0-2 on the year while San Francisco improves to 2-0.
Just one game after setting her previous career-high mark for points, Fipps turned in another remarkable offensive night, hitting 8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from the free throw line. She also went 2-for-4 from three-point range.
Fipps' 26 points is the highest scoring output for UC Davis since Jessica Campbell scored 29 points at San Francisco on Dec. 20, 2007.
"She's been tremendous," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "She's really stepped up and taken it upon herself to do what this team needs right now which is, while we're still young and learning, to have a really aggressive mentality. She's getting it done, but we do have a lot of weapons out on the floor and as we get more experienced, more and more players will step up and feel confident in their roles as well."
She opened the game by scoring nine of UC Davis' first 13 points, including a floater from the left side at the 12:46 mark to keep the Aggies within four points as the Dons took a 17-13 lead.
After Fipps' jumper, however, neither team would score a field goal until Denae Williams made a layup in the paint with 9:58 left in the go, marking nearly three scoreless minutes on the floor. Zhane Dikes added a layup before Emily Vann ended UC Davis' scoring drought with a free throw at the 9:21 mark, then Blair Shinoda added another pair of free throws to move the score to 23-16 in favor of the Dons.
Shinoda swatted away a Dons pass for a steal at midcourt with 7:06 to play, then found Molly Greubel for the easy layup on the other end of the floor and UC Davis pulled to within seven.
Down the stretch, Fipps took over with two free throws with just under 1:30 to play, then followed that with a corner three to bring the score to 36-33 with 1:08 to play in the half. She made a final free throw as UC Davis went into halftime trailing by just two points.
In the first half, Fipps scored 18 of her 26 points on 5-of-9 shooting and made 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
"We're just getting experience day by day," said Gross. "I told the team there were flashes of greatness out there. There were times that we looked like a veteran, experienced team so now we just have to try and stretch those flashes out and focus on our consistency. Defensively we struggled a little bit tonight and we have some areas that we need to clean up. But we're in it together and we know that we just have to keep improving day by day. We're staying positive and I'm excited about where we're headed."
Out of the break, Fipps hit another two free throws to put UC Davis to within one at 40-39, but USF pulled away with a brief 6-0 run before Marfone was fouled and made her free throw.
The Aggies stayed close until Taylor Proctor hit back-to-back threes to give San Francisco a 59-48 lead with 9:09 left. Fipps got the margin back to single digits after she was fouled on a layup, then hit the ensuing free throw, then Aniya Baker and Alyson Doherty helped cut the USF lead to just eight. Doherty grabbed her own rebound, then made a hook shot in the lane to get the Aggies to within ten. Baker then stole the ball at midcourt and took it back to the hoop to hold USF at a 63-55 lead with 4:52 to play.
UC Davis closed the game on a 10-5 run over the latest 2:44, starting with a three from Baker, but USF would claim the 72-65 victory.
The Aggies remain on the road for the Houston Baptist Husky Classic, Nov. 23-24 in Houston. During the tournament, UC Davis will take on Navy on Nov. 23 before facing the host Houston Baptist on Nov. 24.