Nov. 16, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Behind four players in double digit points, the UC Davis women's basketball team cruised to an 80-60 victory over San Jose State in the Aggies' home opener on Wednesday at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis won its third straight game to improve to 3-0 while San Jose State drops to 0-2.
"It was a different kind of game," said first-year head coach Jennifer Gross. "They played a lot of zone and forced us to shoot some threes. We got so many open looks but they just didn't drop for us. In the second half we shot a bit better but, if some of those first half shots fall, then the margin is bigger and you feel a little more confident.
Samantha Meggison recorded her second-straight double-digit game with 12 points while Hana Asano and Cortney French put up 11 points and Blair Shinoda added 10. Asano also recorded five steals while Meggison dished out five assists.
For San Jose State, Brittany Johnson led all scorers with 15 points while Myesha Broaden pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Aggies built their lead slowly over the first half, due in large part to UC Davis shooting 16-of-16 from the free throw line. A pair of free throws from Samantha Meggison put the Aggies up by five with 7:34 to go and Blair Shinoda hit a pair with 5:46 to go, giving UC Davis a 27-19 lead.
UC Davis continued to extend their lead to double digits after Shinoda knocked down a jumper and Sydnee Fipps hit a three-pointer from the right wing. Additional free throws from Hannah Stephens and Idit Oryon put UC Davis up 40-25 with a minute left in the first half.
The Aggie defense did their part throughout the first half as well, forcing 18 Spartan turnovers which they converted to 17 points, while also holding San Jose State scoreless from the three-point line.
Ta'Rea Cunnigan hit a pair of free throws with 5:31 left, bringing the score to 27-21 but UC Davis held San Jose State scoreless for the next two minutes until Sara Plavljanin hit a jumper with 3:30 to go. The Spartans would score only six more points as UC Davis took a 42-29 lead into halftime.
"We had some defensive breakdowns and on the boards we need to improve," said Gross. "We're working on that part of our game and getting better day by day. The team is completely, 100 percent bought in and they want to improve and they want to do it together which is really fun."
San Jose State would get to within nine points with 18:02 left in the game after Cunnigan converted a fast-break layup, but that would be as close as the Spartans would get.
Back-to-back threes from French and Asano put the Aggies up 49-34 with 13:22 to go. Lauren Beyer added to the Aggie lead with a layup at the 11:15 mark and Asano knocked down another three-pointer on UC Davis' next possession and the Aggies would go up by 22 with less than 11 minutes to play.
Myesha Broaden provided a spark on offense for San Jose State, hitting a jumper then converting a layup to bring the score to 67-45 in favor of UC Davis with 6:26 to go.
The Aggies would dominate the rest of the way, closing out the game on a pair of Emily Vann free throws to take the 80-60 win.
UC Davis returns to action on Sunday, hosting Wichita State in a 2 p.m. matchup.