Nov. 17, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps finished with 14 points and the Aggies' defense held host Stanford to its second-lowest shooting performance of the season Sunday afternoon, but the No. 3/5 Cardinal were too much inside, posting a 66-48 win over the Aggies in front of 3202 fans at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto.
Junior Kelsey Harris added nine points on a trio of three-pointers and added a team-high seven rebounds, while Fipps grabbed six more on the boards as UC Davis (0-3 overall) limited Stanford (2-1) to just 37.5 percent in the second half (38.5 percent for the game) and just 3-of-17 from long range for the contest.
The only team to hold the Cardinal to a lower percentage from the floor this season was top-ranked Connecticut, which limited Stanford to just 35 percent from the field.
"I feel like we're so close in so many different ways," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "We have stretches of really exciting play where we're getting it done both on offense and defense. If we put it together for 40 minutes, I think we're going to be a tough match-up for a lot of teams on our schedule."
Chiney Ogwumike finished with a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds, hitting 13-of-22 from the floor for the contest in 33 minutes. Amber Orrange, who entered the day averaging better than 20 points per contest, was held to just 10 points on 4-of-12 from the floor as the only other Cardinal player in double figures.
The UC Davis defense came out of the gates firing, denying three straight second-chance opportunities to open the game and corralling a long rebound as the shot clock expired to deny Stanford on their opening trip down the floor. Sophomore Molly Greubel scored the first points of the game and four-straight by Fipps had the Aggies tied just five minutes into the contest before the Cardinal exploded for an 11-0 run over the next three-plus minutes for some breathing room.
Brianna Salvatore snapped the string with a driving lay-up and Fipps followed with mid-air, "one-touch" jumper to beat the shot clock to pull the Aggies back to within seven points at 17-10 with 10:31 to play. Following a three-pointer by Bonnie Samuelson, Fipps answered with an "and one" -- part of nine-straight points from the junior -- to shrink the deficit back to seven with just over 10 minutes to play.
After the lead grew back to double digits, a three-pointer by junior Kelsey Harris -- UC Davis' first of the game -- with 3:39 remaining got the Aggies back to within single digits, but a 6-0 run to close out the half send the Cardinal into the locker room with a 34-20 lead at the break.
The run grew to 10-0 after Stanford scored the first two baskets of the second half before sophomore Heidi Johnson drained a three-pointer to snap the skid and get UC Davis on the board in the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Harris midway through the period brought the Aggies back to within, 44-29, with 14:16 to play as UC Davis' sharpshooters caught fire, hitting seven of their eight makes from long-distance in the second half and shooting 44 percent overall from beyond the arc for the period.
"There was a stretch in the second half where I thought our offense was beautiful," Gross said. "We were playing carefree, playing hard, and competing. We had a sense of calm about us and that's when we were knocking down most of our shots. I want us to find that place again where we're just out there having fun offensively and everyone's knocking down shots."
However, Ogwumike was just too much inside, scoring half of Stanford's points over the final 10 minutes to help the Cardinal pull away.
Stanford held a, 49-37, advantage on the boards, including a 21-10 lead on the offensive glass, for the contest, outscoring UC Davis in the paint, 34-12, and 15-4 in second chance points.
"I thought, even though if you're in the stands and you're noticing they're getting some offensive rebounds, I think, of all the years that we have played them, this is the closest rebounding margin we've probably ever had," Gross said. "We really tried to emphasize our rebounding today, but when you've got 6-foot-5, 6-foot-4, and 6-foot-3, it's tough, especially with the kind of athleticism they have. I thought we really battled inside, though. We had some stretches where we gave up a few boards that I thought we should have had but, for the most part, from start to finish, we competed on the boards."
UC Davis has nine days off before next taking the floor on Nov. 26 as the Aggies host San Jose State in the first of a doubleheader with the men's team at 4:45 p.m. UC Davis' men's squad follows, hosting rival Sacramento State at 7 p.m.