Fifteen threes lead to 79-67 Aggie victory

Nov. 17, 2017

Box Score

DAVIS Calif. - Leading 34-27 at halftime of Friday’s non-conference game vs. Portland State, UC Davis outscored the Vikings by five in the third quarter, began the fourth with a 17-6 scoring run and cruised to a 79-67 victory, capping a sweep of its season-opening three-game homestand.

The Aggies will begin a three-game road trip on Monday at Pacific, and will enter that matchup with a 3-0 record. Portland State will continue its season with a 0-3 record.

“Portland State is a challenging team to prepare for because they play a strong zone. Their offense has a lot of action, and they shoot the ball very well. They presented a lot of challenges,” said head coach Jennifer Gross following the game.

“The ultimate takeaway is that we need to prepare for different kinds of styles. From Washington State, to Pepperdine and Portland State, all three play very different games. I am proud of this team for their ability to make the necessary adjustments, make big plays and maintain their defensive energy,” Gross added, regarding her team's homestand sweep

Junior biomedical engineering major Morgan Bertch and senior psychology major Rachel Nagel each led all players with 20 points apiece, with the former finishing one rebound short of a double-double. Nagel posted the fourth 20-point game of her career, with Bertch recording her 21st career 20-point game and second of the season.

Senior managerial economics major Dani Nafekh added another nine points with senior political science major Pele Gianotti chipping in another eight, in addition to her five assists.



Junior psychology major Kourtney Eaton, like her teammate Gianotti, also finished with a game-high five assists.

UC Davis’ success from three played a key role in its victory over the Vikings as it hit 15 of 28 shots from distance (.536). Of the Aggies’ 29 field goals, 15 were recorded from behind the arc, with Nagel responsible for six of those buckets from distance.

The Aggies also took full advantage of their trips to the free throw line by connecting on all six attempts.

After UC Davis pushed its lead to nine points early in the third quarter, Portland State scored eight straight to pull within one at 40-39, which forced Coach Gross to call a timeout.

Once play resumed, the Aggies outscored the Vikings 17-6 throughout the final 5:07 of the quarter, and held a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the evening.

Another 15-7 scoring run throughout the opening four-plus minutes of the fourth quarter all but officially cemented the win for the Aggies, who led by as many as 21 points before a late PSU run of its own trimmed that lead to a respectable 12-point margin.

Following Monday's 7 p.m. game at Pacific, the Aggies will head to Southern Utah (Nov. 24) and Seattle (Nov. 26) before returning to Bob Hamilton Court on Nov. 30 for this season’s Causeway Cup clash.


RIELLY, Sidney 7-12 2-3 20; JIMENEZ, Kylie 5-11 0-0 13; BROWN, Kiana 3-13 4-4 12; DHALIWAL, Savannah 1-2 6-8 8; JAMES, Corey 4-7 0-0 8; WEST, Courtney 2-4 0-0 4; STREUN, Tatiana 1-4 0-0 2; WALTON, Ruchae 0-0 0-0 0; JURHAR, Pia 0-0 0-0 0; DENSON, Labrea 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 12-15 67.

UC DAVIS (3-0)
Nagel, Rachel 7-13 0-0 20; Bertsch, Morgan 8-17 4-4 20; Nafekh, Dani 3-6 0-0 9; Gianotti, Pele 3-8 0-0 8; Song, Sophia 2-4 0-0 6; Anderson, Marly 3-7 0-0 6; Bessolo, Nina 2-3 0-0 5; Eaton, Karley 1-2 0-0 3; Hall, Cierra 0-3 2-2 2; Gibb, Emma 0-0 0-0 0; Eaton, Kourtney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 6-6 79.

Portland State................ 15 12 18 22 - 67
UC Davis......................... 17 17 23 22 - 79

3-point goals--Portland State 9-22 (RIELLY, Sidney 4-5; JIMENEZ, Kylie 3-6; BROWN, Kiana 2-8; STREUN, Tatiana 0-1; JAMES, Corey 0-2), UC Davis 15-28 (Nagel, Rachel 6-11; Nafekh, Dani 3-4; Gianotti, Pele 2-5; Song, Sophia 2-4; Eaton, Karley 1-2; Bessolo, Nina 1-2). Fouled out--Portland State-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Portland State 32 (WEST, Courtney 8), UC Davis 36 (Bertsch, Morgan 9). Assists--Portland State 7 (BROWN, Kiana 2; JIMENEZ, Kylie 2), UC Davis 23 (Gianotti, Pele 5; Eaton, Kourtney 5). Total fouls--Portland State 9, UC Davis 13. Technical fouls--Portland State-None,
UC Davis-None. A-335