Nov. 19, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -
UC Davis went on a 13-3 run over a five-minute span late in the game on Friday night after Pepperdine closed to within a point as the Aggie women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a 70-62 nonconference win over the Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Junior Kasey Riecks hit four three-pointers and scored 17 points to lead UC Davis while sophomore Vicky Deely had a couple of treys off the bench and added 12 points.
The Aggies remained perfect through the early portion of their schedule, picking up their second road win to improve to 3-0 heading into Sunday's visit against No. 15 UCLA (3-0) at historic Pauley Pavilion. Guard Lauren Bell scored 18 points and Robie Mayberry tallied 15 for the Waves who dropped to 2-2.
UC Davis, which didn't score for more than four minutes to start the game, also survived a season-high 30 turnovers but shot 51.9% from the field, including making seven three-pointers.
The Aggies took the lead for good, 13-12, on a layup from Paige Mintun with 9 minutes, 6 seconds to go in the first half and then extended the lead to 22-14 two minutes later. They led 35-26 at halftime. Pepperdine, however, went on a 7-2 run near the midway point of the second half to get within 47-46 and then also trailed by just 51-50 after a jumper from Jazmine Jackson with just under eight minutes to go.
But eight straight points from UC Davis - an inside jumper from Lauren Juric, a fastbreak layup from Hannah Stephens, a jumper from Deely and a bucket from Mintun - helped the Aggies get some breathing room at 59-50 with 4:26 left.
UC Davis led by as many as 12 points down the stretch and didn't let the Waves - who already own wins this season over Big West members UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge - closer than six points.
Riecks scored 11 of her points in the first half, canning a trio of three-pointers while Juric came off the bench to score six points before the break and while adding four assists. Riecks also had three steals in the first 20 minutes, finishing the game with one more.
Mintun's layup that gave UC Davis its early 13-12 helped erase a 5-0 deficit in the game's opening minutes and ignited an 11-2 run that helped the Aggies forge the 22-14 advantage. Pepperdine trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but rallied to 30-26 with three minutes remaining after a three-pointer from Mayberry.
UC Davis countered its turnovers with 23 assists on 27 baskets including four from Juric and Heintz. Nine of the 10 Aggies who played picked up at least one assist and one steal. UC Davis finished with 12 swipes.
Pepperdine shot 30% from the field and held a 47-41 advantage on the boards. Jackson had 13. For the third straight game, Deely posted eight rebounds while Heintz had seven.
The Aggies will play their first ranked team of the season when they face UCLA for the first time in nearly four years. The 15th-ranked Bruins are coming off an 86-83 double-overtime win at Notre Dame on Thursday. Tipoff at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday is 2 p.m.