Aggies cruise past Tigers to stay unbeaten

Nov. 20, 2017

Final Stats

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Junior Morgan Bertsch finished with a game-high 20 points, while Pele Gianotti collected her sixth career double-double to lead three players in double figures, lifting UC Davis to a, 90-58, victory over host Pacific on Monday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.

The Aggies, who reached 90 points for the second time this season after they posted a season-high 91 against Washington State in the season opener, remained unbeaten to start the season, improving to 4-0 overall while winning for the sixth straight time on the road. The Tigers, who got a team-high 13 points and six rebounds from GeAnna Luaulu-Summers, suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 2-1.

"I was really proud of our focus from start to finish," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "We've talked about working to finish games with the same focus we start them, and I thought we did a really nice job at that today."

Senior Rachel Nagel added 17 points and seven rebounds in the win, while senior Marly Anderson came off the bench to tie a career high with 11 rebounds to go with seven points in 19 minutes. For Bertsch, it was her third consecutive 20-point performance while Gianotti scored 16 of her 18 points in the opening half while finishing with 10 rebounds.

"(Marly) is just always in the right place at the right time," Gross said. "She's our safety net back there, her instincts are so good, she reads the drives, she knows when to help, when to stay back, and she has really stepped up her rebounding. She locks down our defense."

The double-double was the first for a UC Davis player this season, and the first since since Gianotti finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Hawai'i on Feb. 16 of last season. With Gianotti and Anderson in double figures in the rebound column, the Aggies finished with two-or-more players with 10-or-more rebounds for the first time since March 11, 2016, when Celia Marfone (12) and Alyson Doherty (11) accomplished the feat against UC Riverside at the Big West Conference Tournament.

UC Davis led for all but 75 seconds of game time as Bertsch scored her second basket of the contest at the 7:35 mark of the opening quarter for a 7-6 lead and the Aggies never looked back, sparking an 11-4 run that put them up six midway through the opening quarter.

Pacific clawed its way back to within three points near the end of the first, but a 15-2 explosion over a three-and-a-half minute span midway through the second put UC Davis up 17 with 3:01 to play and the Aggies salted the game away from there, leading 45-30 at the break before going ahead by as many as 35 points with 3:33 remaining in the game.

Bertsch finished 10-of-14 from the floor for the game, helping UC Davis shoot just over 52 percent for the game, while the defense blocked six shots, posted seven steals, and held the Tigers to just 31 percent from the field overall. The Aggies also drained 12 three-pointers on the night -- the third time in four games this season that they have finished with 10-or-more makes from beyond the arc -- led by Gianotti, who was 4-for-5 from distance.

"Pacific is a really nice team that does a great job of getting outing transition and they have some great individual scoring," Gross said. "We knew that was going to be a challenge for us tonight and our main goal was to limit their transition opportunities and make them shoot contested jumpers."

UC Davis continues its road swing over the holiday weekend, giving thanks on Friday (Nov. 24) at Southern Utah, before heading to the Pacific Northwest to take on Seattle on Sunday (Nov. 26). Both games are scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off at their respective sites.

UC DAVIS 90, PACIFIC 58

UC DAVIS (4-0; 0-0)
Bertsch, Morgan 10-14 0-0 20; Gianotti, Pele 6-8 2-2 18; Nagel, Rachel 6-11 3-4 17; Bessolo, Nina 3-6 0-0 8; Nafekh, Dani 3-4 0-0 8; Anderson, Marly 3-5 1-1 7; Hall, Cierra 2-12 0-0 6; Eaton, Karley 1-4 0-0 2; Eaton, Kourtney 1-3 0-0 2; Hsu, Kaitlyn 1-1 0-0 2; Song, Sophia 0-1 0-0 0; Gibb, Emma 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-69 6-7 90.

PACIFIC (2-1; 0-0)
Luaulu-Summers,G. 4-13 2-2 13; LI,Ameela 4-8 0-0 10; Lidy,Chelsea 4-9 0-0 9; Sumsion,Savannah 4-9 0-0 8; McDavid,Brooklyn 3-7 0-0 6; Blakeslee,Jessica 2-4 0-0 5; Newman,Isabel 1-5 2-2 4; Finnie,Desire 1-10 0-0 2; Grant,Jenelle 0-8 1-2 1; Parker,Issy 0-0 0-0 0; Tillman,Lianna 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-74 5-6 58.

UC Davis......................   25   20   26   19  -   90
Pacific.......................   16   14   15   13  -   58

3-point goals--UC Davis 12-23 (Gianotti, Pele 4-5; Bessolo, Nina 2-5; Hall, Cierra 2-3; Nagel, Rachel 2-4; Nafekh, Dani 2-2; Song, Sophia 0-1; Eaton, Kourtney 0-1; Eaton, Karley 0-2), Pacific 7-20 (Luaulu-Summers,G. 3-8; LI,Ameela 2-4; Blakeslee,Jessica 1-2; Lidy,Chelsea 1-1; Grant,Jenelle 0-2; Tillman,Lianna 0-1; Newman,Isabel 0-2). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Pacific-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 46 (Anderson, Marly 11), Pacific 38 (Blakeslee,Jessica 6; Luaulu-Summers,G. 6; Finnie,Desire 6). Assists--UC Davis 19 (Eaton, Kourtney 5), Pacific 14 (Luaulu-Summers,G. 5). Total fouls--UC Davis 10, Pacific 10. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Pacific-None. A-500