Nov. 22, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Samantha Meggison had her fifth-straight double-digit scoring effort of the season with 16 points and Blair Shinoda grabbed 10 rebounds as the pair led the UC Davis women's basketball team to a 64-50 win over the University of San Francisco on Tuesday at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis improves to 5-0 on the year, matching its start to the 2007-08 season which was the Aggies' first as an official member of the Big West Conference.
USF drops to 1-4.
"Across the board our effort was pretty consistent," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We've been in the situation where we get a nice lead and, to their credit, they came right back at us and didn't give up. We just have to stand strong defensively because when we're getting stops that energy creates great things for us on the other side."
San Francisco scored the first basket of the game but then UC Davis took control and built an 11-2 lead before Taj Winston knocked down a three-point shot at the 11:04 mark for the Dons.
USF would make a small rally, taking a 12-11 lead with 8:44 to go and the teams traded the lead over the next four minutes before Sydnee Fipps and Brianna Salvatore scored on consecutive possessions to put UC Davis up 24-19 with 2:45 to play. Idit Oryon added a jumper of her own and the Aggies took a 26-19 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, USF stayed with UC Davis until Meggison hit a three pointer to give the Aggies a 33-26 lead with 16:33 left. A Cortney French trey, followed by her putback on UC Davis' next possession extended the Aggie lead to double digits.
Rheina Ale brought the Dons to within six points after she knocked down a three with 9:30 to play, but that would be as close as USF would get. The Aggies scored eight unanswered points until Ale made one-of-two free throws with 5:34 to go, but by then UC Davis owned a 13-point lead.
Katy Keating knocked down her sixth three-point shot of the night, bringing the score to 55-46 with 3:27 to go, but the Aggies closed out the game on an 8-4 run to seal their fifth straight victory.
Meggison shot 4-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out three assists.
"Samantha is the Jane of all trades," said Gross. "She's really versatile. We can put her inside or outside. She'll shoot the three when it's open. She's getting to the line and hitting those shots. Her biggest asset right now is defensively, and she's bringing tremendous energy and great leadership out there right now."
Cortney French scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, hitting three from beyond the arc while Brianna Salvatore added a career-high seven rebounds.
For San Francisco, Keating led all scorers with 18 points and shot 50 percent from three-point land. Mel Khlok added 11 points while Whitney Daniels grabbed 10 rebounds. Vania Singleterry recorded four blocks.
UC Davis returns to the road on Monday as the Aggies travel to face Santa Clara at the Leavey Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.