Nov. 26, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Jessica Campbell posted her first collegiate double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds while the Aggie defense held the Penguins to 34 percent shooting in the second as UC Davis rallied for the 79-70 victory over Dominican University in a women's non-conference basketball game Wednesday night at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 2-0 on the young season while Dominican falls to 4-2.
Early on it was Dominican controlling the tempo of the game, jumping out to a six-point lead just over six minutes into the contest. Guard Jeri Swanson and forward Catherine Gravelle led the way offensively, combining for 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting in the first half as the Penguins increased the lead to 10 midway through the opening period. Dominican was also sparked by its defensive play as it forced the Aggies into 15 first-half turnovers resulting in 18 Penguin points. Campbell kept the Aggies close as she scored 10 in the opening half as UC Davis cut the lead to four by halftime.
Dominican opened the second half on a 7-2 run to push the lead back to double figures at 48-37, punctuated by a Gravelle tip-in at the 17:16 mark. The Aggies responded with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes, cutting the lead to four after a Kim Omer three-point play. Trailing by six with just over nine minutes remaining, Omer cut the deficit in half with one of her four three-pointers on the night and Campbell followed with a three-point play of her own after being fouled on a layup. Katie Christensen's free throw but Dominican up one, but freshman Ellen Porshneva's layup gave the Aggies their first lead since early in the contest. Kim Smith's three-point play on the next possession pushed the lead to four, giving UC Davis it's first bit of breathing room.
Christensen's layup at the 4:09 mark cut the lead to two at 70-68, but Dominican would get no closer as the Aggies went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to put the game away. The run included five points from Campbell, along with two rebounds and a blocked shot.
"Dominican's pressure defense made it difficult for us to get into our offense early on," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "They were the aggressors for most of the first half and the opening minutes of the second. But we came back on three occasions from nine points down. It usually takes a lot out of you to keep coming back but we found a way to get it done. I've been coaching for 20 years and this is one of the best character wins I've been around.
"Jessica really stepped up in the second half and took control," Simpson continued. "She made the big plays when we needed her to, she just had a wonderful game."
Campbell finished her night with a game-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and two assists. Porshneva added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Omer chipped in 17 points and five assists. In all four Aggies finished in double figures as UC Davis shot 50 percent from the field for the second straight game. The Aggies also held a 46-29 edge on the boards.
Dominican was led by Gravelle's 15 points and seven rebounds, one of four players in double figures. Lauren Presley added 14 points and five assists, while Christensen finished her night with 12 points.
UC Davis will next be in action on Tuesday when it opens California Collegiate Athletic Association play by hosting Chico State at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.