SEATTLE -- Junior Morgan Bertsch finished with a game-high 25 points, while senior Rachel Nagel added a career-high 23, helping UC Davis to its best start in the program's Division I history, claiming its sixth straight win after a, 79-53, victory on the road at SeattleU on Sunday afternoon at the Connolly Complex.
Having opened with five straight wins for the third time since 2007-08, the Aggies improved to 6-0 with the victory, claiming their eighth consecutive road win in the process. The run is the longest since the 1994 squad began the year 7-0.
The Redhawks, who got a team-high 15 points from Jacinta Beckley and 12 more from Alexis Montgomery, fell to 3-3 with the loss, limited to just 32 percent from the floor for the game.
Bertsch, a biomedical engineering major from Santa Rosa, Calif, posted her fifth consecutive 20-point performance, hitting 11-of-19 from the line and adding five rebounds in just 19 minutes of play. The total pushed her career total to 1,099 points, passing both Assistant Coach Des Abeyta (1996-00) and Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 14th on the all-time list, and placing her just four points behind Brenda Wyneken (1981-84) for 13th.
The post also added four blocks on the day, making her the fifth player in school history to reach the century mark in that category with 102.
Meanwhile, Nagel surpassed her previous career high of 21 points set against Montana State on Nov. 23 of last season, hitting a career-high tying 8-of-11 from the floor and adding four rebounds in 27 minutes. Junior psychology major Kourtney Eaton finished with a career high 11 assists -- the most by an Aggie since Molly Greubel finished with a school-record 14 helpers at UC Irvine in 2014.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw four tied scorers and neither team building more than a four-point advantage. After Montgomery cut the deficit to two points with the first bucket of the second quarter, the Aggies got back-to-back three-point plays by Bertsch and Pele Gianotti to power an 8-2 burst and they finished off the first half by scoring 10 of the final 11 points, holding the Redhawks to without a field goal for the final 4:07, and carrying a 37-22 into the locker room at the break.
SeattleU never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way as UC Davis, which never trailed and was tied for only 2:24 of game time, led by as many as 27 en route to the win. The Aggies finished with a, 45-40, advantage on the glass and a, 42-24, lead in points in the paint.
Sunday marked the second time this season that the Aggies finished with two players with 20-or-more points, the first coming against Portland State when Bertsch and Nagel each finished with 20.
UC Davis returns home for its next two games, beginning with a Causeway Cup battle against Sacramento State on Thursday (Nov. 30) at The Pavilion. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS 79, SEATTLE U 53
UC DAVIS (6-0)
Bertsch, Morgan 11-19 3-3 25; Nagel, Rachel 8-11 4-6 23; Hall, Cierra 3-6 2-4 8; Eaton, Karley 2-3 1-1 6; Anderson, Marly 3-5 0-0 6; Bessolo, Nina 1-3 2-2 5; Gianotti, Pele 2-5 1-1 5; Nafekh, Dani 0-2 1-2 1; Song, Sophia 0-3 0-0 0; Hsu, Kaitlyn 0-0 0-0 0; Gibb, Emma 0-1 0-2 0; Eaton, Kourtney 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 14-21 79.
SEATTLE U (3-3)
Beckley, Jacinta 6-13 1-1 15; Montgomery, Alexis 5-13 1-2 12; Spiller, Kallin 4-8 1-3 9; Williams, McKenzi 3-9 0-2 6; Lewey, Ashlyn 2-4 0-0 5; Bieg, Carla 1-2 1-2 3; Orji, Leilia 1-2 1-2 3; McCann, Delaney 0-2 0-0 0; Bedoya, Genessa 0-2 0-0 0; Dopplick, Madeline 0-2 0-0 0; Sanders, Kamira 0-12 0-2 0. Totals 22-69 5-14 53.
UC Davis...................... 17 20 22 20 - 79
Seattle U..................... 13 9 17 14 - 53
3-point goals--UC Davis 5-20 (Nagel, Rachel 3-5; Bessolo, Nina 1-2; Eaton, Karley 1-2; Gianotti, Pele 0-3; Nafekh, Dani 0-2; Song, Sophia 0-2; Eaton, Kourtney 0-3; Bertsch, Morgan 0-1), Seattle U 4-16 (Beckley, Jacinta 2-4; Lewey, Ashlyn 1-2; Montgomery, Alexis 1-3; Bieg, Carla 0-1; McCann, Delaney 0-1; Bedoya, Genessa 0-1; Dopplick, Madeline 0-1; Sanders, Kamira 0-2; Spiller, Kallin 0-1). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Seattle U-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 45 (Hall, Cierra 6), Seattle U 40 (Spiller, Kallin 10). Assists--UC Davis 17 (Eaton, Kourtney 11), Seattle U 10 (Bedoya, Genessa 2; Beckley, Jacinta 2). Total fouls--UC Davis 15, Seattle U 21. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Seattle U-TEAM. A-376
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