Nov. 27, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sophomore Ellen Porshneva scored a game-high 17 points while point guard Jackie Turpin made seven free throws in the final 36 seconds as UC Davis held off host Sacramento State 58-50 in a nonconference women's basketball game played before 264 fans at the Hornets' Nest.
UC Davis earned its first win of the season, improving to 1-2, while the Hornets dropped to 1-2. Stephanie Cherry and Tyeisha Brown each had 13 points for Sacramento State, which trailed 42-28 midway through the second half before rallying to within 49-47 with less than three minutes to play.
The Aggies and Hornets were renewing a Causeway Classic series that was last played in 1994. They will play again later in the season at The Pavilion at UC Davis.
"We told our kids before the game how big this (rivalry) is to both schools but none of them remember the last time we played," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson.
Saturday's game was tied five times in the first half before the Hornets took their final lead at 21-20 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds remaining before halftime. However, Kimberly Smith and Turpin each had layups the rest of the way as UC Davis tooka 24-21 lead into intermission. Sacramento State, which shot just 29 percent (8 of 28) in the first half, held a 24-19 lead on the boards, an advantage UC Davis would reverse in the second half.
The Aggies extended the lead to 33-24 less than five minutes
into the final half after Porshneva's jumper gave UC Davis its
biggest lead to that point. Holding the Hornets to just seven
points over the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Aggies
continued to pull away, taking a 42-28 lead with 10:15 to play
after a layup by Porshneva.
UC Davis maintained a double-digit lead until Sacramento State's Stephanie Cherry made a layup with 8:25 to go, bringing the Hornets to within 42-33. The Aggies led 48-39 with 5:16 remaining before Sacramento State made a final run. Brown hit consecutive three-pointers to bring the Hornets to 48-45 before a pair of free throws by Cindy Alldrin made it 49-47 with 2:34 left.
UC Davis led just 51-48 with less than a minute to go, but Turpin stripped Kim Sheehy at midcourt, getting fouled on the ensuing layup and making the resulting free throws for a 53-48 lead. Turpin made 7 of 8 shots from the charity stripe inside the final minute to help the Aggies record the win.
"I thought Jackie Turpin made a couple of big plays down the stretch with her rebounds and we got her to the line and she knocked down (some) free throws," said Aggie coach Sandy Simpson. "We did a good job securing the ball at the end."
Porshneva hit 8 of 14 shots in the game and grabbed six of her eight rebounds on the offensive end. Turpin finished with nine points to go with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals. The Aggies ended with a 47-39 advantage on the boards. Smith had 11 points for UC Davis, including a pair of three-pointers.
Katelyn Ciampi had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who made just 27 percent of their shots for the game, including 4 of 20 from three-point land. UC Davis made 39 percent of its attempts, including 3 of 19 from long distance.
UC Davis returns to action on Tuesday when its visits the University fo San Francisco for a 7 p.m. tipoff.