Nov. 28, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Ricki Radanovich knocked down 6-of-10 shots from three-point range and Ruta Zurauskyte recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as Santa Clara topped UC Davis 81-78 on Monday at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara.
UC Davis' five-game win streak comes to an end and the Aggies are now 5-1 on the season. Santa Clara improves to 5-1.
"We knew they had some size inside and some really potent three-point shooters, and so we were focusing on trying to get a lot of pressure on the ball," said head coach Jennifer Gros. "We battled but in the end, they made plays. They hit a lot of shots and scored inside, but, to our credit, I thought we really played hard and battled for 40 minutes."
Three different Aggie players finished in double digits with Kasey Riecks leading the way with a team-high 15 points. Hana Asano scored 13 points and dished out four assists while Hannah Stephens had 11 points and five rebounds.
UC Davis jumped out to a 26-18 lead midway through the first half and carried that lead through the rest of the period and into halftime. The Aggies shot 46 percent from the field and hit 6-of-13 from three-point range.
The teams traded the lead throughout the opening minutes of the second half before Santa Clara began to pull away behind a barrage of three pointers.
Alyssa Shoji hit one with 9:33 to go to put Santa Clara up by four, then Radanovich knocked down two more, extending the Bronco lead to eight points with 6:01 to play. Santa Clara took its largest lead of the game after Megan Fulps stole the ball then successfully converted the layup to give the Broncos a 12-point advantage with 5:02 to play.
UC Davis began to cut into the Bronco lead after Idit Oryon hit a three of her own, then made a jump shot to get the Aggies to within seven. Cortney French knocked down a trey, then Samantha Meggison hit two free throws, putting UC Davis down by only three points with about a minute left in the game.
As time wound down, Santa Clara went back up by five before Asano drove down the lane and laid the ball in, but time expired before UC Davis could get another shot off, sealing Santa Clara's win.
All nine players that entered the game for UC Davis scored as the Aggies shot 46 percent from the field and 44 percent from the three-point line.
"We're building our depth and our team and getting those contributions tonight gives us a more balanced attack," said Gross. "I'm going to continue to look for different players to step up and contribute in different situations, and I'm really pleased with the way everybody at some point has done that."
UC Davis' brief road trip continues as the Aggies face Stanford on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
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