Nov. 29, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Junior Sydnee Fipps shared game-high honors with 17 points while junior Kelsey Harris and sophomore Alyson Doherty added 15 points apiece, but a late three-pointer by San Francisco's Rachel Howard snapped a 66-all tie and lifted the Dons to a, 69-67, victory over the Aggies in the first game of the Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly on Friday evening in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Of UC Davis' 20 makes, 15 came from beyond the arc, but it wasn't enough to push the Aggies (1-4 overall) to the victory, as they set a school single-game record with 39 attempts from long distance and fell just two shy of the record for makes set in 2007 against Cal Poly.
San Francisco improved to 2-3 overall with the win, getting 17 points from Howard, who led three teammates in double figures.
Trailing by five points with just under seven minutes to play, the Aggies whittled the deficit down, tying the game on a trio of three-pointers by Harris, Fipps, and Idit Oryon over the next three minutes, and battling back to draw even once again as Fipps hit a jumper and Doherty sank a pair from the line to make it 66-66 with under a minute to go.
Out of a timeout, Howard wriggled her way across the baseline and found herself open in the left corner, rattling home her only three-pointer of the game off a pass by Taj Winston for the lead.
The Aggies had the final possession, getting the ball to Harris on the right elbow, but her three-point attempt was blocked to Celia Marfone, whose short jumper wouldn't go either, but Brianna Salvatore leapt into the fray, tying things up with the possession arrow in UC Davis' favor.
After a timeout, Salvatore was fouled on the inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds remaining, sinking the first and missing the second intentionally with the hopes of a put-back, but Taylor Proctor grabbed the loose ball for the Dons with three-tenths remaining to seal the win.
Marfone led the Aggies with seven rebounds -- four of those on the offensive glass and one of four UC Davis players with at least six boards on the night -- to go along with a career-high six assists. Both Harris and Fipps tied a career high with their five makes from beyond the arc, while Doherty added six rebounds to go with her 15 points on 4-of-6 from the field and career-high six free throws.
Neither team could find a way to pull away from the other in the opening half as two quick three-pointers by Fipps to open the game gave the Aggies the largest lead either side would hold in the opening 14 minutes at, 6-0, just three minutes in. The two teams would go back-and-forth with UC Davis holding a 20-19 advantage for almost three minutes late into the period before both offenses would catch fire.
Katuna hit two free throws at the 3:51 mark to give the Dons the lead and spark a 7-0 spurt for San Francisco that put it ahead, 26-20, with 2:43 to play, taking advantage of an almost nine-minute stretch that saw the Aggies, who made seven of their eight baskets from long-range in the first half (with the eighth a foot on the line at the right elbow away from a perfect 8-for-8 by Molly Greubel), go without a field goal until freshman Taylor McGuire buried a three pointer 40 seconds later.
The two teams combined for 17 points in the last two minutes of the period -- including three, three-pointers by UC Davis -- as the offenses found their groove, but Price had a pair of buckets and Howard added another as the Aggies closed to within a pair to carry a 34-29 advantage into the locker room at the break.
UC Davis returns to the court on Saturday (Nov. 30) for its final game at the Holiday Beach Classic, taking on Akron at 5 p.m. San Francisco meets host Cal Poly in the nightcap to close out the tournament.
NOTES: Friday night marked the Aggies' third defeat of 10 points or fewer this season after falling by nine to USC and eight on the road at Pacific… the previous record for three-point attempts was 36 set at Stanford on Dec. 28, 2008… Fipps has now scored in double figures in each of her last four games, averaging 17.5 ppg in that span… Harris and Fipps each sank five, three-pointers, falling just two shy of the school individual single-game record shared by Lindsey Jones and Karen Boisvert… the 15 three-pointers made were a season-high… the Aggies are 27-for-65 (.415) from three-point range in their last two games, including 10-of-19 (.526) by Kelsey Harris.