Nov. 30, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps finished with a team-high 22 points en route to all-tournament honors while teammates Alyson Doherty and Kelsey Harris also finished in double figures as the Aggies ran out quickly and defeated Akron, 71-58, in the third game of the Holiday Beach Classic hosted by Cal Poly on Saturday evening in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The victory improved UC Davis to 2-4 overall (1-1 in the tournament) as the Aggies shot 45 percent from the field overall -- including a 52 percent clip in the second half -- and out rebounded the Zips, 43-37, for the game, led by a career-high nine boards from Molly Greubel.
Akron, which fell to the host Mustangs by 10 points in its tournament opener on Friday, fell to 3-4 overall on the season and finished 0-2 in San Luis Obispo.
Fipps hit 9-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from three-point range, as she eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the second time this season (the ninth of her career) and tallied her fifth-consecutive double-digit scoring performance since being held to single-digits in the season opener against USC.
Doherty was an efficient 6-for-8 from the floor and added seven rebounds to her total in 21 minutes while Harris buried a trio of three-pointers and shared team-high honors with four steals as UC Davis' defense forced 23 turnovers and finished with 18 steals on the night.
Rachel Tecca led all players with 24 points on 10-of-22 from the floor in 34 minutes while Hanna Luburgh added 18 points and nine rebounds, but hit just 4-of-14 from the field for the game.
Picking up where they left off on Friday night against San Francisco, the Aggies' offense came out firing to start Saturday night's contest, opening the game on an 13-4 run over the first four minutes while the defense was suffocating, forcing four turnovers en route to the early lead.
Akron would close back to within five points on a couple of occasions, but UC Davis opened the floodgates with a 9-0 run thanks to a pair of free throws by Harris and another from Salvatore to open a 14-point advantage and the Aggies extended their lead to as many as 22 points thanks to a 13-2 run over a five-minute span as they carried a 41-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
The second half saw both offenses cool off as Akron was just 2-of-11 from the field while UC Davis hit 3-of-11 from the floor in the first eight minutes, but a 13-2 burst from the Aggies -- including 10 consecutive points by Fipps -- rebuild their lead to 28 points at 61-33 and they never looked back.
A 12-2 spurt by the Zips brought the deficit back to under 20 points and they eventually closed to with 13 points in the final two minutes using a press that forced five turnovers and held UC Davis to just a single shot over a three-minute stretch, but Harris hit a pair from the line and Doherty scored inside to keep Akron at bay, offsetting a 6-for-6 performance from the line by the Zips in the final two minutes.
The Aggies return to the court for their longest road trip of the season next week as they head East to take on top-ranked Connecticut on Thursday (Dec. 5) at 4 p.m. (PT) in Hartford, Conn., before taking on Hofstra on Saturday at 10 a.m. (PT) in Hempstead, N.Y.
NOTES: Saturday's game marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs and UC Davis' first against an opponent from the Mid-American Conference… Fipps is averaging 18.4 ppg over her last five contests (92 points total)… Saturday marked the third-straight contest that the Aggies have made 10-or-more from beyond the arc, shooting .409 (38-for-93) in that stretch after making just 11-of 39 (.282) in their first two games… the 18 steals were a season-high, matching their total from the last three games combined… the 58 points were a season-low for a UC Davis opponent this season.