Nov. 30, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Center Mary Jane Krueger posted a game-high 17 points to go with a game-best 10 rebounds on Tuesday as the University of San Francisco used a 21-4 run over a six-minute span of the second half to break open a close game in an 80-61 win over UC Davis in a women's basketball game at War Memorial Gym.
UC Davis dropped to 1-3 on the season while the Dons improved to 3-2. Sophomore post Ellen Porshneva scored 16 points, leading three Aggies in double figures. Jessica Campbell scored 11 points while post Lara Gray had 10 points to go with nine rebounds.
UC Davis, which trailed by as much as 20-7 in the first half, rallied to within 38-31 at halftime. The Aggies closed the gap to 38-35 early in the second half and were only down 40-37 with 16 minutes, 28 seconds to before the Dons started to pull away. Nykia Peace had four points and three other players had two each as San Francisco put together a 10-0 run to build the lead to 50-37 with 13:45 to go.
The Dons then scored 11 of the next 15 points to forge a 61-41 lead midway through the half, taking control of the game.
"We played OK and they put a run on us but we fought back," said UC Davis coach Sandy Simpson. "I was really pleased we showed the character to bounce back but in the end (it was) too much size... Toni Russell also had a lot of quickness."
Russell, the Don's point guard, had five steals and four assists in the first half before sitting down with three fouls just as San Francisco started to pull away in the second half. After trailing by 20 points, UC Davis could get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
The Dons used a sizeable size advantage against the Aggies, grabbing 20 of their 37 total rebounds on the offensive end. That helped San Francisco take 22 more shots than UC Davis (69 to 47).
The game was tied twice in the first half before a 14-0 scoring run put San Francisco in front 20-7 with 11:32 to play before intermission. However, guard Lindsey Jones hit the first of her three treys in the game, igniting an Aggie rally which brought them to within 20-16. UC Davis was later down 38-28 before only going down seven points at the break.
Dominique Carter scored 16 points for San Francisco while guard Jennifer Katsuyama had 12 off the bench. The Dons also had 21 steals, part of the Aggies' 27 turnovers. UC Davis shot well from three-point territory, converting 8 of 14.
The Aggies head into Saturday's home game against Menlo College at 6 p.m. having been competitive during each of their first four games against an NCAA Division I schedule. Still, Simpson said the team has loftier goals as it continues to transition to its new division.
"We're out to win every game," he said. "And when we step on the floor, our goal is to win."
UC Davis' game against Menlo is part of "Break the Record Night", a promotion with the men's team to attempt to fill The Pavilion to its capacitiy of more than 7,500 fans. The Aggie men will host on Northern Arizona at 8 p.m. as part of the doubleheader.
UC DAVIS (1-3)
Kimberly Smith 1-5 0-0 3, Lara Gray 4-10 2-4 10, Jackie Turpin 0-3 6-8 6, Jessica Campbell 4-7 2-2 11, Ellen Porshneva 6-12 3-6 16, Lindsey Jones 3-5 0-0 9, Rachel Berman 0-1 0-0 0, Christina Perricone 0-1 0-0 0, Amy Glassman 2-3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 20-47 13-20 61.
SAN FRANCISCO (3-2)
Jenni Jones 1-7 0-0 2, Toni Russell 2-7 0-0 5, Dominique Carter 8-20 0-0 16. Mary Jane Krueger 7-8 3-4 17, Lisa Olden 1-2 0-0 2, Jennifer Katsuyama 5-7 0-0 12, Leeane Jensen 2-4 4-4 8, Katy Preston 0-1 0-0 0, LaShaunte Stephens 2-7 2-2 8, Nykia Peace 3-5 2-2 8, Breann Sitton 1-1 0-0 2.
Halftime - USF 38-31. Three-point goals - UCD 8-14 (Jones 3-4, Glassman 2-3, Campbell 1-1, Porshneva 1-1, Smith 1-3, Gray 0-1, Turpin 0-1), USF 5-16 (Katsuyama 2-2, Stephens 2-4, Russell 1-4, Jones 0-2, Carter 0-4). Rebounds - UCD 30 (Gray 9), USF 37 (Krueger 10). Assists - UCD 15 (Smith 5), USF 22 (Jones 4, Russell 4). Total fouls - UCD 11, USF 12. Fouled out - none. Att. - 1,011