Nov. 30, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Hannah Stephens had a career-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, hitting three from beyond the arc in the first half to lead the UC Davis women's basketball team, but fifth-ranked Stanford received double-digit scoring efforts from four players to take a 93-44 victory on Wednesday at Maples Pavilion in Stanford.
UC Davis picks up its second straight loss, moving to 5-2 overall while Stanford improves to 5-1.
"We came out with tremendous energy and a lot of confidence and I thought we played our defense really well and had some really good action on the offensive side of the ball," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We tried to buckle down and get some stops and some scores, but unfortunately we just couldn't get the ball to drop for us on the other side."
Stanford jumped to an early 8-4 lead, but Stephens singlehandedly kept UC Davis within reach, knocking down three treys in the opening eight minutes of the first half.
The Cardinal opened up a 23-15 lead by the 8:49 mark, largely in part to three-point shooting from Sara James who hit two from beyond the arc to put Stanford up by six points.
The combination of the Ogwumike sisters and hot three-point shooting for Stanford helped the Cardinal go up by double digits with 5:52 left in the half. Joslyn Tinkle knocked down a trey, then Chiney Ogwumike and Nnemkadi Ogwumike combined for the Cardinal's next six points before Bonnie Samuelson hit back-t0-back treys. With 2:29 left in the half, Stanford owned a 42-23 lead.
UC Davis cut into the Stanford lead with a jumper from Blair Shinoda, but the Cardinal took a 51-23 lead into halftime behind 18 first-half points from Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
The Aggie offense came together out of the break and UC Davis was able to knock down a few shots. Stephens found Samantha Meggison cutting down the lane and she laid the ball in, then Idit Oryon took the ball in herself, driving to the basket and completing a pretty up-and-under layup.
Sydnee Fipps and Kasey Riecks found a rhythm from the three-point line as well, connecting on back-to-back treys to bring the score to 70-39. Hana Asano drove down the lane, then dished it out to Riecks on the right side, then Fipps swished a three through two possessions later.
Stephens continued her career performance, hitting consecutive three-point shots, then converting a layup with 2:39 to go.
The Stanford lead was too large for the Aggies to overcome, however, and the fifth-ranked Cardinal claimed the 93-44 win.
"We knew that size would be a disadvantage coming in, so we were committed as a team to try and rebound together," said Gross. "We knew we would give up some offensive boards and some putbacks and we were okay with that. My hope was that we could be a little more productive on the offensive side. We had really good looks from start to finish, but we just couldn't get them to drop. We have some really good shooters on our team and the ball just didn't bounce our way tonight."
Riecks scored nine point on 4-of-10 shooting as the Aggies shot 36 percent from the floor. Meggison dished out five assists while Stephens and Shinoda each grabbed three rebounds.
For Stanford, Nnemkadi Ogwumike led all scorers with 20 points in only 21 minutes of action. Tinkle added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting while Bonnie Samuelson was 5-of-8 from three-point land.
"The girls are doing everything we're asking of them with confidence and a lot of pride," Gross added. "We have our sights set on another tournament appearance and we're just trying to improve and get ourselves better. We've been fortunate to win some games early on and we're hopeful that we can continue that way."
UC Davis returns to The Pavilion to host Sacramento State on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.