Nov. 30, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps scored 14 points while freshmen Heidi Johnson and Alyson Doherty paired up for eight combined rebounds as UC Davis hosted No. 1 Stanford in front of a crowd of 2,612 fans, falling 87-38 at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis moves to 2-3 on the year while Stanford improved to 7-0.
Fipps shot 4-of-13 from the field, hit two treys and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line for her fifth consecutive double-digit scoring performance. She was the Aggies' leading scorer for the fourth game.
It was the ninth-largest attendance for a home game in UC Davis women's basketball history.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to compete against the best," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We had an incredible atmosphere at The Pavilion tonight. Our goal was to compete, and I thought there were stretches where we did that. We are going to learn a lot from this game and continue to improve."
Johnson and Doherty grabbed four boards apiece while Johnson added in a career-high six points. Blair Shinoda and Cortney French each finished with six points.
The UC Davis defense also forced 17 Stanford turnovers, a season high for the Cardinal. Molly Greubel had three steals while Aniya Baker and Shinoda each had a pair of steals.
"Stanford has so many weapons," said Gross. "I thought we did some nice things defensively in the second half. Aniya Baker and Molly Greubel were able to get some steals and create offensive opportunities for us. Our energy stayed high throughout the second half and we did a better job competing on the boards. We are a young team that is improving day by day, and this was a great opportunity for us."
Stanford was led by Chiney Ogwumike's double-double as the Cardinal junior registered 27 points and 13 rebounds. Toni Kokenis was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc for 11 points while Sara James added 10 points.
Stanford took a quick 8-0 lead, forcing an Aggie timeout at the 18:09 mark. Out of the timeout, however, French popped up a three which swished through, then followed that with her second trey of the night just moments later to cut into the Stanford lead with 16 minutes left.
At the 10:48 mark, Johnson grabbed an offensive rebound, then put away the layup to bring UC Davis within seven points at 19-12, but the Cardinal used a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 29-14 lead until Fipps stopped the run with a long trey from the left wing. Her layup at the 5:15 mark was the last Aggie field goal of the half as Stanford scored 10 unanswered points and took a 46-19 lead into halftime.
A three from Shinoda at the 17:16 mark of the second half sparked an Aggie run. Trailing 56-21, Shinoda banked in a long three off a pass from Doherty, then grabbed a steal on the other end of the court before finding a wide open Sydnee Fipps on the left wing for a three of her own.
Later in the half, Johnson provided another spark for the UC Davis offense, registering another Aggie steal before finding Greubel who sank a wide-open baseline three with 13:23 left in the game. Johnson added a 10-foot jumper of her own, but Stanford responded with a three from Taylor Greenfield for a 65-33 lead with 11:31 to play.
Fipps came up short on a three-point attempt at the 8:53 mark, but Celia Marfone grabbed the offensive board and found Doherty who layed the ball in. Just a few seconds later, it was Doherty with a rebound on the defensive end and Fipps with the ensuing layup.
Down the stretch, the Cardinal outscored UC Davis 19-1 for an 87-38 final score.
UC Davis continues a three-game homestand by hosting Saint Mary's on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion.