Dec. 4, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps scored a career-high 13 points, hitting 3-of-4 three-point shots in the second half to lead the UC Davis women's basketball game to a 68-57 win over Sacramento State on Sunday at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis improves to 6-2 on the year and defeats Sacramento State for the third straight time. The Hornets move to 4-4 overall.
"We came out super confident and we were ready to just step up and hit shots," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We lost a little bit of focus, but to their credit they really picked up their defensive intensity. They started putting more pressure on us with their traps and that frenzied the pace a little bit, but in the second half we were able to slow it down to our pace and got really good shots."
UC Davis opened up a 15-2 lead after Kasey Riecks and Hana Asano each knocked down a couple of threes. The Aggies held Sacramento State scoreless for over five minutes until Jordan Kealoha hit a three-pointer of her own at the 13:06 mark to pause the Hornet drought.
Riecks continued to provide an offensive spark for UC Davis, hitting her third trey of the half with 6:36 to go. Her 11 points helped the Aggies to a 23-10 lead.
Sacramento State cut into UC Davis' lead, using a fast-paced full court offense to force the Aggies to turn the ball over, but UC Davis took a 29-20 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, both teams traded baskets, and Sacramento State stayed within just a few points of UC Davis as Emily Christensen hit a three with 15:03 to go to bring the score to 36-33. The Aggies went back up by seven after Idit Oryon and Asano both hit layups, but Sadie Clements' three pointer brought the Hornets back to within two possessions with 11:50 to play.
The back and forth would play out over the next three minutes when Clements hit a jumper to tie the score at 44 points with 8:49 left in the game.
The freshman Fipps stepped up big for UC Davis, hitting a layup with 7:55 to go, then sinking back-to-back three-point shots to give the Aggies a seven-point lead with 5:56 to go.
From there UC Davis returned to a double-digit lead when Fipps hit yet another trey, putting the Aggies up 60-48 with under five minutes to play. Hannah Stephens swished through a three-point shot of her own, then connected with Fipps for a play down low and the Aggies lead reached 17, their largest of the night.
The Hornets got to within 10 points back, but that's as close as Sacramento State would get. The Hornets closed the game on a 9-3 run, but could not close the gap created by Fipps and the Aggies.
Riecks finished with 14 points, hitting 4-of-7 from three-point range while Asano had 11 points. Samantha Meggison dished out six assists to go with nine points while Brianna Salvatore pulled down seven rebounds.
For Sacramento State, Christensen and Kylie Kuhns picked up double-doubles as Christensen finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kuhns had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
After a break for final exams, UC Davis returns to the road to face Saint Mary's on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. in Moraga.