Dec. 7, 2002
CHICO, Calif. - Marissa White scored 18 second-half points, including a three-pointer with :40 left that gave the Wildcats a two-point lead they wouldn't surrender as Chico State defeated UC Davis, 88-85, in the California Collegiate Athletic Association women's conference opener for both teams Saturday evening in Acker Gym.
With the loss UC Davis falls to 1-2 on the season while Chico State improves to 3-0.
In a game of runs that produced 12 ties and 17 lead changes, it was Chico that put the final run together. Trailing 82-81 with :56 left, White's three-pointer gave the Wildcats a two-point lead. The lead would go to three following two more White free throws with :25 left. On its ensuing possession, UC Davis post Sarah Allen missed a short jumper and Chico would hit two more free throws with :11 left to put the game out of reach.
The loss overshadowed a terrific performance from Allen, who scored a career-high 29 points. The Wildcats had no answer for her down low as she dominated the paint, grabbing nine rebounds as well.
During the second half each team tried to pull away, but each run was answered. The Aggies were down 66-60 at the 10:24 mark before going on an 11-0 run to take a five-point lead. Kim Smith got things going with a jumper and then followed with a three of her own. Allen, Jennifer Decuir and Colleen Turnbull would also contribute on the run as UC Davis held its biggest lead since early in the game.
UC Davis jumped out to a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game. Chico would respond with a 16-4 run of its own over the next six minutes before things would settle down. Freshman Jackie Turpin sparked the Aggies in the first half and she did so without the aid of a field goal. In addition to her three free throws, she added four assists, three rebounds and three steals in 13 minutes. Allen finished the half with 15 points to lead UC Davis while Decuir added 11 as the Aggies took a 39-38 lead into the intermission.
"In my 20 years of coaching basketball, that would certainly one of the better games I have been a part of," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "I am so proud of how hard we played and the way we competed. Chico did as well and you have to give them credit, it was just a terrific college basketball games."
In addition to Allen's big night, Decuir finished the game with 21 points while Colleen Turnbull added eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds for UC Davis. White finished her night with 24 points while her backcourt mate, Kim Abts, finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
The Aggies will next be in action on December 16 when they travel to Silver City, N.M. for back-to-back contests against Western New Mexico.
UC DAVIS (1-2, 0-1 CCAA)
Kimberly Smith 5-10 0-0 11, Kim Omer 3-11 2-2 8, Jennifer Decuir 8-17 4-4 21, Sarah Allen 9-18 11-14 29, Colleen Turnbull 4-12 0-0 8, Jackie Turpin 1-3 4-9 8, Jen Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Mansfield 0-0 0-0 0, Desiree Evans-Claassen 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 31-74 21-29 85.
CHICO STATE (3-0, 1-0 CCAA)
Marissa White 9-19 4-4 24, Kim Abts 6-15 0-0 13, Delise Young 4-7 0-0 10, Michelle Pietka 7-16 2-2 19, Leah Rice 2-4 4-4 8, Maija Panttaja 2-3 0-1 4, Rexanne Simpton 1-5 0-1 2, Kassidy Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Kathryn Kettles 0-1 0-0 0, Cari Havens 4-4 0-0 8, Mercedes Juarez 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-77 10-12 88.
Halftime - UC Davis, 39-38. Three-point goals - UC Davis 2-15 (Jennifer Decuir 1-6, Kimberly Smith 1-5, Kim Omer 0-3, Colleen Turnbull 0-1), Chico State 8-27 (Michelle Pietka 3-8, Marissa White 2-7, Delise Young 2-2, Kim Abts 1-4, Rexanne Simpton 0-3, Kassidy Johnson 0-1). Rebounds - UC Davis 43 (Turnbull 15), Chico State 43 (Abts, Pietka 9). Assists - UC Davis 18 (Omer, Turpin 5), Chico State 22 (Abts 12). Fouls - UC Davis 16, Chico State 25. Fouled out - none. Attendance - 652.