Spartans Use Big First Half To Post 70-58 Victory Over Aggies

Dec. 7, 2004

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Amber Jackson scored a game-high 26 points to lead two Spartan players with double-doubles as San Jose State posted a 70-58 victory over UC Davis Tuesday evening at Walt McPherson Court.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 2-5 on the season while the Spartans improve to 4-2.

The teams traded baskets early until Spartan Jessica Kellogg hit the first of three three-pointers on the night to spark an 18-2 run midway through the first half. It was a 14-0 run before Lara Gray's layup halted the Aggies' drought at five minutes, 10 seconds, but the damage was done as the Spartans took a two-point lead and expanded it to 14. A Laura Thomas three and a pair of Kimberly Smith free throws cut the lead to 13 with 5:37 remaining in the half, but the Aggies went cold again, missing their final six shots and committing five turnovers as the Spartans extended their lead to 25 by halftime at 42-17.

Turnovers hurt UC Davis in the half as it committed 15 miscues which led to 20 Spartan points.

In the second half San Jose State extended its lead to 29 in the opening minutes before UC Davis made a charge. Trailing 48-19, UC Davis scored 14 of the next 16 points as Smith hit a pair of three-pointers and Ellen Porshneva converted two layups to make it 50-33 with 13:35 left. The Spartans withstood the challenge and struck for two quick layups to take the lead back to 21, where it hovered for the next five minutes.

The Aggies closed to within 11 on a Smith layup with 1:57 remaining, but that was a close as they got as Lindsay Harris hit a pair of free throws to close out the scoring for a 12-point margin of victory.

Smith finished the game with 18 points to lead the Aggies while Porshneva and Jackie Turpin added 13 each. Gray had six points and a team-high 11 rebounds as the Aggies finished a stretch of three games in four nights. UC Davis, which shot 24 percent in the first half, finished the game shooting 34 percent overall.



In Addition to Jackson's 26 points and 10 rebounds, Nica Gemo added 10 points and 12 boards as the Spartans finished the night shooting 50 percent from the field. San Jose State held a commanding 48-30 edge in points in the paint, with Jackson and Gemo doing most of the damage.

UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it heads south to face Azusa Pacific at 5:30 p.m.