Dec. 8, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. -
Boise State recovered from missing 17 of its first 18 shots and scoring just three points in the first nearly 13 minutes to catch UC Davis and hold off the Aggies 58-56 in an exciting nonconference women's basketball game at The Pavilion on Friday night.
Senior guard Laura Thomas tied a career high with five three-pointers and scored a team-high 15 points while Haylee Donaghe and Heather Bates each scored 11 points. Bates also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Guard Jessica Thompson had 13 points to pace the Broncos. UC Davis fell to 2-7 while Boise State, which beat the Aggies for the second time this season, improved to 6-3.
UC Davis had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds but Bates' three-point attempt with eight seconds left was off the mark and Tasha Harris got the rebound and was fouled. She made a pair of free throws for a four-point lead before Genevieve Costello scored on a layup at the buzzer for the final difference.
The Broncos earned the win after rebounding from a tough start that saw them go 1-for-18 from the field and fall behind UC Davis 15-3 in the games' first nearly 13 minutes of play. Thompson's layup with 6:12 to play in the first half broke the slump. Donaghe's layup three minutes later helped UC Davis build the lead back up to 19-9 after the Aggies had earlier gone scoreless for more than seven minutes. UC Davis led 24-18 at the half.
Boise State shot just 20 percent (6 of 30) from the floor, including only 1-of-10 from three-point, during the first 20 minutes while the Aggies shot just 33 percent (9 of 27) overall and were 4 of 16 from long distance.
Trailing 32-25 early in the second half, the Broncos went on an 11-0 run to take a 36-32 lead after Harris' layup with 14:30 left. Bates' trey nearly two minutes later gave the Aggies the lead back at 37-36, beginning a final stretch run that saw the game tied four more times and the lead change hands seven more times.
Rebecca Kepilino's basket with 1:21 to go gave Boise State the lead for good at 56-54. UC Davis had a turnover and missed an opportunity to get a rebound on a missed Bronco free throw as it attempted to tie the game. Thompson's missed free throw with 22 seconds left set up the Aggies' final game-tying opportunity.
Boise State shot 54 percent from the field after halftime, finishing at 38 percent for the game. The Aggies made 34 percent of their shots overall.
"We had our chances to close it out but to Boise State's credit they made shots when they had to," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "They shot almost 55 percent in the second half."
The game was a marked improvement from the teams' season-opening meeting in Boise, Idaho, which the Broncos won 73-56.
UC Davis will now turn its attention to rival Sacramento State when the Hornets visit The Pavilion on Sunday for a 2 p.m. Causeway Classic matchup.