Dec. 10, 2004
AZUSA, Calif. -
Monica Somers and Sarah Leathers each scored 15 points on Friday
night and Azusa Pacific overcame an early deficit in overtime
to defeat UC Davis 75-72 in a nonconference women's basketball
game played before 211 fans at the Felix Events Center.
UC Davis dropped its third straight game, falling to 2-6 overall
while the Cougars - ranked No.18 in NAIA - won their third straight
and are 6-2. Kimberly Smith scored 18 points to lead the Aggies
while guard Jackie Turpin added 14. Post Lara Gray had a team-high
The game was tied 62-62 at the end of regulation before UC Davis
struck early in overtime for a three-point lead on a trey from
Smith. A couple of free throws from Turpin with 3 minutes, 21
seconds remaining in the extra period gave the aggies a 67-64
lead but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run over the next nearly three
minutes for a 71-64 lead. UC Davis had three turnovers during
that span and finished the game with 24 after only have nine at
A pair of free throws by Ashley Oakes with 18 seconds left in
overtime gave Azusa Pacific a 73-70 but Smith's three-point try
in the waning seconds was just off the mark. Turpin eventually
put in a short bucket after the miss but UC Davis had to foul
afterwards and was not able to catch the Cougars.
"At the end of overtime, we got the look we wanted for Kim
Smith but unfortunately it didn't go in," said Aggie coach
UC Davis led most of the second half after the game was tied
31-31 at halftime. Trailing 47-46 midway through the half, the
Aggies went on a 10-0 run - highlighted by a pair of three-pointers
from Laura Thomas - to lead 56-47 with 6:33 to play. But the Cougars
responded and tied the game 58-58 with 3:09 to play.
Azusa Pacific led 62-58 with just over two minutes to play but
UC Davis tied it on four consecutive points by Turpin. The Aggies
had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but could
not get a shot attempt.
UC Davis held a 19-12 lead in the first half and then trailed
27-19 before heading into intermission with the tie. The Cougars
had 13 second-chance points in the first half, but none in the
second. The Aggies finished with a 45-39 advantage on the boards.
"They just got after us in the first half," said Simpson.
"They got a lot of second chances. They just did a good job
going after the loose ball. That was our (focus) at halftime."
UC Davis finished 11-of-18 in the game from three-point territory,
headlined by four three-pointers from Smith and three from Thomas.
Leathers had a trio of three-pointers for the Cougars while Somers
was 5 of 9 from the field as both players went for 15 points.
Center Lindsay Rice had 18 rebounds to lead all players.
UC Davis returns to action on Saturday, traveling to face future
Big West Conference foe UC Irvine at 7 p.m.™