Dec. 15, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. -- UC Davis junior Sydnee Fipps scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of three Aggies in double figures, but host Saint Mary's shot 51 percent from the field for the game en route to an, 88-71, victory on Sunday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif.
The loss dropped the Aggies to 2-7 overall on the season as UC Davis played without two key starters in sophomores Alyson Doherty (illness) and Celia Marfone (leg injury). The Gaels rebounded from their first loss of the year to improve to 8-1 overall and remain unbeaten at home with a 6-0 mark.
Fipps, held to just three points on 1-of-6 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, finished 7-of-12 from the field in the second half to post her third 20-point game of the season and the 10th of her career. She finished just two points shy of her season high of 25 set at Pacific back on Nov. 11, adding three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.
Sophomore Molly Greubel was all over both ends of the court, adding a season-high 17 points to go with four assists and four steals before fouling out with 1:44 to play. Greubel hit 5-of-10 from the field, including a trio of three pointers, and 4-of-5 from the line to fall just one point shy of her career best set at Pacific on Jan. 5 of last season.
Junior Kelsey Harris added 11 points and five rebounds for the Aggies, who also got a career-high seven rebounds from senior Idit Oryon and a career-high six more boards from sophomore Lauren Beyer.
Danielle Mauldin shared game-high honors with Fipps for Saint Mary's, adding a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her 23 points on 7-of-12 from the field. Four other Gaels were in double figures led by another double-double from Jackie Nared, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
UC Davis came out firing, getting a pair of three pointers from Kelsey Harris and Heidi Johnson on back-to-back trips down the court to start the game and build an early lead. However, the fire was quickly doused by Saint Mary's, which found a rhythm for a lengthy 18-0 run that put the Aggies in a big hole, holding the visitors to without a point (0-for-9 from the floor) for over eight minutes before a three by Fipps ended the run.
That basket by the Mariposa, Calif., native jump-started a 14-6 burst from the Aggies as the intensity picked up on both ends of the court, bringing UC Davis back into the contest and trimming the deficit to just seven points, 27-20, with just over eight minutes to play.
The Gaels then began to pull away to close out the first half, using another run -- this one a 16-6 burst -- before a three-pointer by Greubel right before the buzzer made it, 44-30, in favor of the home team at the break.
Fipps had the first two points of the second half, but a 9-0 spurt pushed the Saint Mary's lead out to 53-32 and the Gaels never looked back, leading by as many as 24 points midway through the period en route to the win. The Aggies didn't go quietly into the night, however, using a 16-3 run over a five-minute span late to make it a 13-point contest before the final buzzer.
UC Davis shot just under 37 percent from the floor for the game and made half of their 22 field goals from beyond the arc on the day, shooting just over 42 percent from three-point range. The Aggies' defense also forced 18 turnovers, turning those into 16 points, and they held their own inside despite the loss of two of their top inside threats, trailing only by six (26-20) in points in the paint despite being out rebounded, 46-26, for the game and 16-9 on the offensive glass.
The Aggies conclude their season-long six-game road swing on Wednesday evening (Dec. 18), traveling to Santa Clara for a 5:30 p.m. tip from the Leavey Center.