Dec. 16, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Sydnee Fipps scored 19 points to lead all scorers, Alyson Doherty grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds as the UC Davis women's basketball team held off a late Santa Clara rally to claim a 70-59 victory on Sunday at The Pavilion in Davis.
UC Davis snaps a two-game losing streak to move to 3-4 overall while Santa Clara falls to 5-5.
Fipps recorded her seventh consecutive double-digit scoring effort of the year as she hit three treys and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Doherty's 11 rebounds marked the first double-digit rebounding effort for any Aggie this season as she also finished with a career-high eight points.
"I was really pleased with our focus and effort both defensively and on the boards," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "I felt like we took significant strides tonight. The best part is that it was a total team effort."
Every single Aggie who entered the game recorded points as well as rebounds as the UC Davis bench scored 20 points and the Aggies got 24 points off of 18 Santa Clara turnovers.
Aniya Baker finished with a career-high eight points to go with four rebounds while Celia Marfone also finished with eight points and grabbed a career-high eight boards.
"It was a tough week for our student-athletes with finals, but we were still able to focus and compete during practice," said Gross. "I felt we got better this week and am excited about our continued growth."
It was a slow start on both ends as neither team would score until the 17:35 mark when Fipps hit two free throws. Lindsay Leo scored the game's first field goal at the 15:30 mark and the teams would trade baskets, and the lead, for most of the first half until Baker sparked an 18-4 Aggie run to close out the first period.
With five minutes left in the first, the Aggie freshman slapped away a pass in the middle of a 4-on-1, then dished a pass out to Blair Shinoda
on the fast break. Shinoda was fouled while making the layup on the other end. She hit the ensuing layup to give UC Davis a 20-18 lead.
During the run, UC Davis scored eight unanswered points, including back-to-back threes from Fipps and Baker. Leo stopped the Aggies briefly with a jumper in the paint, but Baker swished another three to put UC Davis up 29-24 with 2:16 to play. That would be the Broncos' final basket of the half as UC Davis closed out on a 5-0 run and Emily Vann's three pointer gave the Aggies a 34-24 lead at halftime.
UC Davis was 7-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Out of the break, Radanovich hit a three pointer, but Fipps answered right bavk with a trey of her own to spark another lengthy UC Davis run in which the Aggies outscored the Broncos 12-0 over the next five minutes.
During that stretch, it was Marfone who carried the Aggies, scoring six of the 12 points. Nici Gilday stopped the run with a jumper at the 13:18 mark, the Broncos' first basket since Radanovich's three over five minutes earlier, but by then UC Davis had built a 45-29 lead.
Shinoda added to it with a trey of her own, giving UC Davis its largest lead of the game at the 12:48 mark, but Radanovich answered with five straight unanswered points, and the teams began trading baskets for the next five minutes.
Late in the game, Santa Clara began to chip away at the Aggie lead, going on an 11-1 run of their own to sneak back to within eight points with just 1:28 to play. Meagan Fulps knocked down three straight treys during the span, then Ashley Armstrong scored on a layup with just 44 seconds left to bring the score to 64-57.
With just 37 seconds left, Armstrong missed two free throws, but the rebound made its way to Gilday who swished a short jumper through to bring the Broncos to within just five points.
The Aggies would hit 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 35 seconds, however, to claim the 70-59 win.
UC Davis will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Women of Troy Classic, hosted by USC at the Galen Center. The Aggies take on the Trojans on Friday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. before playing CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 22 at 2:30 p.m.