Dec. 17, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Jennifer Ducuir scored a game high 22 points and freshman Jessica Campbell added 18 points as UC Davis defeated UC Santa Cruz, 91-59, in a non-conference women's basketball game Wednesday night in front of 514 at Recreation Hall.
With the win, UC Davis goes to 3-2 overall while UC Santa Cruz fell to 4-7 overall on the year.
The two teams traded baskets through the early going. With the Aggies leading 10-8, senior guard Kim Omer scored an uncontested layup to start a 13-0 run that pushed the Aggie lead to 23-8 advantage midway through the period. The run ended on an inadvertent basket by the Aggies in their own hoop, but UC Davis extended the stretch to 20-2 before a Santa Cruz player would score. Campbell led the way as she scored eight of her 10 first-half points in the run.
After leading by as many as 22 in the first half, UC Davis held the Banana Slugs to just five points over the final five minutes of the half to take a 42-25 lead into halftime.
The Aggies continued to dominate the Slugs throughout the second half, taking a 20-point lead after the first three minutes and UC Santa Cruz would never cut into the advantage. The margin increased to 37 late in the contest before the Slugs scored the final five points of the contest for the final margin of victory. The big lead gave UC Davis head coach Sandy Simpson the opportunity to go deep into his bench, giving all 16 on the roster playing time.
"UC Santa Cruz is a scrappy team with a lot of heart," said Simpson, whose wife Chris gave birth to their third child earlier in the week. "I was hoping to get everyone involved tonight and I thought our younger players did a very good job of executing the offense.
I thought we played better in the second half," Simpson continued. "We didn't take care of the ball in the first half and the quality of play improved and we got after it a little more in the second. This is the type of game that can help a lot, especially for the younger players. It gives them a chance to get their feet wet a little more."
For the contest Ducuir was 8 of 13 from the field, adding four rebounds and three assists to her game-high 22 points. Campbell finished with 18 points on 8 of 12 from the field while Omer added 13 points. In all, 11 different Aggie players scored in the game. Cecilia Boje came off the bench to grab a team-high six rebounds.
UC Davis also held a huge advantage in points off turnovers, converting 23 Slug turnovers into 31 points while Santa Cruz managed just seven points of 17 Aggie miscues.
Santa Cruz was led by Amanda Brecht and Julia Randall as each player scored 12 points. Marley Anderson pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Slugs.
UC Davis is now 8-0 in the all-time series with half of those wins coming at Rec Hall. The Aggies eclipsed their season high scoring output by five points in the victory.
UC Davis will next be in action this Friday when it competes in the Sheraton/Airport Coyote Classic against Western Oregon IN San Bernardino. Gametime is set for 5 p.m.