SACRAMENTO -- Sophomore Morgan Bertsch scored a team-high 18 points to lead a group of seven UC Davis players in double figures, and the Aggies posted the second-highest single-game point total in school history, shooting 61 percent from the floor en route to a, 110-78, win over host Sacramento State on Sunday afternoon at The Nest.
All 11 players who entered the game finished with at least two points as UC Davis shook off its shooting woes from its trip to Corvallis, Ore., to improve to 7-3 overall on the season. The Hornets, held to just 32 percent from the field for the game, fell to 4-7 overall.
"So proud of our team's performance," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "We knew it was going to take poise, confidence on offense, and we were going to have to control the boards. Sacramento State turns you over and capitalizes on second-chance opportunities so well, we knew that if we could handle those areas we'd be in good shape. From start to finish, I felt like our team stepped up and did their job."
The 110 points are a Division I Era record for the Aggies, who surpassed the 102 points scored at San Jose State almost six years ago to the day on Dec. 21, 2010. Sunday's point total for UC Davis stands second only to the 117 points scored at Metro State on Nov. 13, 1998, while the 56 points in the first half set the school's Division I record for points in a half, surpassing the 54 scored in the first against the Spartans.
The 32-point margin of victory is the largest by either side in the series in Aggies' Division I Era, the largest by UC Davis in the history of the series since a, 68-39, win at home on Nov. 11, 2007, and the largest overall since an, 83-35, Sacramento State win on Dec. 7, 1976.
After hitting just 31 percent from the floor against nationally ranked Oregon State on Wednesday, the Aggies hit a season-best 40-of-66 from the field, tying a season high with 25 free throws made, grabbing a season-best 51 rebounds, and dishing out a season-high 26 assists. Led by a career hith-tying four blocks from Bertsch, UC Davis also finished with nine in that category on the day, falling just one shy of the school single-game record set against Humboldt State on Feb. 18, 1995.
Bertsch finished 7-of-13 from the field to go along with eight rebounds in 20 minutes, leading a group of four starters in double figures. Junior Marly Anderson came off the bench to tie her career high with 16 points, hitting her first seven shots of the day, to go with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks, while freshman Sophia Song also finished with a career-high 13 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Juniors Dani Nafekh (14), Rachel Nagel (13), and Pele Gianotti (11), were joined by freshman Nina Bessolo (11) in double figures. Sophomore Kourtney Eaton finished with eight assists, just one off her career high.
"They force you to be a basketball player," Gross said. "You can't run your system. You can't run a scheme. You have to make plays. From our seniors to our freshmen, we did just that. It was nice to see our team not back down, we were on the attack from the beginning, and it was great to see us execute."
Maranne Johnson led the Hornets with a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers, while Emily Easom added 14 more, but Sacramento State was limited to just 17 percent in the opening quarter and could never recover.
UC Davis trailed only once at 3-1 with 8:33 to play in the first period, but followed a Brianna Burgos three-pointer with a 12-0 run over the next two minutes for a 13-3 lead its would not relinquish. A jumper by Johnson stopped the bleeding for Sacramento State, albeit briefly, as Anderson followed with a basket inside and Nagel drained a three-pointer, giving the Aggies their largest lead of the game to that point.
Three UC Davis players combined to score eight of the final 10 points in the quarter for a 26-9 lead after 10 minutes and the Aggies closed the second half on an 11-3 run over the final 3:32, hitting seven straight field goals at one point, as Song closed out the half with a three-pointer to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at, 56-30, at the break.
Sacramento State would come no closer than 23 points early in the third quarter as UC Davis pushed its lead out to 32 points with 1:46 remaining in the period and a 14-0 burst midway through the fourth put the Aggies past the century mark thanks to back-to-back trips to the line from Lauren Beyer and Bessolo -- the latter two giving UC Davis its largest lead of the day at 101-64 with 4:21 to play.
The Aggies out rebounded the Hornets, 51-36, for the game and limited Sacramento State to just nine second chance points despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds. UC Davis dominated the paint, 44-28, and saw the bench outscore its counterparts, 49-32.
Evening their mark at 1-1 during their six-game road trip, the Aggies head to the Bay Area for their final contest before breaking for the Christmas holiday, taking on San Francisco on Wednesday (Dec. 21) at 1 p.m., at War Memorial Gym.
UC DAVIS 110, SACRAMENTO STATE 78
UC DAVIS (7-3)
Bertsch, Morgan 7-13 4-5 18; Anderson, Marly 7-11 2-2 16; Nafekh, Dani 6-9 2-2 14; Song, Sophia 4-6 4-4 13; Nagel, Rachel 5-7 2-2 13; Gianotti, Pele 4-4 3-4 11; Bessolo, Nina 3-7 4-4 11; Eaton, Kourtney 1-4 2-2 5; Eaton, Karley 2-3 0-0 4; Hsu, Kaitlyn 1-1 0-0 3; Beyer, Lauren 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 40-66 25-27 110.
SACRAMENTO STATE (4-7)
JOHNSON, Maranne 9-20 0-0 23; EASOM, Emily 5-11 3-6 14; BURGOS, Brianna 3-9 0-0 9; SCOTT, Tiara 2-10 2-3 7; MEFI, Alexia 2-4 2-2 6; NICHOLAS, Kennedy 2-3 2-2 6; ROHN, Raegen 2-7 0-0 5; HUNTINGTON, Margaret 1-7 3-6 5; CRENSHAW, Ashlyn 1-3 0-0 3; MULLINS, Dajhae 0-2 0-0 0; HARRIS, Quayonna 0-1 0-0 0; DAWSON, Justyce 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 27-84 12-19 78.
UC Davis...................... 26 30 25 29 - 110
Sacramento State.............. 9 21 24 24 - 78
3-point goals--UC Davis 5-11 (Hsu, Kaitlyn 1-1; Nagel, Rachel 1-1; Eaton, Kourtney 1-2; Bessolo, Nina 1-3; Song, Sophia 1-2; Nafekh, Dani 0-2), Sacramento State 12-43 (JOHNSON, Maranne 5-13; BURGOS, Brianna 3-9; CRENSHAW, Ashlyn 1-1; SCOTT, Tiara 1-4; EASOM, Emily 1-5; ROHN, Raegen 1-6; HARRIS, Quayonna 0-1; DAWSON, Justyce 0-4). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Sacramento State-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 51 (Anderson, Marly 8; Bertsch, Morgan 8), Sacramento State 36 (HUNTINGTON, Margaret 8). Assists--UC Davis 26 (Eaton, Kourtney 8), Sacramento State 17 (CRENSHAW, Ashlyn 4). Total fouls--UC Davis 17, Sacramento State 23. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Sacramento State-None. A-613