Dec. 19, 2003
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Senior guard Kim Omer scored 19 points and three other Aggies reach double figures to lead UC Davis to a 92-78 victory over Western Oregon in the first round of the Sheraton-Ontario Airport Women's Basketball Tournament at Coussoulis Arena Friday Night.
With the win the Aggies improve to 4-2 on the season while the Wolves drop to 2-6.
The Aggies led by just two points, 49-47, with 15:55 remaining in the game and then outscored the Wolves 16-3 over the next five minutes to open the lead up to 65-50 with 10:32 remaining. UCD stretched its lead to 18 points at 72-54 with 8:10 remaining.
Freshman center Ellen Porshneva had 11 points and Jessica Stewart and Amy Glassman came off the bench to score 10 apiece as UC Davis had 13 players enter the game with 11 of them reaching the scoring column.
Porshneva, who entered the game averaging over 33 minutes a contest, played only 15 minutes on Fridya, connecting on all four of her field goal attempts and all three free throws. Stewart was also perfect from the field, hitting 5 of 5 attempts for a season-best 10 points.
Shannon Talbott came off the bench and provided the offense for Western Oregon with 34 points on 12 of 19 from the field, three of five from three-point range and seven of 10 free throws. She also had a game-high eight rebounds.
Nicole Calderon had 16 points on six of 11 shooting to back up Talbott.
The Wolves' leading scorer, Serenity Ragone, managed just six points and five rebounds against the pressure defense of the Aggies.
Omer hit six of 10 from the field and made three of her four tries from beyond the arc and dished off five assists and made three steals for the Aggies, who shot 38 percent from three-point range. The five assists moved Omer past Suzy Charles (1990-93) and into seventh place on the school's all-time list. The Aggies defense made six steals and forced Western Oregon into 20 turnovers while committing just nine themselves.
In the first half, Davis jumped out to a 13-6 lead but the Wolves caught and passed them, 18-17 on a jumper by Talbott with nine minutes remaining to intermission. Davis went on another run to lead 29-20 but the Wolves fought back to trail 38-36 with 22 seconds left as Talbott scored two baskets and a free throw. Lara Gray's jumper near the buzzer made it 40-36 at the half in favor of Davis.
UC Davis will play Saint Martin's College at 5 p.m. Saturday in Coussoulis Arena while Western Oregon takes on host Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m.