Dec. 21, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Kim Abts scored a game-high 22 points and Chico State erased a 15-point halftime deficit with a 17-2 run to start the second half as the Wildcats came from behind to defeat UC Davis, 79-74, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball game Saturday evening in front of 493 at Recreation Hall.
With the loss, the Aggies fell to 3-3 on the season overall and 0-2 in CCAA play. The Wildcats improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action.
UC Davis held a one-point lead at 65-64, with 6:33 to play following a Colleen Turnbull layup. Chico answered right back as it took the lead for good with a three-pointer by Mercedes Juarez. The lead would grow to seven before UC Davis cut it to two with 2:33 left. They would get no closer three Wildcat free throws down the stretch sealed the win.
UC Davis shot just 21 percent from the field in the second half, hitting just seven of 34 attempts, including two of 12 from long range. Chico, on the other hand, shot 44 percent from three-point range, including five in the early second half run to get them back in the contest.
The game was interrupted by a 38-minute delay prior to the start of the second half due to a scoreboard malfunction and seemed to take the momentum away from an Aggie squad that played one of its best halves of the season.
"It's a disappointing loss," said Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson. "We played probably our best half of the season at both ends of the court in the first half. The story of the game was the first five minutes of the second half. Chico kept coming after us and it was a new game after they erased the lead."
Following a seesaw game for the first five minutes, the Aggies put together a 15-4 run , culminating with a Jennifer Decuir three-pointer that gave UC Davis a 26-14 lead midway through the first half. The lead would grow to as much as 16 at the 8:16 mark before Chico went on a mini-run of its own to cut the lead to nine.
Chico guard Marissa White, who scored a game-high 24 points in the first meeting on December 7, came out strong to start the game as she scored the first 12 Wildcat points. She would finish the half with 14 points, but late in the period picked up her third foul.
With a nine-point lead at the 4:00 mark, UC Davis closed out the half on a 7-1 run as Kim Smith drained a three-point with :02 left to give the Aggies a 15-point margin at halftime.
For the game, Sarah Allen led the Aggies with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Turnbull finished with 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. The 20 rebounds tied for the third-highest in UC Davis history. Decuir added 19 points for the Aggies. Abts finished with 22 points, seven assists and four steals while White and Michelle Pietka added 17 points each.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday, December 29 when it hosts Fresno Pacific in a non-conference game at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 7pm.