Dec. 20, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. -
Lara Gray scored 16 points and hit a go-ahead three-pointer with
less than two minutes to play on Monday as UC Davis beat Hampton
University 64-58 in a nonconference women's basketball game delayed
71 minutes in the first half due to partial power outage at The
UC Davis improved to a 4-7 with the victory while Hampton - which
last season advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament - fell
to 3-5. Ellen Porshneva added 14 points while Kimberly Smith and
Laura Thomas each had 12 for the Aggies. Kiesha Beard scored 16
points to lead the Lady Pirates.
The teams were tied 56-56 late in the contest but Gray hit a
three-pointer from near the top of the key with 1 minute, 52 seconds
left to give UC Davis a lead it would not relinquish the rest
of the way. The Aggies hit all four of their free throw attempts
in the final minute to help secure the win.
Monday's game was delayed more than an hour after some lights
went dark with 11:32 to go in the first half and Hampton leading
20-12. However, UC Davis rallied after the interruption with a
10-2 run to tie the game 22-22 with less than eight minutes to
play in the half. Hampton kept the lead until a three-pointer
by Thomas and a jumper by Gray put the Aggies in front 28-26.
UC Davis led 34-30 at intermission.
The Aggies built the lead throughout the early parts of the second
half, taking their biggest lead at 44-34 with 12:33 remaining
on a layup by Thomas. Hampton stayed within striking distance,
however, taking its first lead since the first half when Dean
nailed a trey with 5:00 to go for a 55-54 lead.
UC Davis tied the game at 56-56 on a pair of free throws by Porshneva,
taking the lead a short time later on Gray's three-pointer. The
Aggies finished the game strong, holding the Lady Pirates to just
three points in the final five minutes of the game.
"We had a little 10-3 run at the end on them and the last
three games it's been the opposite," said Aggie coach Sandy
Simpson. "We also made free throws at the end.
"We didn't do anything different (at the end)," he
said. "The team was anxious in the huddle to get back out
there. They had a more determined look down the stretch."
Gray hit seven of 13 shots for UC Davis, also chipping in a team-high
nine rebounds. Smith scored her 12 points on three-pointers while
Porshneva missed just two of eight shots for her 14 points. Guard
Jackie Turpin had six assists.
Sharema Dean added 12 points for Hampton, which made just two
of 20 three-point attempts.
UC Davis returns to action with a 7 p.m. game at The Pavilion
on Tuesday against Saint Mary's™