Dec. 21, 2011
HONOLULU - Kasey Riecks led all players with 16 points and the UC Davis women's basketball team received 23 points from its bench players as the Aggies rallied to claim a 62-57 victory over Hawai'i, winning the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout on Tuesday in Honolulu.
With the win, UC Davis improves to 8-4 while Hawai'i drops to 4-8.
Riecks, who tied a career-high mark with 21 points on Monday, was selected to the all-tournament team.
For the second straight game, however, UC Davis struggled to find the basket in the opening minutes of the first half. By the 11:24 mark, the Aggies were only 1-of-14 from the field and 0-for-11 from three-point range.
Down 17 points with 9:54 to play, Kasey Riecks sparked a 12-2 Aggie run to bring UC Davis within five points. Riecks laid one in, then Hannah Stephens drove down the lane, making the layup while being fouled and converted the three-point play. Samantha Meggison and Riecks sank back-to-back treys, then Blair Shinoda's jumper with 6:33 left in the half brought the score to 22-16 in favor of Hawai'i.
The Rainbow Wahine responded with a run of their own, going back up by 14 with 3:51 to play in the first half. Vicky Tagalicod's drive down the lane resulted in a successful lay up, then Kamilah Jackson hit a couple of free throws before Kanisha Bello nailed a three-point shot to put Hawai'i up 30-16.
Riecks kept things alive for UC Davis as the first half came to a close, driving to the hoop for two, then sinking a three pointer with 2:33 to play, bringing the Aggies to within nine points. She converted two free throws and UC Davis went into halftime trailing 32-26.
Out of the break, Hawai'i scored six straight points before Riecks answered with a jumper, but the Rainbow Wahine extended their lead to 13 on a trey by Alissa Campanero.
"The momentum started to change at the end of the first half," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "We opened the game up really struggling to put the ball in the basket but the good thing was defensively we were actually getting some stops."
The Aggies continued to chip away at the Hawai'i lead as Idit Oryon's jumper with 12 minutes to go put the score at 48-41, then freshman Sydnee Fipps brought the Aggies to within one point. She grabbed a defensive rebound that the Aggies turned into a three-pointer by Hana Asano, then sank a trey of her own.
Fipps tied the score at 50 with 8:43 to go with another successful three-point shot and the momentum changed completely to the Aggies' favor. French knocked down a three of her own, then Oryon drove down the lane for two points, retying the game at 55 with 4:35 to play.
"When you play three games in three days, you have to use your depth to win the game and we absolutely did that," said Gross. "Every single person gave us big contributions, whether it was a basket, stop or rebound, the production was really spread around."
As time ran out, Shinoda closed the game out for the Aggies, hitting two free throws then sealing the 62-57 win with a turnaround jumper in the lane with only 27 seconds left.
Meggison finished with 11 points and six rebounds while French added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Jackson scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Hawai'i while Breanna Arbuckle and Tagalicod each scored 10 points. Kalei Adolpho had 10 rebounds.
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