Aggies Take Down USC in Thrilling 78-69 Win

Cortney French tied a career-high with five treys on Friday against USC. (Wayne Tilcock)

Dec. 21, 2012

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES - Sydnee Fipps led all scorers with 22 points while Cortney French hit 5-of-9 from three-point range as the UC Davis women's basketball team shot 54 percent from beyond the arc in a 78-69 win over USC on Friday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

UC Davis improves to 4-4 and wins its second straight game after claiming the victory in the first game of the USC-hosted Women of Troy Classic. USC drops to 3-6 overall.

The Aggies hit 14-of-26 from long range, going 7-of-15 in the first half then making 7-of-11 in the second half for a 53.8 percent shooting clip from three-point land.

French tied a career-high mark with five treys while Fipps made all three of her attempts. Blair Shinoda was 3-for-4 while Idit Oryon was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

"Our team is showing continued improvement which is exciting," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "It was great to see different people step up and make big plays when we needed them tonight. Offensively, a number of players were able to knock down threes for our team, and I thought we took another big step forward with our focus both defensively and on the boards. We're looking forward to competing against a good Bakersfield team tomorrow."

Shinoda's very first bucket of the game, a wide open three from the top of the key, jumpstarted a 9-0 Aggie run. UC Davis opened up a 10-2 lead at the 16:55 mark after French hit her first trey of the game.

The Women of Troy crept back, however, and Ariya Crook's trey at the 14:17 mark brought USC to within three at 12-9, but Oryon knocked one of her own down from long range and UC Davis was back up by six.



At the 10:34 mark, Crook and Brianna Barrett hit back-to-back treys to tie the game at 17, before taking a 19-17 lead on a layup from Crook. The teams would trade baskets over the next four minutes before French and Fipps gave the Aggies a 29-23 lead with consecutive three-pointers at the 4:52 mark.

UC Davis took a 34-31 lead into halftime after French knocked down two free throws.

Out of the break, UC Davis opened up a nine-point lead after Fipps singlehandedly scored five of her own, knocking down a trey, then taking an assist from Doherty for a layup. French added a three of her own to put UC Davis up 42-33 with 17:53 to play.

Three of UC Davis' first four field goals were three pointers.

USC crept back and pulled to within three points after Crook hit a three at the 15:16 mark, but the Aggies quickly regained the lead. Doherty found Marfone cutting to the basket for a layup, then Baker dished a pass out to French who drained the three and UC Davis was back on top 50-42 with 14:30 to play.

After French's trey at the 14:30 mark, UC Davis continued its shooting clinic, hitting three straight as Baker, Shinoda and Oryon all drained their long-range shots to take a 61-46 lead with 11:33 left in the game. Shinoda's layup off another Doherty assist gave the Aggies a 17-point lead, their largest of the game, with 10:58 to go.

Again, USC chipped away at the lead, using a 13-2 run over the next nine minutes to pull to within just four points with only 1:30 left in the game. Fipps, however, stopped the Women of Troy's run, hitting a layup while getting fouled then making the ensuing free throw.

USC kept it close with two free throws from Brianna Barrett, but down the stretch, it was all Fipps at the free throw line as the Aggie sophomore was 6-of-6 in the closing minutes to give UC Davis the 78-69 win.

UC Davis faces CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.