Dec. 22, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Sydnee Fipps and Blair Shinoda earned All-Tournament Team honors as the UC Davis women's basketball team claimed a 71-59 win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at the Women of Troy Classic hosted by USC at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
UC Davis improves to 5-4 overall with its third straight victory while CSU Bakersfield drops to 2-12.
Fipps was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second time this season after also picking up honors at the Houston Baptist Husky Classic last month.
The Aggie sophomore led UC Davis for the second consecutive game, scoring 15 points on a near-perfect 6-of-7 performance from the field. She led four Aggies who finished in double figures, including freshmen Celia Marfone and Aniya Baker who each posted career-high numbers. Marfone scored 12 on 6-of-8 shooting while Baker was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and made all five free throw attempts for 11 points.
"It feels great to go into the holiday break with some momentum," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "This weekend we found different ways to win and got contributions from everyone on the team. We will enjoy a few days off but are also excited to get back to work and keep improving."
For CSU Bakersfield, Cebrina Johnson led all scorers with 18 points to go with five rebounds and three steals. Janae Coffee pulled down 12 boards.
UC Davis carried over its strong shooting from Friday's win against USC and shot at a 60 percent clip against CSU Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners took a 13-9 lead after Coffee made two straight layups and stayed on top until Oryon drained a three with 9:01 left to but the CSUB lead to just one.
From there, the teams traded baskets until Aniya Baker sparked a 9-1 run with just 4:47 left in the first half. Up against a two-on-one, she picked off a pass, then took the ball to the other end, stopping to nail a 10-foot jump shot and give UC Davis a 27-26 lead.
Fipps added on a pair of free throws, then Oryon found Baker cutting down the lane. The Aggie freshman made the layup while being fouled and sank the free throw to give the Aggies a six-point lead, their largest of the half.
Lauren Carter's free throw at the 3:13 mark stopped the Aggie run, but Fipps responded with a layup on the other end to give UC Davis a 34-27 lead. A three from Ciarra Ford was the final field goal of the half as the Aggies took a 34-30 lead into halftime.
The Aggies quickly built up their lead in the second half, taking a 46-33 lead after Oryon took a CSUB turnover the other way, stopped, and sank a jumper in the paint with 13:44 to play.
UC Davis continued to roll, going on a 9-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 55-37 with 10:07 to play.
CSU Bakersfield briefly halted the Aggies, however, outscoring UC Davis 11-2 over the next five minutes and 30 seconds to creep to within nine points. Marfone but UC Davis back up by double digits after grabbing a rebound, then taking a pass back from Molly Greubel for a jumper.
The Roadrunners would not get any closer as UC Davis closed out the half to claim the 71-59 lead.
UC Davis returns to The Pavilion to host Washington on Friday at 7 p.m.