Dec. 28, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Colleen Turnbull and Sarah Allen each scored 15 points to lead a balanced UC Davis attack and the Aggies used a 24-8 run in the first half to put the game out of reach as UC Davis defeated Fresno Pacific, 83-66, in a non-conference game Saturday evening in front of 271 at Rec Hall.
With the victory the Aggies improve to 4-3 on the season while Fresno Pacific falls to 4-9.
The first few minutes saw the Aggies jump out to a 9-4 lead before the Sunbirds cut the lead to two at 11-9. UC Davis then broke the game open midway through the first half as it went on a 14-2 run over a 2:50 span. Freshman Jackie Turpin sparked the run at both ends of the floor, scoring two points, adding three assists and grabbing three steals in that stretch. She finished the half with seven assists as the Aggies closed out the first period with a 25-point lead at 51-26.
UC Davis shot 60 percent for the opening 20 minutes and forced 17 turnovers resulting in 15 points. The Aggies also controlled the pace of play, running at every opportunity as they had 17 fast break points.
In the second half the Aggies built the lead to as much as 33 with 7:48 to play following a Turnbull layup. With the game well in hand, Aggie Head Coach Sandy Simpson went to his bench and Fresno Pacific took advantage, going on a 22-6 run over the final 7:48 to cut the final margin to 17.
"Coming into tonight's game we had played some very good halves of basketball, but we couldn't put two together," said Simpson. "Tonight I thought we did a better job of that. We really defended for 30-plus minutes tonight and our rebounding was outstanding.
"Our game plan was to push the ball and to get out and run and Jackie (Turpin) did a terrific job of getting us running," Simpson continued. "Technically we were not perfect, but I liked the tone that was set tonight. We were scrambling on defense, getting deflections and really made them rush their shots."
For the game, Allen and Turnbull each posted double-doubles as Allen grabbed 10 boards and Turnbull 11. Turpin finished with two points, 11 assists and four steals. The 11 assists tied for the sixth-best single-season game in school history and was the most assists in a game since Kari Sivesind recorded 12 in a victory over Emporia State on December 1, 1995.
The Sunbirds were paced by Jane Gillespie's 20 points and six boards, while Denise Fast added 13 points and Christine Figueroa chipped in with 11.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday, January 3 when it returns to California Collegiate Athletic Association play at Sonoma State. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.
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