Aggies Head To New Year With 91-85 Victory Chico State

Dec. 29, 2003

Box Score

CHICO, Calif. - Ellen Porshneva scored a season-high 31 points and the Aggies made 16 free throws in the final minute as UC Davis rebounded from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat No.21 Chico State, 91-85, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball game Monday night at Acker Gym.

With the win the Aggies win their fourth straight and improve to 6-2 on the season, 1-1 in CCAA play. Chico falls to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in conference action.

The game resembled the first matchup of the season between these two teams when Marissa white capped a furious second-half comeback to hit a game-wining three-pointer with no time left to give Chico an 87-86 win. The Wildcats rallied from seven points down with one minute left in that contest and looked to do the same tonight as the Aggies led 75-70 with 1:27 left. This time, however, UC Davis made Chico pay for sending them to the free throw line. The Aggies' final 17 points came at the free throw line as Porshneva made the first five then Kim Omer made 11 of her next 12 attempts and Jennifer Decuir added another to secure the victory.

After trailing by four at halftime, UC Davis tied the game on a Jackie Turpin jumper a little over a minute into the second half. After two more ties, the Aggies took the lead for good on a Porshneva layup at the 14:18 mark. The lead grew to as much as 12 midway through the half, but each Chico push was answered.

Porshneva did much of the damage as Chico had no answer for her down low. The freshman post connected on 10 of 15 shots and made all 10 free throws as she scored 20 points in the second half. She had help from Omer, who after scoring three points in the first half, exploded for 21 in the second, including four jumpers. Once the Aggies established they could shoot from the perimeter, it opened things up for Porshneva down low.



UC Davis had big second-half contributions from a number of players as Decuir's ability to penetrate the lane caused problems for the Wildcat defense. She finished with 12 points in the half to help the Aggies to a 59-point half, its highest output of the season.

"I thought our first game against Chico helped us be better prepared for tonight's game," said Aggie head coach Sandy Simpson. "Give Chico credit, they made 40 seconds seem like all day. Tonight we made out free throws for the most part and did a great job rebounding, particularly the offensive boards, and that was the difference.

"We got contributions from everyone tonight," Simpson continued. "Ellen anchored everything - she finished around the boards and her three-point play late in the game was big. I also thought Jackie (Turpin) gave us everything. You can't tell her value by the boxscore."

The game began with Porshneva scoring the Aggies' first nine points as UC Davis jumped to an early 7-4 lead before Chico went on an 8-0 run to make the score 12-9 six minutes into the game. The lead grew to 12 in the first half following a Marissa White three-pointer at the 6:14 mark.

The Aggies climbed back in the game by crashing the boards, corralling nine offensive rebounds en route to a 23-15 edge on the glass in the half. They also found a rhythm at the free throw line, where they made 10 of 12 first half attempts. When UC Davis went cold from the field, they connected for just one field goal in the final five minutes, getting to the foul line kept the score close as Chico entered halftime holding a 36-32 advantage.

Porshneva finished the night with her fourth double-double of the season while Omer added a season-best 24 points. Decuir added 15 points and six boards while Turpin finished with nine boards and a career-best 11 rebounds. Jessica Campbell added 10 points and nine boards.

Chico was led by Kim Abts career-high 30 points, while White added 18 points.

UC Davis will next be in action this Friday with a CCAA contest against Cal State San Bernardino in San Bernardino. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.

UC DAVIS (6-2, 1-1 CCAA)
Kim Omer 5-12 12-14 24, Jackie Turpin 2-4 5-6 9, Jessica Campbell 5-11 0-0 10, Ellen Porshneva 10-15 10-10 31, Amy Glassman 0-1 0-0 0, Kimberly Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Lara Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Laura Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Lindsey Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Jessica Stewart 1-3 0-0 2, Jennifer Decuir 2-13 10-12 15. Totals 25-63 37-42 91.

Marissa White 7-16 0-0 18, Kim Abts 10-20 6-8 30, Cari Havens 2-8 0-0 4, Michelle Pietka 4-11 0-1 10, Alex Jackson 3-5 0-0 6, Haley Ford 4-8 0-0 9, Maija Panttaja 2-3 0-0 4, Kassidy Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, LeAsia Jones 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 34-77 6-11 85.

Halftime: Chico 36-32. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 4-16 (Omer 2-6, Porshneva 1-1, Decuir 1-3, Glassman 0-1, Campbell 0-1, Smith 0-2, Thomas 0-2), Chico 11-27 (White 4-7, Abts 4-10, Pietka 2-7, Ford 1-2, Johnson 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 51 (Porshneva 15), Chico 35 (Jackson 9). Assists: UC Davis 15 (Omer/Turpin 4), Chico 16 (Abts 7). Turnovers: UC Davis 16, Chico 11. Fouls: UC Davis 13, Chico 28. Fouled Out: Ford, Turpin. Att. 925.