Dec. 28, 2007
PEORIA, Ill. - Jessica Campbell scored a game-high 21 points on Friday and UC Davis shot 50.5 percent from the field, but host Bradley scored 29 points off 21 turnovers while getting 17 points from Monica Rogers as the Braves turned back the Aggies 79-70 in a nonconference women's basketball game at Robertson Field House.
The Aggies dropped their second straight game and fifth in their last six to fall to 6-5 heading into their final nonconference matchup on Sunday. Bradley extended its season-long winning streak to four games, improving its record to 6-5. The Braves also used a 10-0 run to end the first half and help them take a 41-32 lead at the break.
UC Davis trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half before twice cutting the deficit to just four points, the last time coming at 63-59 with 5 minutes, 59 seconds to go after a pair of free throws from Mertle. However, the Aggies had three turnovers and missed a pair of shots while the Braves answered with a pair of layups from Rogers to key a 6-0 run that made it a 10-point game with 3:26 left. A 71-65 deficit with 1:14 to go was as close as UC Davis would get the rest of the way.
"Every time we needed a basket, we'd turn it over," said head coach Sandy Simpson.
Bradley had a 29-4 advantage in the game on points off turnovers. "That was the difference right there," said Simpson.
The first half - which featured five lead changes, six ties and 61-percent shooting from UC Davis - was close for most of the first 20 minutes. The Aggies' biggest lead was three points while Bradley went up by five before the game was tied 31-31 with 3:40 left. A free throw from Anna Harp made it 32-21 - UC Davis' last lead of the game - before a 10-0 run by the Braves to end the half gave them a 41-32 advantage at the break.
Guard Devyn Flanagan had a pair of three-pointers to highlight the rally.
"I thought we came out aggressive," said Simpson. "But we didn't rebound in the first half. We did a much better job in the second half."
UC Davis had 12 offensive rebounds after the break, helping result in 16 second-chance points. The Aggies made 14 of 23 shots in the first 20 minutes and were led by 12 points from Campbell, the Big West Conference Player of the Week for her performances last week. However, UC Davis' strong shooting was countered by six three-pointers from Bradley, including three from Flanagan.
UC Davis was behind for the entire second half but cut the deficit to six points on four occasions and to five points another time before eventually getting it down to four in the latter stages.
Campbell, who averaged 28.5 points last week to earn her conference honor, hit 9 of 13 shots while also contributing four assists and two steals. She also scored at least 20 points for the third straight game for the first time in her career. Donaghe added four steals to her dozen points.
Guard Skye Johnson and Flanagan each scored 15 points for the Braves who were also outstanding from the line, canning 21 of 25 free throw attempts. Flanagan and forward Kelly Krumwiede each had six rebounds to pace Bradley.
The Aggies will close out the nonconference portion of their schedule on Sunday when they visit Drake for a 12:05 p.m. (PST) matchup. Drake is the fifth team UC Davis will have faced that advanced to last season's NCAA Tournament.