Dec. 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO - Cortney French sank a three with just 10 seconds left in overtime, but Sacramento State made a layup with just 1.2 seconds left to claim a 66-65 overtime victory on Sunday at The Nest in Sacramento.
UC Davis closes the nonconference portion of its schedule at 5-6 overall while Sacramento State moves to 6-5 on the year.
Sydnee Fipps registered her first career double-double in the loss, scoring 19 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Sacramento State receives 10 points in the Scholarshare Causeway Cup, but UC Davis continues to hold a 45-17.5 lead in the annual rivalry.
"That was a great basketball game today," said head coach Jennifer Gross. "Both teams gave everything they had and competed from start to finish. I was proud of our energy and focus throughout the game. You always hope to reward yourself with a win when you play well, but we are going to take so many positives from today and keep growing."
Trailing 34-28 at halftime, the Aggies opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take a 40-36 lead with 16:31 left in the game. The scoring stretch was dominated by Alyson Doherty, who scored five points including a three in the opening seconds of the half, and Fipps, who scored the other seven points in the run, then tacked on a layup with 15:54 left to put UC Davis up by six.
Johnson extended UC Davis' lead to eight with a layup at the 12:35 mark, but Sacramento State began chipping away after Se'nyce Parrish drained a three, then Megan Kristcher laid one in. Kylie Kuhns' layup brought the Hornets to within one before Blair Shinoda took back the Aggie lead after Emily Vann found her cutting to the basket for a layup.
The teams exchanged baskets over the next two minutes until UC Davis pulled away again after Aniya Baker drained a three to put the Aggies up 55-50 with 5:39 left. Parrish cut into it with a layup, but nearly two full minutes would pass before either team would make a basket.
Mallorie Franco made two free throws to pull the Hornets to within one, but Blair Shinoda's jumper with 2:55 left gave UC Davis the three-point lead back at 57-54. Kuhns then made a layup, drawing a foul in the process, and hit the layup to complete the three-point play and send the game to overtime.
Sacramento State led by as many as four points with just 1:47 left in overtime, but Fipps made a layup while drawing a foul and hit the layup to bring the Aggies to within one at 63-62. On the other end, Alle Moreno made a free throw and the Hornets led 64-62.
French swished her three-point shot through with just 10 seconds left and gave UC Davis a 64-65 lead, but it was Moreno who provided the last second heroics. She drove down the lane and went up and under Johnson to scoop a layup into the basket and seal the 66-65 victory for Sacramento State.
UC Davis opens Big West play on Saturday, traveling to Stockton to face Pacific at 4 p.m.