Jan. 1, 2014
TIP-OFF: New year. New start. The UC Davis women’s basketball team (4-8 overall) looks to ring up a win while ringing in 2014 as the Aggies host NAIA member Simpson University on Thursday (Jan. 2) at 4:45 p.m., in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team at The Pavilion. Following the women's game, the men's team will take on Simpson's men's squad at approximately 7 p.m.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Thursday’s contest against the Red Hawks, UC Davis will open Big West Conference play to close out a five-game homestand, welcoming Cal State Northridge (Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.) and Long Beach State (Jan. 11 at 2 p.m.) to The Pavilion.
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“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, live Internet audio will be available for Thursday’s contest, as well as broadcast locally on KDVS 90.3 FM with Greg Wong and Sammy Meckler on the call. Please visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com to access the links.
“YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE...”: Bringing together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West Conference’s nine member institutions, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews, and features, including every home and conference contest. Now in its 10th year, BigWest.TV will again air all of the Aggies home and conference clashes FOR FREE during the 2013-14 campaign. Log on to www.bigwest.org/thisweek for weekly schedules or visit the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.
I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats will be available for all of UC Davis’ home games, as well as selected road contests, throughout the year. Follow along by accessing the links on the women’s basketball schedule page at UCDavisAggies.com.
BIG WEST PARTNERSHIP FEATURES AGGIES: The Big West Conference announced on Nov. 19 that the Aggies’ contest at Long Beach State on Feb. 20 will be one of three women’s regular season games to be broadcast live on ESPN3 thanks to the league’s new partnership with the network. In addition to the Jan. 18 game featuring UC Riverside and Hawaii and the Feb. 22 contest between Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, six of the women’s conference tournament games will be carried on ESPN3 leading up to the championship game, which will be shown on FOX Prime Ticket.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE RED HAWKS: Simpson, a small university of just over 1,200 students located in Redding, Calif., is a member of the NAIA Division II California Pacific Conference which enters the week with a 6-10 overall record... the Red Hawks have lost their last five-straight contests, falling at home to Concordia (Calif.) in their last outing on Dec. 29 by the score of 72-65... Simpson hasn’t won since a 67-64 triumph over Pacific (Ore.) on Nov. 27... senior guard Nichole Jones paces the offense, averaging 13.8 ppg and shooting .478 from the field to go with 48 steals... sophomore forward Madison Cox leads the Red Hawks on the glass, averaging 4.6 rpg to go with 5.3 rpg and a .470 field goal percentage.
THE SERIES: Thursday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Red Hawks despite the two schools being separated by just a little more than a two-hour drive.
EXTENDED STAY: After wrapping up their longest road trip in almost two decades, the Aggies are at the mid-point of their season-long five-game homestand -- the longest for the program since UC Davis played five-straight home games during the 2004-05 season, taking on Portland, Hampton, Saint Mary’s, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Riverside, in that stretch.
DECADE OF DOMINANCE AT THE PAVILION: The Aggies have defended the home court well over the last 10 seasons, winning nearly two-third of their contests at The Pavilion to the tune of a combined 89-49 (.645) record dating back to 2003-04. In that span, UC Davis has suffered a losing home record only twice in 2008-09 (5-8) and 2012-13 (5-9) while posting double-digit win totals four times, including a high of 12 victories against only three defeats in the 2010-11 campaign.
LET’S PLAY TWO!: Ernie Banks would be proud. For the third time in their last four home games, the Aggies will play host to a doubleheader, welcoming both the men’s and women’s teams from Simpson to The Pavilion. It will be the fourth doubleheader of the season (not counting the tournament games in San Luis Obispo over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend) for the UC Davis women in 2013-14 as the Aggies look to improve on their 3-0 record in such games following their overtime win over Houston Baptist on Dec. 21. UC Davis has also defeated San Jose State on Nov. 26 (the Aggie men hosted Sacramento State) and pinned a loss on Santa Clara on Dec. 18 (the Bronco men hosted Sacred Heart afterward) in its previous two doubleheaders.
MILLENNIUM WATCH: Junior forward Sydnee Fipps is rapidly closing in on a significant milestone with a standout junior season, needing just 122 points to become only the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 career points. With her 210 points this year, the forward enters the week with 878 to her name, following a UC Davis sophomore-record 512 points in 2012-13, and would be the first Aggie to reach 1,000 career points since Kasey Riecks (1,071) in 2011-12. If she holds true to her current scoring average (17.5 ppg), Fipps could cover the remaining points and reach the millennium mark as soon as Jan. 30 against Cal Poly, and inch closer to Kendall Greene (1992-96), who ranks No. 15 on the all-time scoring list with 1,027.
20-20-20-20 VISION: Thanks to her 21-point performance against Sacramento State over the weekend, Fipps has now scored at least 20 points in each of her last four contests -- the first time in nearly two decades that feat has been accomplished at UC Davis. The last? Aimee Conner closed out the 1992-93 campaign with six-straight games at or above the 20-point plateau, including a 36-point, 12-rebound effort against Chico State on Feb. 20. Conner’s streak included 23 points at Humboldt State, 36 against Chico State, 22 at Sonoma State, 21 against Humboldt State, 29 against Stanislaus State, and 22 against Portland State.
SIX PACK FOR FIPPS: Junior forward Sydnee Fipps continued her torrid scoring pace over the first half of the 2013-14 regular season last Saturday against Sacramento State, finishing with a team-high 21 points and career-high 14 rebounds against the Hornets. It was the sixth, 20-point game of the season for the junior (and the 13th of her career) -- the ninth time in 12 games this season that the Mariposa, Calif., native has paced the team in scoring -- and her second career double-double (both coming against Sacramento State).
SHE’S AT IT AGAIN: Since being held to just eight points at Hofstra on Dec. 7, Fipps is averaging 22.3 ppg over her last four contests and has reached double figures in 10 of the team’s 12 contests overall thus far this season.
HARRIS-ING THE OPPOSITION: Junior guard Kelsey Harris came up with a career night for the Aggies against Sacramento State, hitting 7-of-12 from the field to finish with 19 points and a career-high seven boards in 31 minutes. It marked the eighth time in 12 games that Harris has reached double figures this season.
WELCOME BACK, ALY!: After missing three-straight games due to illness, sophomore forward Alyson Doherty made her return to the floor on Saturday against Sacramento State, finishing with three points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot in limited minutes. It was her first live action since she finished with a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting against Hofstra on Dec. 7.
MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT: Last Saturday’s 44-point second half marked the third time in the last four games that the Aggies have reached the 40-point plateau after the break and its highest point total in any half since they scored 46 points in the second half against San Jose State on Nov. 26. UC Davis has scored 40 points in a half seven times this season -- four of those in the second period.
MINUTES FOR EVERYBODY!: With an “efficient” roster of just 11 players, the Aggies have seen every eligible member of the squad play at least one minute in 10 of the team’s 12 contests this season with a lineup that features six players averaging better than 22 minutes per game.
BALANCE ON THE BOARDS: Through 12 games this season, the Aggies have had eight different players lead them in rebounding with Fipps (three times), Kelsey Harris (twice), and Celia Marfone (twice), the only “repeats” on the list. Sophomore Heidi Johnson is the latest member of the club after grabbing a game-high nine rebounds (five offensive) against Houston Baptist on Dec. 21. In all, six players have grabbed at least 40 rebounds this season with five of those players averaging better than four rebounds per contest.
SPEAKING OF REBOUNDS: The Aggies crashed the boards to the tune of 46 rebounds against Sacramento State -- their second-highest total of the season thus far (51 vs. San Jose State on Nov. 26) -- and out-rebounded the Hornets by 13 for the game -- only the third time in 12 games that UC Davis has outrebounded the opposition. It was the largest margin on the glass for the Aggies since they outrebounded San Francisco, 46-27, on Nov. 12, 2010.
BOARDS, PARTY OF TWO?: Along with Fipps’ career-best 14 rebounds against Sacramento State, sophomore Heidi Johnson joined her in double figures on the glass, grabbing a career-high 10 of her own to give the Aggies two double-digit rebounders in the same game since Paige Mintun (12) and Jessica Campbell (10) accomplished the feat at home against Pacific on Feb. 2, 2008.
FROM A LITTLE TO A LOT: After being held to a season-low .298 field goal percentage in their win over Houston Baptist, the Aggies were firing on all cylinders against Sacramento State, shooting a season-high .519 from the field against the Hornets while making 28 baskets -- their second-highest total of the season (34 against San Jose State on Nov. 26). It was the best shooting night for UC Davis since the Aggies finished 30-of-50 (.600) from the floor in an 88-44 win at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 24, 2013.
SINGLE SCENE: Last weekend’s six-point loss to the Hornets marked the Aggies’ fourth of 10 points or fewer this season and their sixth contest decided by single digits.
WELCOME TO OUR BLOCK PARTY: The six blocked shots against Sacramento State were a season high for the Aggies and the most since they swatted eight against UC Irvine on Feb. 2, 2013. Sophomore Lauren Beyer had a career-high two of the six against the Hornets while sophomore Alyson Doherty knocked down her team-best 11th of the season -- good for nearly half of the team’s total (24) in 2013-14.
SWIPER, NO SWIPING: Stealing is bad, but don’t tell that to junior Brianna Salvatore, who has, clearly, been good at it this season. The Villa Park, Calif., native leads the team with 20 steals -- just four shy of UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain for the league lead entering the week -- and stands tied for seventh in the conference with 1.67 steals per game. Salvatore has at least one steal in each of the last seven contests, and 10 of 12 overall, including a career-high tying four swipes against Akron on Nov. 30.
SALVATOR-THREE!: Junior forward Brianna Salvatore is the Big West’s top sharpshooter from three-point range entering Thursday’s contest, hitting 12-of-22 from long distance to pace the league with a .545 three-point percentage. Half of her 24 makes this season have come from beyond the arc as she leads all Aggie regulars in three-point shooting and stands second with a .453 field goal percentage overall (Alyson Doherty - .516).
BOMBS AWAY: Junior Kelsey Harris has found her way back from beyond the arc in her last four games, combining to hit 12-of-25 (.480) from long range following an 0-for-7 showing at Hofstra, to keep her among the Big West’s top threats from three-point land entering the weekend. Harris leads the conference with 2.83 three-pointers made per game and 34 makes from beyond the arc overall. Harris, who has made all but nine of her baskets from long range this season, also ranks tied for fifth in the league in three-point percentage (.395).
DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): The 58 points allowed in the Aggies’ 13-point win over Akron were the fewest scored by an opponent this season and the lowest point total for a UC Davis opponent since the Aggies held UC Irvine to just 43 points in a 47-43 victory on Feb. 28, 2013.
POINTS TAKEN: The 95 points scored against San Jose State on Nov. 26 were a season high and the most since the Aggies finished off a 102-62 win over the Spartans on Dec. 21, 2010. With its 71 points against Akron on Nov. 30, UC Davis reached the 70-point plateau for only the 11th time in the team’s last 38 games.