Jan. 8, 2013
Game 13: UC Davis (5-7, 0-1 Big West) at Cal Poly (7-6, 1-1 Big West)
Thursday, Jan. 10 - 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Mott Gymnasium
Game 14: UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara (5-9, 1-1 Big West)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - 2 p.m.
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The Thunderdome
UC Davis continues Big West action on the road, taking on Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara as the Aggies close out a four-game road trip.
The Aggies tip off against Cal Poly on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mott Gym before facing UCSB on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Thunderdome.
UC Davis dropped its Big West opener on Jan. 5, falling 78-64 at Pacific... The Aggies have dropped their last four straight conference openers.
Molly Greubel had a career night against the Tigers, however, scoring a career-high 18 points to go with three assists and three steals.
Cal Poly split its opening weekend of Big West action, falling to Long Beach State before rallying with a win over UC Irvine... The Mustangs have won two of their last five games.
Ariana Elegado is averaging 12.9 points per game for Cal Poly while Brittany Woodard is scoring 10.4 points per game.
UC Santa Barbara faces Pacific on Thursday after splitting its first two Big West contests... The Gauchos have dropped four of their last five games.
Jennifer Gross begins her second season as head coach of the UC Davis women's basketball team after leading the Aggies to their third consecutive postseason appearance in 2011-12... In her first year at the helm of the program, the Aggies saw several milestones including Kasey Riecks' 1000th career point and Samantha Meggison and Hannah Stephens' selections to the All-Big West Conference team.
Faith Mimnaugh is the winningest coach in Cal Poly women's basketball history with 201 career victories in 15 seasons... She has led the Mustangs to back-to-back postseason appearances and has seen three straight players earn Big West Conference Player of the Year... The 2012-13 season marks her 16th as head coach.
Carlene Mitchell's first year as head coach of UC Santa Barbara saw the Gauchos win the Big West Tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time... Mitchell was one of three finalists for the Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Award.
Both games will be broadcast on KDVS 90.3 FM with Greg Cotta and Brandon O'Shea on the call.
An internet simulcast will also be available on ucdavisaggies.com via Game Central by Stretch Internet.
A free live video stream will be available for both contest via bigwest.tv.
Live stats will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
Fans can track the action, including in-game updates, photos, video clips and more via Twitter by following @UCDavisAggies.
SCOUTING CAL POLY
The Mustangs lost three of its top five leading scorers from last year's squad... That includes Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Ariana Elegado is the team's leading scorer at 12.9 points per game while Brittany Woodard is scoring 10.4 points per game.
Kayla Griffin's 6.5 rebounds per game are a team high while Woodard adds 5.9 rebounds per game.
Cal Poly owns the No. 2 scoring offense in the Big West at 67.2 points per game, but are allowing 67.7 points per game, ranking them ninth in the league... Only UC Davis is allowing more points per game.
UC Davis owns a 23-19 series advantage over Cal Poly in records dating back to the 1979-80 season.
The Aggies have won three of the last four matchups against Cal Poly, including a 66-49 victory over the Mustangs to win their first-ever Big West Tournament championship in 2010-11.
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
The Gauchos snapped a three-game losing streak with a 51-46 win over UC Irvine to open Big West play, but have dropped four of their last five games.
Sweets Underwood is UCSB's leading scorer and rebounder at 11.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game... She is the No. 3 rebounder in the Big West.
UCSB is the No. 1 free throw shooting team in the league and its 75.5 percentage from the charity stripe ranks the Gauchos No. 20 in Div. I.
UCSB is limiting its opponents to a conference-low 55.7 points per game... Gaucho opponents are shooting just 37 percent from the field.
LAST TIME OUT
Molly Greubel led three Aggies in double-digit scoring against Pacific, coming off the benc to score a career-high 18 points... She made 6-of-9 from the field, including two treys, and hit all four free throws.
UC Davis rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to pull to within seven, but Pacific claimed a 78-64 win.
UC Davis is in the midst of a lengthy road trip and are playing 6-of-7, and four straight, away from Davis beginning with the Dec. 21 win at USC... The Dec. 28 loss to Washington marked the lone home game for UC Davis during the stretch.
The Aggies are now 4-3 on the road after losing to Pacific on Saturday.
Until the Aggies' 66-65 overtime loss to Sacramento State on Dec. 30, UC Davis had won four straight road contests.
TOO MANY TURNOVERS
UC Davis has committed at least 22 turnovers in each of the last six games, including 23 against Pacific on Jan. 5.
That averages to 23.6 turnovers per game.
Aggie opponents are turning UC Davis' turnovers into 21.3 points per game over the last five games.
ALY'S BLOCK PARTY
Freshman Alyson Doherty has recorded 13 blocks so far this year after swatting three at Sacramento State on Dec. 30 for the second time this season.
Doherty has registered at least one block in all but three games this season and is averaging 1.2 blocks per game, ranking fifth in the Big West.
She needs just 16 more blocks to move into the single-season top-10 list for blocks... Ellen Porshneva currently ranks tenth in a single season with 28 blocks in 2003-04.
LINE `EM UP
After using the same lineup for five straight games, head coach Jennifer Gross made a change for the Big West opener against Pacific, moving Idit Oryon into the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 30 against No. 1 Stanford.
Oryon, Alyson Doherty, Sydnee Fipps, Blair Shinoda and Cortney French are now 1-1 together.
UC Davis used five different lineups during the 2012-13 season.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE
Sydnee Fipps scored in double digits for the 12th straight game with 13 points at Pacific on Jan. 5... She scored all 13 in the second half.
Her 12-game double-digit scoring streak is the longest by any Aggie since Paige Mintun scored in double figures in 17 straight games during the 2010-11 season.
She is averaging 18.2 points per game... That ranks her fourth all-time in Aggie women's basketball single-season history.
Last year, Fipps scored in double digits in just four games during the entire 2011-12 season.
COMING UP NEXT
UC Davis returns to The Pavilion to host Cal State Northridge and Hawai'i.
The Aggies and Matadors face off on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.... UC Davis and Hawai'i tip off at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19.