Aggies Host Central Coast Foes This Weekend

Sophomore Alyson Doherty has hit double figures in six-straight games for the Aggies.
 
Sophomore Alyson Doherty has hit double figures in six-straight games for the Aggies.
 

Jan. 29, 2014

THIS WEEK...
Cal Poly (11-8, 5-1) at UC Davis (8-10, 3-2)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
7 p.m.
Davis, Calif. | The Pavilion
Game Coverage: Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video | UC Davis Notes | Cal Poly Notes

The Last Meeting
Cal Poly69
UC Davis79
February 9, 2013
Davis, Calif.
UC Davis Turns Back Cal Poly, 79-69
Final Stats
An 11-0 blast to start the game and a key 12-2 run in the second half gave UC Davis needed fuel as the Aggies snapped Cal Poly's three-game winning streak with a 79-69 Big West Conference women's basketball win at The Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

The Last Meeting
UC Santa Barbara60
UC Davis52
February 7, 2013
Davis, Calif.
Aggie Rally Comes Up Short Against Gauchos
Sydnee Fipps led all scorers with 16 points while Molly Greubel added 14 points, but UC Santa Barbara held off a late UC Davis rally to claim a 60-52 win on Thursday in a Big West Conference women's basketball matchup at The Pavilion in Davis.

UC Santa Barbara (6-12, 1-4) at UC Davis (8-10, 3-2)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
2 p.m.
Davis, Calif. | The Pavilion
Game Coverage:
Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video | UC Davis Notes | UCSB Notes

TIP-OFF: After having its three-game winning streak snapped last week in Honolulu, the UC Davis women’s basketball team looks to begin again with a brief stop at home this weekend, as the Aggies (8-10 overall, 3-2 in the Big West Conference) welcome the league’s Central Coast contingent to The Pavilion. UC Davis opens on Thursday (Jan. 30) against conference preseason favorite Cal Poly at 7 p.m., before UC Santa Barbara pays a visit for a Saturday matinee (Feb. 1) at 2 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, nor UC Davis, are ranked in the national polls entering the week.

BE A FOLLOWER: Fans can keep up with the latest in UC Davis Athletics by “liking” us on Facebook (facebook.com/UCDavisAggies) and following us on Twitter (@UCDavisAggies). You can also “like” the women’s basketball program on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/UCDavisWomensBasketball as well as follow them on Twitter (@UCDavisWBB) and Instagram (instagram.com/ucdaviswomensbasketball). Game Day in-game updates are also available on Twitter by following us @UCDavisInGame.

“CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”: Thanks to a partnership with Arizona-based Stretch Internet, live Internet audio will be available for both of this weekend’s games, 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. For those adventurous to stay up late on a school night, Thursday’s game at Hawaii will also be carried on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Honolulu and streamed live at www.ocsports.tv.

I NEED STATS, STAT!: Live stats are 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 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.

GOT TICKETS?: All-session tickets for the 2014 Big West Conference women’s basketball tournament are now on sale for $69 with premium all-session tickets located in the first four rows of seating available for $149. The women’s first-round (March 11) and quarterfinal (March 12) games will be played at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif., with the semifinals (March 14) and championship game (March 15) to follow at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.bigwest.org/sports/wbball/info/champs/.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly enters the week winners of three-straight, and five of six overall, after sweeping past Cal State Fullerton (69-65) and UC Riverside (89-72) over the weekend... the Mustangs are 11-8 overall and stand atop the Big West standings at 5-1 thus far, with their lone league loss coming at Cal State Northridge (81-76) on Jan. 16... if the Aggies are to steal one from Cal Poly, Thursday night may just be the time to do it as the Mustangs are a perfect 8-0 at home and just 3-6 on the road this season... Senior center Molly Schlemer leads the offense, averaging a double-double of 17.5 ppg and 10.6 rpg while shooting 56 percent from the floor... Also in double figures are junior guard Ariana Elegado (16.7 ppg) and senior guard Jonae Ervin (12.9 ppg)... Cal Poly averages 77.9 ppg and shoots .422 from the floor while allowing 78.3 ppg and a .401 field goal percentage by the opposition.

THE SERIES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Cal Poly by the count of 24-20... the two teams have split their regular season series in five of the six seasons since the Aggies joined the Big West Conference in 2007-08, save for a Mustang sweep in 2008-09... UC Davis is 4-2 against Cal Poly at The Pavilion as Big West members and 14-7 overall dating back to the 1979-80 season... the Aggies have won their last four home games against the Mustangs dating back to a, 62-47, loss in 2008-09.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara enters the week at 6-12 overall and 1-4 in Big West play, splitting a pair of home games with UC Riverside (W, 74-61) and Cal State Fullerton (L, 67-62) last week... since winning a season-best three-straight in mid-November, the Gauchos have lost 10 of 13, including a pair of four-game losing streaks around a three-point win over Seattle on Dec. 28... senior guard Nicole Nesbit leads a trio of UCSB players in double figures, averaging 15.9 ppg while shooting .426 from the floor... senior guard Destini Mason (13.4 ppg) and senior guard Melissa Zornig (12.9 ppg) join her... the Gauchos are averaging 65.4 ppg and shooting .406 from the field while allowing 70.1 ppg and a .468 field goal percentage by the opposition.

THE SERIES: UC Santa Barbara leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 15-9, having won the last three-straight meetings... the Gauchos swept the regular season series with the Aggies by the scores of 58-43 at The Thunderdome and 60-52 at The Pavilion last season... UC Davis’ last win in the series came in the first meeting of the 2011-12 season, posting a 51-47 victory in Santa Barbara -- the last in a six-game winning streak by Aggies that ran from 2009-12... the series is knotted at 7-7 since both have been members of the Big West Conference... UC Davis is 4-5 against the Gauchos at home (with the location of the inaugural meeting in 1974-75 unknown), having lost two straight since a 74-70 victory in 2010-11.

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 91-50 (.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.

SIXTY IS NIFTY: What a difference a point makes. When UC Davis scores 59 points or fewer this season, it has yet to win a game in six tries, thus far. However, when scoring that pivotal 60th point, the chances of an Aggies victory improve dramatically as they have gone 8-4 in those contests.

THE BIG WEST ABIDES: Conference play has agreed with the Aggies’ offense thus far as UC Davis features four players in double figures for the first five contests of the league slate: Sydnee Fipps (16.6 ppg), Alyson Doherty (12.4 ppg), Kelsey Harris (11.0 ppg), and Celia Marfone (10.3 ppg).

DOUBLE DIPPING: Fipps is just one of seven players in the Big West Conference to rank among the top 15 in the league in both scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg), joining UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain (19.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer (17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg), Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson (16.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg), UC Irvine’s Camille Buckley (15.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg), and UC Santa Barbara’s Destini Mason (13.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

LINE ITEM: With her 10-of-14 performance at the line last week at Hawaii, Fipps posted double-digit makes from the stripe for the second time this season and marked the third-such performance by an Aggie in 2013-14. Fipps’ 17 makes (in 20 attempts) at Pacific on Nov. 11 stands as atop the league by a player in a single game this season while sophomore Celia Marfone was an almost-perfect 10-for-11 from the free throw line at UC Riverside on Jan. 16 en route to a career-high 19 points.

HELPING COMES FROM THE INSIDE: It’s not quite where you would expect the assists to come from, but sophomore Alyson Doherty has done well to draw defenses and help her teammates spirit away the points as of late. Bordering on the paranormal for a post player over her last five games, Doherty is averaging a team-high 2.40 apg (12 overall), including a career high-tying four helpers on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 18.

SHE’S AT IT AGAIN: While her consecutive 20-point scoring games streak came to an end on Jan. 9 against Cal State Northridge, junior Sydnee Fipps has still found a way to get hers, averaging 19.3 ppg over her last 10 contests since being held to single digits (eight points) at Hofstra on Dec. 8. Fipps has reached double figures in all but two games in 2013-14 (eight points in the season opener against USC being the other) and has led, or shared the team lead, in scoring in 14 of the team’s 18 contests thus far.

FIPPS CLEANS UP WELL: When not putting the ball in the hoop, Fipps has been a force on the boards for UC Davis as well, cleaning the glass to the tune of 8.1 rpg (57 total) over her last seven contests -- including double-digits in three of those games (Sacramento State, Simpson, and Long Beach State) en route to a team-best three double-doubles this season.

DOHERTY DOIN’ WORK: Since returning to the lineup from an illness that kept her out for three weeks, sophomore Alyson Doherty has been a force inside for the Aggies, averaging 11.3 ppg since her return -- reaching double figures in each of her last six contests (12.7 ppg in that stretch) -- to go with 6.1 rpg and shooting just under 58 percent from the floor (33-for-57).

SHE’S JUST ALY FROM THE BLOCK: Alyson Doherty enters the week having accounted for 19 of the team’s 39 blocks this season and ranks 3rd in the Big West with 1.27 blocks per game. The sophomore’s four blocks against the Long Beach State on Jan. 11 were a career high and were the most since Lauren Juric knocked down four shots against Cal Poly on March 1, 2012. Doherty, who had 27 blocks during her rookie season, enters the week just 10 blocks shy of Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 10th on the UC Davis all-time list.

BLOCK PARTY: The Aggies’ six blocks against Long Beach State on Jan. 11 tied a season high, equalling the mark set against Sacramento State on Dec. 28. The totals are the highest since UC Davis knocked down eight Anteater shots against UC Irvine on Feb. 2, 2013.

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: Continuing the “comeback” theme, sophomore Celia Marfone has been a welcome addition to the line up after missing six games due to injury, and she has not disappointed. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native is averaging 10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and 2.25 apg, since her return, shooting just over 52 percent (12-for-23) from the floor and hitting 16-of-22 (.727) from the line over the team’s last four contests, including a career-high 19-point effort at UC Riverside on Jan. 16.

NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH: However, there are such things as free points if you hit your free throws, which the Aggies have done with regularity this season. UC Davis enters this week of Big West Conference play second in the league with its .757 free throw percentage -- mere percentage points behind UC Santa Barbara (.758) -- a total that also has them among the top 20 teams in the nation in that category (No. 20) as of Jan. 27. Sophomore Molly Greubel (3rd - .864) and junior Sydnee Fipps (6th - .807) rank among the top-10 individuals in the Big West and headline a group that has shot 75 percent (or better) from the line in a game 13 times in 18 contests overall.

NOT HALF BAD: The Aggies are a combined 7-1 this season when going into the locker room at halftime tied or with a lead, winning their last seven straight after falling at Pacific on Nov. 11 with a 42-39 advantage at the break.

CRUNCH TIME: The Aggies are a combined 76-for-95 (.800) from the line in the final five minutes of the game this season, with five regulars shooting better than 70 percent from the stripe when it counts. Those on the “no foul” list? Fipps leads the way, hitting 21-of-23 (.913), followed by Celia Marfone (8-of-9 - .889), Greubel (15-of-17 - .882), Kelsey Harris (7-of-9 - .778), and Alyson Doherty (14-of-19 - .737). Opponents on the other hand? Hitting just .705 from the line in the final five minutes against the Aggies.

DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP)... DE-FENSE (CLAP, CLAP): The 46 points allowed in the Aggies’ 32-point win over Simpson on Jan. 2 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 77 points at UC Riverside on Jan. 16, UC Davis reached the 70-point plateau for only the 16th time in the team’s last 49 games.