Matadors, Anteaters Tip-Off Round Two in Big West

Junior Sydnee Fipps became the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 career points last weekend against UC Santa Barbara, finishing with 21 against the Gauchos.
 
Junior Sydnee Fipps became the 16th Aggie to reach 1,000 career points last weekend against UC Santa Barbara, finishing with 21 against the Gauchos.
 

Feb. 4, 2014

THIS WEEK...
UC Davis (9-11, 4-3) at Cal State Northridge (10-12, 6-2)
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
7 p.m.
Northridge, Calif. | The Matadome
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video | UC Davis Notes | CSUN Notes

The Last Meeting
Cal State Northridge56
UC Davis52
January 9, 2014
Davis, Calif.
Matadors Edge UC Davis in Big West Opener
Alyson Doherty's double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds helped lead UC Davis on Thursday night but Cal State Northridge countered with three players in double figures as the visiting Matadors held on to beat the Aggies 56-51 in the Big West Conference women's basketball opener for both teams at The Pavilion.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis47
UC Irvine43
February 28, 2013
Irvine, Calif.
Aggies Roar Down The Stretch For 47-43 Win
UC Davis held UC Irvine with a point for the final five minutes and outscored the Anteaters 13-0 down the stretch to rally from a late nine-point deficit to record a critical 47-43 Big West Conference women's basketball win on Thursday night at Bren Events Center.

UC Davis (9-11, 4-3) at UC Irvine (10-11, 3-4)
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
2 p.m.
Irvine, Calif. | Bren Events Center
Game Coverage: Live Stats | Audio (KDVS 90.3 FM) | Video | UC Davis Notes | UCI Notes

TIP-OFF: Back in the win column with a dominating come-from-behind victory over UC Santa Barbara last week, the UC Davis women’s basketball team (9-11 overall, 4-3 in the Big West Conference) closes out the first go-round in league action this weekend, heading back to Southern California to take on Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. The Aggies and Matadors will clash in their second meeting of the year on Thursday night (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. from The Matadome, while UC Davis will get its first look at UC Irvine on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 2 p.m.

IN THE POLLS: Neither Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, nor UC Davis, are ranked in the national polls entering the week.

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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 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. 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 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 MATADORS: Cal State Northridge enters the week with a 10-12 overall record and a 6-2 mark for second place in the Big West Conference... the Matadors have won three straight, and five of their last six, following a sweep of UC Riverside (71-61) and Hawaii (75-72 in overtime) last week... junior guard Ashlee Guay leads the Northridge offense at 15.5 ppg, shooting 43 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc... junior guards Cinnamon Lister (14.9 ppg) and Janae Sharpe (11.7 ppg) are also in double figures while junior center Camille Mahlknecht is averaging a team-high 6.6 rpg (6th in the Big West), shooting 51 percent from the floor, and leading the Big West with 2.59 bpg... Northridge is averaging 66.0 ppg as a team and shooting .382 from the floor while allowing 68.5 ppg and .389 shooting by the opposition.

THE SERIES: UC Davis leads the all-time series with Cal State Northridge, 16-14, dating back to the 1980-81 season, but the Aggies have lost the last three meetings with the Matadors, including a 56-52 decision at home to open conference play this season... UC Davis is 5-7 against Northridge at The Matadome, having lost its last two trips to the San Fernando Valley, including a heartbreaking 51-49 defeat last season on a buzzer beater by Ashlee Guay after the Aggies’ Blair Shinoda had tied the game with five seconds to play.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE ANTEATERS: UC Irvine enters the week with a 10-11 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Big West play for seventh place... the Anteaters, who host Long Beach State on Thursday before hosting the Aggies, have split their last eight games, including last weekend with a 77-60 win over UC Santa Barbara and an 84-79 loss to league-leading Cal Poly... senior forward Camille Buckley is averaging a double-double at 16.3 ppg and 10.4 rpg, including grabbing a school-record 26 rebounds against the Mustangs last week... senior guard Jennifer Tsurumoto is also in double figures, averaging 15.4 ppg, to go with her team-high 3.60 apg... UC Irvine, which is the top offensive rebounding team in the Big West (16.33 rpg), is averaging 72.1 ppg (second in the league) and shooting .378 from the field while opponents average 72.3 ppg and shoot .417 from the floor.

THE SERIES: UC Davis leads all-time series UC Irvine, 19-4, snapping a three-game losing streak overall with a 47-43 win at the Bren Events Center in the second meeting between the two teams last season... prior to the three-game skid, the Aggies had won 12 straight in the series from 2005--11, and 18 of the first 19 dating back to the 1975-76 season... UC Davis is 9-1 at UC Irvine (with the location of the 1975-76 meeting unknown), with the only loss coming during the 2011-12 season (60-54)... three of the last four meetings between the two programs have been decided by single digits.

MILESTONE ACHIEVED: The 16th player in the history of the women’s basketball program at UC Davis to accomplish the feat, junior Sydnee Fipps reached the milestone 1,000 career points on Feb. 1 with a three-pointer in the first half against UC Santa Barbara at The Pavilion. She became the first Aggie to reach 1,000 career points since Kasey Riecks (1,071) in 2011-12 to accomplish the feat and inched closer to Kendall Greene (1992-96), who ranks No. 15 on the all-time scoring list with 1,027. A complete list of UC Davis 1,000-point scorers is below:

1. Carol Rische (‘79-83) - 1,711
2. Staci Stevens (‘85-88) - 1,417
3. Jessica Campbell (‘03-06, ‘07-08) - 1,413
4. Paige Mintun (‘06-11) - 1,382
5. Aimee Conner (‘89-93) - 1,261
6. Ellen Porshneva (‘03-06, 07-08) - 1,251
7. Kari Sivesind (‘92-96) - 1,145
t8. Jennifer Gross (‘93-97) - 1,143
t8. Lisa Jo Kellogg (‘88-91) - 1,143
10. Colleen Turnbull (‘99-03) - 1,137
11. Brenda Wyneken (‘81-84) - 1,103
12. Sarah Allen (‘98-03) - 1,089
13. Des Abeyta (‘96-00) - 1,080
14. Kasey Riecks (‘08-12) - 1,071
15. Kendall Greene (‘92-96) - 1,027
16. Sydnee Fipps (‘11-pres.) - 1,018

MAYBE SHE SHOULD BE SICK MORE OFTEN: Since returning to the lineup from an illness that kept her out for three weeks, UC Davis sophomore Alyson Doherty has been a force inside for the Aggies, reaching double figures in each of her last eight contests following her return to the floor against Sacramento State on Dec. 28, when she was held to just three points and two rebounds. Since then, the Lake Forest, Calif., native has been a handful for opposing post players, averaging 14.9 ppg (buoyed by her back-to-back 20-point games last weekend) and 6.9 rpg while shooting just over 59 percent (48-for-81) from the field.

TWO FOR 20: No, it’s not the newest deal from your favorite eatery. The dynamic duo of Alyson Doherty and Sydnee Fipps became the first Aggie tandem to each top 20 points in the same game since Fipps (22) teamed up with Courtney French (20) to accomplish the feat in a win at USC on Dec. 21 of last season.

CHARITY CASE: A large part of UC Davis’ success against UC Santa Barbara last week came via the free throw line where the Aggies were an efficient 31-for-36 (.861) from the stripe. The 31 makes for the home team were a season high and the most in a single game for a UC Davis squad since they finished with the same total (coincidentally in the same number of attempts) against San Jose State on Nov. 16, 2011.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DOMINATION: Four starters finished in double figures for the Aggies Saturday against UC Santa Barbara -- the sixth time this year that UC Davis has had a quartet in double digits in the same game. Shockingly, the Aggies have yet to lose one of those contests, improving to 6-0 when that happens in 2013-14.

EIGHT(Y) IS GREAT(Y): The Aggies’ 82 points on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara were the most scored against the Gauchos in the history of the series and the most for UC Davis since it put up 95 points on San Jose State back on Nov. 26 in the fourth game of the season.

DOUBLE DIPPING: Junior Sydnee Fipps and sophomore Alyson Doherty give UC Davis two players who enter the week ranked among the Big West Conference’s top 15 in both scoring and rebounding -- the only conference school to own that distinction. Fipps and Doherty are just two of seven players overall in the league to accomplish the feat heading into this week’s action, joining Cal Poly’s Molly Schlemer, UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain, UC Irvine’s Camille Buckley, Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson, and UC Santa Barbara’s Destini Mason.

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 19.1 ppg over her last 12 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 20 contests thus far.

NO MAR-”PHONE”-ING IT IN: Don’t call it a comeback, but sophomore Celia Marfone has been a welcome addition to the Aggies’ line up after missing six games due to injury, and she has not disappointed. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native is averaging an all-around line of 10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 3.00 apg, in the six games since her return -- including a career-high 19-point effort at UC Riverside on Jan. 16 -- while shooting just under 52 percent (18-for-35) from the floor.

THE BIG WEST ABIDES: Big West Conference play has agreed with the Aggies’ offense thus far as UC Davis features four players in double figures for the first seven contests of the league slate: Sydnee Fipps (17.0 ppg), Alyson Doherty (15.0 ppg), Kelsey Harris (11.0 ppg), and Celia Marfone (10.2 ppg).

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 9-5 in those contests.

SHE’S JUST ALY FROM THE BLOCK: Doherty enters the week having accounted for nearly half (20) of the team’s 43 blocks this season and ranks 4th in the Big West with 1.18 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 nine blocks shy of Sarah Allen (1998-03) for 10th on the UC Davis all-time list.

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 seven games, Doherty shares the team lead with 18 assists overall during that stretch (2.57 apg), including a career high-tying four helpers on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 18 and, again, against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Feb. 1).

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.

CRUNCH TIME: The Aggies are 91-for-114 (.798) from the line in the final five minutes of the game this season, with four regulars shooting better than 70 percent when it counts. Those on the “no foul” list? Fipps leads the way, hitting 25-of-27 (.926), followed by Molly Greubel (17-of-19 - .895), Kelsey Harris (11-of-13 - .846), and Celia Marfone (10-of-13 - .769).

NOT HALF BAD: A one-point lead over UC Santa Barbara at the break last Saturday was good enough to portend yet another victory as the Aggies moved to 8-1 this season when going into the locker room at halftime tied or with a lead. UC Davis has won its last eight such contests since falling at Pacific on Nov. 11 after holding a 42-39 advantage at the break.

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.

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.

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 shooting a league-high .765 from the line -- a total that also has them among the top 20 teams in the nation in that category (No. 17) as of Feb. 3. Sophomore Molly Greubel (3rd - .855) and junior Sydnee Fipps (5th - .821) 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 14 times in 20 contests overall.