Women's Basketball Hosts UCSB, Cal Poly

Alyson Doherty is eight blocks shy of entering the UC Davis single-season top 10. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Alyson Doherty is eight blocks shy of entering the UC Davis single-season top 10. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Feb. 6, 2013

Game 21: UC Davis (9-11, 4-5 Big West) vs. UC Santa Barbara (9-12, 5-4)
Thursday, Feb. 7 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion - Davis, Calif.

Game 22: UC Davis vs. Cal Poly (12-8, 6-3 Big West)
Saturday, Feb. 9 - 2 p.m.
The Pavilion - Davis, Calif.

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The Last Meeting
UC Davis43
UC Santa Barbara58
January 12, 2013
Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Last Meeting
UC Davis71
Cal Poly73
January 10, 2013
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
French's Career Night Leads Aggies at Cal Poly
Cortney French led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, knocking down 6-of-8 from long range, as the UC Davis women's basketball team saw a late rally come up just short in a 73-71 loss to Cal Poly on Thursday at Mott Gymnasium in San Luis Obispo.

OPENING TIPS
• Winners of four of its last six, the UC Davis women's basketball team continues a four-game homestand on Thursday.
• UC Davis hosts UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion, then takes on Cal Poly on Saturday at 2 p.m.
• The Aggies split their weekend results, defeating Long Beach State 68-62 on Jan. 31 before falling to UC Irvine 70-57 on Feb. 2.
Cortney French hit 11 treys over the weekend and is now just 36 three pointers shy of setting a UC Davis record... She has made 159 three pointers in her UC Davis career.
• UC Santa Barbara also split its weekend results, falling to UC Riverside 45-42 on Jan. 31 before picking up a 60-50 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 2... The Gauchos have won three of their last four games.
• Sweets Underwood is the Gauchos' leading scorer and rebounder at 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
• Cal Poly swept UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton last week and has won six of its last eight games to sit in second place in the Big West standings.
• Molly Schlemer leads three Mustangs in double figures, averaging 12.2 points per game... Kayla Griffin averages 7.1 rebounds per game to lead Cal Poly in that stat.

HEAD COACHES
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.

• 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.

• 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.

MEDIA COVERAGE
• Both games will be broadcast on KDVS 90.3 FM with Ben Taylor and Greg Cotta 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 via bigwest.tv or ucdavisaggies.com.
• 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.

AGGIES THINK PINK
• Saturday's game against Cal Poly will be UC Davis' breast cancer awareness game.
• The first arriving UC Davis students will receive a commemorative t-shirt courtesy of West Village... All Aggie fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of breast cancer awareness.
• The Big West Conference is providing pink wrist bands as a giveaway.

TICKET INFORMATION
• Single-game tickets for Sunday's game against Santa Clara are on sale through the UC Davis Ticket Office.
• Visit ucdavisaggies.com or call (530) 752-AGS1 for ticket information.

SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA
• The Gauchos have now won four of their last six games and their last two on the road.
• UCSB opponents are scoring a conference-low 53.9 points per game which leads the league for the second consecutive season and ranks 35th nationally.
• Sweets Underwood leads UCSB in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game... She ranks fourth in the Big West in rebounding.
• Nicole Nesbit ranks second in the Big West in free throw shooting with an 83.8 percent shooting clip... She ranks 50th in Div. I and has made 57-of-68 attempts this season.
• Kristen Tilleman is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game and scored a season-high 16 points in the Gauchos' Feb. 2 win over Cal State Fullerton.

ALL-TIME SERIES
• After their Jan. 12 victory, the Gauchos now hold a 14-9 all-time series advantage over UC Davis.
• UCSB's 58-43 win on Jan. 12 at The Thunderdome marked their second straight win over UC Davis.

SCOUTING CAL POLY
• The Mustangs swept Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside last weekend to move to 12-8 overall and 6-3 in the Big West... Cal Poly is currently in second place in the league standings.
• Cal Poly has the highest shooting percentage of any Big West team at .413.
• The Mustangs also lead the league in assists with 16.8 which also ranks them 19th in Div. I.
• Molly Schlemer is averaging 12.2 points per game, but has scored 16.3 points per game since the start of Big West play.
• Jonae Ervin's 2.67 assist/turnover ratio ranks fourth in all of Div. I... Last season she led the nation in the stat.

ALL-TIME SERIES
• Cal Poly claimed a 73-71 win on Jan. 10, but UC Davis continues to hold a 23-20 series advantage.
• The Aggies have won three of the last five matchups against Cal Poly, including a 66-49 victory over the Mustangs to win their first-ever Big West Tournament championship in 2010-11.
• UC Davis has also won the last three straight at The Pavilion.

LAST TIME OUT
• UC Davis held off a late Long Beach rally on Jan. 31 for a 68-62 win, the Aggies' third straight.
• UC Irvine, however, snapped the Aggie win streak with a 70-57 win on Feb. 2.
Sydnee Fipps scored a career-high 29 points in the win over the 49ers while Cortney French averaged 18.5 points per game.

TAKING THE CHARITY
• UC Davis is the No. 2 free throw shooting team in the Big West, hitting 73.5 percent of its free throws (269-366).
Molly Greubel ranks third in the Big West with an 83.3 percent shooting clip from the charity stripe.
• Recently, Greubel put together a streak of 22 straight successful free throw attempts, including an 8-for-8 performance against Long Beach State on Thursday.
Sydnee Fipps ranks fourth in the Big West at 83.2 percent... She hit all six of her attempts against the 49ers on Thursday.

KEEPING UP WITH CORTNEY
• Senior Cortney French has hit 48 treys this season, bringing her career total to 159 three pointers.
• This leaves French just 36 treys shy of setting a UC Davis record.
• Lori Hurlbut hit 194 shots from beyond the arc during her 1997-01 Aggie career.
• Against Long Beach State and UC Irvine, French shot 45.8 percent from three point range (11-of-24).

ALY'S BLOCK PARTY
• Freshman Alyson Doherty needs just 8 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.
• Doherty is averaging 1.1 blocks per game, ranking sixth in the Big West.

COMING UP NEXT
• The Aggies return to the road to face Hawai'i on Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. PT and Cal State Northridge on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. PT.