Aggies Return Home to Host 'Eaters, Highlanders

Hannah Stephens is the Big West's top three-point shooter. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Hannah Stephens is the Big West's top three-point shooter. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Feb. 8, 2012

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GAME 22: UC Davis (14-7, 6-3 Big West) vs. UC Irvine (10-13, 6-4)
Thursday, Feb. 9 - 5 p.m.
The Pavilion (7,100) - Davis, Calif.
Radio: KDVS 90.3 FM | Listen Online | Gametracker

GAME 23: UC Davis vs. UC Riverside (5-17, 3-7)
Saturday, Feb. 11 - 1 p.m.
The Pavilion (7,100) - Davis, Calif.
Radio: KDVS 90.3 FM | Listen Online | Gametracker

OPENING TIPS
• UC Davis got back on the winning side with a thrilling 57-55 victory on Feb. 1 at Cal State Fullerton... The Aggies rallied back from an 11-point first-half deficit, then Blair Shinoda hit the game-winning shot with just 13 seconds left.
Hannah Stephens led the Aggies with her fifth straight double-digit scoring performance, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
• UC Irvine has lost three of its last four games after suffering an 80-59 loss to Cal State Northridge on Feb. 4.
• UC Riverside has won three of its last four games, most recently claiming a 75-71 victory over Long Beach State on Feb. 4.
• UC Davis is currently tied for second place in the Big West standings with Cal Poly... UC Irvine is in fourth place... Cal State Northridge remains atop the standings.

ALL-TIME VS. UC IRVINE
• Earlier this year, UC Davis lost to UC Irvine for just the second time in the history of the series after a 60-54 loss on Jan. 7 in Irvine.
• The loss was also the first for UC Davis in Irvine... The Aggies are now 14-2 all time against the Anteaters.

ALL-TIME VS. UC RIVERSIDE
• UC Davis holds a 25-19 advantage in the series after a 70-53 win on Jan. 5 in Riverside.
• In UC Davis' Div. I era, UC Riverside has won 6-of-9 meetings.

HEAD COACHES
Jennifer Gross was named UC Davis' head coach on Oct. 8, 2010 after Sandy Simpson announced his retirement after 14 seasons... Gross was a Kodak All-American honorable mention point guard for the Aggies during her senior season in 1997-98... Prior to her appointment as head coach, she was an assistant at San Diego State before returning to her alma mater in 2004.

• John Margaritis, the 2007 Big West Coach of the Year, begins his eighth season with UC Riverside and has led the Highlanders to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the WNIT... The 2009-10 season saw UC Riverside win the Big West Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament... Margaritis followed that with a 19-13 overall record in 2010-11 which led to a berth at the WNIT.

• Molly Goodenbour has led UC Irvine to steady improvement over the past four years... The Anteaters, who currently stand in fourth place in the Big West standings, finished the 2010-11 season with a 15-15 overall record after accumulating just nine wins in 2009-10.

MEDIA COVERAGE
• Both games will air on KDVS 90.3 FM with Ben Taylor on the call and Steve Vote providing color commentary and analysis... The broadcast will begin 15 min. prior to tipoff and will also be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com or www.kdvs.org.
• Live stats will be available via www.ucdavisaggies.com.
• All the action can also be followed via UC Davis' Twitter feed: @UCDavisAggies

WHAT'S IN A NAME
• The university is referred to as either UC Davis or University of California, Davis.
• Incorrect references include California-Davis, Cal-Davis, U.C. Davis, and UC-Davis... UCD is acceptable, although UC Davis is always preferred... Safe to say, there are no periods or hyphens anywhere in the name.

UC IRVINE SCOUTING REPORT
• After opening Big West play at 5-2, UC Irvine has dropped three of its last four contests after falling 80-59 to Cal State Northridge on Feb. 4... The Anteaters topped Long Beach State 86-61 on Feb. 2.
• Senior guard Kassandra McCalister led UC Irvine through the week, averaging 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting .500 from both the field and three-point range.... She is averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season.
• Jazmyne White is the team's leading rebounder at 6.0 per game while Jacquelyn Marshall owns 26 blocks this season.
• At 10-13 overall, it marks just the second time that UC Irvine has reached 10 wins since the 2002-03 season... That year, the Anteaters were 17-12 and finished with an overall record of 15-15 last season.

UC RIVERSIDE SCOUTING REPORT
• Most recently, UC Riverside has been on a streak, winning three of its last four games, including a 75-71 win over Long Beach State on Feb. 4... The Highlanders face Pacific on Thursday in Stockton.
• The Highlanders are led by Tre'Shonti Nottingham and Natasha Hadley... Nottingham is averaging 15.3 points per game, while Hadley averages 12.4 points per game... Both are averaging 5.2 rebounds per game.
• UC Riverside has showcased 15 different starting lineups in 2011-12 - the most in the country - and are one of just three teams in Div. I that has featured 11 different players who have made at least one start this season.
• The Highlanders snapped a program-worst nine-game losing streak with a 69-65 win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 21.

LAST TIME OUT
• For the fifth straight game, Hannah Stephens scored in double digits for UC Davis, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in UC Davis' 57-55 win at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 1.
Blair Shinoda hit the game winner for the Aggies with just 13 seconds left on Wed. to clinch the win for UC Davis.
• The Aggies were down by as many as 11 points in the first half before rallying to go into halftime trailing 26-24.
Kelsey Beard provided an offensive spark for UC Davis in the second half, hitting two huge three pointers to put the Aggies up by six.

THE WILD, WILD BIG WEST
• UC Davis remains tied for second place with Cal Poly as each team holds a 6-3 Big West record.
• Cal State Northridge remains in first place with an 8-2 league record.
• UC Irvine is in fourth place with a 6-4 record in the Big West.

THURSDAY'S GAME HIGHLIGHTED BY EDUCATION APPRECIATION NIGHT
• UC Davis Athletics is hosting Education Appreication Night on Thursday in conjunction with the UC Davis School of Education.
• The academic achievements of UC Davis' student-athletes will be highlighted throughout the game.

SEEING DOUBLE
• Thursday and Saturday's women's basketball games are part of a doubleheader with the UC Davis men's basketball team which tips off at 8 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

HOME SWEET HOME
• UC Davis takes a brief break from a road swing that has the Aggies playing six-of-eight games away from Davis as they return to The Pavilion for two games.
• The Aggies are currently 7-1 at home and own a three-game home win streak heading into Thursday's game.
• Overall, the teams in the Big West have had great success on their home courts, compiling a 53-33 record at home.
• In road contests, however, UC Davis is one of the best teams in the league at 6-5 as Big West teams are just 34-72 in road games.
• After Saturday's game against UC Riverside, UC Davis is back on the road for three straight, facing Long Beach State (Feb. 16), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 18) and Pacific (Feb. 25).

HOT SHOT HANNAH
Hannah Stephens currently owns the best three-point percentage in the Big West Conference at .397.
• Over the last five games, she has made 9-of-15 from three-point range (.600) and tied a career-high with four treys against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 26.
• She is the Aggies' leading scorer at 9.7 points per game, ranking her 12th in the conference... Her .454 field goal percentage is sixth-best in the Big West.

BEARD BREAKS OUT
Kelsey Beard had a career night against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 1, coming off the bench to score a career-high seven points in just four minutes.
• With the score tied at 44 with just over six minutes to play, Beard hit two three-point shots... They were the first successful threes of her UC Davis career.
• Beard, who sat out the first half of the season with injury, has appeared in seven games and is averaging 1.7 points per contest.

CLOSING IT OUT
• The Feb. 1 game against Cal State Fullerton featured eight ties and nine lead changes as the Aggies pulled out the 57-55 win.
• UC Davis proves it can successfully close out tough games and remain perfect when it comes to crunch time... The Aggies are 11-0 when leading with 10 minutes left in the game and are 12-0 with the lead at the five-minute mark.
• UC Davis is also 11-2 when leading at halftime.

COMING UP NEXT
• After Saturday's contest at The Pavilion, UC Davis returns to the road for three straight games, facing Long Beach State (Feb. 16), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 18) and Pacific (Feb. 25).